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Beijing Normal University - Chinese Language

Beijing Normal University - Chinese Language
KU Study Abroad & Global Engagement, in partnership with the KU East Asian Language and Cultures Department (EALC), will help KU students to apply and study at Beijing Normal University.
Beijing, China
Language of Instruction: 
Academic Year
Academic Disciplines: 
East Asian Languages & Culture
Program Type: 
Semester or Academic Year
Fulfills KU Core 4.2
  • Immerse yourself in Chinese language and culture in Beijing
  • Study Mandarin Chinese at one of the best universities in China
  • Extracurricular activities include Chinese calligraphy, cooking, painting, and martial arts
  • Open to students who have taken at least one year of college-level Chinese
Program Summary: 

The University of Kansas has made arrangements with Beijing Normal University for semester or year study abroad opportunities to study Chinese language at the Beijing Normal University Chinese Language Center. Study Abroad & Global Engagement, in partnership with the KU East Asian Language and Cultures Department (EALC), will help KU students to apply and study at Beijing Normal University. Interested students should discuss their study abroad plans with EALC department early on in the process.

Summer study abroad options with Beijing Normal University are possible, contact Study Abroad & Global Engagement for more details. For additional study abroad opportunities in Mainland China, see the Student Initiated Program (SIP) options for China.


Beijing Normal University (BNU) is well respected university in Beijing with a history of more than 100 years. BNU has a student population of 20,000 students and is located northwest of downtown Beijing in Haidian district.

Beijing, the capital of the country, is located at the northern tip of the North China Plain and is the second largest city in the country with a population of 20 million. Combining rich history and bustling metropolis, Beijing is one of few cities that has served as a political, diplomatic and cultural center for a nation as large as China for so long. The city is home to some of the world’s most famous historical sites, like the expansive Great Wall and the splendid Forbidden City.

Academic Information: 

The BNU Chinese Language Center offers excellent Chinese language classes which focus on reading, writing, speaking and listening language skills in Chinese. Students take 20 hours a week of Chinese language courses

For additional fees, students can elect to take one to two courses about China that are taught in English. More information about the English-taught courses available at Beijing Normal University are detailed here. 

For additional fees, the BNU Center offers the following extracurricular activities in Chinese calligraphy, cooking, martial arts and painting.


Students will stay in single or shared rooms in an international student dormitory on campus at BNU. Accommodation options are detailed here

Life Abroad: 

Approximate Dates: Academic Year: Early September to late June; Fall: Late August to mid-January; Spring Semester: Mid-February to late June. Check with Study Abroad & Global Engagement for specific dates for each term.


Preference will be given to KU undergraduate and graduate students who have had at least one year of university-level Mandarin Chinese and who have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. Students below a 3.0 cumulative GPA may petition to apply for the program with an additional reference from a KU Chinese language instructor.


Summer 2022 programs now accepting applications !

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