About The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies
Since 1998, The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies (TBC) has provided the world an unprecedented education about China. You and others from across the country and the globe will travel to Beijing to learn about and experience both the immense transformations and rich traditional cultures of China. TBC combines intensive course studies, opportunities for immersion, and academic excursions across the country to give you a well-rounded understanding of China. For more details, visit TBC's Website at: www.thebeijingcenter.org
The Beijing Center campus is located at Beijing University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in the Chaoyang district of Beijing. The campus is centrally located and provides easy access to the Metro Line and most areas in the city. It is a 25-minute taxi ride to the airport, a 15-minute taxi ride to downtown, and a 10-minute taxi ride to major shopping centers. On campus, there is a 24-hour medical clinic, four cafeterias, restaurants, and many indoor and outdoor athletic facilities; many restaurants, bars, markets and other types of shops also are within walking distance.
The academic program at The Beijing Center is far more than the typical study abroad program; it is a study China in China program. You will gain facility in Chinese, and advance your skills in the language. You will take classes with many of China’s leading experts, professors, and practitioners in the country’s intellectual and political capital. You will observe the historical and cultural roots of Chinese society and commerce. You will witness China in the cities and in the countryside, engaging with ethnic peoples in their own environment. You will study its fields and its factories, and see China’s as well as its challenges. You will travel intellectually, as well as physically.
Academic year and semester programs run from August to December (Fall Semester) and January to May (Spring Semester). For specific program dates, please consult TBC's online calendar.
ChinaVoice Summer Program
The ChinaVoice program offers you a unique and integrated way of learning Mandarin. Combining rigorous language classes with independent experiential learning, you receive a well-rounded Mandarin education. Regardless of your level in Mandarin from beginner to advanced level--ChinaVoice provides you with an intensive language course that is equivalent to one year at your home university. Click here for more information.
ChinaGreen Summer Program
ChinaGreen is a three-credit, four-week long summer environmetal studies travel course. The course involves introductory lectures and field research in Beijing, and almost two weeks of class while traveling through China. Students will acquire an understanding of how sustainable systems work and how the structure and function of these systems is altered by human activities. Through first-hand experience, students will study the major enviromental issues in China: air pollution, water pollution, loss of biodiversity, and climate change. Click here for more information.
The Beijing Center Photo Gallery: click here
As the proud capital of modern China, Beijing is not only the modern political, cultural and educational center of China, but holds the biggest collection of ancient sites and relics in the nation. Beijing has been at the center of China and the heart and soul of politics and society for more than 5,000 years. If the pace of change in the city today is anything to judge by, Beijing is determined to stay at the forefront of Chinese civilization.
A world-renowned ancient cultural city, Beijing is a flourishing metropolis, boasting many scenic spots and historical monuments, precious artifacts and world-famous architectural wonders, such as: the Forbidden City, which was the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties; the Summer Palace, a summer resort for the Qing court, sitting within the largest Chinese-style garden in existence; the legendary Great Wall; the Ming Tombs, the mausoleums of 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty; The Temple of Heaven, where the Ming and Qing emperors prayed for good harvests; and Tian'anmen Square, located in the heart of the capital, known as one of the largest city squares in the world. Beijing also hosted the 2008 Olympic Games.
Beijing stands at the northern tip of North China Plain. It lies at approximately the same latitude as Philadelphia in the U.S. and Madrid in Spain. Greater Beijing has an area of 16,808 square km, and a population of more than 11 million, about half of which live on the city's outskirts. The city is 39% flat land and 61% mountainous area.
Beijing is surrounded by the Yanshan Mountains on the west, north and east, while the small alluvial plain of the Yongding River lies to its southeast. Beijing faces the Bohai Sea, and the area is also called Beijing Bay.
Beijing is the direct jurisdiction of the central government, and it is divided into 10 districts and 8 counties. Beijing enjoys a moderate continental climate. The average yearly rainfall is about 600 to 700 millimeters. Much of it falls in late June, July and August. Spring in Beijing is dry and dusty, summer is rainy, winter is long, sunny and dry. The best season in Beijing, as in many other parts of China, is autumn.
For more information about Beijing, visit: http://www.travelchinaguide.com/cityguides/beijing.htm.