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China: Beijing Semester
Beijing, China (Outgoing Program)
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Program Name: China: Beijing Semester Country: China
Program Type: Full-time Study, Internship Region: Asia
Term: Fall, Spring City: Beijing
GPA Requirement: 3.2 Class: Sophomore, Junior or Senior
Other Requirements: Demonstrated ability to do upper-division work in subject chosen Language of Instruction: English
Academic Fields Available: Business and Management, Communications, Humanities, Internship, Language and Cultural Studies, Social Sciences
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About the Beijing Semester Program

Brockport's semester program in Beijing is a unique program with a lot of flexibility for students. Students that choose to be will be immersed in Chinese language throughout their study. There are also opportunities to take courses taught in English in the fields of economics, business, politics, foreign policy, philosophy, history, art and literature, women's studies and more. Aside from the academic component of the program, students will have the opportunity to take part in social activities and travel to many regions of China. 

Beijing is China's second largest city and the political and cultural center of China. It is renowned for its lavish palaces, temples and huge stone walls. It is an ideal location for study abroad students to experience the culture and dynamic energy of China. Brockport's program in Beijing offers students the opportunity to study and participate in a part-time internship. 

 forbidden city  great wall

 chinese dragon  temple of heaven

Housing & Orientation

Students have several accommodation options while studying abroad in China

  1. On-campus dorms
    The majority of international and domestic students live in on-campus dorms. All dorms consist of double occupancy rooms with private bathrooms, air conditioning, a TV, a telephone, and internet access. 
  2. Off-campus hotel 
    If all on-campus forms are full, the program will contract with local hotels to house students. The facilities are exactly the same as on-campus dorms, and they are usually only a 5-10 minute walk to campus. 
  3. Off-campus apartments
    This option is primarily for Language Immersion students and is available on a limited basis. The apartments are located in residential neighborhoods and include air conditioning, a TV, a telephone, and internet access. Students will have a Chinese roommate to help address any facility issues and ensure they are only speaking Chinese during weekdays. Occasionally, Non-Immersion students may live in off-campus apartments if they take a language pledge. 
  4. Home-stay
    This option is primarily for Language Immersion students. 


Student Activities:
The following activities are organized with the participation of Chinese students in Beijing. The purpose is to increase interactions between American and Chinese College students:

  • The Great Wall
  • Forbidden city
  • Summer Palace
  • 798 Art Village
In addition, they are also some traditional culture related workshops from time to time, such as: 
  • Peking Opera mask paining
  • Paper cutting
  • Calligraphy
  • Tanji Fan Dancing


Fees for Brockport's Beijing, China Internship and Semester Program

Budget Sheet for Undergrad Program (Fall 2019)
$16,415.18 (Estimated Chinese Institute of Asian Studies Program)

Budget Sheet for Undergrad Program (Spring 2020)
 $16,615.18 (Estimated Chinese Institute of Asian Studies Program)


  • SUNY International Health Insurance*
  • Various campus fees** (college fee, technology fee, etc.)
  • Housing
  • Program acceptance fee
  • Pre-departure orientation materials
  • On-site orientation program in China
  • Program related travel around China
  • Student activities and excursions in and around Beijing, and
  • Brockport's Study Abroad Office Services
  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Meals
  • Airfare to and from Beijing, China
  • Non-Program travel while in China
  • Personal Expenses

Financial aid applies towards fees. Please be sure to check with the Financial Aid Office at your home school. If applying or receiving financial aid, you will need to give the Financial Aid Office (at your home school) a copy of your acceptance letter and budget sheet. 

*The SUNY International Health Insurance and will be included on the student's Brockport invoice. 

**Varies depending on the SUNY campus at which the participant pays tuition

The cost (and items included in the cost) as listed on the website are subject to change and should be considered estimates. Final budget sheets will be mailed to the student prior to departure and usually upon acceptance. 



Students can choose from two academic tracks while studying abroad in China. The Immersion Track is for students who want to devote their studies solely to Chinese language and culture. Students who select this track must make a language pledge, committing to only speak in Chinese on weekdays, both inside and outside the classroom. The Non-Immersion Track is designed for students who want to learn Chinese, while also taking areas studies courses or an internship. 

