Beijing

The Beijing Experience

Sometimes China’s bustling capital gives you moments of tranquility, revealing two sides of this ancient culture. The morning commute to your internship is a flood of trains, buses, and bicycles. But just beyond a gated entryway to Jingshan Park, a group of women are practicing Tai Chi in the shade of a willow tree. While visiting the Great Wall as part of MyEducation, you feel as if you are part of a parade of international tourists. But walk a bit further up the ancient stone steps, and you will be alone, face-to-face with the stunning mountains that protected China from invaders for centuries. Even a menu at a Chinese restaurant can seem daunting at first. Who knew there were so many ways to prepare noodles? But you have been studying Mandarin, and when you speak a few new vocabulary words with the waitress, she is so flattered to hear you speak her language that she points out all of her favorite dishes. These moments of connection and understanding, combined with the thrills of a modern metropolis, make living and studying in Beijing an unrivaled study abroad experience.

 

The CAPA Beijing Program offers you the opportunity to begin learning Mandarin Chinese, or to advance your existing Mandarin language skills rapidly, in an intensive program, and to expand important historical and current understanding of this fast developing country so crucial to the Western world through courses taught in English. The courses examine the development and role of Beijing as an emerging global city and the reform, current state, and future prospects for the Chinese economy in a cutting edge curriculum where you might join local Chinese university students in class. The area studies focus includes a Mandarin course for beginners at a less intensive pace, supported by access to a language partner.


CAPA Beijing StudentsIn both options a challenging part-time internship placement can be added, supported by CAPA's Learning Through Internships seminar. Internships in a host of disciplines are open to you at all levels of language ability and include businesses, nonprofits, and nongovernmental organizations. This combination is strongly recommended for business, economics, and other students looking to enhance their marketability by becoming "China smart".


You may enroll for a seventeen-week semester or an eight-week summer program. Both options include housing at Capital Normal University, a weekly meal stipend, a transportation pass for the metro and buses, entrances to the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace, a daytrip to the Great Wall, a 4-day excursion to Shanghai (semesters only), and CAPA's MyEducation Program. If you are studying at the intermediate Mandarin level or above, you can also live in a homestay for an additional fee.


 
Common Questions About the Beijing Experience
Our enrollment system is easy to use, safe, and secure. If you would prefer a paper application, please contact a Student Admissions Counselor at 800-793-0334.
Why BEIJING?

A message from Colin Speakman, Director of China Programs Colin Speakman

Dear Students:

There has never been a more important time to learn about China, and the CAPA Beijing Program has been designed to give you a very personal and exciting opportunity to understand just why.

The world is facing many challenges including economic difficulties across the planet. Conversely, China has achieved a remarkable 30+ years of near double digit growth since reform and opening-up to the West in 1978. This year the Chinese economy is expected to grow by at least 8% and may well contribute to over half of world growth. Beijing is the seat of power for the world’s fastest growing economy and has become one of the most influential political capitals of the world. Students studying with CAPA in Beijing are able to learn first-hand about China's growth through the Chinese Economic Development: 1978 Onwards course offered every semester and summer.

A recent survey of citizens in China and the U.S. showed that 60% of Chinese believe that their country will become the leading global power in the future. Notably 42% of U.S. citizens also think the same about China! President Obama has said that “the U.S.’s relationship with China is the most important of the 21st Century,” and his administration has established a goal to see 100,000 Americans studying in China over the next four years.

China and its global importance are not easy to fully grasp. Its production and exportation of many of the world’s goods, rapidly expanding economy, growing consumption of natural resources, and entanglements with the global financial system create a complex love-hate relationship that western media loves to sensationalize. To understand China and truly appreciate this importance, it is necessary to see it, breathe it and live it!

The CAPA Beijing Program does not require you to have prior knowledge of Mandarin as many of our courses are in English and designed for students wishing to study China through relevant courses.  We do offer all levels of Chinese language for students who are interested in pursuing Mandarin as a much sought after future skill.

