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China: Chinese Language and Culture in Beijing

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Program Type

  • OHIO Credit

Academic Focus

  • Language and Area Studies

Program Feature

  • Language Immersion


  • China

Program Term

  • Winter Break

For more information, contact:

Lu Cao 
Program Director 

Office of Global Opportunities




The winter break Chinese Language and Culture program provides an opportunity for total immersion into the language while learning about the culture at first hand. Students will be exposed to the real China, discovering the history, culture, philosophy, politics, and religion while also interacting on a daily basis with the local Chinese. 

This program provides everything that the Ohio University based Chinese language courses can offer and more, expanding your knowledge and understanding of this very different and important area of the world. Chinese Language and Culture in Beijing completes the foreign language requirement for the College of Arts & Sciences. 

Highlights and Excursions 

Students will visit locations like Great Wall, the Summer Palace, the Ming Tombs, and the Forbidden Palace.  

Study Away and COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, participation in study away and abroad involves real and potential personal, financial, and academic risk. The CDC advises that you should delay travel until you are vaccinated. Note that entry to some countries and participation in local program and free-time activities, including in the U.S., may be severely restricted or potentially unavailable to unvaccinated individuals. Unvaccinated travelers should additionally expect to incur extra expenses and onsite logistical challenges due to onsite testing requirements. For further information, contact ogoriskmanagement@ohio.edu

Living Arrangements 

OHIO students will live alongside international students from around the world in dorms on the campus of Beijing Language and Culture University in the ‘academic district’ of Beijing. There are several student cafeterias on campus and numerous small, inexpensive restaurants around campus for students to dine in. 

Program Dates 

Future dates to be determined, but typically offered December - January.


Chinese 2120 Intermediate Chinese 2 (4 credit hours) 


The program fee for this program includes: Student accommodations, some meals, in-country transportation, excursions (guided with tours), airport transfers, welcome and farewell dinner and international medical health insurance. 

In addition to the program fee, students should plan for 3 credit hours of tuition*, administrative fee, and out-of-pocket costs. Below is the student budget worksheet for this program, which outlines these costs.  

Items that are not related to the program (ie. additional entertainment, souvenirs, extra travel, contingency funds) are not included in the cost estimates provided and should be budgeted for separately.  


  • Non-resident surcharge waived for the credit hours associated with this program. 
  • If you are nominated to this program, you will be required to pay a deposit to confirm your participation. The deposit is a down payment on the total costs to be billed by OHIO and is determined by the total cost of the program. 
  • For programs completed over winter-break and spring break, the credit-hours associated with the program are part of the spring semester. Students taking between 12 to 20 Athens campus hours, including those associated with the program, will not incur additional tuition costs for the spring semester. Students taking less than 12 or more than 20 Athens campus credits for the spring term will see their tuition charge adjusted accordingly.  

Looking for Funding Opportunities? 

More information on financial aid and scholarships can be found on our funding pages.

Eligibility and Requirements 

Students must have completed the 1110-1120 Chinese language series and 2110, have a minimum 3.0 GPA (students with a GPA of less than 3.0 will be considered if they have excelled in Chinese language courses).  

Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy 

This program accepts NON-OHIO students. For more information about this process visit the Non-OHIO student page.   

Participants must have a at least a high school diploma or the equivalent (e.g. GED) by the start date of the program to be considered for eligibility.  Students enrolled in College Credit Plus (CC+) are not eligible for study away programs.

Entry and Exit Requirements 

U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year,   apply for your passport   now. Some countries also require a visa to legally enter or reside in the country.

U.S. citizens  will not  need a visa or other special document to enter the country for the length of this program. Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to this program. 

For more specific visa related information, please visit OGO’s  Visa Information Page 

Information for  Non-U.S. citizens  can be found  here