BEIJING: Alliance for Global Education

Beijing, China

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Dates

  • Fall Semester - mid-August to mid-December
  • Spring Semester - Early February - Late May
  • Summer 1 Semester - Mid-June to mid-August

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - March 1
  • Spring Semester - October 1
  • Summer 1 Semester - March 1

Description

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Beijing’s place at the forefront of Chinese popular culture and social change has deeply influenced new generations of Chinese and profoundly shaped their views of the world. The Popular Culture and Social Change Program offers students insider access to the currents driving contemporary Chinese society. Building upon a multi-disciplinary foundation spanning economics, environmental issues, and foreign policy, students engage with new elective coursework in contemporary visual arts and music, fashion and design, and theater and dance.

Students may enroll for a semester or summer program. Students also have the option to participate in an internship.

Semester Program: This 16 credit program offers students 9 class hours per week of Chinese language during the fall and spring semesters as well as the opportunity to examine modern China through courses in English in several disciplines including economics, film studies, women’s studies, and cultural studies.

Summer Program: This 8 credit program offers 15 class hours per week of Chinese language as well as the opportunity to explore modern China through various area studies courses taught in English. Building upon a multi-disciplinary foundation spanning economics, environmental issues, and foreign policy, students engage with new elective coursework in contemporary visual arts and music, fashion and design, theater and dance, and film

 

Courses

FALL AND SPRING CURRICULUM

All students are required to take one Chinese language course as well as three Area Studies courses taught in English. Semester students will receive 16 NU credits per semester. This program offers 9 class hours per week of Chinese language as well as the opportunity to examine modern China through various area studies courses taught in English. Building upon a multi-disciplinary foundation spanning economics, environmental issues, and foreign policy, students engage with new elective coursework in contemporary visual arts and music, fashion and design, theater and dance, and film.

A new documentary film component that draws on Beijing’s status as China’s film mecca is now available to Beijing students. Based on the Pune program's documentary film component, this course seeks to explore students’ research interests through a visual instead of written medium.

Students must enroll in:

   In addition, students choose from one of the options below:

SUMMER CURRICULUM

All students are required to take one Chinese language course as well as one Area Studies course taught in English. Summer students will received 8 NU credits per semester. This program offers 15 class hours per week of Chinese language as well as the opportunity to explore modern China through various area studies courses taught in English. Building upon a multi-disciplinary foundation spanning economics, environmental issues, and foreign policy, students engage with new elective coursework in contemporary visual arts and music, fashion and design, theater and dance, and film.

Students must enroll in:

  • One elective course (4 credits) or the internship course (4 credits)
  • . Students with at least three semesters of Chinese may elect to participate in a 4 credit internship to replace their area studies course.

  • Chinese language (4 credits)  Students' placement in the Chinese language course will be contingent upon the results of a placement exam after arrival in China. Language instruction is offered at the beginning through advanced levels.

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Host University

Founded in 1962, the Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) is considered to be one of the nation’s premier institutions for the teaching of Chinese language and culture to foreigners. The majority of Chinese Language textbooks are written at BLCU by BLCU professors. BLCU confers degrees at Bachelor, Master and PhD levels and is comprised of 11 faculties and research institutes. The university hosts 14,000 foreign and Chinese students. It is located in the Haidian district, which is home to the majority of Beijing’s universities.

BLCU)is located just east of the vibrant and international university neighborhood of Wudaokou (五道口) in the Haidian District(海淀区)of North West Beijing. Wudaokou is close to a number of universities and research institutes and is home to a growing student population. Minutes from campus, students will find themselves in the heart of Wudaokou surrounded by a large shopping mall, movie theater, grocery stores, and many restaurants serving Japanese, Korean, Mexican and American cuisines in addition to a wide variety of Chinese cuisines. Students also have easy access to coffee shops and book stores along with other cultural resources and the rich academic ambience in the immediate vicinity of BLCU and the Haidian District at large. The Wudaokou subway stop, located on line 13, makes exploring the entire city extremely convenient. Even the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube of the 2008 Olympic Games are just a short bus ride away. BLCU’s exciting central location is a perfect place for the international student in Beijing.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 3.0 GPA minimum
  • Full-time Northeastern University student, sophomore or above.
  • No prior Chinese language study is required
  • To apply for one of a limited number of internships, students must have a minimum of three prior semesters of Chinese language instruction