CAPA’s specialized course on Beijing as a Global City is uniquely designed to help you explore and analyze Beijing as a global power. This is achieved by getting you out of the classroom and into the city to understand how Beijing fits into the global scene.  One of the other ways CAPA helps you engage with the local culture is through our innovative MyEducation initiative.  Students get a calendar of events that they can choose how they want to learn about Beijing and China.  This is done in many ways including guest lectures on relevant topics, guided excursions, and opportunities to engage with the local culture throughout Beijing.  In addition, the program includes an extended excursion to Shanghai as a way of exploring another global city in China!

The importance of understanding China as a boost to your career cannot be overstated.  Its importance on the global scene is only going to increase. CAPA’s internship program in Beijing allows you to add a cultural and professional development dimension to your study of China. The internship can be done in either English or Mandarin, or both.  For a more detailed look at how China’s relationship with the West has developed, see my recent article in the China English national newspaper China Daily – and look for more each month.

The CAPA Beijing team is looking forward to welcoming you to China and giving you what could be a truly life-changing experience.  An opportunity like this does not come along that often, and we hope you will choose to be part of it.

See you soon!
 

Colin Speakman

Director of China Programs
CAPA International Education

Our enrollment system is easy to use, safe, and secure. If you would prefer a paper application, please contact a Student Admissions Counselor at 800-793-0334.
Beijing Program Location

The CAPA Beijing Program is housed within the Haidian District at Capital Normal University (CNU).  Students from around the world come to CNU to study, and CAPA students will have the chance to interact with many different student groups during their time abroad.

Students will study at Capital Normal University. The accommodation tower functions as a small community complete with dining hall, restaurants, cafe, book store, convenience store, ATM, gym, and swimming pool. The tower has a reception desk that is staffed around the clock. Rooms are configured as doubles with twin beds, a kettle and small refrigerator, en suite bathrooms, and Internet connection. Laundry rooms at modest costs and kitchens are available separately on every floor.

The classrooms and staff offices are connected to the accommodation tower.  Staff will be on hand to answer any questions and to provide 24-hour emergency support.

Students with intermediate Mandarin skills can also choose to live in a homestay with a Chinese family. Homestays are a fantastic way to engage culturally with Chinese people and improve language skills.


Capital Normal University
No. 83 Xi San Huan Bei Road
Beijing 100089
CHINA

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CNU BuildingFrom CAPA, it is a short bus ride or 20- to 30-minute walk to the Beijing Zoo. The nearest metro station, Huayuanqiao, can be reached by a 5 minute walk from campus.
Once on the metro it is easy to reach Beihai Park, Houhai and the Central Business District directly, and with transfers to connecting lines, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Wangfujing, the Summer Palace and the Temple of Heaven.
Our enrollment system is easy to use, safe, and secure. If you would prefer a paper application, please contact a Student Admissions Counselor at 800-793-0334.
Academics in Beijing

Through courses and internships, Beijing becomes your classroom!

Click here to see our Beijing courses. Course offerings are set by the university and are subject to change up until the start of the program.

The CAPA Beijing Program offers a comprehensive learning abroad experience. As China emerges as a powerful economic force, its stature is too significant to be ignored. Beijing studentsThe combination of an internship with intensive language training and relevant contextual courses creates an invaluable experience for students. CAPA’s courses and internships offer students the opportunity to learn and practice Mandarin, opening the door not only to the fascinating and rewarding world of Chinese culture and society, but also to enhanced career opportunities.  CAPA offers a wide range of internships to suit different fields and majors: internships are available to all students, both non-Chinese speakers and students with advanced knowledge of Mandarin.

No matter your major, CAPA has the courses and internships to keep you on track while studying in Beijing.

