CIEE-Beijing: Summer Intensive Chinese Language

Program Details

Program Location Beijing, China
Sponsor CIEE
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 31003
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2024 06/16/24 to 08/10/24
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


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.

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


The program is open to Purdue students in good standing who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

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

All participants are required to take “Readings in Chinese” and “Spoken Chinese,” and may also choose up to two electives, to a maximum of 12 total semester credits.

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


  • Visit incredible sites loaded with history, like Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.
  • Choose a theme-study weekend and expand your horizons. You might visit the birthplace of Confucius in Qufu, as you examine traditional Chinese philosophy; visit the bustling port city Dalian to explore urbanization; or visit a village and hike in northern Shanxi province to dig into the environment and rural governance.
  • See contemporary art, and musical and theatric performances, or take a day hike near Beijing.
  • Learn about contemporary Chinese issues like international economics, cross-cultural communication, sustainability, and film with a special series of lectures given by scholars and other experts.


Housing is included in the program fee. Students live either in a homestay or in the PKU foreign student complex, Zhongguanyuan Global Village, which is a five-minute walk from the South East Gate of campus.

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 fee includes tuition, orientation, and excursions.

The housing fee includes placement in a homestay or self-catered apartment. Some meals are included with the homestay. 

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

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $6,403.00
Study Abroad Fee $609.40
Housing $1,150.00
Insurance $197.00

Approximate additional costs per term
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $2,700.00
Local Transportation $150.00
Visa $185.00
Books and Supplies $25.00
Meals $840.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $220.00
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 Summer Programs Mar 1

Returnees Information

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