The goals of CET's Beijing Chinese Language program are to provide rapid improvement of language skills and a solid understanding of contemporary Chinese society. Weekly themes integrate the intensive curriculum throughout the drill classes and language practicum. Students commit to a language pledge to speak Chinese as much as possible.
No language requirement. Prior to studying abroad, Emory College Study Abroad strongly recommends students take at least one Asian Studies Course. Minimum 3.0 GPA; good academic standing.
The program is designed to meet the needs of various language skill levels and offers a high level of student-teacher interaction. Classes meet for 20 hours a week. Each class averages eight students, with even lower enrollments in upper levels and oral classes. Students also receive one-on-one instruction. Every student takes an intensive class, which teaches the four main language skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students in advanced classes also take elective courses such as Newspaper Reading or Chinese Literature, which meet for three hours each week. CET offers the only American program on the BIE campus.
While the language instruction is intensive, there is an opportunity for extensive practical application. Activities and excursions in and outside the city are offered to students. Depending on the students' language level, many of these activities are Chinese-only and challenge students to practice recently acquired language skills outside the classroom. Students may also enroll in extra-curricular courses such as Chinese painting, calligraphy, martial arts, Chinese chess, or other subjects, depending on student interest.
Emory College Study Abroad maintains a list of blanket approved courses. This list specifies how courses taken abroad will transfer back to Emory. PLEASE NOTE: Students may obtain additional approvals for courses that are not currently on this Blanket Approval List. In case you would like to seek approval from other departments, please see the Faculty Representative List.
CET believes that the best language learning can often take place in one's own living quarters. Therefore, students in Beijing have the opportunity to live with a Chinese roommate. Students live in double-occupancy rooms in one of two CET dormitories. There are bath and shower rooms on each floor, with hot water available 24 hours a day. Students may hook up computers in their room and pay per use. High-speed Internet connections are also available on campus for a small daily fee. The west dorm offers television, a piano, games, DVD players, and an area to meet with friends. Pay washers and dryers are available for student use. There is a small exercise room on campus or students may join local gyms with more extensive equipment for a modest price.
A full description of the program costs and billing procedures is described in the budget sheets. Please click here for Budget Sheet (Spring & Fall).
Students are eligible to carry existing financial aid and scholarships on Emory-approved study abroad programs. Students may also be eligible to apply for the following scholarships: CET Scholarship, Benjamin Gilman, Fund for Education Abroad, Diversity Abroad, NSEP Boren Scholarship. For more information, please click here.
CET has a rolling admission policy, therefore submit your application as early as possible! Your CET application should be complete no later than the Emory College Study Abroad application deadline.