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Associated Colleges in China
Beijing, China (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Dept Offering Program: Study Abroad OIP Program Type: Study Abroad (semester)
Language of Instruction: Chinese Language Prerequisite: YES
Program Features: Academic Study Degree Level: 3 - Sophomore, 4 - Junior, 5 - Senior
Time Away: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester Housing options: Dormitory
Program Group: Study Abroad OIP Program Adviser: Claire Hu
Program Description:
Program Description:

Please be reminded that you may need to meet different deadlines when applying to this program: 

  • Deadline for Fall, Fall/Spring combined: March 15, 2020
  • Princeton application deadline: April 30, 2020

Associated Colleges in China

Hamilton’s Associated Colleges in China, based in Beijing, is among the top Chinese language programs where participants pledge to speak only Chinese. Students gain advanced language proficiency, make the most of cultural opportunities and develop an understanding of China’s people, economy and educational system.


The program offers students the opportunity to improve their Chinese language skills and cultural fluency during fall, spring or summer terms. The curriculum, designed and supervised by experienced American college professors, focuses on studying the Chinese language through individualized instruction and a high level of participation and interaction. Students pledge to speak only Chinese, and professors and instructors hold them to the pledge. 

The program has successfully trained more than 1,500 students who are linguistically and culturally proficient in Mandarin Chinese and can function freely in Chinese-speaking communities.

Courses: Click here for information on the program curriculum and available courses.

Academic Calendar

This program typically runs from mid January to late April (spring) or early September to early December (fall). You can view exact program dates on the calendar page.


Minzu University is located in the northwestern part of Beijing near the National Library, which has a large number of hotels, restaurants, and office buildings. Getting around in Beijing is very cheap and convenient with the subway, city buses, and taxis all available in the area surrounding the university.

All students will be housed in Minzu’s Foreign Students’ Dormitory in double rooms. Each student will have a bed, desk with chair, lamp, small closet, and a safe (for storing valuables).  The room is equipped with air conditioning, heating, telephone, cable television, internet, and a bathroom with a shower, sink and toilet.  It should be noted that while Minzu does provide students with access to free internet, previous students have noted that the service is sporadic at best. Please understand that Chinese technology, while advanced, is not as reliable as in the U.S. In the dorms most students rely on wired internet rather than wireless. Besides the dorm rooms, students also have access to internet in the ACC study space which provides WiFi.

Students are not required to eat together as a group except for Friday afternoon, which is our “language table day (中文桌子).” Students have their choice of either eating in the foreign students’ cafeteria, a Chinese students’ cafeteria or going out to eat at various restaurants.  The main purpose of this arrangement is to encourage students to experience Chinese culture.  Thus, unless prevented by medical, moral or religious restrictions, all students are expected to experience all aspects of Chinese cuisine, which is a significant aspect of the culture. Remember, it is not customary to tip in China.

More details about menu favorites and restaurants will be provided in the orientation package you will receive upon arrival at the dorm.

You and another student will be assigned to a host family with whom you may be spending some weekend time. You must be prepared to be accommodating, courteous and patient. Because of language and cultural barriers, you may not "click" right away with your family. However, if you are open-minded and willing to delve into the host family's ways and customs, it will surely be a rewarding experience.

The first time you visit your family, you should present them with a small gift (items that have been popular include T-shirts, accessories and apparel with your college logo, chocolates, and other typically American products). It would also be a good idea to bring with you half a dozen or so small gifts for favorite teachers and friends you may make later during your stay in China.

Host families also enjoy seeing photos of you, your own family, your home or college in the U.S. and so forth. Generally, your life at home is quite different from theirs, and getting an idea of where you are coming from is often helpful in bridging cultural gaps and can be very entertaining for host family members.

Money Matters

Students who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website.     
For estimated program costs, please click on the Budget Sheet at the top of this brochure.

Passport and Visa

Students must have a passport valid for at least six months after the end of their study abroad program.  For information on obtaining or renewing a US passport, please consult the US State Department Passport Website.    
Students are responsible for checking the entry requirements for their destination country, and obtaining an appropriate visa, if required. Entry requirements can be found on the destination country’s embassy or consulate website.  

Application Process

In addition to a program application, students must also complete the Princeton Course approval form. This form is reviewed by the Committee on Examinations and Standing, which grants final approval to participate in the program. Students who meet the university eligibility requirements to study abroad and who have the support of their department are normally approved by the Committee.

All applications will be considered on a rolling basis. The application fee of $50 is non-refundable. Late applications are accepted if space is available. 
  • Those students who have done exceptionally well in a strong first-year Chinese program in the U.S. may consider enrolling at ACC to continue their study of Chinese. Many other students will find it advisable to study two full years of Chinese in the U.S. prior to enrollment at ACC, so as to be able to take maximum advantage of the academic and experiential study abroad environment that ACC offers.
  • GPA of 2.7 (for at least 2 terms prior to planned study abroad).
  • The ACC program has scholarship opportunities available for all students.


Start planning your study abroad experience!

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