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Beijing TBC

Fall, Spring
Student Year
Sophomore, Junior
Courses Offered By
College of Arts and Letters, College of Engineering, College of Science, Keough School of Global Affairs, Mendoza College of Business

The Beijing Center (TBC) is a unique opportunity well suited for students with little or no previous Chinese language studies. As a truly no-barrier program, TBC supports students in acclimating to life in Beijing by providing a full suite of support staff and the opportunity to live with a Chinese roommate for the term.

As the capital of the world's most populous nation, Beijing is the political and cultural center and international focal point of much that happens in contemporary China. The atmosphere in Beijing is much like any capital city, and with a large foreign business and diplomatic community, Beijing has a strong international presence. Beijing is undergoing astonishing growth and change while trying to hold on to its storied past. Whether you wander through old alleys at the city center or walk onto the field at the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Olympic Park, Beijing offers a dynamic of old versus new unmatched by any other city in the world. Changes in Beijing have moved at an incredible rate and the city continues to grow physically. Traditional style homes and narrow alleyways are being demolished to make way for newer and larger architectural structures. However, Beijing also reflects China's long and evolving history when different dynasties were based there and constructed some of the nation's most well-known and culturally-important sites such as the Great Wall, the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City, and Tiananmen Square. There is no doubt that spending time in Beijing is vital to understanding China. Programming in Beijing is diverse and accommodates a range of students from those with no previous Chinese language study to those with multiple semesters and proficiency.

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