Thank you for your interest in the Columbia Summer Language Program in Beijing! For students interested in summer 2016, the application materials and program details are not yet finalized. Most program information will be available by the end of fall 2015 term, though there still may some details outstanding. Please click "Start an Application" on bottom of the Apply page (see left) to register your interest in the program with the Office of Global Programs and fill out a short Pre-Application questionnaire. Once you are registered with our system, we will notify you via email when all application components are finalized. We will also notify you of any information sessions and/or events with returned program participants.
This nine-week program immerses students in one of the world's most dynamic cities and offers three levels of intensive Chinese language studies from first through fourth year. All four skills are emphasized in the classroom, in drill sections, and through private tutorials. Group excursions in and around Beijing, lectures by local experts, and a week-long travel break give students insight into Chinese society and lifestyle, and provide a variety of environments in which to use their language skills.
The program runs from mid-June to mid-August. Click here for a complete Academic Calendar.
Must be a currently enrolled undergraduate student in good academic standing. Graduate students and post-graduates may also apply.
For first year level: No previous Chinese language background required
For second year level: One year of college-level Chinese or the equivalent
For third year level: Two years of college-level Chinese or the equivalent
For fourth year level: Three years of college-level Chinese or the equivalent