• China
    • Beijing
Fall, Spring, Summer
Subject Areas
Asian Studies Biology Computer Science Cultural Studies Economics History International Relations Sociology
Need-based funding, Merit-based funding, General grants/scholarships

Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
Dormitory Host Family


Price Details
You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE! Our high-quality programs include tuition, housing, on-site airport pick-up, field trips and cultural activities, 24/7 on-site professional staff, and automatic iNext insurance. There are no hidden charges or surprises when you arrive, and scholarships opportunities are available!
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Classes Some Meals Travel Insurance
Jul 14, 2022
Nov 24, 2018
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About Program

China’s capital city is filled with ancient history and remarkable historic sites, creating the perfect base to push your solid Mandarin skills ahead. Students must be a junior or senior standing and have superior-level Chinese language skills. Take classes with top Chinese students across a range of academic areas, including biology, business, communications, cultural studies, engineering, history, humanities, math, and social sciences at CIEE Beijing and CIEE’s prestigious partner school, Peking University (PKU).

Courses are available in English and Chinese.

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Program Highlights

  • CIEE Beijing is conveniently located at Peking University and Minzu University.
  • Visits to alluring destinations like Pingyao, Yu County, or Xi’an.
  • Tours of fascinating sites loaded with history, like Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.
  • Hikes along the Ming Great Wall for a magnificent view of Chinese history.
  • Depending on their program of study and availability, students may be able to participate in an internship or volunteer.

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CIEE Beijing Summer Programs

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CIEE Beijing Semester Programs

A fascinating blend of the very old and the ultra-modern, Beijing is home to 15th century treasures like the Hall of Supreme Harmony and stunners like Beijing National Stadium, a.k.a. the Bird’s Nest. The jam-packed cosmopolitan city buzzes with a lively arts scene, and boasts a record number of top research institutions and technology companies.



CIEE Scholarships and Grants

CIEE’s need-based grants offer support to students who face financial barriers to studying abroad. CIEE awards need-based grants based on students’ EFCs and program selection. The Gilman Go Global Grant offers students $750-$2,000 toward airfare, plus $2,500 toward semester program costs, or $1,000 toward summer program costs.

$500 - $2,500

Program Reviews

4.33 Rating
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  • 4 rating 66.67%
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  • Academics 4.35
  • Support 4.7
  • Fun 4.35
  • Housing 4
  • Safety 5
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Yes, I recommend this program

Fall 2018 Beijing Semester at PKU with CIEE

I had a great semester studying at PKU in Beijing thanks to the support and services provided by CIEE. From the excursions they planned for us throughout the semester, to our weekly tutoring sessions with graduate students, I feel that I have improved my language skills and cultural understanding of China incredibly. I was also always impressed with how available our program director was, as no matter the issue or the time she would be able to help us. I know there were a few hairy moments for others on the program and Ms. Jiang was always immediately available to help resolve the issue. I also think the office atmosphere was great, as anytime we needed help or wanted to chat or ask questions, we could go to the office and speak with any of the program employees there. It was also a great atmosphere to do homework or wind down after a long day of classes. I've been most impressed with the staff on the program.

What would you improve about this program?
I believe online information and orientation information could be updated, but otherwise I was very happy with the organization and execution of the program.
108 people found this review helpful.
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The Best Opportunity for Language Study + Cultural Immersion in China

If you want an authentic experience in modern China, you must go to Beijing. And if you want a study-abroad experience that combines a rigorous language program with a series of unforgettable cultural events, I can recommend no program more highly than CIEE’s Intensive Chinese Language (ICL) program at Peking University. My language skills and confidence grew exponentially as a result of the daily language classes. I also got to experience the real Beijing (and China) with excursions to places such as the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, and the Temple of Heaven. There were many opportunities to try fantastic food (I recommend Peking duck or anything with eggplant) and cultural activities (like calligraphy). On the other hand, there was plenty of time and resources available to plan my own excursions and activities. I was also impressed by the CIEE staff at Peking University, who were always there to hear my questions and concerns, or offer advice and recommendations for restaurants and attractions. If you have the opportunity to study abroad at this specific program, you should definitely take it.

111 people found this review helpful.
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Academic Enrichment

Having the opportunity to enroll directly into Peking University's School of International Studies and Sociology Department was one of the most intellectually stimulating and academically enriching experiences I have been through. Having a good balance between challenging and welcoming, my professors helped to acquire a solid grasp of the learning material and piqued my interest in engaging in further study on issues related to democracy, development and trends of globalization. Overall, I would highly recommend this program for anyone wanting to not just learn about China, but learn about the world through China's lens.

What would you improve about this program?
Additional support and direction regarding on-campus activities.
108 people found this review helpful.

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