Study Abroad in Beijing, China


The City of Political Power


102 Study Abroad Programs in Beijing, China

Study in China with API

API offers comprehensive programs in Beijing and Shanghai. Participants can study Chinese language and cutlure, business, arts and sciences, and IT, along with many other course subjects. All API programs include airport pickup, an on-site orientation with an English-speaking Resident Director, housing, tuition, medical and life insurance, excursions, social and cultural activities, and a tra...

American Institute For Foreign Study

AIFS offers a wide range of unique programs in Asia, Australia, Europe, South Africa and the Americas.  Most AIFS campuses offer courses in English or in foreign languages from beginner to advanced levels, so you don’t even have to know a foreign language to study abroad.

Outstanding Academic Options in China w/ IES Abroad

Four international learning options are provided by IES Abroad to individuals all around the world who are eager to study in China. With summer and semester-long programs to choose from, participants have the chance to broaden their knowledge of their chosen subject areas while cultivating a deeper appreciation of Chinese traditions in one of the world's most heavily-populated cities, Beijing.

CAPA International Education

Students can benefit from a well-rounded learning program with CAPA International Education in the progressive city of Beijing. Students study at Capital Normal University, taking courses that range from Business to Political Science.

Budget Academic Programs in Beijing with CSA!

Center For Study Abroad offers high quality academic programs to students and adults worldwide. Have the chance to experience the Chinese culture in Shanghai, China for a whole academic year. Study Asian Studies and Chinese language and culture at the Shanghai International Studies University.

Syracuse University in China

Get educated in Beijing, China through Syracuse University study abroad program. American participants can choose from a wide variety of courses such as Economics, Computer Science, and International Business. This program also offers intensive Mandarin language courses, internship placements, and cultural immersion activities.

Go Abroad China Ltd.

Integrate Eastern and Western culture by venturing to Beijing, Shanghai, or Nanjing with Go Abroad China Ltd. These international academic studies programs offer Chinese language courses at different levels throughout the year. Worldwide participants who join the program will have a chance to study in one of China's many prestigious Language schools.

StudentUniverse: Student Travel Agency

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Exciting Programs in Chinese, Business & Culture Study

Choose from six study abroad programs offered by Global Semesters in China. Participants embark on a cross-cultural exploration like no other as they learn more about the country's historical mecca, Beijing, and gain a deeper appreciation of how it was cultivated over time. American and Canadian participants can join this enthralling opportunity and earn academic credit upon completion.

Chinese Language School in China

Eurocentres offers language programs in China teaching individuals, of many different ages and nationalities, the increasingly valuable Chinese language. Students learn to communicate with locals through daily life, and develop deep friendships with fellow participants along the way. Participants can also visit the world famous Great Wall of China and try some unusual local delicacies.

Asia Summer Abroad Program in Business (ASAP)

The Asia Summer Abroad Program allows students to study international business practices in China, and 8 other countries in Asia, through Marist College. Students visit major companies in China and gain valuable insight into the inner workings of international businesses. The program is especially suited for students with a passion for business and management at the international level.

The College at Brockport (SUNY)

SUNY College at Brockport offers spring and fall semester study abroad programs, in both Shanghai and Beijing. Gain an in-depth understanding of Chinese culture and language. Learn about local political trends, economics, and the business environment in these parts of China. Worldwide participants have a variety of disciplines to choose from including culture, political science and more.

1-to-1 Chinese Immersion Language School : Year Round

One way to culturally-immerse oneself when traveling abroad is through learning the native language of the country. Konall Culture Exchange provides Mandarin classes in China where instructors design a tailored curriculum for every student, that will cater to their needs and ensure that they develop a good comprehension of the language.

Dragons Semester & Study Abroad Programs

Spend a semester in majestic and mystical China and develop a better understanding of the country's history and culture with Where There Be Dragons study programs. Participants spend the first half of the program in Kunming, where they stay with a host family, study basic Mandarin Chinese, and take an inter-disciplinary course on Modern China. The rest of the time is spent on weekend trips to t...

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Study Abroad students at Beijing's Temple of Heaven

How to Study Abroad in Beijing

The City of Political Power

Beijing is a sprawling city of 20 million residents, where skyscrapers are few and far between. Thus, Beijing continuously spreads out and its people need to be served by increasing numbers of metro train lines as well as six ring roads. However, foreign students coming to Beijing will typically find themselves in the Haidian District in the West of Beijing, which is home to most (but not all) of the capital's universities, which includes the two highest ranked in mainland China: Peking University and Tsinghua University.

Food & Culture

Beijing is the home of Mandarin, the Chinese language version officially spoken in China. It is the most authentic place to study Mandarin in China, compared to cities that have their own local dialects. As a city with such a long history, students will benefit from magnificent museums and galleries, historic palaces, and still-preserved old Beijing housing.  

As China’s national capital, Beijing is more expensive than cities in its provinces, but still with much lower costs compared to studying abroad in Western capitals. The Beijing metro system is an amazing value, costing just cents for a journey across the network. Public bus journeys are especially cheap when paid using a Beijing Transit Card. Thanks to the authorities, entrances to many major museums in Beijing are free.

Food on and around Beijing university campuses is inexpensive, and local students often eat perfectly acceptable street food. There are street markets, grocery stores, and famous markets where foreigners can haggle. Yes, there are high-end malls and top-quality restaurants in Beijing, too, but are usually a bit pricier than a typical student budget can afford.

Things to Do

Of course, the famous Great Wall of China from the Ming dynasty, is the most frequented site in the country. On the modern side there's the Olympic Park from 2008, a contemporary Central Business District, and the 798 Art District.

When studying abroad in China, you’ll want to see more than Beijing. Tianjin is the closest municipality and only 30 minutes away by hi-speed train — it makes for an interesting visit in just one day. Historic Xi'an and the Terracotta Warriors can be reached on an overnight sleeper train (this saves on hotel accommodation). Even Shanghai is only five hours away on the bullet train. More locally, the Beijing Rural Area (quite a contrast) is an hour to an hour and a half away by green 900 series public buses. It is always good to check if such opportunities are included in your program.

Studying in Beijing

There is plenty of choice and quality for international education in Beijing, though the overall experience varies according to location. Beijing Language and Culture University has 10,000 students at any one time of which around 6,000 are foreign (a truly international environment).

Capital Normal University is approaching 30,000, but only 1000 are international students (a more authentic Chinese experience in a local residential area). Programs for foreign students in Beijing can be found at most universities either directly or specially enhanced by third party study-abroad providers. In addition, U.S.-based universities often arrange their own faculty-led study abroad programs to Beijing in the summer or (less commonly) the winter sessions.

As the political and economic planning capital, international relations, and economic development are well supported programs and internships are readily available in Beijing too.

Studying abroad in Beijing is not the same as being a tourist in Beijing. The extra advantage is usually a longer time in an amazing world city, and the chance to take courses that encourage, and even require, deeper engagement with the community. The local providers will help facilitate this and give students an inside track. (For advice on engaging with locals, see Beijing's Top 10 Hidden Gems).

Colin Speakman

Colin Speakman brings more than 25 years of senior-level international education experience to his current role as Director of China Programs for CAPA International Education, based in Beijing. This includes 10 years of establishing and overseeing college programs in China. He has also lived in Nanjing and Shanghai, with frequent visits to Chengdu, Tianjin and Xi’an. Colin has been a regular writer for China Daily since 2008.