Beijing, China

Program in Brief
This fall semester program offers students the opportunity to take an introductory Mandarin language course, combined with relevant contextual courses and a valuable internship. The courses examine the development and role of a global Beijing over recent years, with a focus on their history, culture, business and politics. A challenging part-time internship in a variety of disciplines is available to students, at all levels of language ability, in businesses, non-profits and non-government agencies.

Orientation
There is a mandatory set of pre-departure orientations at LVC for all students planning to participate in the program. Students also attend an extensive on-site orientation in Beijing.

Location
Beijing, the capital of the People’s Republic of China, is the country’s second largest city with a population of over 19 million people. China currently has the fastest growing economy in the world and Beijing is considered the seat of their global power. Beijing offers all of the advantages of an international city, with 100+ museums, ancient historic sites, nearly 70 universities, authentic restaurants and an exciting nightlife. The city has an excellent public transportation system of trains and buses that students will use with a complimentary pass.

Housing and Meals
Students live in an international student residence hall in shared rooms with a private bathroom. Students are responsible for preparing or purchasing their own meals. Kitchens are located in each residence hall to prepare food, or students can pay per meal to eat in the dining hall located within the residence hall.

Academics
Students will take courses at a study center located at Capital Normal University. Students will enroll in a Mandarin language course, plus 3 – 4 additional courses. One of these courses can be a 3-credit internship. Course options (3 credits each):
  • Analyzing & Exploring the Global City: Beijing (fulfills L2 or DSP; 300 level PSC elective)
  • China in a Global Context (fulfills L2; 300 level PSC elective)
  • Chinese Art (fulfills L5)
  • Chinese Economic Development: 1978 Onwards (fulfills L2; 300 level ECN elective)
  • Chinese Philosophical Traditions (fulfills L6; PHL 140; REL 253)
  • Elementary, Intermediate or Advanced Mandarin Chinese (fulfills elective credit)
  • Peoples and Cultures of China (fulfills L2 or DSP)
  • Internship (major/minor or elective credit)
By far the most exciting academic aspect of this program is opportunity for students in any major field of study to participate in a part-time internship. Placements in English or Mandarin language are available. The Academic Director of the study abroad program, a writer for local Chinese newspapers with a background in economics and political science, personally places and supervises students in a variety of placement sites. The most common fields for internships include communications, business administration, marketing and public relations. Students will work for 15 – 20 hours a week. Internship placement sites include American-owned companies, transnational companies and Chinese companies that appreciate English speakers.

Cost
• LVC tuition and fees (institutional aid is limited to a maximum of 33% for this program. 
• LVC room charges

Travel, food, and personal expenses are NOT included in these fees. Fees are subject to change. 

Dates
Fall semester only
  • Application timetable: Applications should be received by March 15.
  • $25 deposit is due with application.*
  • Accepted students owe $475 program deposit.*
  • Packet-of-forms is due April 15.
  • Fall semester in China (approx. 15 credits): Mid-August to mid-December.’
*The $500 program deposit will be credited to student accounts in the Business Office for the start of the off-campus semester. The $500 deposit will be forfeited on student withdrawal from the program.

Language of Instruction
English

Eligibility Requirements
Students from any major who are in good standing (2.8 GPA) may apply.

Group Excursions
Students will participate in short group excursions to Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall, and other local sites. A bonus 4-day extended faculty-led excursion to Shanghai is organized and paid for by the program.