Semester in China

Culture, history, and full language immersion await! Spend the semester getting to know China’s language, history, and culture while living in the heart of Beijing on a Chinese campus where all students know at least some English.

Intensive Mandarin language and business courses. You can study business and Mandarin in Beijing in one of the world's great economic superpowers.

We adore China, and we know you will too. At CISabroad, all of our advisors have studied or lived abroad. We’ve been there, we know what it’s about, and we’ll be with you every step of the way.

Our Semester in China program is one of the most affordable programs in Beijing. We know that studying abroad can be hard on the wallet. That’s why we keep our prices as low as possible. Savings for you means more time to see the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and other amazing sites when you study abroad in China!

Have you ever thought of studying business in China but worried that your Mandarin wasn’t good enough? On the Semester in China program, you can relax. We’ve found a university in China where all students, both international and Chinese, take all courses in English. This allows you to have a full immersion experience while you’re still working on your Mandarin! Start getting excited about:

Live in Beijing – Studying abroad in the capital of China has tons of perks! A great public transportation system, all kinds of Chinese and international food, the most amazing markets you can imagine...You’ll never be without something to do.

Study Mandarin in Beijing at a truly international Chinese university – The University of International Business and Economics has a truly diverse student body, with international students from all over the world.

China-focused economics courses – What better way to learn about China in a business context than by studying business in China with a Chinese professor?

Getting involved on campus – Because all students on campus know some English, you can join the numerous campus clubs and sports and take the utmost advantage of being a student in China.

Day and weekend excursions – We know that part of studying abroad in China is seeing the sites and we’ve got you covered. From the Great Wall to the Olympic Stadium, you’ll get to see some of the truly amazing spots in Beijing and beyond. 

If you've always wanted to study abroad in China, check out our Semester in China program. Here are just a few of the key highlights that make this program unique:

  • Live on a Chinese campus where everyone (international and Chinese) knows at least some English!
  • Exceptional academics - study Mandarin in Beijing while taking an in-depth approach to learning international business
  • Easy access to all the sites of Beijing
  • Small class sizes, which are ideal for language learning
  • Ideally located for easy travel throughout China
  • Internationally recognized University
  • Vibrant campus life with numerous club and sports opportunities

On the Semester in China program you will get to participate in a number of day and weekend excursions. There is so much to do in and around Beijing, here are just a couple of the excursions you might be taking:

Forbidden City
Off limits to the people of China for more than 500 years, the Forbidden City is one of Asia’s best preserved collections of ancient buildings. Built in the 15th century and home to the Emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties, when you visit the Forbidden City it is difficult not to feel the history of this ancient metropolis.

Tiananmen Square
In the center of Beijing, you will visit the world’s largest public square. As the site of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests that attempted to free China, Tiananmen Square is highly monitored but steeped with history. Building restrictions are in place in this part of the city, allowing great views over the surrounding soviet-style buildings.

The Great Wall of China
One of the ancient wonders of the world and visible from space, the Great Wall of China is an excursion you won’t want to miss! Originally built over 2000 years ago during the Qin dynasty to serve as a line of defense, it was more often used as an elevated highway. At approximately 5500 miles long, there is definitely a lot to see!

Fragrant Mountain
A little over 20 miles outside of Beijing is Fragrant Mountain, a favorite retreat for many Chinese emperors. Originally named "Fragrant incense-burner Mountain" because of the way it looks like an incense burner surrounded by mist, it was later shortened to simply ‘Fragrant Mountain.’ With spectacular views (especially in the autumn) it is well worth taking a chair-lift ride to get an all-embracing view of the Chinese countryside or even take a hike over to the Western Hills. Also make sure to check out all the temples, statues, and monuments inside this fabulous park!

Semester in China includes two semesters running from September to December and from January/February to June. Because the spring semester falls after the Chinese New Year, the start dates may vary as much as 3 weeks from year to year. With the exception of language courses, you may take all of your courses in English. As a CISabroad student, you will take 6 credits of Mandarin-language study, plus 2 or 3 electives (6 or 9 US credits). Electives are available in the following subjects: Economics, Business, and International Studies, among others.

GPA Required: 2.5. If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Use the "Contact An Advisor" button on this page or call us to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you.

How to choose your courses
Now the fun part! As part of the application process you will be required to complete the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet found in the CISabroad Application Page. The following instructions will guide you through the steps of choosing your courses.

Course load: 4–5 classes (12–15 US credits). You will take 9 credits of Mandarin language, and then 2 electives (6 credits). 

Course approval: It is best to get 7–8 classes approved before you go abroad. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements. Important, please choose courses from only one or the other course lists: Standard Course Option or Degree-seeking Course Option.

