Semester in China

Program Information

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 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.


Courses include, but are not limited to business, Chinese language, economics, and international studies. The university offers students standard study abroad program course offerings and will offer acess to degree-seeking offerings for an additional fee.* 

Campus Setting


Average Course Load

5 courses (15 US credits)

GPA Requirement


Language of Instruction

English and Chinese

Program Dates

Spring 2014:

Start Date: February 22

End Date: June 28

Fall 2014:

Start Date: August 25

End Date: December 20

Program Fee


*degree-seeking course option: $12, 090

**Cost may change at any time due to current exchange rates.


  • Excursions to sites in and around Beijing
  • Full-time tuition & fees
  • Housing
  • Pre-departure and onsite orientation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Medical & accident insurance
  • University of International Business and Economics official transcript
  • Carbon offset of travel & Green Travel Guide

How to Apply

  • Set up an appointment with Frances Weiner,
  • Fill out the CISabroad Online Application
  • Pay the $200 application deposit*
  • *This is NOT an extra fee, but is a non-refundable deposit applied towards your total program fee. You will be directed to pay this after completing the online application.

    Past Students

    “Being in China was a completely amazing experience. I was obviously a foreigner, and yet everyone I met did everything they could to make me comfortable and to feel welcome. People really cared about me and my general well-being, and wanted to ensure that I had a wonderful time in their country.”

    Beth F.