Application Procedure

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Cost

Fall 2015 or Spring 2016: $TBD

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($TBD), and International Security and Emergency Support ($350). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

China, Beijing: AGE Study Abroad Program Budget (Semester)

 

Summer 1 2015: $10,909

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 8 NU credits ($10,634) and International Security and Emergency Support ($275). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

China, Beijing: AGE Study Abroad Program Budget (Summer)

 

Accommodations

STUDENT HOUSING

Students are housed in the International Student Dorm #17 in double rooms with other Alliance students. Rooms include: two single beds, two desks, two chairs, small book shelves, cabinets, desk lamps, TV, and air-conditioning, and a private bathroom. They are also wired for high-speed internet. Bed linens, including blankets and pillows, are provided by the dorm and cleaned once a week. Towels are not provided. Each floor is equipped with washing machines. Students can purchase tokens for the machines at the front desk of the dorm. Tokens cost approximately 4 RMB for the washing machine and 8 RMB for the dryer. There is also a kitchen with a stove and microwave on each floor. Students are able to borrow some basic cooking equipment from the Alliance.

OPTIONAL HOMESTAY

Additionally, students in Beijing who have completed at least two semesters of Chinese have the opportunity to live with a host family near the BLCU campus half-way through the semester during the spring and fall semesters, and following orientation during the summer term. Prior to joining their host families, students reside in BLCU’s International Student Dorm, mentioned above.

The homestay option provides students with an excellent opportunity to develop a more intimate understanding of Chinese culture and language through discussing and witnessing topics on Chinese culture, tradition and social life raised in the classroom with locals working and living in Beijing up close. Moreover, students who choose this option find countless opportunities to improve their Chinese language skills.

Host families provide breakfast and dinner meals while students are responsible for providing their own lunches throughout the week. Host families provide all three meals on the weekends unless students attend organized excursions or choose not to dine with the family due to other plans.

It is also important for students to understand the changes in lifestyle that are required in a homestay and should enter this arrangement with an attitude of flexibility and openness. Students need to be prepared to follow culturally-appropriate forms of behavior, and to respect their hosts’ needs, homes, and efforts in providing accommodation and cultural experience. Alliance staff are readily available to help smooth your transition into your new life and address any issues or questions that may arise.

There is an additional fee for the homestay option. For a detailed list of costs associated with the program, including the homestay fee, please view the Budget Sheet for this program.

 

Destination

The bustling capital city of Beijing is the nation's political, educational, and cultural center. It has more universities and research institutes than any other city in China, making it also the intellectual hub of the country. Beijing's 3000 years of history is reflected in its art, architecture, music, and traditions. Among its innumerable attractions are the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, and the nearby Great Wall. While the city is replete with historical treasures, modern Beijing boasts lively concert halls, night clubs, ritzy and down-home restaurants, museums, and theater. The entire city is still buzzing from the excitement of hosting the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Massive construction projects have transformed the city over the last several years. The Beijing Subway system is undergoing expansion that will more than double its original capacity. The Olympics were celebrated from August 8 to August 24, 2008 with the opening ceremony commencing at 08:08:08 pm at the Beijing National Stadium. While most events took place in Beijing, several events were also located in Qingdao, Hong Kong, Tianjin, Shanghai, and Qinhuangdao. Spring 2008 Alliance students had the chance to tour some of the Olympic venues and learn about the city's preparations for the games. Summer 2008 Alliance students in Beijing participated in a specially-designed Olympic program.