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CIEE Beijing Intensive Chinese Language

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Summer, Academic Year


Beijing, China




2.75 GPA; 2-6 semesters of college-level Chinese

Application Due:

Spring: 10/1

Fall: 3/15

Summer: 3/1

Program Cost:

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CIEE's Intensive Chinese Language Study Abroad Program at Peking University in Beijing, China, is one of the oldest and most recognized intensive Chinese language programs. The Peking University Center for Teaching Chinese houses over eight different language levels and many other elective courses that benefit the specific needs of each student. Intensive language courses coupled with individual language tutorials, diversified field trips, modern housing facilities, and experienced onsite staff, make the CIEE Study Center in Beijing an incredible place to study and learn cross-cultural skills under the auspices of the most famous university in China. The UI offers resident credit for this program as well as other CIEE programs in China.


The Intensive Chinese Language program is designed to enable high-intermediate and advanced language students to increase their language proficiency and knowledge about China and Beijing’s important role in Chinese society. This is achieved through intensive Mandarin training, weekly interactions with Chinese peer tutors and other local Chinese communities, a local family visit, and group excursions. This program is ideal for independent students looking to explore Beijing and its local culture outside of classes.

Cultural Activities

CIEE offers guided field trips to historic and cultural sites in and around Beijing, such as the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, the Temple of Heaven, the Dashanzi Art District, and various other famous landmarks of interest. There are additional site visits to supplement the area studies course. Cultural activities may include the Beijing Opera and an acrobatic performance. Classes in calligraphy, painting, taijiquan, and traditional Chinese musical instruments are also offered.


Summer 2013: Mid June to mid August

Fall: Late August to mid December


For More Info

Please make an appointment with the program advisor by calling the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353.

Peking University

As one of China’s most prestigious universities, Peking University was founded in 1898 and has a long tradition of scholarly excellence and political activism. Its primary mission is to train scholars for advanced research in the natural and social sciences. More than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled. The PKU campus comprises a blend of modern buildings and traditional Chinese architectural structures and is celebrated for its beautifully landscaped grounds and lake


As the capital of the world’s most populous nation, Beijing is at the center of much that happens in China. It is a city of over 22 million people adapting as China emerges as a global player. Beijing reflects China’s long and evolving history and home to some of the nation’s most well-known and culturally important sites such as the Great Wall, Forbidden City, and the Summer Palace. In addition to being the political and cultural center of China, Beijing is known as the birthplace of Chinese cinema and modern art. Beijing also has China’s largest concentration of top research institutions.


China, officially known as the People's Republic of China, is the second largest country in the world by land area. Its 1.3 billion citizens live mostly near the eastern seaboard. China has grown and evolved for over 5000 years and due to its growing economic power, is set to be one of the world’s superpowers during the 21st century.

Living Arrangements

Housing is included in the program fee. All students will live in either the recently built foreign student complex, Zhongguanyuan Global Village or with a homestay family. Zhongguanyuan Global Village is conveniently located roughly five minutes from the University’s Southeast Gate. Students on the semester program living in Zhongguanyuan Global Village have the opportunity to take part in a three-week homestay experience. Students may not live in private accommodations outside of CIEE-arranged housing facilities during the duration of the program.

Living conditions in Zhongguanyuan Global Village are comfortable and inviting. Rooms for CIEE students are all suite-style. Students will be housed two or three to a suite, with each student getting his or her own bedroom. Each bedroom has a twin-sized bed with sheets and pillows, a desk, bookshelf, armoire, and Internet access. The suite features a shared living room and one full bathroom. Public kitchens are available for student use on almost every floor as are washers and dryers.

Students also have the unique option to have a homestay experience with a local Chinese family. Each family has a family member who is currently working at PKU or is a retired PKU faculty member. Chinese host families are located 15–20 minutes from campus by public transportation. Students have their own room and share the living room, kitchen, and bathroom. Students are invited to family meals twice a week, but should budget for all other meals on the program. Chinese family members speak Chinese only. This option is highly recommended for students who want to live in an entirely Chinese language environment and are motivated to make rapid progress in Chinese language outside of class.

Meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. Students usually eat at the many diverse cafeterias available on campus. In addition, there are also several affordable restaurants on and off campus.

Travel Arrangements

Airfare is not included in the program fee but students will work with CIEE to determine the best time for arrival. Students will also receive support from CIEE when applying for a Chinese visa. More information on travel arrangements will be provided by CIEE after the application cycle has concluded.


This program is open to all UI students who are in both good academic and also disciplinary standing. Applicants must also meet the minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75, and 2-6 semesters of college-level Chinese. One Chinese area studies course is recommended, but not required.

Students who meet/exceed the GPA requirement must still be in good disciplinary standing in order to be eligible. No exceptions will be made on the disciplinary standing requirement.

Program Cost Sheet

This is the Cost Sheet for Spring of 2014 and here is the Cost Sheet for Summer of 2014. These documents outline the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid purposes. It includes fees charged on students’ U-Bill, as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic.

The cost sheet includes the Study Abroad Administrative Fee and Mandatory Iowa Regents CISI Travel Insurance. Please see the respective websites for further details. If the fee is inclusive of UI tuition, it is calculated by Current Tuition. Please contact your study abroad advisor with questions regarding this cost sheet – call 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) is applicable to study abroad programs. Please check the Study Abroad website for information on financial aid and how it may be applied to studying abroad. You are also encouraged to speak with someone at the Office of Student Financial Aid to explore financial aid options.

Scholarship Opportunities exist for study abroad participants. Please explore Study Abroad’s websites for UI Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities, and Non-UI External Awards.

Accepted Summer applicants are automatically entered in a drawing for one of six $500 scholarships awarded to University of Iowa students from CIEE. Scholarships will be directly applied to students’ U-Bills. Please ask your study abroad advisor for further details.

Accepted Semester applicants are automatically entered in a drawing for one of fifteen $1000 scholarships awarded to University of Iowa students from CIEE. Scholarships will be directly applied to students’ U-Bills. Please ask your study abroad advisor for further details.

Withdrawal policy

After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
Within the first nine days after the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of program fee: $100
10-19 days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of program fee: 50%
20-44 days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of program fee: 75%
45 or more days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of program fee: 100%

Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Check with your specific provider/host university for details. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.

Application Deadline

The online application for the spring session of this program will be available from 8/1 to 10/11 The application deadline for summer, fall, and academic year programs will be available from 12/1 to 3/7. Any supplemental materials are due to the study abroad office one week later.

How to Apply

Click here for UI's online study abroad application.

Note, students must fill out two applications. In addition to UI's online study abroad application, you will also be required to fill out CIEE's online application. BEFORE applying to CIEE, students MUST make an appointment with the study abroad advisor for this program. Please call 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.

Study Abroad will provide information regarding confirmation and preparation after the application cycle. Please contact the program advisor if you have questions - call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment .

Acceptance Materials

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Pre-departure Materials

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Orientation Information

UI Study Abroad will offer a large group pre-departure orientation for all outgoing study abroad students. Activities may include meeting with study abroad returnees. CIEE will also run both a pre-departure orientation as well as an on-site orientation. In the pre-departure orientation, UI students will meet CIEE's resident director as well as other program participants. The on-site orientation will help students acclimate to life in their host city and in Chinese culture.