Program Details

Accommodations and Meals

You will live in one of six international students’ dormitories on campus, in well-appointed and modern rooms. Dorms have additional amenities such as: student lounges, designated study areas, recreational facilities, laundry, and shared kitchens. Students may opt to cook for themselves or to dine at campus eateries. 


There is a clinic on the campus of Beijing Normal University. Students also have access to nearby hospitals. 


You will arrive in China in August for a three-week orientation program prior to the formal start of classes, which includes language study, lectures, workshops, and excursions. 

Student Activities

Exploring the country is an important part of the program, which organizes more than a dozen local excursions and long-distance trips over the course of the semester to locations such as Shanghai, Xi'an, Nanjing, and Shaoxing. In addition to activities and excursions organized by the resident director, the College of Chinese Language and Culture at BNU organizes parties, singing contests, sports (soccer, table-tennis, badminton, billiards, and darts), photo exhibits, Chinese cooking lessons, visits to museums, and short trips to important sites in the area. The city of Beijing offers many opportunities to explore Chinese art, music, culture, history, and gastronomy.

Program Dates

(dates are approximate)

The program runs from mid-August to late December. (Fall 2021 program has been deferred to spring 2022, and the program is projected to run from approximately mid-January to late early June 2022.)