Beijing is larger than New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago -- combined. For a city of its size, Beijing is remarkably comfortable and safe. It juxtaposes traditional architecture such as the Forbidden City with internationally acclaimed modern structures as the stadiums of the Olympic Park. With so much growth and change happening in a city of 20 million people, life is exceptionally exciting.
The Beijing Center is located in a residential section of northeast Beijing. Housed at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), TBC's immediate surroundings include a park, markets, and other community areas, making it easy for you to interact with local Chinese.
Beijing has an efficient and inexpensive transportation system. Within walking distance from UIBE campus are 3 subway lines, making it very easy to reach any part of this safe city.
ACADEMICSThe Beijing Center for Chinese Studies is a study China in China program. Wheras many study abroad programs feature courses that you can take at your home university, our Center is distinctive for its focus on China. In a globalized world, an education without knowledge of China is an incomplete education.
The Beijing Center's wide variety of courses is designed to help you develop a thorough understanding of China -- its past, present, and future development. You will experience China in all its complexities, by studying its language, history, culture, arts, politics, literature, religions and philosophy, among other subjects. During the year, The Beijing Center offers over 50 classes across 13 different disciplines. This allows TBC students to focus on their current major and interests, as well as build a more attractive portfolio for professional development. All classes are in English, and are taught by leading academics and practitioners. The wide selection of courses also allows students from most majors and minors to both study abroad and graduate on time.
You will not study China but you will see China. The excursions are a critical part of the academic program at TBC, and your observations will be tied to what you do in the classroom. These trips provide you with unique opportunities to develop the tools you will need to live and work successfully in the globalized world.
HOUSING AND STUDENT LIFE
While at the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies, you will be a part of life at UIBE. You will have the opportunity to spend time conversing with Chinese students in the campus coffee shop, playing a game of pickup basketball, and becoming active in campus life.
Whether you decide to have a meal at the campus cafeteria for less than $2 or go to one of the more than 20 restaurants within a block of campus, you will never have a lack of variety to choose from. Food is both delicious and inexpensive.
Students are housed in rooms in the International Students Center or in small apartments on campus. Each room has a private, western-style bathroom. Though double-occupancy rooms are standard, students have the option, depending on availability, to live in a single room for an extra fee. The International Student Center is equipped with two TBC study lounges that are fully wireless, a DVD lounge, and a small gym.
China is home to 56 different ethnic groups. Within an area about the size of the United States, China's geography ranges from the world's highest plateau to the world's second lowest basin, from the world's most land-locked city to the world's busiest harbor. Every year, The Beijing Center conducts two academic excursions that will take you across China's distinct landscapes and give you a deeper understanding of the country.
Academic excursions require you to select a topic to research and present to your fellow students during the trip. Once back in Beijing, you will continue exploring and reflecting upon your experiences. In addition to the academic excursion, each semester TBC provides an optional week-long trip as a midterm break.
By the end of the semester, TBC students can confidently say that they have seen more of China than most people will in their entire lives.