China, Beijing - IES: Beijing - Contemporary China and Chinese Language

Explore the cultural capital of China while enhancing your linguistic skills and discovering the history of a nation.


Beijing, the political and cultural capital of China, is the ideal location to study contemporary China because of the friendly and proud native to the area. Beijing is a fun and exciting city that has many entertainment and recreational opportunities. Students will find everything from historic sites and museums to, theaters, nightclubs, and much more. The best way to get around the city quickly is through the metro but there is also a bus and trolley system. Many citizens also rent bicycles or use taxi services as a means to get around.


The Beijing Foreign Studies University (Bei Wai) is one of Beijing’s premier academic universities. The university is located in Beijing’s northwestern district of Haidian. Bei Wai University provides students with a library, gym, and swimming pool. Students enrolled are comprised of Chinese nationals and international students.


Students will attend an orientation to introduce you to the IES staff, students, and city of Beijing. A placement test will be provided to appropriately place students in an adequate Chinese language class. Students will “explore Beijing” in an activity to learn about the transportation system and go on a tour of Tiananmen Square the Forbidden City.

The university offers students the ability to enroll in disciplines such as Asian Studies, Economics, International Relations, Political Science, and Literature. Students are required to enroll in an intensive Chinese language class that meets four days a week for two hours a day. The university require that you enroll in a minimum of 15 credits per semester but can enroll in up to 19 credits.

Student Life & Co-Curricular

IES provides students with many cultural events to partake in such as tradition Chinese painting, lectures, karaoke, and the Chinese Oratory Challenge. There are also options to partake in volunteering. IES provides a field trip in the fall to either Guizhou or Ningxia where they will experience the traditional life of the citizens and visit historical locations such as Anshun City or the Liupan National Park. In the spring, students will travel to Guangxi or Yunnan and see sites such as Yangshuo or Tiger Leaping Gorge.


Students in Beijing will have the option between housing in a dormitory with Chinese roommate or a homestay. The dormitory provides students with the opportunity to engage closely with their fellow Chinese students while sharing a room. The building provides internet access, lounges, shared bathrooms, washing machines, and kitchen facilities. Homestays are the ideal location to practice your language skills and learn about the culture of China. Students will be provided breakfast and dinner every day while the program is in session. They are located a short distance from the university.

Program Cost           

The program fee includes tuition (12-16 credits), accommodation, program orientation, scheduled academic excursions, and international health insurance. The program cost is based on full-time semester tuition and on-campus Marist housing. Students receive a detailed cost sheet once they have been admitted to the Marist Abroad Program.

Admission Criteria

  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA at the time of application
  • Sophomore standing or higher at the time of study abroad
  • Academic Advisor approval of program and coursework

How to Apply
Enrollment is limited, and applicants are encouraged to apply early. Click here for more Information on the Marist Abroad application process.

Additional Information

If you have any additional questions about the program, please click here to contact the Program Coordinator, Caitlin Paul. Please click here for additional information on the program.