Chinese LanguageAnthropologyInternational Relations
BusinessEducationEconomics
Social SciencesGeographyHistory
MarketingSociologyLinguistics
Chinese classroomLanguage Courses
All CAPA students will take a placement exam to determine their level of Chinese. Each Chinese level integrates sections on listening, reading, writing, and speaking. Students on the fall and spring semester program may choose an intensive language course for 9 credits or a standard language course for 3 credits.

Academic and Internship Credits
All CAPA students receive full credit for courses and internships completed. The intensive semester language courses earn 9 semester credits. All other language courses, the contextual courses taught in English, and Learning through Internships all earn 3 semester credits. Credits are issued through the State University of New York at Oswego.
 

Click on a course name below for a brief description and example syllabus. Course offerings are subject to change up until the start of the program.

Course Name Course Number Major(s)
BJNG CHIN 3311/CHI 399A Chinese Language
BJNG CHIN 3312/CHI 399B Chinese Language
BJNG CHIN 3313/CHI 399C Chinese Language
BJNG URBS 3345/GLS 100 Geography, History, Global Studies, Sociology
BJNG INTR 3367/IST 400 International Relations, Political Science
BJNG ARTH 3338/ART 368 Art History
BJNG ECON 3369/HIS 370 Business, Economics, International Relations
BJNG PHIL 3329/PHL 499 Anthropology, History, Philosophy, Religion
BJNG CHIN 1112/CHI 102 Chinese Language
BJNG CHIN 2212/CHI 202 Chinese Language
BJNG CHIN 1110/CHI 101 Chinese Language
BJNG CHIN 1111/CHI 101 Chinese Language
BJNG CHIN 2221/CHI 302 Chinese Language
BJNG CHIN 2210/CHI 201 Chinese Language
BJNG CHIN 2211/CHI 201 Chinese Language
BJNG LTIP 3347/GLS 401 Internship Course
BJNG ANTH 3366/ANT 372 Anthropology, Sociology

Click on a course name below for a brief description and example syllabus. Course offerings are subject to change up until the start of the program.

Course Name Course Number Major(s)
BJNG CHIN 3311/CHI 399A Chinese Language
BJNG CHIN 3312/CHI 399B Chinese Language
BJNG CHIN 3313/CHI 399C Chinese Language
BJNG URBS 3345/GLS 100 Geography, History, Global Studies, Sociology
BJNG INTR 3367/IST 400 International Relations, Political Science
BJNG ARTH 3338/ART 368 Art History
BJNG ECON 3369/HIS 370 Business, Economics, International Relations
BJNG PHIL 3329/PHL 499 Anthropology, History, Philosophy, Religion
BJNG CHIN 1112/CHI 102 Chinese Language
BJNG CHIN 2212/CHI 202 Chinese Language
BJNG CHIN 1110/CHI 101 Chinese Language
BJNG CHIN 1111/CHI 101 Chinese Language
BJNG CHIN 2221/CHI 302 Chinese Language
BJNG CHIN 2210/CHI 201 Chinese Language
BJNG CHIN 2211/CHI 201 Chinese Language
BJNG LTIP 3347/GLS 401 Internship Course
BJNG ANTH 3366/ANT 372 Anthropology, Sociology

Click on a course name below for a brief description and example syllabus.

Course Name Course Number Major(s)
BJNG URBS 3345/GLS 100 Geography, History, Global Studies, Sociology
BJNG ECON 3369/HIS 370 Business, Economics, International Relations
BJNG CHIN 1110/CHI 101 Chinese Language
BJNG CHIN 2210/CHI 201 Chinese Language
BJNG LTIP 3347/GLS 401 Internship Course
Common Questions about Beijing Academics
Meet the Beijing Faculty
Academic Management
Our enrollment system is easy to use, safe, and secure. If you would prefer a paper application, please contact a Student Admissions Counselor at 800-793-0334.
Experiential Learning in Beijing

CAPA has an extensive network of internship sites available in Beijing. Students can intern whether they are fluent in Mandarin or just learning the language.

