Study Abroad Program Overview
Study abroad in China at beautiful Beijing Normal University (BNU). This program offers beginning through advanced Chinese language study in a comprehensive summer program designed to advance your language skills quickly.
BNU's College of Chinese Language and Culture was established especially for international students pursuing Chinese language study. The BNU campus and student dorms are located north of the old city walls, midway between Peking University and Tiananmen Square, with shops and restaurants just outside the dorms, and easy citywide access by subway or taxi to the city center and surrounding neighborhoods.
Explore the capital's historical and architectural richness and benefit from practicing your Chinese daily during program excursions, cultural activities, and in interactions with locals.
Students attend classes with international students.
Language of Instruction
language study from beginning to advanced levels.
Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
mid-June to mid-August
UCEAP students share double rooms with other UC students in a foreign student dormitory at BNU. More information on housing
Enjoy cultural activities and excursions arranged by UCEAP. Cultural electives offered by BNU have included Chinese calligraphy, cooking, martial arts, and painting.
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.
Study Chinese language intensively at any level, from beginning through advanced. UC students may gain up to a year of language study in this summer program.
You will be placed into an intensive Chinese language course based on a language proficiency exam taken upon arrival. The course focuses on reading, writing, listening and conversation.
Instruction is intensive; classes meet for approximately 20 hours per week over the 8-week summer program. Class size averages between 10 and 20 students. Some classes may be even smaller. Chinese tutors are available to provide individual tutoring to supplement classroom instruction.
Use the following resources to learn more:
What was unique about this study abroad opportunity?
"Speaking to native speakers, and experiencing China first-hand..." ~UCEAP BNU L&C Participant Summer 2015
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad; 15 quarter/10 semester UC units required; one or two courses.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Internships and independent study for academic credit are not an option in this short summer program.
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.
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 2015-16. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2015-16 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 the same 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.
- Predeparture expenses (visa, etc.)
- Round-trip transportation from California
- UC fees
- Tuition at BNU
- On-site orientation
- Room and board
- Program excursions
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
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, GraduateClass Level Eligibility
: Graduate students may participate for language study only, not research.
- The University-level language requirement is: maximum 3 years (9 quarters / 6 semesters).
2.50 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.GPA Note
: Graduate students are required to have a 3.0 GPA.
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
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: