Syracuse University Beijing Center
97% Rating
(3 Reviews)

Syracuse University Beijing Center

The SU Beijing academic program begins with a Signature Seminar with on-site lectures in Beijing and other cities. The semester consists of courses taught in English and Mandarin, and language instruction at all levels. Through a special arrangement with Tsinghua University in Beijing, Syracuse University program students are able to enroll in pre-selected classes taught in English, including graduate courses in the School of Public Policy. Tsinghua students are also invited to attend Syracuse University courses taught in English. This arrangement allows for discussion and interaction on contemporary issues from both the Chinese and U.S. perspective.

Locations
Asia » China » Beijing
Asia » China
Program Type
Provider
Subject Areas
Accounting
Asian Studies
Communications
Cultural Studies
East Asian Studies
Finance
Geography
International Business
Public Policy
Sustainable Development
Degree Level
Bachelors
Masters
Timeframe
Academic Year
Fall
Spring
Language
Chinese
Steps
Online Application
Statement of Purpose
Official Transcripts
Letters of Recommendation
GPA Requirement
Visa Requirement
Starting Price
$0.00
Currency
USD
Price Details
See SU Abroad website for exact charges. The program fee includes pre-departure meetings, Signature Seminar (transportation, hotel accommodations, and some group meals during the seminar are included), orientation abroad, housing, International Student I.D. card, and activities and services not covered by tuition and for which a separate fee is not charged.
Other Locations
Beijing

Questions & Answers

Program Reviews

  • Academics
    83%
  • Support
    100%
  • Fun
    97%
  • Housing
    93%
  • Safety
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Program Reviews (3)

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Clara
Other

An extraordinary experience!

10/10

There are so many moments I wish I could relive during my study abroad in Beijing, China. The SU Abroad Beijing staff really wants you to have an incredible experience. They will work with you to make sure your needs are met. The SU Beijing Center is located at Tsinghua University, which is where you will be taking your courses with experienced professors. Classes will never be boring because it is a mix of discussion and field trips to historical and cultural landmarks around Beijing (The Great Wall, The Forbidden City, 798 Art District). Getting around is pretty easy--from your dorm all the way to the Chinese language center, you can practically bike all over campus! The cafeteria food is cheap and delicious! If you're feeling homesick, simply bike (8 minutes) or walk (15 minutes) to the neighborhood center, Wudaokou, for some Western cuisine!

What sets the SU Abroad Beijing program apart from others is its two-week signature seminar. When you first start the program, you will have 2-weeks to dive deeper into China's history and understand the perspective of locals who are trying to improve some of the country's issues. When I was abroad (Fall 2014), we had visits to environmental NGOs and had visits to ethnic-minority villages. You'll learn a lot about China by the time the program ends, and I guarantee you'll have so much to share after your return!

How can this program be improved?

This program tends to have mostly political science/international relations/economics/history courses; however, independent study is also possible for other fields--such as communications (with the approval of your home college).

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Phoebe
Female
21 years old
Singapore
Syracuse University

Excellent program and global experience

10/10

For any students seeking a unique global experience and passionate about Asia and emerging economy, SU Beijing is the right program for you. You will have the opportunity to study in China's number 1 university, Tsinghua University where its last 2 presidents graduated from. You would be able to attend 1 Tsinghua course that is being taught in English, but be mindful that it can be challenging. SU students are open to all courses being offered by SU Beijing Center and they are all excellent to help you gain understanding about China in a short period of time. I highly recommend Dr. Tong's political science courses, as you would have the chance to sit with Chinese students from Tsinghua U and have a discussion about the lecture topic. The signature seminar is another thing you should not miss. It is a great opportunity to not just travel but learn about the country at the same time. If you choose to do so, you can get a good internship through SU Beijing Center who will connect you with some local companies. Living condition can be tough, but international students' dorms are so much better compared to local students'. You will have a private room and bath, plus a cleaning service who cleans your room 3x a week. Foods are cheap and delicious, just be careful with the hygiene if you are eating out. Hope we will see you in Beijing!

How can this program be improved?

One of the downside of the signature seminar is there are times when you are left to find your own meal. For anyone who comes to China for the first time and doesn't speak the language, this can be challenging, and terrifying even. I wish the program director be a bit more mindful in giving advices on where to get food that doesn't taste awful or not hygienic.

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Molly
Female
24 years old
Baoshan, China
Syracuse University

Highly Recommend SU's Tsinghua Program

9/10

The staff go out of their way to make you comfortable, answer your questions, and find activities/classes that fit your interests. The living situation is ideal - you have a single bedroom in the international student dorms on the Tsinghua campus with your own (western) bathroom as well. There's wifi and good campus cuisine is close by. You can choose to challenge yourself academically through Tsinghua classes in Chinese, through higher levels of Chinese instruction, or through completing independent studies with Tsinghua professors. You can also choose to take a more laid-back route, leaving time for exploration by sticking with the English-only courses taught by Tsinghua professors tailored specifically to you and your peers in the SU Abroad program. I highly recommend attending the pre-semester traveling seminar - it's incredible, both academically and in terms of adventure!

How can this program be improved?

The only drawback to this program is that because students are enrolled in the Tsinghua Chinese language courses (which improve one's Chinese rapidly), students must be on campus for class Monday through Friday. Language classes are either all in the afternoon or morning. This leaves only the weekends and any school breaks for travel or day-trips. For those of you that are more academically-focused, this isn't a drawback. But for those of you that are more interested in travel, this may hinder your plans.

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