The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies
is a Jesuit-based, study-abroad program administered by Loyola University Chicago. The Beijing Center offers students a distinctive blend of course work and first-hand experience. It achieves this through intensive or regular-track Mandarin courses, cultural seminars, business and political science courses, and educational travel. The intensive Chinese- language courses are: three hours a day, four days a week. Each student is provided with a personal tutor to help them prepare assignments for the language courses. Course levels range from beginner to advanced conversational.
Courses are taught seminar-style in English by top Chinese scholars in their fields, some of whom are Beijing’s leading political and business figures. The program also offers two different excursion trips each semester, one at the beginning of the semester and one at the break. Students on past trips have traveled ancient international trade routes, met Tibetan monks and nomads along the way, rode camels through the dunes of the Gobi Desert, explored traditional markets and visited pandas in Sichuan!
The Beijing Center is designed as an academic site to gain expertise on China. In that spirit, the center offers a variety of courses in many subjects with a focus on China and Chinese culture. Visit the Beijing Center's course offerings page or summer course offerings page for more information. Specific academic disciplines offered include business, communication, humanities and social science courses.All students at the Beijing Center are required to take a Chinese language course and the program offers beginner, intermediate, advanced and advanced conversational levels. Each level of Chinese has a standard or intensive option. In addition to language, most students take three other courses. Students attending the summer program take two courses.
The semester internship program takes place alongside a traditional academic semester where students complete other English-taught courses (between 12 and 19 total credits). Semester internships require a student to work a minimum of 100 hours (circa 10-12 hours per week). Many internship partners would prefer that Interns work in the region of 20-24 hours per week. Follow this link to read about student Internship experiences.
Anyone participating in the semester internship course, will be required to undergo an additional process upon their arrival in Beijing to convert their visa (X1 or X2) to a resident permit. TBC staff will assist you with this process during the orientation week in Beijing. However, converting your visa does involve some additional fees beyond the $140 base visa application fee. These fees include:
Physical Exam: 400 RMB
Resident Permit: 400 RMB
Internship Annotation Fee: 200 RMB
Processing Fees: 100 RMB
Total: 1100 RMB (~$165)
The above is a requirement from the Chinese government and must be done in order for you to legally intern during your semester in China. Students NOT participating in the internship course generally do not have to complete this visa conversion process in Beijing, except in special cases (i.e. you were issued a visa not valid for study).
Students at the Beijing Center have the option to live in a residence hall on the campus of the University of International Business and Economics or to live with a host family in Beijing. On campus housing offers two options, dorm rooms or apartment style rooms. Both of these on-campus options have double occupancy and all students have the option to request a Chinese roommate. A Chinese roommate is required for students in the intensive Chinese program. Home stays can be arranged by the Beijing Center staff upon request. For more information please visit their website here
Beijing is famous for having 100,000 restaurants, and the food is excellent. There are two cafeterias on campus and a coffee shop. In general you can purchase a hot meal at the cafeterias for less than one U.S. dollar. Food in general is much less expensive than in the U.S. A typical dish at a restaurant costs three to four US dollars.
Please reference the above "Budget Sheets" link.
The Beijing Center (Loyola University Chicago) requires comparable international insurance coverage to the Marquette University requirement. Therefore, Marquette students are waived from Marquette's international insurance requirement if participating on the Beijing Center (Loyola University Chicago) program.
Beijing, the capital city of the People’s Republic of China, is the political, scientific and commercial center of this ancient land. Known as Peking in the west until 1949, Beijing literally means ‘Northern Capital’, and has been the imperial and political center of China since it was first declared the capital over 1000 years ago. Today, it is home to more than 21 million people of 56 ethnicities who reside in the municipality’s 6,500 square miles.
Most recently home to the 2008 Olympic Games, Beijing has developed rapidly into a modern metropolis, while maintaining its ancient city charm. The Chinese tourism industry has also come a long way in improving its transportation, services, accommodations, shopping facilities and recreation.
it is the responsibility of each student to get a visa that allows them to enter China and study at TBC for the duration of their program (one or two semesters). We cannot guarantee exactly what type of visa you will be given or how many entries you will be allowed. These decisions are up to the officials at the consulate where you apply.