Immersion Track

The primary focus of this track revolves around the language requirement. Students will take one language course according to their level of proficiency. Students will meet Monday through Thursday for three hours in the morning and three hours in the afternoon, with a lunch break in between. This will include lectures, comprehensive language practice, and one-one-one sessions. Usually, students will also meet for a few hours on Friday for a weekly quiz and additional practice. 

  • Chinese Language Course (12 credits)
    • CH 210: Elementary Chinese I
    • CH 310: Intermediate Chinese I
    • CH 410: Advanced Chinese I
    • CH 510: Advanced Chinese III
There are also several elective courses available for students in the Immersion Track. These courses are typically offered in the evening, after the language course. Because the primary focus of this track is the language component, some of these courses may not qualify for academic credit. 
  • CH 403 - Chinese Folklore (1 credit)
    This course will cover Chinese cultural traditions, beliefs, and different social practices that permeate Chinese life. Readings will be selected from books, articles, and contemporary news.
  • CH 404 - Chinese Social Issues (1 credit)
    Students will read about and discuss contemporary social issues to better understand their role in Chinese culture. Major topics will include peasant laborers in cities, education, and the environment. Students will conduct interviews in Chinese as part of this class.
  • CH 405 - Chinese Popular Culture (1 credit)
    The primary goal of this course is to better understand China's youth culture, different popular music, movies, and TV programs, and the emerging internet culture in China. 
  • Chinese Calligraphy (0 credit)
    This course introduces students to the basic skills of calligraphy and its philosophy
  • Chinese Martial Arts (0 credit)
    A martial arts master will instruct students on traditional Chinese martial arts skills 

Non-Immersion Track 
Students who select this track will take one language course and choose from several area-studies courses. Similar to the Immersion Track, the language course students take will depend on their prior skill level. Students will meet for two hours in the morning for comprehensive practice, and one hour in the evening for spoken practice. 