Internships are available in businesses of every kind, as well as nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations. Our local staff visits each CAPA internship site, many of which are frequent recipients of CAPA interns. Students are placed in sites within commuting distance of the center that best meet their individual interests, abilities and academic background. To learn about specific placements for your major, call a CAPA Student Admissions Counselor at 1-800-793-0334.

Starting an internship abroad with CAPA

Students participate in an interactive seminar to prepare them for their internship experience. Group orientation exercises are used to examine issues of culture and integration, and focused individual sessions examine site-specific information. All internships are contingent upon a successful interview with the internship-host organization, which will take place right after the student’s arrival and orientation. A seminar on interview techniques is presented prior to the interview.

Internship students participate in a seminar series entitled “Learning through Internships.” Faculty act as internship mentors to ensure that participants have academic guidance during their internships. Students produce papers, write reflective journals, and make oral presentations examining the real learning that occurs during their programs. Students produce a portfolio at the end of the internship that must meet clear academic criteria in order for the student to attain credit for the internship.

CAPA internships provide lasting results

Students are monitored throughout their internships to ensure that they are receiving appropriate training and guidance. At the end of each session, students evaluate their experience. These evaluations are shared with their home campus.

Our enrollment system is easy to use, safe, and secure. If you would prefer a paper application, please contact a Student Admissions Counselor at 800-793-0334.
MyEducation in Beijing

What is MyEducation?

MyEducation offers intentionally defined pathways through the city: means of engaging with the urban environment in ways that are relevant to your studies and interests. The intention is to empower you to make specific connections between classroom theory and the outside world.

CAPA developed our MyEducation program to help you select cultural experiences that are relevant to your academic courses and personal learning goals abroad. Events, activities, and reflective sessions are identified and designed around significant themes such as Community and People, Government and Power, Landscape and Time, Diversity and Identity, and Arts and Culture. Participation in these activities will give you an intelligent, well-rounded, and in-depth perspective on the global city where you are studying.

You will have the opportunity to choose from a range of activities with varying styles of presentation. This allows you to pick a session that speaks to you and your way of learning.

Some examples of MyEducation sessions offered in Beijing:

  • Historical tour of the Great Wall of China
  • Visit to the museum of the Chinese revolution
  • Workshops on Chinese cooking, calligraphy, and Tai chi chuan
  • Educational visit to the Confucius Temple
  • Guest lecture on Chinese dynastical history


The CAPA Beijing Program also includes a multi-day MyEducation excursion to Shanghai. This visit, included in the program fee, includes high-speed train from Beijing to Shanghai, accommodation in the Puxi district in shared twin accommodation, all breakfasts and some group meals, a CAPA escort, cultural and educational visits in Puxi and Pudong, and flight back to Beijing. This visit is an excellent way to explore a second Global City in China, with plenty of opportunities to learn about and reflect on the impact Shanghai has on the rest of China.

This style of learning is a unique and valuable opportunity to make the most out of your time studying in another country.

How does it work?ME Beijing participants

When students arrive in Beijing, they are presented with a MyEducation calendar. The MyEducation calendar is designed for you by local staff and faculty as a way of helping you get the most out of your time in your study abroad destination. MyEducation brings theory to life and offers a unique and valuable opportunity to make the most out of your time studying in another country.

MyEducation activities are either staff-led or self-directed. Every week, one item will be selected as the MyEducation Event of the Week, and further information will be given on this highlighted event in hand-outs and in a weekly email, delivered directly to your inbox!

Some CAPA professors integrate MyEducation activities into their courses and assessment, so that you may have an opportunity to reflect upon, write about, and present your experiences. MyEducation is also an excellent mechanism to develop areas of interest that may be extended into an application for the CAPA Record of Achievement.

What do students say about MyEducation?

