Study Abroad Program Overview
Study Chinese language at one of the top Chinese language teaching programs in China. The College of Chinese Language and Culture at Beijing Normal University (BNU) is an instructional and research institute established especially for international students pursuing Chinese language study. The beautiful BNU campus is located just north of downtown Beijing.
UC students connect with peers from around the world at the BNU College, where all students build language skills and develop understanding of Chinese society and culture through study, conversation, literature, films and news reports.UCEAP students are invited to take select courses in regular schools and departments, which have a growing number of courses taught in English.
Enjoy this video of UCEAP students sharing their lives and experiences of Beijing.
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.
Language of Instruction
language study is required unless your Chinese proficiency exam allows you take courses taught in Chinese in regular university departments.
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
early September to late December
"I was able to meet classmates from other countries, such as South Korea, England, Italy, Slovakia, Russia, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Indonesia. Despite having different native languages, our commonality was that we were all in Beijing studying Putonghua. This created a culturally enriched learning environment." -- BNU Fall 2016 Participant
If you enjoy your stay in Beijing, you are encouraged to apply to extend participation from the fall to the UCEAP spring option at Peking University.
You will be housed with UC students and other international students in a foreign student dormitory on campus. With Study Center approval, you may live off campus. More information on housing
Enjoy cultural activities and field excursions arranged by UCEAP. Cultural electives offered by BNU have included Chinese calligraphy, cooking, martial arts, and painting. In addition, you will find many opportunities to explore China during festivals and university holidays.
UCEAP students are supported by UC’s network of study abroad offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. A UCEAP Resident Director and local staff abroad help students integrate into Chinese culture and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
See the UCEAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; and housing.
The fall program at BNU focuses on Chinese language and cultural studies. Students take a minimum of three Chinese Language College courses and may also take one elective taught in either Chinese or English (depending on your language proficiency) from select university departmental offerings.
Students with advanced Chinese language skills (near native reading, writing, and speaking), may take courses taught in Chinese in selected fields, such as history, Chinese culture and society, and economics.
A required Chinese language placement exam taken after arrival determines class level placement for your language study.
Use the following resources to learn more:
"Studying abroad in Beijing pushed me out of my comfort zone, expanded my social network to many people from other countries, gave me the opportunity to travel to places I never imagined I would go, and allowed me to discover more about myself. Beijing has warmly welcomed me, and the whole Beijing experience definitely has a place in my heart." -- BNU Fall 2016 Participant
Supplementary classes taught in English help you understand the Chinese social and cultural environment as it becomes your home.
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad; 18 quarter/12 semester UC units minimum required; the number of courses will vary depending on your language placement exam
Research and Independent Study
You may be able to do research or independent study; however, this is rare due to the intensive requirements of language study.
Beijing Normal University
Beijing Normal University (BNU) is one of China’s oldest and most well recognized universities. Since first accepting international students in 1965, it has accumulated rich experience in providing Chinese language programs.
BNU is located just north of the old city walls of Beijing, about midway between the city center and northern Beijing. With the subway just minutes away, you have easy access to downtown, shopping areas, the embassy, and so much more.
Test Drive Your Future
Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.
- More opportunities
Please note-Current internship offerings may vary; you may do your own research to find additional internship opportunities.
Beijing Normal University offers paid on-campus internships for international students. Teaching assistant and administrative assistant positions are available in various departments and institutions throughout BNU. Since students are compensated monetarily, UC credit is not available. Visit the International Students Office
website for more information.
Setting Up Your Internship
- You are encouraged to set up your own internship prior to arrival.
- UCEAP has learned from UC Career Center websites and previous EAP participants that the following sites might provide information or assistance for service opportunities in China: JingJobs, ForeignerCN, eChinaJobs, ForeignHR.
- "While studying abroad at BNU, I took up an internship for Project Pengyou."
- "I was able to intern and receive academic credit in business which is not offered at my home campus."
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2016-17. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2016-17 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
- UC fees
- Tuition at BNU
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
- On-site orientation
- Predeparture expenses (visas, etc.)
- Summer Intensive Language Program (if applicable)
- Room and board
- Program excursions
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Round-trip transportation from California
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Study abroad scholarships for China
Chinese Ministry of Education Scholarships
The Chinese government provides scholarships for US students to study at many of the country's top universities. They are offered by the China Scholarship Council under the U.S.-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE). These scholarships cover all in-country costs, including tuition, housing and an appropriate stipend. Find out more
Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate
- The University-level language requirement is: minimum 0 quarters / 0 semesters.
* Students with more than 3 years of Chinese language study are only eligible for the Fall option.
2.50 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
Other Eligibility Requirements:
BNU does not accept students who only have PRC, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan passport or ID. Dual passport holders are okay.
Successful completion of a course on China is highly recommended.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
Application Information and Deadlines
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by Beijing Normal University.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: