Now is the time to understand China. At The Beijing Center you don’t study abroad; you study China, in CHINA. The Beijing Center provides you an opportunity unlike any other study abroad program. By combining intense language and course work, unparalleled immersion opportunities, and academic excursions throughout the country, you will learn more about China in one week than you have in your entire life.
Living in Beijing is nothing like you would imagine.
As the capitol of China, Beijing is where everything begins and ends, as a result, it is the political and cultural center. Beijing undergoes astronomical growth while maintaining its storied past. Whether you wander through 800 year-old hutongs at the city center, walk onto the field at the Bird’s Nest (National Stadium), or camp overnight on an unpreserved section of the Great Wall, Beijing offers a dynamic of old versus new unmatched by any other city in the world. The time is now for you to experience all that China has to offer.
The Beijing Center is housed at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), located in a safe residential area of Beijing. Living in the middle of a Chinese university in a local residential area, allows you the opportunity to really immerse yourself in the language and culture of China. From the family who makes homemade dumplings in a nearby restaurant, to the man who fixes bicycles right outside your dorm, a chance to gain a deep and intimate insight into China awaits.
Course listings can be found here.
Special Application Instructions
You must complete the LMU Study Abroad Application as well as The Beijing Center Application by the LMU Study Abroad Deadline Date. Visit the host institution site for their application details.
HOUSING AND MEALS
The Beijing Center offers many opportunities for you to get deeply immersed into Chinese culture. During your time in Beijing, you will be fully integrated in the host university. You may also have the option to live with a Chinese roommate.
All students, except those living with a host family, will live on campus at the University of International Business and Economics. There are two options for on-campus housing—Dorm rooms (building 6) or Apartment-style rooms (building 5). Both are double occupancy, though private rooms may be available for an additional fee.
Located inside building 6 are a small café and convenience store, laundry room, and kitchens on each floor. On the third floor is a recently refurnished private DVD lounge with a television, DVD player, and couches.
All students who attend The Beijing Center have the option to live with a Chinese roommate. Chinese roommates are undergraduate UIBE students who are actively involved leaders on campus. While they speak English, they are encouraged to speak as much Chinese as possible when living with their TBC roommate. Chinese roommates are a great source to develop language skills and to immerse in daily interactions with the culture and the country at large.
Transportation & Meals
Bicycles are the best way to travel short distances in Beijing. Bicycles can be bought for around $20.00 USD. Taxis are affordable and there are thousands in Beijing. Beijing has a modern public transportation system. Local busses are cheap and frequent, and riding the subway is clean, quick, and easy to navigate.
Food in Beijing is plentiful and delicious. Beijing is famed for having 100,000 restaurants and you will find food from all over the world. Located on campus at the University of International Business and Economics are two student cafeterias and a coffee shop. Here, you can get a hot meal for less than one US dollar. You can also eat at one of the nearly 60 restaurants within walking distance of campus. A dish typically costs about three or four US dollars, at most of these restaurants.
With a population over 1.3 billion people, coming from 56 different ethnicities, spread throughout China’s 34 provinces, staying in Beijing, let alone the classroom, will not even begin to show you the real China.
To understand China in its entirety, all of these aspects must be considered. That is why The Beijing Center (TBC), builds one academic trip into each semester. The trip includes homestays and visits to important historical and cultural site throughout China. These unique trips allow you to see and experience more of China than most people will their entire lives – Chinese people included. In the fall students will go to the Silk Road and Yunnan for spring semester.