- About The Beijing Center
- Academic Semester/Year Programs
- Summer Programs
- School of Social Work Program
- About Beijing
The Beijing Center (TBC) is a study abroad program established in 1998 to provide Jesuit university students with premier comprehensive education about China. Since then, students from more than 25 U.S. Jesuit institutions and from more than 20 other U.S. schools have studied at TBC. For more details, visit TBC's Website at: www.TheBeijingCenter.org
The Beijing Center campus is located at Beijing University of International Business and Economicsin the Chaoyang district of Beijing. The campus is centrally located and provides easy access to the Metro Line and most areas in the city. It is a 25-minute taxi ride to the airport, a 15-minute taxi ride to downtown, and a 10-minute taxi ride to major shopping centers. On campus, there is a 24-hour medical clinic, four cafeterias, restaurants, and many indoor and outdoor athletic facilities; many restaurants, bars, markets and other types of shops also are within walking distance.
Students stay on the 3rd floor of the International Students Center in semi-private furnished rooms with Western-style bathrooms. Single rooms are available, though limited. All rooms have telephones, heat and air-conditioning. Other features include: a private Beijing Center student lounge, computer lab, laundry room and a convenience store located in the residence hall. Students who take intensive intermediate or intensive advanced Chinese are eligible to request a Chinese roommate. Students on the full-year program may request a homestay option for the second semester.
Junior or Senior Standing when program begins. Students who want to attend the program during their last semester at Loyola should contact the Office for International Programs before applying.
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Academic Semester/Year Programs
Application and Deadlines: Students should apply online. April 4, 2011 is the application deadline for the Fall Semester or Full-Year program. October 20 is the application for the Spring Semester 2012 program.
- Course offerings concentrate on a wide range of subjects including art, business, Chinese language, communications, history, literature, philosophy, political science, science, sociology, theology and martial arts (Wushu).
- Professors from Beijing's top universities come to teach for TBC, and many are top scholars in their respective fields. Classes are taught in English.
- Courses are normally 3 semester credit hours each. Most classes are seminar-style and meet once a week.
- Language classes are required of all semester and year-long students unless Chinese fluency is demonstrated.
- Course descriptions are available online. (Note: Courses listed are tentative, not confirmed offerings.)
- Opportunities to learn about China through experiential travel are built into the program. Each semester includes a two- to three-week academic trip, a minor one-week trip and several day trips.
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Financial Aid Transfer
Loyola University Chicago students may apply Loyola grants and scholarships, and federal and state aid, to semester and year-long programs. For more information, Loyola students should contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance at email@example.com. Non-Loyola students should check with their home universities regarding transfer of financial aid.
Academic year and semester programs run from August to December (Fall Semester) and January to May (Spring Semester). For specific program dates, please consult TBC's online calendar.
Program costs for Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 is $19,090 per semester. (Breakdown of costs: $16,880 for tuition, $2,110 for double-occupancy housing, $100 for the Loyola (OIP) study abroad fee). The full-year program (August 2013-May 2014) cost is $38,080. (Breakdown of costs: $33,760 for tuition, $4,220 for double-occupancy housing).
Tuition includes up to 18 credit hours, special banquets and dinners, orientation programs in Chicago and Beijing, an individual tutor for Chinese language, day trips in and around Beijing, a major education-based field trip and a minor field trip each semester. The program costs do not include airfare, passport and visa costs, vaccinations, most meals, textbooks, optional trips and entertainment, or the $70 non-refundable application fee.
Additional housing options are available for an extra cost. Options include: Building 5 Apartment Style Dorm for an additional $450 fee, Single Occupancy (Building 6) additional $1,200 fee, Single Occupancy (Building 5) additional $1,400 fee.
The program cost for the ChinaVoice summer 2013 program is $4,930 (includes tuition, housing, and trip accomodation/transportation) plus a $70 non-refundable application fee. Students who opt for the Classical Chinese level pay a $6,000 program cost instead of the $4, 930 amount.
The program cost for the ChinaGreen environmental studies summer 2013 program is $3,250 (includes tuition, housing, and trip accomodation/transportation) plus a $70 non-refundable application fee.
For a list of additional estimated expenses for semester students, click here
Tuition, fees and financial aid information on this page apply to Loyola University Chicago students only. If your school is affiliated with The Beijing Center, ask your study abroad advisor about the cost of attendance. If your school is not affiliated with The Beijing Center, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org for tuition costs.
ChinaVoice Summer Program
The ChinaVoice program offers you a unique and integrated way of learning Mandarin. Combining rigorous language classes with independent experiential learning, you receive a well-rounded Mandarin education. Regardless of your level in Mandarin from beginner to advanced level--ChinaVoice provides you with an intensive language course that is equivalent to one year at your home university. Click here for more information.
ChinaGreen Summer Program
ChinaGreen is a three-credit, four-week long summer environmetal studies travel course. The course involves introductory lectures and field research in Beijing, and almost two weeks of class while traveling through China. Students will acquire an understanding of how sustainable systems work and how the structure and function of these systems is altered by human activities. Through first-hand experience, students will study the major enviromental issues in China: air pollution, water pollution, loss of biodiversity, and climate change. Click here for more information.
Click here for more information regarding School of Social Work opportunities at The Beijing Center.
As the proud capital of modern China, Beijing is not only the modern political, cultural and educational center of China, but holds the biggest collection of ancient sites and relics in the nation. Beijing has been at the center of China and the heart and soul of politics and society for more than 5,000 years. If the pace of change in the city today is anything to judge by, Beijing is determined to stay at the forefront of Chinese civilization.
A world-renowned ancient cultural city, Beijing is a flourishing metropolis, boasting many scenic spots and historical monuments, precious artifacts and world-famous architectural wonders, such as: the Forbidden City, which was the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties; the Summer Palace, a summer resort for the Qing court, sitting within the largest Chinese-style garden in existence; the legendary Great Wall; the Ming Tombs, the mausoleums of 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty; The Temple of Heaven, where the Ming and Qing emperors prayed for good harvests; and Tian'anmen Square, located in the heart of the capital, known as one of the largest city squares in the world. Beijing also hosted the 2008 Olympic Games.
Beijing stands at the northern tip of North China Plain. It lies at approximately the same latitude as Philadelphia in the U.S. and Madrid in Spain. Greater Beijing has an area of 16,808 square km, and a population of more than 11 million, about half of which live on the city's outskirts. The city is 39% flat land and 61% mountainous area.
Beijing is surrounded by the Yanshan Mountains on the west, north and east, while the small alluvial plain of the Yongding River lies to its southeast. Beijing faces the Bohai Sea, and the area is also called Beijing Bay.
Beijing is the direct jurisdiction of the central government, and it is divided into 10 districts and 8 counties. Beijing enjoys a moderate continental climate. The average yearly rainfall is about 600 to 700 millimeters. Much of it falls in late June, July and August. Spring in Beijing is dry and dusty, summer is rainy, winter is long, sunny and dry. The best season in Beijing, as in many other parts of China, is autumn.
For more information about Beijing, visit: www.sinohotelguide.com/aboutbeijing.
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