Loyola University Chicago

Study Abroad

The Beijing Center

Beijing, China

*If you attend a school other than Loyola University Chicago (LUC), please go directly to The Beijing Center website.

Program Summary

Fr. Ron Anton established the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies (or TBC) in 1998. With a mission to promote mutual understanding between China and other cultures, TBC provides a unique environment for students from all over the world to begin their engagement with China. What makes TBC unique is their placement in a long and storied tradition of Jesuit education, one that teaches that true cultural engagement starts first with friendship.

Academic Calendar Dates

Curriculum Type

Semester/Year

At the Beijing Center, you will have the opportunity to have China as your classroom. Students can participate semester or yearlong programs. English taught courses offered each semester including:

  • Asian Studies
  • Business/Economics
  • Chinese Language (required)
  • Communications
  • Fine Arts
  • History
  • Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Theology

For more information, visit The Beijing Center website page.

Internship Opportunity

TBC’s Academic Internship course is intended for students to obtain in-depth knowledge of working in China and with Chinese and international colleagues in the Chinese context. These internships will encourage students to think about China in a deeper and more meaningful way outside the classroom, and to gain a unique work experience. Internships require approximately 10-16 hours a week (a minimum of 100 hours over the semester).

TBC works with a wide network of partners including:

  • Start-ups and tech companies
  • Multinational corporations
  • Media companies (including print, social media, and TV)
  • Consultancies and advisory firms
  • Government departments and international agencies
  • Not-for-profit organizations, research institutes, embassies, and chambers of commerce
  • Healthcare-related organizations
  • Museums, art galleries, and cultural institutions

Summer

The Beijing Center offers two distinct summer program options:

ChinaGreen is a three-credit, four-week long environmental studies travel course that involves introductory lectures and field research in Beijing, a 3-day trip to Shanghai, and almost two weeks of travel throughout China. Students will acquire an understanding of how sustainable systems work and how the structure and function of these systems are altered by human activities

The Global Leaders Summer Internship program gives you a unique 10-week opportunity to put your professional skills to the test in China, with a high-quality placement in your chosen sector.

Over your 10-week stay in Beijing, a thriving and diverse city of 20 million people and China’s start-up hub, you will navigate the complexities and cultural nuances of the Chinese workplace, challenging and broadening your own worldview in the process. You will work alongside Chinese and international colleagues and become part of Beijing’s exciting network of young professionals.

Accommodations

All students, except those living with a host family near the university, live on campus at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in the International Student Center.

On-Campus Residences

UIBE’s International Student Residence Hall will be your home during your time in Beijing. Standard rooms are double occupancy equipped with in-room, Western-style bathrooms. For students doing a semester abroad, single rooms and apartment-style rooms are available at an additional cost.

All residences include:

  • Wireless Internet
  • 24-hour laundry room
  • Access to TBC’s newly renovated private lounge
  • Linens included
  • Furnished (beds, desks, chairs, table, closets)
  • Mini-refrigerator

Homestay

Students who return to TBC for a second semester have an opportunity for further immersion through the option of a homestay. TBC’s host families live on or nearby campus and most speak some English. Students who live with a host family gain valuable insights into the lives of Chinese people as well as further developing their language skills.

Chinese Roommates

All students who attend The Beijing Center have the option to live with a Chinese roommate.  Chinese roommates are undergraduate UIBE students who are actively involved leaders on campus. While they speak English, they are encouraged to speak Chinese as much as possible when living with their TBC roommate. Chinese roommates are a great source to develop language skills and to immerse in daily interactions with the culture and the country at large.

Activities and Trips

As an integral part of the semester program, TBC offers a two-week academic excursion at the beginning of each semester. These excursions provide a window into the cultural richness of China and its peoples.

Fall Semester – Silk Road

Trace a 2,050 miles section of the Silk Road, a legendary caravan trade route that has connected China with Europe since ancient times. A path which transported not only precious goods but technology, religion and culture between the east and west; in China’s “wild west,” you will discover historic treasures, oasis towns, Tibetan and Muslim nomads, and a thriving contemporary trade and cultural exchange between China and Central Asia.

Spring Semester – Yunnan Province

For two weeks, you will have the opportunity to live, learn and share the rich and diverse cultures of China’s ethnic minorities as part of your education abroad. You will have the rare opportunity to participate in homestays in various villages, hike on the Tibetan plateau, and explore a tropical rainforest. In addition, you will celebrate the Chinese Spring Festival (the Chinese New Year) during this trip and enjoy the tropical climate of Xishuangbanna where you will stay in the villages of the Dai people.

Tuition

LUC students can visit The Beijing Center cost page for more information about tuition and associated program fees, while non-LUC students can visit The Beijing Center website. All Federal, State, and Loyola aid does transfer to this program.

Admission Criteria

  • Be 18 years of age by the start of the study abroad term
  • Be current degree-seeking undergraduate students with a minimum of sophomore standing at the beginning of the program
  • Be in solid disciplinary standing
  • Be in good academic standing and have a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale for all college-level work

Application Process

  • Submit the Loyola University Chicago Study Abroad Application.
    • Fall semester – April 1
    • Spring Semester – October 15
    • Summer Programs – March 15
  • Complete The Beijing Center’sapplication found on their website.
    • Please refer to the TBC website for the most up-to-date application deadlines.