• China
    • Beijing
Academic Year, Fall, J-Term, Spring, Summer
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Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
Apartment Dormitory Host Family


Price Details
Program Cost includes: Tuition for 12-18 academic credit hours, Individual tutor for Chinese-language studies, Meal card with 400 RMB, Trips to several sites around Beijing, Chinese roommate option, Academic Excursion (transportation, local hotels, admission fees, several meals). The Beijing Center offers academic and merit-based scholarships.
What's Included
Some Accommodation Some Activities Classes Some Meals Travel Insurance Visa Wifi
What's Included (Extra)

Some airfare (Excursions)

Feb 09, 2023
Dec 07, 2016
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About Program

Stand out from the crowd and join The Beijing Center for a Semester or Full Year immersion in the heart of Beijing, China!

The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies offers you the opportunity for a transformative and evolving study abroad experience! Between a unique selection of academic courses and two unforgettable excursions throughout China, you will gain a lifetime worth of knowledge about Chinese culture.

Each semester, you will travel throughout China, experiencing the different culture of each place and sharing memorable moments with the locals. The excursions include trips to both the Silk Road and Yunnan Province as part of our 25th Anniversary special celebrations. You will select a level of Mandarin appropriate for your proficiency, and you can choose from over 115 courses through our school of record, the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing. All courses are taught in English by leading scholars from China's exceptional institutions.

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Program Highlights

  • Globalize your resume with for-credit internship opportunities
  • Explore the real China on a 2-week excursion to The Silk Road (Fall) or Yunnan Province (Spring) - included in tuition
  • Chinese language tutor included and the option to live with a Chinese roommate
  • Make life-long friendships with classmates and peers from over 40 colleges and universities!
  • Scholarships and financial aid available

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Program Reviews

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Yes, I recommend this program

Fall 2015

My name is Kari Osowski and I am a Senior at Loyola University Chicago. Last fall, I backpacked through the Silk Road as an excursion of The Beijing Center! During my semester halfway across the world, I prayed with Tibetan monks in Xiàhé, walked a day in the shoes of Uyghur students in Ürümqi, spent the night in a yurt in Xinjiang, rode a camel in the Taklimakan desert and was on the UIBE International cheerleading team. Deciding to study at The Beijing Center was easily the best decision I’ve ever made at Loyola. If students are looking to challenge themselves, live in a completely new and diverse culture, and enhance your Loyola experience, China’s the place to be!

88 people found this review helpful.
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Amazing experience

Great program that truly immerses you into the Chinese lifestyle and culture. I went with no language experience and was able to learn so much and even travel by myself through the country. The school planned trips are incredible, but some of the directors are a little strange. Just do what you want to do and explore everything. Take advantage of all the time to travel through the country. The classes are hard but taught in the Chinese fashion and the homework is interesting. The food is amazing there are so many options close to campus.

What would you improve about this program?
The student development staff was very babying towards you. They acted like you werent a competent adult and couldnt plan things for yourself or travel by yourself. Just ignore them and do all of your own traveling whenever you want!
82 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Best Semester of Undergrad

I learned so much and have memories from this semester that will last a life time. The TBC staff really go out of their way to make the massive and mysterious country of China seem accessible. I made friends that I will have for the rest of my life and can honestly say that I am a different person than I was before I studied abroad!

What would you improve about this program?
I wish there were more events that Chinese students attended to make it easier to meet more Chinese students but the Chinese Host Student/Tutor Program did help give my first Chinese friend when I arrived!
83 people found this review helpful.
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Great experience with great people

TBC is one of the best study abroad programs in China. The staff is extremely helpful, the faculty is very involved in their respective fields, the two excursions are phenomenal and I made some of my best friends while in Beijing. The location of the program is prime and the support system set up allows every student to really take advantage of their time abroad. I recommend this program to anyone who is thinking about going abroad. China itself is one of the best places to study abroad because of the culture, history and impact on the world currently and in the future: all of which is exemplified by the TBC program.
Can't say enough good things!

69 people found this review helpful.
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Great program!

This was a great program! I did an entire academic year here, and loved the entire thing! The trips that are a part of the program are amazing - you get to see so much of China - its worth it just for that!

78 people found this review helpful.
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Go to China!

Went here without any knowledge of the Chinese language. I was looking to get out of my comfort zone, and I can definitely say I achieved my goal. This gives you so much knowledge of other things that are out there, other cultures and a different value system. It was my most amazing experience to date, and I wouldn't trade it for anything. Am constantly trying to figure out when I can get back to China. It really didn't take long from only being able to say "hello" in Mandarin, to being able to head out to places on my own.

Definitely consider TBC. It's been 6 years since I've gone and I still think back to my time in this program constantly. You will have endless stories and experiences.

What would you improve about this program?
I really think this program is perfect.
80 people found this review helpful.
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An Amazing Experience

I couldn't think of any other way to "discover" China and learn its culture and language(s). The faculty and staff are incredible and the quality of academic opportunities and cultural excursions are unparalleled.

76 people found this review helpful.
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Language program is great!

I wish I could have stayed a second semester. I loved the program and could not believe how much it enhanced my language skills. In the intensive language course I was able to skip a language level when I went back home!

74 people found this review helpful.

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