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  • Locations: Beijing, China; Chongqing, China; yichang, China
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Language of Instruction: Chinese-Mandarin
Housing: Campus Housing Number of Credits Offered: 6
Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior Type of Program: Faculty-led
Language Courses Offered: Chinese - Mandarin Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Chinese Language in Beijing

China, Summer 2018

Chinese Language
The 4-week Chinese language program offers study abroad participants the opportunity to intensively study Chinese at Minzu University of China. This intensive Chinese language program provides the students the opportunity to learn Chinese language at Minzu University in China’s capital city Beijing for four weeks. Students will meet weekdays in the morning in classroom with their teachers from the host university for at least four hours to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills of modern standard Chinese. There will also be some university organized activities, such as excursion to the Great Wall and the Temple of Heaven, etc. Minzu University of China (MUC) is one of China’s most important comprehensive universities. The university is renowned for its highly distinctive ethnic characteristics. It also has a beautiful garden-like campus, something rarely seen in northern China.

Program Highlights

  • Students will meet for four hours on weekdays with their teachers from the host university to develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. 
  • Excursions to the Great Wall and Three Gorges of the Yangtze River Cruise.

Student Testimonial: Bailee Brumfield

Why would you recommend this program to other students who are thinking about studying abroad in the summer?

Prior to participating in this program, I had only completed CHIN250 and lacked confidence in my speaking ability. After spending time in China, experiencing first hand the language and culture I spent years studying, I gained an even deeper appreciation and understanding of the way such a large part of the world's population lives. The best part of this program is being immersed in a country and being surrounded by the language 24/7. From trying to order in restaurants to navigating the subway, every day I was there I was applying everything I've studied and putting it to use in the real world.The classroom settings are small and easily tailored to your own ability, making involvement in class less intimidating. As soon as you arrive, you're paired with a language buddy, who is a student at the university. Your language buddy shows you around Beijing, helps you with homework and speaking, and ends up becoming a lifelong friend. I can confidently say my Chinese flourished after studying abroad, and now I continue to find myself looking for ways to return to Beijing.

What was your favorite memory from the program?

Every single day was filled with a different experience, and I owe all of those memories to the language buddies. They planned out trips for us, taking us to the Summer Palace, the Great Wall, and the Forbidden City to name a few. I would definitely say the most memorable experience was eating scorpion (which was surprisingly not that bad, and definitely not the worst thing I ate there). Other than that, my absolute favorite memory was going to KTV with the language buddies and my friends from Mason. We would sing Chinese pop songs we learned in class, and then show our buddies American pop songs. I learned a few things from this: 1. Linkin Park is very popular 2. Humble by Kendrick Lamar was a huge hit in China 3. Karaoke is huge in China, there was a KTV on nearly every street!!

How will this study abroad experience contribute to you academic/professional career?

This experience taught me how to live in a city where very few people speak my language, or even understand my culture. Everything about China is different. Going there I understood it was going to be different, but I didn't realize to what extent until I got there. Culture shock is an understatement. I learned to adapt to new ways of life, even eating in a restaurant was much different. Being able to navigate, communicate, and form relationships in a different country is a valuable skill that will go far in the diverse professional and academic world.

Favorite food & drink?

Without a doubt, my favorite food was the ???. Its basically a waffle filled with cheese, or chocolate, or whatever you want. I ate it every single day without hesitation. When you're at Minzu, exit the west gate and cross the street then turn right immediately, the best place to buy ??? is a little yellow store about a minute from campus, and they put ice cream in it.

Most useful Chinese words and phrases?

Ni huì bù huì shuo zhongwén? Duoshao qían?


6 credits


This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University.

Course Options

Students will choose two of the courses below for a total of 6 credits on the program.


  • Chinese (CHIN)  201: Intermediate Chinese
  • Chinese (CHIN)  202: Intermediate Chinese II
  • Chinese (CHIN)  301: Advanced Grammar and Syntax
  • Chinese (CHIN)  305: Chinese for the Business World
  • Chinese (CHIN)  318: Introduction to Classical Chinese
  • Chinese (CHIN)  325: Major Chinese Writers
  • Chinese (CHIN)  355: Readings in Chinese Poetry and Poetics
  • Chinese (CHIN)  470: Special Topics in Chinese Studies
  • Chinese (CHIN)  480: Fourth-Year Chinese I

Program Dates

May 20 - June 17, 2018.


Day 1 Arrival in Beijing, China. Check into student housing
Day 2 Opening Ceremony and language placement test, campus tour
Day 3-6 Chinese language instruction
Day 7 Visit to the Great Wall of China
Day 8 Free day
Day 9-13 Chinese language instruction
Day 14-15 Free days to explore Beijing
Day 16-18 Chinese language instruction
Day 19-22 Excursion to Yangtze River Three Gorges Cruise
Day 23 Return to Beijing, remainder of the day at leisure
Day 24-26 Chinese language instruction
Day 27 Chinese language test followed by Closing Ceremony
Day 28 Free Day
Day 29 Check-out of student housing and return to the US
* Dates and itinerary subject to change. The Global Education Office reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Program Cost

Summer 2018: $4,950

Included: Tuition for 6 credits, accommodation in on-campus residence hall, some transportation, cultural excursions, administrative services in Beijing and at Mason, international emergency medical insurance.

Not included: Airfare*, passport and visa fees, some meals, other transportation,  personal spending, required textbooks and/or course materials.

*Participants must arrange their own airfare, once instructed to do so by the Mason Global Education Office.

Program Payments

Students on MasonGEO programs must pay the advertised program cost in order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (Deposit + First Payment + Final Payment). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.

Application Deposit: A non-refundable program deposit $200 must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.

First Payment: A non-refundable payment of $1000 must be received by March 11, 2018 in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by April 8, 2018. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $1200 you've already paid (Deposit + First Payment). Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Financial Aid and VA Benefits: Students who intend to use financial aid or their VA benefits to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" or "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form" completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the First Payment deadline. The "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form is available in the MasonAbroad application system once you have started your application for this program. If you are using VA Benefits please contact your program officer to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form."

Payment Instructions

For more information on payments, financial aid, and information for non-Mason students:


GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:

Application Deadline:

Sunday, March 4, 2018


Application requirements:*

Program Deposit: $200 for all applicants.

Course Selection Questionnaire: You will choose the course(s) you would like to be receive credit for on this program. Check the "Academics" tab to see what courses are offered on this program. If you need help selecting your course, check with your academic advisor.

Passport Status Questionnaire: You do not need a passport to complete this questionnaire or the application. However, if you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now. The Global Education Office offers Passport Grants to help.

Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents regarding the acknowledgement of risk, the pre-departure orientation, and your financial responsibility.

Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the 1st payment deadline.

Additional requirements for non-Mason applicants:

Official transcript: To be mailed or emailed to the Global Education Office at George Mason University.

Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form: Please complete the form and upload it into the questionnaire.

* Additional application requirements may apply to individual programs. Once you open your application, you will see all application requirements.

Application instructions:

Academic Director

  Karl Zhang
Name Karl Zhang
Phone 703-993-4231

GEO Program Officer

  Denise Elles-Mdahuar Photo
Name Denise Elles-Mdahuar
Phone 703-993-2155

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/04/2018 ** Rolling Admission 05/20/2018 06/17/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.