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  • Locations: Beijing, China
  • See instructions below in Dates/Deadlines section

    Program Terms:
    Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Program Director: Schedule an Appointment
  • Restrictions: Notre Dame applicants only
  • Expenses students are responsible for: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

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 Language Prerequisite: None
College: College of Arts & Letters, College of Science, Mendoza College of Business Language of Instruction: English
Class Level While Abroad: Junior, Sophomore Language Courses Offered: Yes
Minimum Credit Load: 15 Program Director: Kyle Sturges
Special Opportunities: Cultural Excursions, Internships Eligible Majors: Any
Program Required Approvals: Advising Dean Approval, DUS Approval Program Required References: None
Program Information:



As the capital of China, Beijing is the political and cultural center of the most populated country in the world. Beijing is undergoing astonishing growth and change while trying to hold on to its storied past. Whether you wander through the old alleys at the city center or walk onto the field at the Bird’s Nest Stadium, in Olympic Park, Beijing offers a dynamic of old versus new unmatched by any other city in the world. Now is the time for you to experience all that China has to offer -- to engage with it culturally, intellectually, and emotionally. Before, studying China was a choice. Now, it’s a requirement. Your future already involves China — its economy, its culture, its language, and its ways of thinking. Every company, organization, institution, and university needs to know about China, and they are looking for people who can contribute to one of the most important discussions of your century: what China is and where it’s heading.

Program Dates*
Academic Year: Students who wish to enroll for an Academic Year should contact the Program Director
Fall Semester: Mid-August through mid-December
Spring Semester: Mid-January through mid-May

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

Academic Program
The Beijing Center (TBC) is located on the campus of the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE). The academic program at TBC is far more than the typical study-abroad program -- it is a study China in China program. You will take classes with many of China’s leading experts, professors, and practitioners in the country’s intellectual and political capital. You will observe the historical and cultural roots of Chinese society and commerce. You will witness China in the cities and in the countryside, engaging with ethnic peoples in their own environment. You will study its fields and its factories, and see China as well as its challenges. You will travel intellectually as well as physically.

  • Except for the Chinese language courses, all courses are taught in English.
  • All courses, except Chinese-language courses, offered by TBC are worth three Loyola Chicago semester credit hours. Regular Track Chinese-language courses are four credits and Intensive Track Chinese-language courses are six credits. ND students are required to carry a minimum load of 15 credits.
  • Students are required to enroll in a Mandarin Chinese-language course while attending TBC.
  • The two major excursions of this program (the Silk Road Trip during Fall semester and the Yunnan Minority Culture Trip during Spring semester) are an integral educational component of the program and are required by TBC.
  • Internships are available to qualified 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 TBC, as well as those of Notre Dame.
  • Recommended GPA of 3.0 or above
  • In compliance with Community Standards
  • Non-Chinese citizens, unless having Permanent Resident status or citizenship status in at least one country other than China
Special Opportunities
  • The Beijing Center builds an academic trip into each semester: the Silk Road trip in the fall semester and the Yunnan trip in the spring semester.
  • Co-Curricular Opportunities: include acrobatic and martial arts shows, Chinese cooking classes, a bike tour with Chinese students through the ancient streets of Beijing, and visits to local attractions including the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Tian’anmen Square, the Summer Palace and the Temple of Heaven.
  • Volunteer Opportunities: Examples of possible volunteer options include selling baked goods to create better living conditions at the assisted living facility for psychiatric patients, working with young children affected by cerebral palsy and teaching English to students and housekeeping staff.
  • Religious Services: TBC offers a weekly Catholic mass service in English open only to members of the TBC community.
Housing and Meals
  • Most students live on campus at the University of International Business and Economics. Students live in one of two international student residence halls. Both are double occupancy, though private rooms may be available for an additional fee. Students in both buildings are provided wireless internet access in their residence hall rooms.
  • Students have the option to request a Chinese roommate. Chinese roommates are undergraduate students at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE).
  • Students usually eat at the campus 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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This program is currently not accepting applications.