Join Chinese and international students at the beautiful Beijing Normal University (BNU) campus, located just north of downtown Beijing. BNU offers excellent language classes at the Chinese Language Center, where you connect with students from all over the world as you build strong Chinese language skills and develop appreciation of Chinese society and culture.
BNU also welcomes an increasing number of international students into all schools and departments, with a growing number of courses now taught in English.
For those with advanced Chinese language ability, more opportunities open up; select from a full choice of regular BNU courses taught in Chinese as you study alongside local Chinese students.
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.
Language of Instruction
The program begins in the summer with a mandatory six-week Chinese intensive language program (ILP). Chinese language study is required during the fall term unless you have an advanced level of Chinese language proficiency and take courses taught in Chinese in regular university departments.
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
late June to late December
You are encouraged to apply to extend participation from the fall to the EAP spring option at Peking University.
You will be housed with UC students or international students in a single or shared room on campus in a foreign student dormitory. With Study Center approval, you may live off campus during the fall.
Enjoy cultural activities and excursions arranged by UCEAP. Cultural electives offered by BNU during the ILP have included Chinese calligraphy, cooking, martial arts, and painting. In addition, you will find many opportunities to explore China during festivals and university holidays.
EAP students are supported by UC’s network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with EAP 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 EAP 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; housing; and information about the intensive language program (if applicable).
Beijing Normal University
Beijing Normal University (BNU) is one of China’s oldest institutions of higher education, as well as one of the most well recognized universities in the country. Since first accepting international students in 1965, it has accumulated rich experience in providing a Chinese language program for international students.
Its College of Chinese Language and Culture is a teaching and research institute established especially for international students pursuing Chinese language study at all levels.
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, transportation to downtown, shopping areas and the embassy district is convenient.
The UCEAP focus at BNU is Chinese language and cultural studies. The program begins with a summer intensive language program. During the fall semester you take a minimum of three Chinese Language Center courses; you may also take one elective taught in either Chinese or English.
If you have higher level Chinese language skills, you may take regular university courses taught in Chinese in selected fields, such as history, Chinese culture and society, and economics.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on EAP:
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad.
ILP: 3 to 12 UC quarter/ 2 to 8 UC semester units
Term: 18 UC quarter/12 UC semester units
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
You may be able to engage in an internship and/or independent study for academic credit in this program. If you are interested, you can make arrangements with the EAP Study Center after arrival at BNU.
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 Non Resident 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 2013-14. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2013-14 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include Non Resident Fees. 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
- Accident and medical insurance
- On-site orientation
- Predeparture expenses (visas, etc.)
- Intensive Language Program
- 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.
Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate
- The University-level language requirement is: minimum 2 quarters / 1 semester with a minimum language GPA of 3.00.
* Simplified Chinese characters. Students with an advanced level of language proficiency are exempt from required language study.
3.00 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
Other Eligibility Requirements:
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.
Application Information and Deadlines
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental predeparture 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 EAP Office for more information: