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Beijing International Chinese College

About

Beijing International Chinese College (BICC) is the largest private Chinese language school in Beijing. With more than 30 classrooms in our 3 campuses, we have exceptional facilities and resources to support your studies. Our teachers are very experienced and engaging, our courses are flexible and affordable. We can issue a free student visa and we are an official HSK testing center approved by Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban).

Our Sanlitun Campus is conveniently located in the heart of Beijing, within walking distance from one of the biggest parks in Beijing (Chaoyang Park), the tallest building in Beijing (CBD area, China World Building) and the bustling streets of Sanlitun Village.

We provide all our students with a free gym membership at the Fitness Center across the street from our Sanlitun Campus. You can enjoy the swimming pool, the yoga and fitness classes any day after your Mandarin Chinese classes.

Reviews

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Yoshioka
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

BICC helped me a lot on progressing my Chinese ability.

BICC helped me a lot on progressing my Chinese ability.

Teachers here are all friendly and enthusiastic.

On my first day here, my Chinese was really bad. I wasn’t able to read, listen and understand anything at that time; therefore, I got abundant troubles on living. But through learning at BICC, I’ve been getting used to the daily life here. If I’ve only taken Chinese classes at the universities, the learning progress wouldn’t be so great.

However, I wish I had other peers in the class and more chances to chat with the teachers. Due to the one-on-one teaching style, I wasn’t able to do so. I believe that my learning would be more exciting if I have had more interactions with others.

Our six-month learning here is end. I hope to have affairs on work which are more connected with China when I return to Japan.

I especially thank the teachers here and BICC.

Hope to see you again!

吉冈悠志

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Sunday
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

BICC Provides a Conducive Environment for Learning

The well organized classes, under the Chinese Language and Culture Courses for Embassy Officials Program, and the very experienced and skilled teachers have made me feel confident and at ease in a Chinese environment.
The teaching methods and care given to students encourage fast learning and understanding. Grateful if the students could be more encouraged to like and write Chinese characters, which many of us take to be very hard, but which I understand can facilitate a faster learning and understanding of the language.
I encourage those who are interested in learning the Chinese language and Culture to join BICC for faster learning and understanding with utmost comfort.

Sunday Evelyn

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Cristina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience really useful to learn a bit more on China and the Chinese language

I attended this course with a limited knowledge of the language and I immediately learn a lot of words and expressions which were really useful in my common life in Beijing.
The methodology used by the teachers was always good and professional. Also the class environment was perfect and I always felt very well, as the teachers did a great job in establishing a friendly approach with the students.
I really think that the courses performed by the BICC are well structured and could help foreign people to learn Chinese, understand the Chinese culture and to have better and friendly relationship with Chinese people.
I am very happy to have attended this course and I will suggest to anybody may need to learn Chinese to come to the BICC.
Thanks a lot to all the BICC staff.

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Aysegul
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best place to learn Chinese

BICC is a great place to get to know Chinese culture and to learn Chinese. The athmosphere is professional and at the same time relaxed. My Chinese level is improved very quickly with the course in BICC. All the teachers and staff are very friendly and helpful. They teach Chinese effective and easy way. They also offer plenty of activities to learn Chinese culture, which are very helpful for understanding and enjoying Chinese culture. I would like to thank the administration, teachers and staff of BICC for their dedication and generosity. I recommend all my friends as a best place to learn Chinese.

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Imee
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Excellent language school in Beijing

I have just finished a 3mos language program and I am very pleased and satisfied with the overall quality of studies. I took the twice a week sessions with Wednesday options to engage in social activities the school arrange. Its very engaging. I had instructions before in other schools but i must say that BICC offered the best program at my level. I would not hesitate to recommend highly BICC in the future.

Programs

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

What position do you hold at BICC? What has been your career path so far?

I’m a Chinese Language teacher and a Coordinator of Programs. Right now, I’m designing the 2nd phase of the Chinese Language Program for China Public Diplomacy Association. At our BICC campuses, aside from our regular Chinese language courses, we also design special Chinese Language and Culture programs for foreign journalists working in Beijing, for embassy officials etc. I’m the program coordinator for the Chinese Language and Culture program for African foreign correspondents who need to be familiar with all aspects of Chinese culture to be able to write insightful news articles on China.

What does the future hold for BICC - any exciting new programs to share?

We’ve just finished the ‘Training Workshop for Chinese Teachers from abroad’, a program designed to further improve the Chinese level and teaching Chinese Mandarin techniques of foreign teachers who teach Chinese in their own countries. Teachers from Russia, Mongolia and Nepal participated in this phase of the training program, which was the fourteenth workshop since 2006.

The training course included 100 class hours, plus numerous sightseeing and cultural activities. The second phase this year will be organized from July 9th to July 29th. We expect more than 100 teachers to take part in the next phase of the program, held during the summer break. We encourage teachers with interest in becoming Chinese teachers to apply.

Also, BICC is organizing a FREE Summer Camp in Beijing from July 6 to July 26, sponsored by Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban). During three weeks of intensive Chinese language learning, participants will improve their capability in Spoken Chinese and cultivate their interest in the study of Chinese language. We’re receiving applications until 20th of April 2015, so students between the ages 18 - 26 years are welcome to apply!

What about the future of the industry? How do you think study abroad and international education will change over the next 10 years?

Studying abroad is it becoming the norm for an international career. Students don’t just study a language because they want to speak it and learn more about the culture when they are studying abroad, they want to find an internship and work there, integrate into the new culture and stay for a few years.

I’ve noticed that students that have an objective like finding a job in China, they learn the language faster as they have a very strong motivation to speak Chinese well during a job interview. With the rapid development of China’s economy, China will continue to be a top destination for students who desire to study abroad.

Describe a time when you felt especially proud to be part of the BICC team.

I’m always proud to be part of the BICC team, but if I had to choose a special moment it was is when I landed in Zimbabwe and met the primary school children that I was going to teach Chinese language to.

I was very proud to teach them their first Chinese words and to teach them a few interesting facts about the Chinese culture. The year I spent in Zimbabwe was definitely the best teaching experience so far.

What is your home-country's culture value that is taught in your language program?

In China, the younger generation must always show respect to the older generation, for example cousins and family members don’t address each other by name, but rather by saying ‘older brother’, ‘younger brother’, ‘ auntie’, ‘uncle’, etc. It is quite challenging for foreigners to understand and to remember all the polite forms to address the people around them.

So we, as teachers, need to emphasize the importance of being respectful to the elderly, to the family members, to the co-workers and address them by their title, rather by name. But once the students understand this cultural aspect, they are equipped with far more than just words to immerse themselves into the Chinese way of life.