Tufts in Beijing

Location: Beijing, China
Program option: Fall Semester
Language of instruction: Chinese (Mandarin) and English


The Tufts-in-China program began in 2002 at Zhejiang University in the city of Hangzhou. With a strong curriculum and a robust program of extracurricular activities, Tufts in China has attracted over one hundred and seventy students since its inception, several whom are gainfully and happily employed in China today.

Beginning in fall 2018, the program was renamed 'Tufts in Beijing,' as it moved to Beijing in partnership with Beijing Normal University. Renowned for its rich educational resources, BNU is a leader in developing talent of exceptional intellect and creativity. BNU has nearly 10,000 undergraduate students, with roughly 1,800 international students from over 100 countries. Its College of International Chinese Education, where Tufts in Beijing is based, is hailed as one of the foremost 'National centers for teaching Chinese as a foreign language.' 

In addition to intensive language training, Tufts in Beijing also offers culture courses taught in English, volunteer and internship opportunities in Beijing, and a study-tour program that enables extensive cultural exploration and the opportunity to learn about China from a unique vantage point. The program's curricular and co-curricular opportunities are designed to provide participants with an in-depth and enriching academic and cultural experience.

The vibrancy and abundance of cultural resources in the city of Beijing, along with the high level of academic support at Beijing Normal University, make Tufts in Beijing a unique study-abroad opportunity for students of Chinese language and culture.

Program Staff

Faculty Director: Mingquan Wang, PhD, Language Behavior, Boston University; Language Coordinator, Chinese Program, Tufts University

Director: TBD

The onsite director advises students on academic and extracurricular matters and organizes special trips and activities.


The Tufts-in-Beijing program is open to undergraduate juniors and seniors who meet the general eligibility requirements and who have completed Chinese 4 (or the equivalent) by the time of departure. Tufts in Beijing is open to students from all majors.


$41,001 for fall semester includes:

  • Round-trip airfare from the continental United States.
  • Three-week orientation program with language study, lectures, workshops, and excursions.
  • Full room and board.
  • Full tuition and fees at Beijing Normal University.
  • Cultural events and excursions.
  • Extracurricular activities such as sports, performances, and clubs.
  • Allowance for books and photocopies.


While in Beijing, you will take intensive Chinese language courses, totaling 20 hours of class time per week. Small tutoring sessions are also arranged to provide the opportunity for more individualized language training and practice. In addition, you will devote six hours of class time per week to two culture courses taught in English. The culture course topics may vary from year to year, with the following being offered in the Fall of 2019:

  • Chinese Culture with Western Comparisons
  • Modern China in a Global Context

For information on future culture course offerings, please contact Faculty Director Dr. Mingquan Wang. Between the language and culture courses, Tufts-in-Beijing participants who successfully complete the full course load can expect to receive a total of 20 Tufts SHUs.

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 Yunnan. In addition to activities and excursions organized by the resident director, the College of International Chinese Education 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 2022 program has been suspended due to COVID.) The program is projected to run from approximately mid-August to late December, 2023.

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