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  • Locations: Beijing, China; Chongqing, China; yichang, China
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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

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 Details

Seeking credits for the following:

  • Chinese (CHIN) 110: Elementary Chinese
  • Chinese (CHIN)  210: Intermediate Chinese
  • Chinese (CHIN)  250: Gateway to Advanced Chinese
  • Chinese (CHIN)  300: Reading Skills Development
  • Chinese (CHIN) 301: Advanced Grammar and Syntax
  • Chinese (CHIN)  305: Chinese for the Business World
  • Chinese (CHIN) 310: Survey of Chinese Literature
  • Chinese (CHIN) 325: Major Chinese Writers
  • Chinese (CHIN)  318: Introduction to Classical Chinese
  • Chinese (CHIN)  355: Readings in Chinese Poetry and Poetics
  • Chinese (CHIN)  470: Special Topics in Chinese Studies
  • Chinese (CHIN)  480: Fourth-Year Chinese I
  • Chinese (CHIN) 481: Fourth-Year Chinese II
  • Chinese (CHIN)  490: Internship in Chinese Studies


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


On-campus in residence hall

Program Itinerary*

Day Activity
Day 1, May 21 Arrival in Beijing, China. Check into student housing
Day 2 Opening Ceremony and language placement test, campus tour
Days 3-6 Chinese language instruction
Day 7, Saturday Visit to the Great Wall of China
Day 8, Sunday Free day
Days 9-14` Chinese language instruction
Days 14-15 Free days to explore the city
Days 16-18 Chinese language instruction
Days 19-22 Excursion to Yangtze River Three Gorges Cruise
Day 23 Return to Beijing, remainder of the day at leisure
Days 24-25 Chinese language instruction
Day 26 Chinese language test followed by Closing Ceremony
Day 26 Chinese language test followed by Closing Ceremony
Day 27 Free day
Day 28 Check-out of student housing and return to the US
*Instructor reserves the right to modify the course schedule as needed

Student Testimonial by Davis Todhunter

Most useful thing to have in China
By and far, Hand Sanitizer! You can never have enough of it!
Favorite food & drink
It’s hard to choose between Peking Duck and Sichuan Style Hot Pot for food and all the Bubble Tea’s that I tried were great!
Most useful Chinese words and phrases
Ni huì bù huì shuo zhongwén?, Duoshao qían?
Favorite memory
It’s hard to name just one. Every single day of my 24 days there was different and a small adventure on its own. I think I’ll look back years from now and remember fondly all the fun times with my friends on the trip and visit some of the world’s most famous landmarks like the Great Wall and the Terra Cotta Warriors. Although, eating snake, scorpion and tarantula definitely stands out!
How will this study abroad experience contribute to you academic/professional career?
Since China is such a large nation with growing political and economic importance to the world many employees look fondly at experience visiting there and being able to speak mandarin. It’ll make finding a job easier after college.
Why would you recommend this program to other students who are thinking about studying abroad in the summer?
Apart from receiving 6 Chinese language credits by studying in Beijing, the experience of traveling to China is amazing and highly beneficial! You get to experience a new culture and see how 20% of the world’s population lives as well visit places like the Great Wall that many people go their entire lives wishing they could see. The experience can also go on you resume which can help set you apart from other potential employees when looking for a job. 


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Street Food in Beijing

Program Cost

Summer 2017: $4,999


Program Officer

Denise Elles-Mdahuar
Denise Elles-Mdahuar

Academic Director

Karl Zhang, PhD
Karl Zhang

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Chinese Language in Beijing

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.