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  • Locations: Beijing, China
  • Program Terms: Summer Quarter
  • Budget Sheets: Summer Quarter
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Program Information:

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Location Beijing, China
Academic Term Summer Quarter (Full Term) 2018
June 26- August 23, 2018
Estimated Program Fee $4,250
*This program cost is subsidized by a generous donation from Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters.*
Credits 15 UW credits
Prerequisites Minimum GPA 2.5 No prerequisite for 1st year Chinese. Prerequisite for 2nd year Chinese: 1st year Chinese (CHIN 103) or equivalent.
Program Directors Chan Lu, Liping Yu
Program Manager Darielle Horsey |
Priority Application Deadline January 31, 2018
Extended Application Deadline February 15, 2018
Information Sessions TBD. Contact Program Director for more information.

Program Description

The UW in Beijing Program aims to provide UW students with high quality, rigorous and intensive Chinese language training over a period of eight weeks in the summer. Through various curricular and extra-curricular activities, the program will develop students’ Chinese language and literacy skills through language and cultural immersion. The program will also enrich students’ knowledge and understanding of modern Chinese society, its relationship with the past, and its projected future. The program is hosted by Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU), the most renowned university for intensive training in Chinese as a second language . Aside from boasting experienced instructors and a multi-cultural and multilingual environment, the university’s central location at the heart of Beijing’s university district offers students easy access to China’s Silicon Valley (Zhongguan cun), where higher learning interacts intensely with entrepreneurship and high tech, among many of the other significant places that Beijing has to offer.

During the eight weeks of immersion, students will take group classes in the morning and individual tutoring sessions in the afternoons. Students will also take culture classes on Chinese martial arts, ping pong, calligraphy and tea ceremony twice a week. Special field- trips to places of significance will be arranged throughout students’ stay in Beijing. Destinations include, for example, the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, Zhongguan cun entrepreneurs’ street, China Science and Technology Museum, Chaoyang Theatre, among others. It is hoped that students will develop a true appreciation of for traditional Chinese culture as well as gaining insights into contemporary China which is rapidly transforming.




Beijing, China


Students will be staying on campus at the host university. The university will provide dorms that are specifically provided to foreign students, which have double occupancy and private bathrooms. The payment can be wired to the university in advance.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Minimum GPA 2.5 No prerequisite for 1st year Chinese. Prerequisite for 2nd year Chinese: 1st year Chinese (CHIN 103) or equivalent. Physical Components: Students must meet the physical requirements set for all UW study abroad programs. This program does not have any further requirement.


15 UW Credits


CHIN 199: 1st year Chinese (15 Credits)

This is a 15-credit summer intensive Chinese language course that teaches an entire academic year’s worth of first-Year Chinese in eight weeks.. The course is intended for students with very little or no Chinese language background and no previous training in modern Chinese. It is designed to help beginning Chinese learners to develop solid skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in an interactive learning environment. Pronunciation, tones, character writing and grammar are equally emphasized in this class.

Learning goals include:

  • Help beginning Chinese learners to develop solid skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in an interactive learning environment

  • Help students develop accurate pronunciation, develop character writing skills and knowledge of basic syntactic structures in Modern Chinese

  • Help students manage real-life situations that have immediate concern to them, such as asking for directions, seeing a doctor, dating, renting an apartment, sports, etc.

CHIN 299: 2nd year Chinese (15 Credits - VLPA)

This is a 15-credit summer intensive Chinese language course that teaches an entire academic year’s worth of Second-Year Chinese in eight weeks. The course is designed to help highly motivated students who have successfully completed First-Year Chinese at college level (Integrated Chinese Level 1, Part 1 & Part 2 or the equivalent) to quickly and significantly improve their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in a very short period of time.

Learning goals include:

  • converse coherently using multiple sentences and second-year level vocabulary;

  • pronounce familiar words correctly and clearly;

  • have conversations on simple topics in personal, social and academic life (e.g., making living arrangements, health and exercise, choosing classes and major, making travel plans, dating, the internet);

  • have simple discussions about common social issues such as education, gender equality, environmental protection, etc;

  • read and understand the main ideas of simple news articles with the help of dictionary;

  • watch and understand the main ideas of online videos on familiar topics;

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    Chan Lu, Asian Languages and Literature, Program Director

    Liping Yu, Asian Languages and Literature, Program Co-Director

    Liping Yu (BA Beijing Normal College of Foreign Languages, MA diploma Tsinghua University, MA Louisiana State University) is a senior lecturer of Chinese at dept. of Asian Languages and Literature at University of Washington. Prior her arrival at UW, she taught Chinese at Princeton University and Louisiana State University. She was born in Beijing and grew up in Beijing. Graduated from Tsinghua in 1988, she became an English lecturer at People’s University in Beijing and taught English there till she came to US. Her teaching interests include modern Chinese languages and she has the passion to introduce Chinese culture to American students. She has served as program director for many study abroad programs to China. She is excited to teach 2nd year intensive Chinese in China.



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $4,250

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1,500)
  • Food (about $10/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: July 6, 2018

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans.  To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.



Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.