“With the CAPA MyEducation weekly visits I was able to visit so many sites. We were constantly on the go. . . .  It is something anyone would have to experience in person to believe.”-Sachelle Taylor, Chatham University, Beijing Summer 2011

With  CAPA you will learn about real people and real issues in the location where you live, work, and study.

Our enrollment system is easy to use, safe, and secure. If you would prefer a paper application, please contact a Student Admissions Counselor at 800-793-0334.
Beijing Dates, Prices & Inclusions

CAPA delivers academic excellence along with a complete cultural experience at an affordable price. The following is included in the program fee for the CAPA Beijing Program:


Tuition

Semester programs earn 12 to 15 credits (maximum of 3 credits for an internship). During the summer you can earn 6 to 9 credits (3 credits for language, 3 credits for a contextual course taught in English, and 3 credits for an internship). Credit comes from the State CBPUniversity of New York at Oswego, our School of Record in Beijing.

Internship Placement
Optional 3 credit-hour internships are available for all students in any major field of study at no additional cost. The internships can be in Mandarin Chinese or in English.

Housing and Meals
Students live at the international student residence at Capital Normal University, or if they are studying at the intermediate Mandarin level or above, they can also live in a homestay with a Chinese family.

  • CNU Housing: Each room has an en-suite bathroom and Internet access. The residence has a bookstore, business center, cafe, laundry, fitness center, dining hall, restaurants, and a convenience store. Students for Summer 2014 only will receive a weekly RMB 350 meal stipend to help cover the cost of meals. Students may store food in a small refrigerator in each bedroom and if they wish cook in the separate kitchens at the end of each floor.  In the streets bordering on the campus students will find many inexpensive local Chinese restaurants.
  • Homestays: Students studying at the intermediate Mandarin level or above can choose to live in a homestay with a Chinese family. Homestays are a fantastic way to engage culturally with Chinese people and improve language skills. Homestays are located in residential areas, within commuting distance of CNU using the included transit card. Students will have their own room, access to laundry, and breakfast and dinner is provided by the hosts. There is no additional meal stipend. Homestays carry an additional supplement fee of $500 for the summer and $1,500 for the semester.


Local Transportation
Each student will receive a pre-paid travel pass that provides access to the Beijing metro and buses.

Excursions
Full-day excursion to the Summer Palace and the Great Wall of China.

CAUA study visit to Shanghai to include high-speed train from Beijing to Shanghai, accommodation in the Puxi district in shared twin accommodation, all breakfasts and some group meals, a CAPA escort, cultural and educational visits in Puxi and Pudong, and flight back to Beijing. This excursion is four days, three nights and is only offered during the fall and spring semesters.

Student Events
Social events including an arrival reception, mid-term dinner (semesters only), and a farewell ceremony.

MyEducation Beijing
MyEducation is CAPA’s unique learning immersion program, which blends local culture and top-notch academics into the experience of a lifetime for our students. A proven education program that combines theme based learning with unique cultural experiences turning Beijing into your classroom.

Insurance
All CAPA students receive our medical, travel, and accident insurance.

CAPA Services and Support
The CAPA Beijing team is available throughout your program to assist and support you. Students can also contact the 24 hour emergency cell phone for any urgent situations outside of office hours.

Common Questions about Beijing Dates & Pricing
Our enrollment system is easy to use, safe, and secure. If you would prefer a paper application, please contact a Student Admissions Counselor at 800-793-0334.
Next Steps

Whether you have questions or are ready to start an application, the CAPA Admissions Team is ready to help! 

Submit your inquiry here or give us a call at 1-800-793-0334. Our Student Advisors can help answer any questions you have on our programs, explain the application process, and help you start preparing for an exciting study abroad experience. 

Student Advisor:

  Jim Parsons     

Once you start an application, you will be introduced to a Student Admissions Counselor who will work with you throughout this process by tracking your application and ensuring you meet all deadlines. 

CAPA’s online enrollment is easy-to-use and available to students applying directly through CAPA. However, if your home institution has a customized CAPA program, please enroll through your study abroad office.

