North Central College - Naperville, IL

China Studies Institute

Peking University in Beijing, China

Fall Term


Program OverviewPeking University - West Gate

This program -- located on the campus of Peking University (China's Harvard) ranked the 15th best university in the world by the London Times -- offers two main options. Students who want to devote themselves to Chinese language training full time (24 hours in-class instruction per week) enroll in the immersion track; students who want to learn Chinese part-time while taking other courses in English and engaging in internships can enroll in the nonimmersion track. At least 14 courses are available in English, including internships in business, law, media, IT, NGOs and nonprofits. Volunteering opportunities both on and off campus, a variety of student activities and excursions, and a two-week study trip round out the program.

Internships are available



Junior or senior standing; GPA 3.0 preferred

Immersion Track:  Requires 3.0 GPA and one year of Chinese language study



Earn 12-15 credits (depending on the number of courses completed). Students choose to study through either the immersion track or nonimmersion track.  All grades earned abroad affect your North Central College GPA when transferred back. You cannot take courses pass/fail.  

Immersion Track:

• For students who want to devote themselves to Chinese language training fulltime, through 24 hours in-class instruction per week

• Requires at least one year of Chinese language completed

• Courses taken abroad are a Chinese language course (12 credits) and one elective course (1 credit)


Nonimmersion Track:

• For students who want to learn Chinese part-time

• Take other courses in English, including internships in business, law, media, IT, NGOs and nonprofits


Courses available in English in:

• Arts and Culture

• Business

• Economics

• History

• Literature

• Political Science

• Sociology

• International Relations

• Calligraphy (no credit)

• Taiji/Martial Arts (no credit)


Note:  Students must have courses pre-approved by North Central College prior to taking them abroad. If students change their course schedules while abroad, they must get this change approved. Some departments only permit students to take a certain number of courses that count toward their major abroad; by getting all courses pre-approved, this ensures that these courses will count towards their degrees.



Housing and Meals

Students live in off-campus apartments with Chinese roommates.

Meals:  Not included in program cost.



Estimated Costs

Students in Direct Enrollment programs (i.e. China Studies Institute) pay North Central College tuition plus a $3,500 program fee. This fee includes placement, orientation and guidance fees, as well as standard self-catered housing. The College selects accommodations; if students choose to upgrade, they are responsible for paying any difference in cost. Unless otherwise noted, the fee does not include airfare, travel to and from airport, meals, visa fees, departure tax, books, national insurance, personal travel or spending money. North Central College financial aid does apply.



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