June 11-August 3, 2018
The Chicago in Beijing Chinese Immersion program offers qualified undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to study Chinese language in a completely Chinese-speaking environment, allowing students to acquire one year’s worth of language study credit in just eight weeks. Students receive daily Chinese language instruction at the University of Chicago Center in Beijing and live in international student dorms on the campus of nearby Renmin University, in the northwest part of the city, about eight miles from Tiananmen Square (considered the city’s center). Beijing, a modern city with a three-thousand-year history and a lively art and music scene, is a compelling venue for cultural and linguistic immersion.
Learn Mandarin and explore Chinese culture with this summer study abroad and language immersion program!
Instruction and Educational Activities
The intensive Chinese language courses, offered at the 200, 300, and 400-level, will be taught by University of Chicago faculty using the same textbooks and curriculum as are used on the Hyde Park campus. Students pledge to speak only Mandarin while in the program, and receive five hours of daily language instruction: after a two-hour session with faculty in which new material is introduced, students will have a two-hour small group session with local instructors to provide additional language practice, followed in the afternoon by individual one-on-one sessions in which students work on their conversation and presentation skills. Biweekly “Chinese table” lunches with faculty and students and evening office hours provide additional opportunities for language instruction. Students also have “language partners”: Renmin University students to meet up with on Renmin’s campus to eat in the dining hall or hang out together, and learn from each other. Students also participate in cultural activities such as calligraphy and martial arts, and excursions to famous sites like the Great Wall, the Temple of Heaven, and Beijing Opera. Guest speakers lecture on Chinese culture, society, and history. Students can also attend the public events hosted by the Center.
Living in Beijing
UChicago’s Center in Beijing is located in the Haidian District, also known as “China’s Silicon Valley,” which has the highest concentration of universities, tech firms, and technology markets in Beijing. The neighborhood surrounding the Center has many stores, restaurants, movie theaters, and other amenities within walking distance, and is also easily accessible by public transportation and taxi. The Center also offers terrific views of the city and western hills.
Student accommodations are at one of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in China, Renmin (People’s) University, known colloquially as Renda. Renda’s facilities, including a library, gym, outdoor sports courts, a swimming pool, classroom buildings, dormitories, and cafeterias, are convenient to both where classes take place and where students live. You can also find coffee shops, copy and printing stores, convenience stores, a post office, restaurants, and banks right on campus. The university’s compact campus makes it easy to integrate into the local community. For example, students can join Chinese and other international students in pickup basketball near the West Gate of campus, or dance with locals during their evening group exercises.
Students live in The International Culture Exchange Center, an international student dorm near the East Gate of campus. Students in the dormitory will be from all over the world, primarily Korea, Europe, Central Asia, and Africa. Dormitory suites include two bedrooms, a shared bathroom and common area. Each room is furnished with a bed, desk, chair, bookcase, closet, TV, telephone, and air-conditioning units. Sheets, blankets, and pillows are provided. There are pay-per-use washing machines and dryers available, as well as simple shared kitchens.
For meals, students can choose among campus dining halls serving different styles of food, or explore what the city has to offer, with restaurants right in the neighborhood offering a wide range of cuisines and price levels. Produce, snack foods, beverages, and other common groceries are available in nearby supermarkets and drugstores.
- Applications accepted beginning early December 2017.
- The Priority application deadline is February 2. Students who apply by the Priority application deadline will have their $50 application fee waived. Any applications received after the Priority deadline will be admitted using rolling admission and will require a $50 application fee. Current University of Chicago students do not have to pay an application fee. Applications will be accepted until all spots are filled, except for Chicago in Beijing (CIB) applicants, the application deadline is March 15, 2018.
- All CIB students must live on-campus at Renmin University in Beijing.
- CIB courses are only available to undergraduate students.
From the time of admission acceptance, the Summer Session Office begins making program arrangements on behalf of CIB participants, including student housing, excursion logistics, local language instruction, etc. Students admitted to the CIB program must complete the following forms to confirm their participation:
- Study Abroad Heath Insurance form (available in the UChicago Account)
- Travel Waiver Release and Indemnification Agreement (available in the UChicago Account)
- Media Release form (available in the UChicago Account)
- A high quality color scan of the ID page of your passport* (upload to the UChicago Account)
In addition, you will need to mail the following items to our office. Please note that originals are needed. We cannot accept copies.
- Passport size and quality photos
- Completed JW 202 Information form
Students who withdraw for any reason will be assessed a portion of the CIB program fee according to the schedule below. Please note that these fees generally represent only a portion of costs already incurred on a student’s behalf.
- Before April 1: Students withdrawing before this date will not be assessed additional charges.
- April 1 - April 30: Students withdrawing during this period will be charged 25% of the program fee.
- May 1 - May 31: Students withdrawing during this period will be charged 50% of the program fee.
- After June 1: Students withdrawing on or after this date will be charged 100% of the program fee.
Withdrawal requests must be submitted in writing to the Summer Session Office. Withdrawals are final and cannot be reversed. In the rare event that the University of Chicago cancels the program at any time before the program arrival date, students would receive a full refund.