CIEE-Beijing: Intensive Chinese Language

Program Details

Program Location Beijing, China
Sponsor CIEE
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 31003
Duration Semester
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Current Program Dates
Spring 2024 02/16/24 to 06/01/24
Past Dates
Fall 2023 09/03/23 to 12/15/23
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


CIEE-Beijing: Intensive Chinese Language
Beijing, a city of 11 million people, is the capital of the world's most populous nation. The city is a fascinating combination of modern development and ancient cultures. It reflects China's evolving history when different dynasties were based there and constructed some of the nation's most culturally important sites such as the Great Wall, the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.

The CIEE Study Center in Beijing is hosted by Peking University, founded in 1898 and now one of China's most prestigious universities. Located in northwestern Beijing in an area known as Haidian, the campus is comprised of a blend of traditional and modern buildings. Participants live in the university's foreign students complex and take meals in on-campus cafeterias or local restaurants.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:CIEE.


CIEE-Beijing: Intensive Chinese Language

The program is open to any Purdue undergraduate student who has reached sophomore standing (completed two full semesters of university) by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity and a desire to experience another culture.

Students with prior Chinese language experience must submit a formal language evaluation from Purdue faculty.

GPA Requirement: 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: 2-6 Sem Chinese

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts]

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

The Intensive Chinese Language program is designed to enable high intermediate and advanced language students to increase their language proficiency and knowledge about China and Beijing’s important role in Chinese society.

More information about academics and available courses can be found on the CIEE website.


  • Visit fascinating sites loaded with history, like Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.
  • Head out of the city for a long weekend to an alluring destination like Xi’an, Hangzhou, or Nanjing.
  • Try something new with a class in calligraphy, painting, seal carving, or martial arts.
  • Keep your language skills polished even when you travel, thanks to Chinese students who come along to help you practice.


Students live in either the PKU foreign student complex – Zhongguanyuan Global Village dormitory – or in a homestay.

More information about housing can be found on the CIEE website.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

The Program and Housing Fees include: Tuition, on-site orientation, housing, and excursions. Depending on the housing choice, some meals might be included.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Fall 2024

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $14,437.00
Study Abroad Fee $914.10
Housing $5,000.00
Insurance $194.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,300.00
Local Transportation $300.00
Visa $185.00
Books and Supplies $30.00
Meals $1,575.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $400.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

CIEE has scholarships available, more information can be found HERE.

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information

CIEE-Beijing: Intensive Chinese Language

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email