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You MUST choose your FIRST PREFERENCE SEMESTER when applying.

DO NOT apply to the same program for different terms. You will be able to indicate your openness to alternate semesters within the application questionnaire.

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Third Party Provider Recommended GPA: 3.0
Housing Options: Dormitory, Host Family Language Prerequisite: 3 semesters of college Chinese
College: College of Arts & Letters, College of Engineering, College of Science, First Year of Studies, Mendoza College of Business Language of Instruction: Chinese, English
Class Level While Abroad: Junior, Sophomore Language Courses Offered: Yes
Minimum Credit Load: 15 Program Director: Kyle Sturges
Special Opportunities: Cultural Excursions, Other Opportunities Eligible Majors: Any, Chinese
Program Required Approvals: Advising Dean Approval, DUS Approval Program Required References: Language Reference
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As the capital of the world's most populous nation, Beijing is the center and international focal point of much that happens in contemporary China. It is a city of an estimated 20 million people struggling to adapt as China emerges as a global player in the 21st-century. The atmosphere in Beijing is much like any capital city and with a large foreign business and diplomatic community, Beijing has a strong international presence. Changes in Beijing have moved at an incredible rate and the city continues to grow physically. Traditional style homes and narrow alleyways are being demolished to make way for newer and larger architectural structures. However, Beijing also reflects China's long and evolving history when different dynasties were based there and constructed some of the nation's most well-known and culturally important sites such as the Great Wall, the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City, and Tiananmen Square. There is no doubt that spending time in Beijing is vital to understanding China.

Program Dates*
Academic Year: Early September through late May/early June
Fall Semester: Early September through mid-December
Spring Semester: Mid-February (after Chinese New Year) through late May/early June

*Please take program dates into consideration and how they may coincide or conflict with internship and other academic requirements.

Academic Program
  • Program participants study at Peking University (PKU), one of China's most prestigious universities.
  • Notre Dame works with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) to send students to Peking University.
  • The program offers students an opportunity to improve their fluency in spoken and written Mandarin Chinese through intensive language training, with multiple levels (and several sub-levels) of language courses and more than twenty elective language courses. CIEE students enroll in these language courses with other international students.
  • Grades and credits earned while on this program will be recorded on ND student transcripts and will be factored into grade-point averages. Student participants will be subject to academic policies established by the host institution and CIEE, as well as those of Notre Dame.
  • Courses may fulfill major requirements or electives at the University of Notre Dame. Program participants will be required to carry a minimum of 15-semester credits while attending the 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. This is achieved through intensive Mandarin training, weekly interactions with Chinese peer tutors and other local Chinese, and group excursions.
  • This program is ideal for independent students looking to explore Beijing and its local culture outside of classes. Students attend language classes from Monday through Friday for a total of 20 hours a week. Individual schedules vary depending on course levels.
  • In addition to the language courses, CIEE offers two or three elective courses, taught in English, each semester. Students may only take one course in English per semester due to the language learning goals of this program. Elective courses are subject to change, and final elective course listings are available after acceptance.
  • All students are required to take the Language and Culture Practicum. This one-credit language practicum supplements the language training by PKU. This practicum is designed and facilitated by the Resident Director and integrates many of the activities in the co-curricular program through task-based exercises and assignments using spoken and written Chinese.
  • Recommended GPA of 3.0 or above
  • 3 semesters of college-level Mandarin Chinese or equivalent
  • 1 college-level Chinese area studies course recommended

Note: Peking University will not accept students who are citizens of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Taiwan ROC, Hong Kong SAR, or Macau. This includes those who are permanent U.S. residents.

Special Opportunities
  • Extended Cultural Excursion: Two extended weekend excursions are offered during the semester. Past trips have included Xi’an, Hangzhou, Nanjing, and the Shaolin temple.
  • Peer Language Tutor Program: The CIEE Peer Language Tutor program is a unique feature of the study abroad program and ensures that students’ linguistic and cultural fluency progresses throughout their stay. CIEE students are paired with PKU students for weekly one-on-one Chinese language tutorials for a total of three hours per week, with more hours available upon request.
  • Target Language Meals: To encourage students to utilize their Chinese, CIEE periodically arranges for students to eat meals with their tutors or Chinese friends, and Chinese instructors. Participants in the language meals are required to speak Chinese only during the meal.
  • Extracurricular Activity: Extracurricular classes in Chinese calligraphy, painting, seal carving, and martial arts are also offered each semester.
  • Homestay: Experience real Chinese life by choosing to live with a host family in a homestay.
Housing and Meals
  • Students may live in the PKU foreign student complex—Zhongguanyuan Global Village dormitory. Living conditions in Zhongguanyuan Global Village are inviting and comfortable, and provide standard amenities such as beds, desks, armoires, private bathrooms, and Internet access. Students live in suite-style units and each student has his or her own private bedroom. Each unit shares a common living space and bathroom and students will live with one to two other roommates, who are international students.
  • Students also have the unique opportunity to have a homestay experience with a local Chinese family. Students are invited to family meals twice per week and should budget for all other meals. This option is highly recommended for students who want to live in an entirely Chinese language environment and who are motivated to make rapid progress with the Chinese language.
  • Housing for academic year students between the fall and spring semesters is arranged and included in the program fee. This is to encourage students to stay in China during the break and to continue improving their Chinese language abilities.
  • Meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. Students usually eat at the student cafeterias or at the wide range of inexpensive restaurants in and around campus.
If you are considering applying to a study abroad program and you do not have a valid passport, or your passport will expire within six months past your program end date, please take steps to obtain or renew your passport immediately. Passports can take longer than expected to process, and you may need your passport to apply for visas well before your program begins. For more information about obtaining and renewing passports visit the United States Postal Service.

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