  • Chinese Language Course (6 credits)
    • ​CH 101 - Elementary Chinese I
    • CH 102 - Elementary Chinese II 
    • CH 201 - Intermediate Chinese I 
    • CH 202 - Intermediate Chinese II 
    • ​CH 301 - Intermediate Chinese III 
    • ​CH 302 - Intermediate Chinese IV
    • ​CH 401 - Advanced Chinese I
    • ​CH 402 - Advanced Chinese II 
    • ​​CH 501 - Advanced Chinese III
For the remainder of their schedule, students in the Non-Immersion Track can select from the list of area studies courses. Some courses are considered electives or non-academic courses and may not qualify for academic credit.
  • AR 301 - Chinese Arts and Culture (3 credits)
    *Description not yet available
  • AR/HIS 302 - Chinese Architecture (3 credits)
    Through critical readings, visual analysis, and field trips, students will learn how cities, palaces, temples, residences, and gardens were designed in China, and how their form and space were interpreted in literature. The class will look into how form and space reflected Chinese social, ethical and religious values. Special attention will be given to controversies between the traditional and the modern China, such as the modernization of the cities and the heritage conservation issues.
  • BS 301 - Doing Business in China (3 credits)
    This course provides an overview of the business environment in China, and is primarily discussion based. Students will read weekly articles and share their questions and insights in class. The final group project will consist of a basic business proposal for an plan to implement in China.  
  • BS 302 - International Business and China (3 credits) 
    An introduction to international business with an emphasis on the contemporary issues of China, this course covers the main theories in international trade, their empirical relevance, and their roles for the Chinese economy. 
  • HIS 303 - China in Transformation, 1840s-1960s (3 credits)
    The course follows China's transformation from a traditional society to a modern nation. Major events will be examined in the light of nationalist and communist movements.
  • HIS 402 - Language Reforms in Modern China (3 credits)
    As part of the efforts to westernize China in the 20th century, leading Chinese intellectuals tried to rid the nation of Chinese characters. This course covers the rationale, cultural conflicts, and ultimate failure of this iconoclastic movement.
  • IR 401 - Sino-American Relations (3 credits)
    Beginning with a brief evaluation of Sino-US relations since the First Opium War, this course will examine how the two nations have interacted since 1949. Students will study several prominent issues resulting from China's rise in the international arena, and the United States' subsequent responses. 
  • LIT 301 - Contemporary Chinese Novels and Society (3 credits)
    This course surveys contemporary Chinese fiction from the 1980s to the present, in terms of historical background, ideological content, artistic development and achievement, and foreign influences. It aims at familiarizing students with modern Chinese history and culture through reading some of contemporary China's greatest authors. 
  • PS 401 - China in the Global Economy (3 credits)
    In this course, students will learn about the global economic structure and how China fits in to its different institutions and mechanisms. The course will also cover Chinese economic reform and how it impacted the global economy, and different interactions China has with the rest of the world regarding trade, finances, investments, and energy.
  • PS 402 - Chinese Political Reforms (3 credits)
    This course is designed to introduce students to key aspects of Chinese politics, with a focus on the post-Mao reforms since 1978. Students will learn about the current Chinese government structure, and the dynamics of the ongoing processes of economic and political reforms. 
  • PS 403 - Chinese Media Studies (3 credits) 
    This course will address current issues and controversies in the rapidly changing Chinese media and communication environment. Students will cover a broad range of topics, including: the historical emergence and contemporary development of Chinese media system, journalistic reforms, communication technologies and social transformation, global media flows, and the debate over media system and its relationship to broader political, economic changes.
  • SO 301 - Chinese Women's Studies (3 credits)
    This course covers several major topics about women in China. Students will first cover the history of the women's movement and the recent development of feminism in China. They will also discuss changes to ideas of female sexuality and identity, and the role of women in marriage and family. Gender divisions of labor in urban and rural China, and the experience of rural-to-urban women migrants in the reform era will also be discussed.
  • SO 303 - Social Stratification and Inequality in China (3 credits)
    This course explores the changes to China's social stratification structure, brought on by market oriented reform. Attention will be paid to the household registration (hukou) and work unit (danwei)systems, both of which are essential to the stratification order in Chinese society.  
  • Chinese Calligraphy (0 credit)
    This course introduces students to the basic skills of calligraphy and its philosophy
  • Chinese Martial Arts (0 credit)
    A martial arts master will instruct students on traditional Chinese martial arts skills 

*Classes are subject to cancellation if enrollment is below 5, except language classes.

Study Trips

Because China is such a vast and diverse country, students will follow their academic studies with a 2-week long study trip to further augment their understanding of Chinese history and culture. There are four different study trip options for students to choose from, each focusing on a particular theme and topic. On each trip, students will trek and travel to cultural and historic sites all over the country. Students will be required to attend all lectures and visits, read two books according to their trip theme, and complete a final paper/project before returning to the United States.

Orange Line - History and Culture in Central and South China
  • Luoyang - the capital of China 2,000 years ago, home of the Shoalin Temple
  • Xi'an - the capital of China during its golden ages, home of the Terra-cotta Soldiers and the Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Chengdu - the capital of the Sichuan Province, famous for its Jinsha Culture and Dujiangyan, a hydraulic project engineered over 2,000 years ago
  • Longsheng - a rural county in the Guanxi Autonomous Region, known for its terrace farming technique
  • Yangshou - small town known for its location near the Li River and mountain ranges 

Purple Line: Tibet and Buddhism
  • Luoyang - the capital of China 2,000 years ago, home of the Shoalin Temple
  • Xi'an - the capital of China during its golden ages, home of the Terra-cotta Soldiers and the Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Xi'ning - where the found of the Ge-Lug-Pa Sect of Buddhism was formed, home of the Taer Monastery, one of the largest monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism
  • Lhasa - holy city in Tibetan culture, where the Dalai Lama lived for centuries
  • Chengdu - the capital of the Sichuan Province, famous for its Jinsha Culture and Dujiangyan, a hydraulic project engineered over 2,000 years ago
  • Leshan - known for its Giant Buddha statue and close location to the E'mei Mountains

