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  • Locations: Beijing, China; Chongqing, China; Yichang, China
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
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 Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Chinese
Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Chinese Language in Beijing

China, Summer 2020

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, Xi'an & Shanghai .
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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.


  • CHIN 201: Intermediate Chinese
  • CHIN 202: Intermediate Chinese II
  • CHIN 301: Advanced Grammar and Syntax
  • CHIN 305: Chinese for the Business World
  • CHIN 310: Survey of Chinese Literature
  • CHIN 311: Modern Chinese Literature in Translation
  • CHIN 325: Major Chinese Writers
  • CHIN 470: Special Topics in Chinese Studies
  • CHIN 475: Chinese Popular Culture
  • CHIN 481: Fourth-Year Chinese I
  • CHIN 485: China on Stage: Introduction to Chinese Theatrical Dramas in the 20th Century

Program Dates

Dates: May 18- June 14, 2020
Travel Date Saturday, May16 


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 7-8 Free Days
Day 9 - 13 Chinese language instruction
Day 14 Free Day
Day 15 Visit to the Great Wall (8:00-16:00)
Day 16-19 Chinese language instruction
Day 20-23 Excursion to Xi'an and Shanghai
Day 24 Return to Beijing, remainder of the day at leisure
Day 25-26 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 2020: $5,074

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 22, 2020. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

In the event that a student’s financial aid or VA Benefits is estimated to cover the entire costs of the study abroad program, the entire charge will be posted to their student account, since that is where the aid will be applied. In this case students do not pay their first payment through MasonAbroad. However students must submit their “Intent to Use Financial Aid” form by the first deposit deadline.

Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by April 19, 2020. 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 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."

Withdrawal and Refund Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Withdrawal and Refund Policy.

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:

March 8, 2020


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

Name Dr. Jianfei Chen 

GEO Program Administrator

  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 2020 03/08/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.