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Language Immersion

Summer: Rutgers- Intensive Mandarin in Beijing

Beijing, China

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Summer 2021
Mar 01, 2021
Language(s) of Instruction
Class Standing
Good Academic Standing


Program Advisor

The Program

Take intensive Chinese language courses for six weeks at the Beijing Languages and Cultures University (BLCU), the premiere institute for Chinese language study.

Supplement your language learning with a course in Chinese Calligraphy and conduct guided research in an area of Chinese Studies. Participate in program excursions in and around Beijing to sites such as the Great Wall and the Forbidden City, as well as longer weekend tours outside the city.  Past tours have visited Tianjin and Shandong.

Program Location

Beijing China Skyline



Beijing, the capital of China sits on North China Plain.  It is flanked by mountains to the north and west, which shield the city from the encroaching desert steppes.  It is the political, educational, and cultural center of China and the nation's most populous city with over 15 million residents and 4.5 million cars.  The architecture reflects the city’s ever-changing persona. Here you will find the stark Soviet-like monuments and buildings, glittering temples, traditional gardens and modern skyscrapers—all packed into one city.



To view the program’s 2017 syllabus, please click here. Please note this is a sample syllabus, all of its content is subject to change.

Students may enroll in up  to three courses totaling 9 credits from the following list

  • Chinese Language (Required for all students): Beginners, Intermediate, or Advanced, pending placement at the start of the program (4 credits)
  • Chinese Calligraphy elective (2 credits)
  • Guided Research in China elective (3 credits)

Students have the option of taking 4,6,7 or 9 credits. 

Classes are taught by experienced professional Chinese language teachers from the Beijing Languages and Culture University.  Language classes meet five times a week. Calligraphy classes meet two days a week. The Guided Research in China course meets weekly at specially arranged times.  Regular attendance is expected. You will also have the option of arranging private tutoring with a local BLCU student. It is not possible to take classes not-for-credit, nor is it possible to take classes as Pass/Fail.

Language Pledge
The goal of the Intensive Mandarin in Beijing program is to immerse students in the Chinese language.  For this reason, you will be asked to pledge to speak only Chinese during the entire length of the program.

For information about study abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

The program itinerary includes several group excursions, designed to enhance student learning about Chinese history, culture, and contemporary society.  Past excursions have included sites and monuments of cultural importance, including the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven, the Great Wall, and Summer Palace, the 798 Arts District, Tianjin, and Shandong.

Academic Calendar



Late August

Housing and Meals

Students will be housed in double rooms on the BLCU campus with other students on the program.  You will be responsible for your own meals. On the BLCU campus, students will have access to the internet, and dining and gym facilities.  There are also lots of restaurants and marketplaces nearby.

Financial Information

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Undergraduate (4 credit) $4,300 $4,680
Undergraduate (6 credit) $4,440 $5,000
Undergraduate (7 credit) $4,510 $5,160
Undergraduate (9 credit) $4,640 $5,480
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition 
•    Housing
•    Most Meals
•    Excursions
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,500
Meals $500
Visa (Estimate is for US Citizens) $140
Books and Classroom Materials $20
Local Transportation $75
Personal Expenses $750
Optional Calligraphy Course $150
Optional Private Tutoring $300
Total $3,435.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad. 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.


Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program. Applications can be found inside of your study abroad program application. For more information, please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant.  For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.

Faculty Leader

Red Chinese lanterns


Ms. Zhu, Lìhui (Zhu Laoshi)  has been teaching Chinese in the Rutgers Department of Asian Languages and Cultures for 20 years. She has assisted with the summer program in Beijing in past years.

She is experienced in leading our student programs in China and maintains close contact with Beijing Languages and Cultures University in organizing and administering the program.

Email Ms. Zhu at: