Study Abroad in Beijing, China

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The City of Political Power

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104 Study Abroad Programs in Beijing, China

Study in China with API

Live and study in Beijing, China with Academic Programs International (API). This study abroad program offers a wide variety of courses in areas such as Environmental Studies, Art History, and Criminal Justice. American and Canadian students can enroll in the semester or academic year programs.

American Institute For Foreign Study

Earn three academic credits while studying at an elite university in Beijing through American Institute for Foreign Study. American undergraduate students can partake in a summer History course. This program includes accommodation, excursions, and meals.

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.

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.

Experience studying in the Chinese city of Beijing through programs offered by Go Abroad China Ltd. Students can choose to stay with a local host family. They will be attending well-reputed local campuses and will take part in excursions to cultural and historic landmarks.

StudentUniverse

Study abroad in Beijing, China through StudentUniverse. Students can find their ideal study abroad program through deals and packages. The programs are available all year round and are open to students of any nationality.

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.

Study Abroad in One of the World's Oldest Civilization!

Earn a degree with Institute for Global Education while traveling the vast landscape of China. From Beijing to Kunming, enroll in academic courses that are designed for cultural immersion like Ethnic Studies and Asian Studies while learning the Chinese language. Excursions include a tour to the Great Wall, Forbidden Palace, and the Xiyu Village.

Chinese Language School in China

Indulge in the Chinese culture with a Study Abroad program through Eurocentres. Students can take part in a program that runs throughout the year, build up a higher proficiency in the Chinese language, and experience Beijing through student trips, events, and activities. The program is open to participants of any nationality.

Knowledge Exchange Institute (KEI)

Knowledge Exchange Institute (KEI) provides this high quality study abroad program in the city of Beijing. American participants can choose from a wide array of semester or academic year courses. Available subject areas include International Business, Asian Studies, and Ecology.

Asia Summer Abroad Program in Business (ASAP)

Experience the Chinese culture by joining the Asia Study Abroad Program in Business (ASAP) offered by Marist College in Beijing, China. Students interested in international business can earn invaluable experience through major company visits and local activities exploring Asia's cultural context and businesses. The spring program is open to undergraduates from around the world who are preferabl...

The College at Brockport (SUNY)

Embark on a semester program in Beijing with SUNY College of Brockport. Students can choose to take their courses either in Chinese or English. They can take classes in the fields of Philosophy, Politics, Business, and more.

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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.