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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum Language Requirement: CHIN 103 Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: Chinese (Mandarin), English
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0 Click here for a definition of this term Class Eligibility: Junior, Pre-Junior, Sophomore
Type of Program: Free Standing Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Young-Min Park
Academic Focus: All Academic Focuses, Language Focused
Program Description:
Program Overview | Eligibility | Academics | Program Calendar | Housing | Visa | Cost & Financial Aid 

Drexel in China: CIEE Beijing Summer Intensive Chinese Language

Tsinghua Shui Mu Picture

Program Overview

As the capital of the world’s most populous nation, Beijing is at the center of much that happens in China. It is a city of over 22 million people adapting as China emerges as a global player. Beijing reflects China’s long and evolving history and home to some of the nation’s most well-known and culturally important sites such as the Great Wall, Forbidden City, and the Summer Palace. In addition to being the political and cultural center of China, Beijing is known as the birthplace of Chinese cinema and modern art. Beijing also has China’s largest concentration of top research institutions.
Spend this summer immersed in a dynamic language learning environment that compels you to explore beyond the classroom. Through intensive Mandarin language training at Peking University, weekly sessions with Chinese tutors, a homestay option, and cultural excursions, you won’t simply study Chinese – you’ll live it. More information on the program can be found on the CIEE program page.


  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • CHIN 103 requirement
  • Sophomore, pre-junior, or junior
  • Peking University does not accept students who are citizens of the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan ROC, Hong Kong SAR, or Macau. This includes those who are permanent U.S. residents.


Course Availability
All participants are required to take “Readings in Chinese” and “Spoken Chinese” at the appropriate level and may also choose up to two electives. Course descriptions can be found on the CIEE program page.
  • Chinese language instruction totals 15 credits and each elective is 1.5 credits.
  • Students have the option of taking only language classes, or supplementing their language learning with additional elective classes.
  • The maximum number of credits for this program is 18 credits.
Course Approvals
Students must get course approvals from the Chinese language representative in Modern Languages department for the Chinese language classes taken on this program. Chinese language instruction totals 15 credits. Students are responsible for getting the Chinese language courses approved as different CHIN language classes at Drexel and an additional Special Topics course to total 15 credits. These approvals are contingent upon your personal Chinese language sequence.
For example:
Note: This table is not an approval for these courses. You must obtain individual approval for yourself.
CIEE Chinese language Course Drexel Equivalent Drexel credit
Readings in Chinese –Intermediate
Spoken Chinese - Intermediate
CHIN 201 4
CHIN 202 4
CHIN T280 4
CHIN T380 3
Total Chinese Language Credits at Drexel:  15

Students will also need to get courses approved by the appropriate department for each elective course they plan to take while abroad. For example, if you want to take a Chinese Art History course for Drexel credit, its equivalent must be pre-approved by the Art History Department at Drexel.

Participants take classes with other CIEE students only. Chinese language courses are taught and graded by Peking University faculty and CIEE assigns U.S. letter grade equivalents. Students earn Drexel grades and credit and for the courses taken through the CIEE Program. Review the Study Abroad Grading Scale.

Program Calendar

Summer 2018
Program Start June 18, 2018
Program End August 10, 2018
Program dates are subject to change. Students participating on this program may need to request early final exams for their Spring term courses to be able to arrive in China on time for the start of the program.   


Students live either in a homestay or in the PKU foreign student complex, Zhongguanyuan Global Village, which is a five-minute walk from the South East Gate of campus. Students may not live in private accommodations outside of CIEE-arranged housing. More information about the different housing options can be found on the CIEE program page.


Most students will need to apply for a Chinese visa to participate in this program. CIEE will assist with visa applications.

Cost and Financial Aid

Program Fee
Summer 2019: $1,529

Included in the Program Fee: Not included in the Program Fee:
  • On-site airport meet and greet
  • On-site staff
  • Housing
  • Orientation
  • Cultural & social activities
  • On Call emergency assistance
  • Visa Fees
  • Airfare
  • Local transportation costs
  • Meals
  • Personal expenses

Estimated Program Costs

Review the Estimated Study Abroad Costs page for a list of approximated program expenses.

Tuition & Financial Aid

This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during the term abroad. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to Drexel Central to see if additional funding may be available.

Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after acceptance).

Those interested in seeking additional funding should review Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.

For more information on these and many other scholarship opportunities, visit our Scholarships page.

  • CIEE GAIN Travel Grant:- $750 - $2,000 toward airfare is GUARANTEED for all Pell-eligible students.
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant: $1,000 toward semester programs. Qualified applicants for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship are GUARANTEED a CIEE Gilman Go Global grant.
  • Review the CIEE Scholarship page for additional opportunities.
  • For Language minors only. The College of Arts and Sciences offers Critical Languages Abroad Grants to support study abroad for Drexel University’s minors in critical and less commonly-taught languages: Arabic, Chinese, Korean, and German. Awardees will receive support towards travel and housing while studying abroad to advance their language minor in critical or less commonly taught languages. Grants up to $2,500 will be awarded to eligible students. The amount will vary depending on factors such as country, length of stay, financial aid, and travel costs. Learn More.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 02/02/2020
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Priority deadline: October 15th. Applications completed by October 15th will qualify for a $50 application fee waiver! Applications completed after October 15th will be reviewed after the final February 1st deadline and do not qualify for the application fee waiver.

NOTE: Dates are tentative and subject to change.

Summer 2021 02/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Priority deadline: October 15th. Applications completed after October 15th will be reviewed after the final February 1st deadline.

** See NOTE Above*

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