 Standard Course Descriptions and Catalog: Choose one Mandarin Language course: Introductory Chinese Mandarin (CHN100) or Intermediate Chinese Mandarin (CHN200) and additional courses taught in English. Please note, these courses may change each semester and you will register for your courses when you arrive in Beijing. For a list of course descriptions, please click here.

China's Culture and Society
The Great Chinese Revolution
Chinese Economic and Business Systems I
Chinese Economic and Business Systems II
Chinese Foreign Economic Relations
Chinese Economic and Social Development Programs
General Outline of China
Chinese Business Ethics
Marketing in China
Human Resources Management
International Trade and FDI in China
Environmental Protection in China
China's Capital Market: Opportunities and Challenges
Entrepreneurship: Business Opportunities in China
Transnational Corporation Management
Chinese Traditional Culture and Leadership Behavior
Intercultural Business Communication in China
Experimental Study of Intercultural Communication
International Finance: System, Market, and Investment Opportunities
China in the Global Economy
Chinese Business Culture and Consumer Behavior
Case Study of an International Corporation's Marketing Strategies in China

Degree-Seeking Course Option and Catalog: These courses are higher-level, intensive business and economics courses offered to students seeking full degrees at the university. For an additional program fee, participants may choose from the following courses as (subject to change): Click here to view current list.

Did you know that 70% of all CISabroad students receive scholarships or grants to study or intern abroad? You can get a grant for something as simple as applying early, or a scholarship for blogging. 


For details on all scholarship and grant offerings and to apply, please click here.

Beijing, a booming and bustling city in a rapidly developing nation, is the political, cultural, and educational center of China. This “Capital of a Thousand Years” is home to over 12 million people and offers an unparalleled level of energy at all times. Beijing is one of the most historically significant places in China: visitors have easy access to such well-known sites as the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, Mao’s Mausoleum, and the Great Wall of China, and can view the ice lantern shows during the colder months.

Despite its size, Beijing is easy to navigate. In preparation for the 2008 summer Olympic Games, the city was made even more user-friendly to visitors. As a result, most signs are written in Chinese characters and pinyin (the most common Romanization for Mandarin), and many are in English. The city is a major transportation hub and offers travelers dozens of railways, expressways and roads entering and leaving in all directions, and has an airport for those who wish to travel around the country on a larger scale.  Beijing’s modes of transportation will allow you to explore both the city and the country of China with ease!

Semester in China is housed at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE). With over 55 years of experience in international education, the UIBE lives up to its name and hosts 1,800-plus international students from over 70 countries.  Located in Beijing’s Chaoyang District, UIBE’s campus is modern, clean, well-designed, and picturesque. 

The campus has about 20 basketball courts, a track, a badminton gym, Ping-Pong tables, volleyball courts, tennis courts, and an outdoor weight room. You’ll have plenty of opportunities for pickup games and exercise. Outside the west wall of campus, a strip of upscale Chinese restaurants, western restaurants, internet cafés, banks, and a post office welcome the newcomer and comfort the homesick. Outside the east wall, smaller restaurants, kebab stands, fruit vendors, and the bustle of donkey carts, kids, bikes, dogs, taxis, and students, all merge to create a classic Beijing experience. But this, of course, is only the beginning. As you venture farther from campus, the University becomes your comfortable home base for endless discoveries. From UIBE, you’ll easily explore Beijing’s epic history, impressive modernity, intriguing culture, incredible food, and various neighborhoods.

The CISabroad on-site team will pick you up from the airport and provide a comprehensive orientation at the beginning of the semester. You and your fellow students will be introduced to all the “basics:” health and safety on campus in Beijing and in China; learning at a Chinese university, teaching styles, and where to shop.

Additionally, you will take part in the University’s orientation for international students. This orientation program will give you all the tools you need to settle in quickly and make the most of your time at the University and in China. It is also a great opportunity to meet other international students and locals. Remember, all students on campus speak some English, so you can talk with almost anyone you see on campus!

With Beijing, you will get a chance to live in the city where the most elite Chinese universities and their students are located.  Because the cost of food and attractions are so low, you will really be able to go out and do many activities in the city itself.  You can visit the famous Beijing zoo or tour the historical sites—which are very easy to get to on Beijing’s tourist friendly subways. You will love going to the various markets and bargaining the price of jewels, gems, clothing, and various other goods. Experience real Chinese food from the many different provinces in China, local treats and sweets, as well as try a McDonalds or KFC in another country—which you soon realize out is not always the same! Beijing is a great place for the youth of any country to come out and experience all that China has to offer.   

