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Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies
Beijing, China (Outgoing Program)
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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
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Inter-University  Program for Chinese Studies

We are not accepting applications to this program for the fall 2020 term. Please contact Johanna Wagner (, the study abroad adviser for this program for information and guidance about alternate options.

Inter-University program for Chinese Language Studies is a program designed for students who want to participate in an intensive language program. Based on the campus of Tsinghua University in Beijing, students take courses in Chinese language, reading, and comprehension, while being provided with a high level of individualized instruction. 

The University

IUP’s mission is to raise a student’s Chinese language proficiency to a level at which they can function independently in professional or academic careers. IUP is intended for students who aspire to truly advanced competence, whether they be undergraduates, graduates, professionals, or established scholars. IUP is an extremely intensive academic experience. The program has rigorous standards for enrollment, operates under a “Chinese-Only” language pledge, and requires that most students spend four to six hours a day preparing for their courses.

The Setting

Beijing is a fascinating, fun, massive, and, at times, challenging city to live in. But it is also the cultural and political center of China, offering many opportunities for academic enrichment, career development, and personal growth. IUP staff will share more advice and strategies for adjusting to Beijing during Orientation Week.


At IUP students are provided with highly individualized instruction. The teacher to student ratio is currently 1:2 and course assignments include at least one daily private tutorial, and several small group classes. Each student is given individual attention to language skill areas that need improvement and their progress is closely monitored over their entire course of study. Such individualized instruction has consistently shown positive results over nearly 60 year history of the program.

Students in IUP’s standard curriculum take four classes using three textbooks per 8-week module. The placement test and interview will determine students’ actual schedules and textbooks. See here for more information regarding courses.

Academic Calendar 

  • Late August/early September to late-May/early June for full year; semester option available if space permits.
  • Fall semester ends early January and spring semester begins in mid-January.


IUP students have the choice of residing in off-campus apartments, living with Chinese host families, or applying for a place in Tsinghua’s foreign students dormitories. See here for more information.

Student Life

When not in class or studying, IUP students have a wide range of extracurricular activities to choose from. IUP organizes regular afternoon events, including screenings of Chinese documentaries and films and voluntary reading groups on such topics as Chinese poetry, fiction, and current events.

IUP also arranges at least one group trip in or around Beijing each term.

The IUP alumni association holds monthly happy hours for current students and alumni to network and have some fun together.IUP CALENDARTsinghua also has a wide variety of student-organized clubs and organizations and IUP students are welcome to join. The student club and association fair is held within the first weeks of the university’s semesters. IUP staff will share event details after students arrive. When Tsinghua classes are in session, the campus is bustling with activity. Campus is much quieter during the first few weeks of IUP’s fall semester and the second half of the summer session.

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.     

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

Students interested in applying to this program must complete two separate processes:
  1. Apply directly to the program. Visit the program website directly for application instructions and deadlines. Please note that program application deadlines are often earlier than Princeton approval deadlines. 
  2. Complete the Princeton approval process. You may download the course approval form and instructions from your GPS application. Click “apply now” on this brochure to access these items. Check GPS for Princeton’s approval deadlines.


Start planning your study abroad experience!

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Spring Semester 2021 10/16/2020 10/20/2020 TBA TBA
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