Beijing, China
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:
The Middlebury C.V. Starr School in China, in cooperation with CET Academic Programs, offers a full language immersion experience in Beijing. Intended for students with an intermediate to advanced level of Chinese language, the program structure, including housing with Chinese roommates, is designed to expose students to an environment that will build upon their foundation of Chinese while rapidly increasing their knowledge of the language and culture.

Students enrolled in the School in China take all of their courses in Chinese, including content-based electives and the unique one-on-one tutorial. Living with Chinese roommates, students use their language skills in a relaxed environment outside of the classroom. Students in all locations have the opportunity to spend January term in Beijing preceding, following, or in-between the fall or spring semester. Our host in Beijing, Capital Normal University (CNU), is a national university that has hosted CET programs since 1982. CNU is well-known as one of the best teacher’s colleges in the city, and as such has a broad range of disciplines, including the social sciences and linguistics. With its central location and some of the most impressive facilities in the city, CNU offers an ideal home for students eager to explore Beijing

Participants in the C.V. Starr-Middlebury Schools Abroad don’t just study a language—they live it. Many of our students major in disciplines other than foreign languages, yet all bring a level of proficiency that supports their commitment to language and cultural immersion. They sign and honor the Middlebury Language Pledge because they want the greatest possible challenge in a study abroad program and an authentic experience in every respect; academic, social, and even professional. At every juncture of their time abroad, students have the chance to "live the language" and immerse themselves in the host culture.
Setting Description:
As China's capital, Beijing is a large and vibrant city particularly marked by rapid economic growth. The city itself has grown tremendously and visitors and residents alike remark at its constant state of change and the contrast between the modern and the ancient. It is also the center of Chinese cultural “action,” and—since it is the capital—a place where politics is central.
Tuition (includes tuition, health insurance, orientation, excursions, textbooks, and a shared dormitory room with a Chinese roommate): Fall or Spring Semester $18,200. Fall Semester + Winter Term $21,850. Spring Semester + Winter Term $22,350. Year $36,400. Year + Winter Term $40,050