CET Chinese Language in Beijing

  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Language of Instruction: Chinese
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Class Eligibility: Sophomores, juniors, and seniors.


Beijing, the monumental capital of modern China, is a magnet for international investment. It is a city that strives to preserve the cultural landscape of its glorious past while all around the glass and steel emblems of its dynamic present flourish. CET is located on the western branch campus of the Beijing Institute of Education (BIE), in the Xicheng district.

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  • Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition, room and board fees to Haverford College. Haverford will then be responsible for submitting payments to the program.

  • Requirements

    Previous Chinese language study is not required. Students planning to stay in China for more than six months are required to take an HIV for entry into the country. Students must enroll in an appropriate-level Chinese language course.

    Strong Mandarin Chinese language program (includes one-on-one language tutorials, supplementary classes for each level, language practical & ethnographic projects). Full-time Chinese language pledge required. The application requirements can be found on the CET website.

    Academic Credit

    In the fall and spring, students take 18 class hours per week of Chinese language instruction plus two electives. Fulfills Haverford’s language requirement. Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.


    Students take one intensive course which teaches the four main language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. Supplementary classes such as one-on-one language tutorials, one-on-two drills, television and writing. Elective classes such as newspaper, business or literature. Each week a portion of class time is devoted to preparing relevant vocabulary and background material for that weekend’s activity or excursion. Some students participate in language “practica”, wherein they practice their Chinese outside the classroom. Class attendance is mandatory.

    Course Highlights

    Chinese language, Chinese studies

    Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

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  • Non-Academic Overview

    Orientation: A typical orientation program includes a campus tour, placements tests, group meals, sightseeing trips, a neighborhood tour, meeting Chinese roommates, a scavenger hunt, barbecue, and an academic orientation meeting.

    Number of Students: Over 6,000 students study at the Beijing Institute of Education. CET students are the only American students at the western branch campus of BIE. Approximately 60-80 CET students each semester.

    Housing/Meal Plans

    Single or double rooms available in dormitories at the Beijing Institute of Education. Haverford strongly encourages living with a Chinese roommate.

    Haverford students may not opt for housing not arranged by the program. 

    Opportunities / Cultural Events

    Field Trips: CET wants students to uncover every corner of Beijing—walk down every hutong (alley), discover every bus route, visit every noodle shop. To help conjure each student’s inner explorer, the program arranges day trips to sites that are difficult for students to visit on their own. Past students have perused local art galleries and interviewed artists, explored a remote Buddhist temple complex, and soaked in hot springs not listed in any guidebook. In addition, twice each fall and spring, students depart Beijing and venture on an overnight excursion together.

    • The Historical Trip. This excursion takes students to a city of historical significance like Xi’an, Pingyao, Anyang or Nanjing. Part of the experience is the getting there. Students travel as locals do—by hard-sleeper or bullet train, and stay in simple, but comfortable hotels.
    • The Adventure Trip. Past trips have taken students camping on the Great Wall, to the grasslands of Inner Mongolia, or on a retreat to a rural village where they spent the night in village homes.

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  • Semester/Year
  • Fulfills Language Requirement
  • Semester I: Late August to mid-December
  • Semester II: Mid-February to mid-June
  • Year: Late August to mid-June
Application Deadlines
  • Semester I: March 1
  • Semester II: October 1
  • Year: March 1
Faculty Contact

Shize Huang

  • Associate Professor of Chinese and Linguistics and CV Starr Professor of Asian Studies
  • Stokes 118A1
  • shuang@haverford.edu
  • (610) 896-1262