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Middlebury School in China: Beijing
Beijing, China (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Program Sponsor: Middlebury Schools Abroad 
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Restrictions: Princeton applicants only
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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, Intensive Language Degree Level: 2 Sophomore, 3 Junior, 4 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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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.

Middlebury School in China: Beijing

The Middlebury School in China: Beijing is intended for students with an intermediate to advanced level of Chinese language. The program gives students the chance to live directly with Chinese roommates, while building upon their knowledge of Chinese language and culture.

Intended for students with an intermediate to advanced level of Chinese language, the program structure, including housing with Chinese roommates, is designed to expose students to an environment that will build upon their foundation of Chinese while rapidly increasing their knowledge of the language and culture.

Students enrolled in the School in China take all of their courses in Chinese, including content-based electives and the unique one-on-one tutorial. Living with Chinese roommates, students use their language skills in a relaxed environment outside of the classroom. Students in all locations have the opportunity to spend January term in Beijing preceding, following, or in-between the fall or spring semester,

The University

Capital Normal University (CNU) is a national university that has hosted CET programs since 1982. CNU is well-known as one of the best teacher’s colleges in the city, and as such has a broad range of disciplines, including the social sciences and linguistics. With its central location and some of the most impressive facilities in the city, CNU offers an ideal home for students eager to explore Beijing.

The Setting

As China's capital, Beijing is a large and vibrant city particularly marked by rapid economic growth. The city itself has grown tremendously and visitors and residents alike remark at its constant state of change and the contrast between the modern and the ancient.  It is also the center of Chinese cultural "action," and--since it is the capital--a place where politics is central.


Middlebury's program in China presupposes the student's general academic competence and sufficient ability in all four Chinese language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening). The curriculum was initially designed for the specific needs of high intermediate and advanced Chinese language students. All students are required to take the One-on-One Content-Based Tutorial and the Area Studies Class pertinent to the host city. In addition, all students choose two elective classes from among those that are offered. All courses are conducted entirely in Chinese.
This program is structured with a management model that includes a Middlebury Director who hires and trains local faculty and a CET Assistant Director who manages all student life issues. Please see here for a list of course offerings.
For Princeton approval, participants must have at least a 3.0/ B average for the fall and spring semesters prior to the semester of study abroad.

Academic Calendar 

  • Late August to mid-December for fall
  • Late January to mid-June for spring.
Please see here for the full academic calendar.


Middlebury's program in China offers students the rare opportunity to share double-room dormitory space with Chinese students. Every student is paired with a student from the host university. Chinese room mates are selected through an application process, and every effort is made to match Middlebury and Chinese students with compatible interests and habits. Previous students who have participated in the Middlebury School in China agree that it offers amazing opportunities to build lasting friendships and integrate them in campus life.           

Students are housed with their roommates in double-occupancy rooms in a dormitory that is not far from the classroom building. The dormitory offers a student lounge, free laundry facilities, a galley kitchen, and staff offices. Meals are not included in the cost of this program. Three meals a day are available in the campus cafeterias at a moderate price. Most students will choose to eat breakfast and lunch in the inexpensive and convenient student cafeteria, and then eat dinner off campus, to enjoy the variety this affords them.

Student Life

Though academics are highly stressed at Middlebury Schools in China, the program's philosophy is based on finding balance between scholastic achievement and cultural immersion.Opportunities at all locations include the following, with some location-specific examples below:

  • Long Weekend Trip: Every semester, the School in China will organize one long weekend trip, taking students and roommates to a destination of interest outside of their host city. These trips are included in the program cost.
  • Roommate-Led Activities: At the Middlebury Schools in China, Chinese roommates are not only an integral part of a student’s everyday life, but an integral part of the program as a whole.
  • Roommate-led activities in the past:
    • Making dumplings
    • Learning “Chinese poker”
    • Majiang
    • Learning to play the Erhu
    • Carving stone seals
  • Chinese Table: The School in China organizes a weekly Chinese Table where students have the opportunity to casually converse with teachers and learn important food culture and vocabulary, all while enjoying a delicious local meal provided by the program.
  • Cultural Reimbursements: The Cultural Reimbursement Program is designed to encourage students to get out and explore the city independently or with their Chinese roommates. Every student is granted a limited amount of weekly funding to use towards culturally-focused activities.

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.


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