Green Line: Ethnic Minorities 
  • Xi'an - the capital of China during its golden ages, home of the Terra-cotta Soldiers and the Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Chengdu - the capital of the Sichuan Province, famous for its Jinsha Culture and Dujiangyan, a hydraulic project engineered over 2,000 years ago
  • Lijang - an ancient town of the Naxi people, surrounded by beautiful snow-covered mountains and rivers
  • Dali -  home of the Bai people, who have been living in China's southern border for millennium, and Erhai, the most environmentally preserved lake in China
  • Kunming - the capital of the Yunnan Province, known as the "City of Eternal Spring" because of its comfortable climate and year-round blooming flowers

Red Line: Long March Through Rural China
The Long March is the name given to the route the Red Army took as they fled enemy forces during the Chinese Civil War in 1934-1935. The soldiers endured harsh conditions as they crossed rivers, snow-covered mountains, and marshlands, and were pelted with enemy fire. The Long March has come to symbolize idealism, courage, endurance, and camaraderie, because those who survived the treacherous journey, went on to create the new China. On this trip, students will follow the Red Army's path, and march roughly 15 miles per day, carrying backpacks, sleeping bags and tents. 
  • Section 1: Ruijin to Guilin
    • Ruijin, Jiangzi Province - one of the earliest centers of Chinese communist activity, the capital of the Chinese Soviet Republic
    • Xing'an, Guangxi Province - where the "Battle of the Xiang River" was fought, where more than 2/3 of the Red Army were killed
    • Continue the march through several mountainous villages in Jianxi and Hunan provinces
  • Section 2: Four Crossing of the Red River Campaign
    • Zunyi, Guizhou Province - famous for the conference held by the Long Marchers here, where Mao Zedong was promoted to a top position in leadership
    • Maotai, Guizhou Province - where the Red Army cross the Red River, town is famed for its liquor production and host of wine companies 
    • Tucheng, Guizho Province - ancient and well-preserved town that the Red Army used as headquarters
  • Section 3: Yunnan to Sichuan
    • Kunming, Yunnan Province - the capital of the province
    • Dongchuan, Yunnan Province - like much of the province, this town is famous for its red soil
    • Yangtze River - where the Red Army crossed the river into Sichuan Province, cutting off pursuing enemy troops (students will take a ferry) 
    • Liangshan Yi Autonomous Region - the harsh environment of this region was made worse by tense relations with the ethnic minority group, many soldiers failed to survive the region's unforgiving conditions


A 3-credit part-time internship is available to students for the fall and spring semesters. Students take 12 credits of class work plus a 3 credit part-time internship.The part-time internship options provides students with intensive career and academic experiences. Students will engage in rigorous professional tasks with leading global and domestic companies and organizations in China. Internships are tailored to the distinct needs and interests of each intern and a weekly internship seminar will be held to discuss China's business culture and environments. 

Time duration: 2 days per week or 180 hours total

Placements are available in the following fields:
  • Business
  • Law Firms
  • Media
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGO) and Non-Profits
  • IT
Interns will be required to submit weekly journals, maintain an activity/attendance log and write one 8-10 page paper. These assignments will be submitted by e-mail to the instructor in Brockport.

Student Testimonials

"China is unlike anything you'd expect. The program is phenomenal, the people are unforgettable, and the experience is priceless.  My travels and studies in China have provided limitless possibilities in my personal, spiritual and academic life. It has been my cradle, and I could never regret it." -Heather Benson

"I was always skeptical about reading other people's testimonials and as an ABC (American Born Chinese), I never had a desire to go to China. But in these last few months abroad, my entire perception of China as a whole has changed. From the economic growth, sheer population size and technological advancements, it is vivid why China is considered one of the most powerful countries." - Kevin Zhang





Fall 2020: August 28. 2020- December 10, 2020

Spring 2019: January 11, 2019 - April 28, 2019

Important note: Please do not book your travel arrangements until you have received the official Travel Memo from your program advisor. 

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