Although located in the heart of Beijing, the campus is enclosed by walls on all sides. There’s a feeling of being removed from the hustle and bustle of the big city. The campus is very green, with lots of open spaces for enjoying the outdoors and studying. There are numerous athletic fields as well as indoor athletic facilities. The Chinese love soccer and basketball and you will be most welcome to join in. There is an active Student Union on campus, and you can participate in any student clubs and activities that interest you. 

Semester in China puts you in the heart of campus where you will live in one of the on-campus dormitories at UIBE.  You will live in a two-person flat (or apartment) that includes a shared room with two beds, air conditioner, living room with television, a basic kitchen, water heater, two desks and a bathroom.  Bed linens, pillows, quilts, kettles, chairs, and a reading lamp are also provided. Internet access is available to students for a small fee. Like in all of China, students will be expected to pay for their own utilities but this is generally less than $40 per month. Students will be responsible for their own meals but western food is offered near the housing building and there are several shopping centers in the area.  

Your Site Director in Beijing will be Maria Meng. Maria holds her Master of Education (MA) from Flinders University in Australia and BA in English Teaching in China. In 2006, she won first place in China's Nationwide English Teaching Competition and another prize for ICT assisting language teaching. As the Project Manager and Director of Studies for 8 years, she has been passionately teaching both English and Chinese to students for 5 years. With her own experience in studying and teaching abroad, she fully understands cultural immersion and pedagogical approaches, which enhances effective communication with the students in her programs. As the China Site Director, her enthusiasm and unique perspective will take you into a deeper exploration of Chinese culture by immersing yourself in local Chinese customs. Her spare time is devoted to travelling, watching films, shopping, and writing to periodicals or websites.

1. What is the cost of program tuition? What is included in the program fees?

The program cost for the Semester in China program can be found on the Price and Dates page. 

2. When are the program fees due?

The program fees for Semester in China are due on December 15 for the Spring term; the Fall term is due July 1. CISabroad will email invoices to students approximately one month before the program payment deadline. For example, if your payment deadline is July 15, you should expect your invoice in mid-June. If you are using financial aid, please ensure all financial aid paperwork is returned to our office by the payment deadline. If your financial aid does not cover your entire balance, CISabroad accepts these payment methods.

3. What is due with my application and when is my application due?

There are four easy steps in the Application process. 

1. Fill out the online application, which includes your contact information, what program you are applying for, etc. 

2. Pay the $200 application deposit in order to secure your space in the program. This amount will be applied toward the final cost. 

3. Submit: Academic Reference Form, Course Selection Worksheet, Personal Statement, Applicant Profile, and Scholarship Application (Optional). 

4. Mail in your official Transcript to our office.

For detailed instructions, see application instructions. The application for the Semester in China program is due on November 15 for the Spring term and June 15 for the Fall term.

4. Do I need a passport or visa? When should I apply for my passport/visa?

For almost all CISabroad programs, you WILL NEED A PASSPORT. Your passport must be valid for 6 months BEYOND the date you return to the United States. For detailed passport instructions, U.S. citizens should check the State Department's Travel Site. For the Semester in China program, you WILL need a visa - CISabroad suggests using a visa agency. More specific information about applying for a Chinese visa will be provided upon acceptance to the program. 

5. Is there a GPA requirement?

Yes! For the Semester in China program, the GPA requirement is 2.5.

6. What are my housing options?

The Semester in China program offers apartment-style housing located on campus. 

7. Will other students participate in the program with me? How many?

CISabroad programs are not only a great way to meet local and international students, but also students from around the United States. Program size varies each year - if enrollment size is important to you, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

8. How many credits are offered in the program?

For the Semester in China program, you will enroll in 4-5 courses (12-15 U.S. Credits). Of these credits, 6 will be from a Mandarin language course and 6-9 credits will be from electives. 

9. Can I combine this program with another CISabroad program like intern, summer, or semester abroad?

Yes! A great way to extend your CISabroad experience is participating in another program. Combine semester programs to create a full academic year or if an academic year is just a little too long and a semester is too short, combine a semester and summer session or a semester and January term program. You can also participate in a semester abroad and combine that with a summer intern abroad. To find out more information on the application process for more than one CISabroad program, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

Term: Spring 2016
Arrival February 27
CISabroad Orientation March 1
Departure End of June
Application Deadline December 1
Term: Fall 2016
Arrival Fall 2015 August 21
Classes Start September 1
Departure December 20
Application Deadline June 15
Term: Spring 2016 Price: $10,590 - $12,590 more info
Term: Fall 2016 Price: $10,390 - $12,590** more info

Dates posted here are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.

To view expected additional expenses for this program, click here.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing 
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • Cultural activities and excursions
  • CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Predeparture orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • On-site support
  • University transcript
  • Carbon offset of travel & Green Travel Guide

CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by their partner universities.