Student Admissions Counselors:

Kristin Vaccaro     Nicole Couturiaux

Here are the steps for submitting your application:

  1. Fill out your online application 
  2. Send CAPA the additional paper work to complete your application (see the application instructions) 
  3. Once CAPA has received your full application, you will hear about your acceptance within 48 hours
  4. If you are accepted, you will receive instructions about how to secure your space on the program

If you intend to do an internship abroad, check out these resources on writing a resume (CV) and cover letter or visit your school's Career Services Office.

The CAPA Admissions Team will walk you through how to personalize your CAPA program starting from the initial stages of filling out your application, advise you on how to apply for scholarships to help fund your experience, and provide information to help you budget for your program fees and personal expenses while abroad. CAPA is here to help every step of the way!

To learn more from students who have attended a CAPA program, visit the CAPA Ambassador and testimonials sections.

Our enrollment system is easy to use, safe, and secure. If you would prefer a paper application, please contact a Student Admissions Counselor at 800-793-0334.
Meet the Beijing Staff
 

Colin Speakman
Director of China Programs
As Director of Academic Programs, I plan and manage the logistical and operational components of the CAPA Beijing Program, including overseeing internship placements and serving as the primary point of contact for student enquires and concerns. I am originally from the United Kingdom. I began my career in international education as faculty at a university in London. I continued in the field of international education for 20 years in London before moving to California for 3 years. I moved to China in 2004. I studied at the London School of Economics and London University Institute of Education finishing with an MA and professional teaching qualifications. I have taught about the Chinese Economy and Doing Business in China for many years and I have written about China and the West for China Daily since 2008. I love helping students understand China better as it is such a dynamic and important country for the future.

See an extended interview with Colin on GoOverseas.

   
  

Yingle Wei (Doris)
Student Services Coordinator
I have worked for CAPA since the first group of students arrived, and I still remember very clearly how exciting it was to receive the thank you cards from them at the farewell dinner. As student services coordinator, I help lead CAPA events and activities and provide after-hours support. I was born in central China and moved to Beijing with my family when I was very young. I completed a Bachelor's Degree in History (majoring in Beijing History) and have a minor in Music from Capital Normal University. Now I am doing my graduate degree in history education at CNU. I did an exchange program to Pennsylvania when I was a junior for half a year and had a chance to experience a very different culture from my own. For that reason I want to make students feel comfortable in Beijing. I love this city, and I find Beijing a fascinating place. I am eager to explore even more of the capital. I am hoping CAPA students will love the city, too!

   
  Han Fei Fei
Student Services Assistant
I joined CAPA in 2012, and I help lead CAPA events and activities and assist with after-hours coverage. I was born in Dalian, a port city in Eastern China and moved to Beijing to study in the university. This is the dream of many Chinese students from the provinces. This also helps me understand the challenges foreign students face in a city of 20 million people. I undertook a double major in English and Hospitality Studies at Beijing Foreign Studies University, close to Capital Normal University. I love Beijing as it is such an international and global city, and I really enjoy meeting and mixing with foreigners and becoming friends with the CAPA students.

Our enrollment system is easy to use, safe, and secure. If you would prefer a paper application, please contact a Student Admissions Counselor at 800-793-0334.
What Students say about CAPA
“Going to China was one of the best decisions in my life, especially deciding to go with CAPA. Even if I had gone there for a year without going through CAPA, I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much. With the CAPA MyEducation weekly visits I was able to visit so many sites. We were constantly on the go and I obtained so much from the classes, site seeing, internship, along with the help of Colin Speakman, our CAPA director. It is something anyone would have to experience in person to believe.”
Sachelle Taylor, Chatham University Beijing Student, Summer 2011
"My experience studying abroad with CAPA's internship in Beijing program was beneficial to me in ways I cannot even name. CAPA's personnel provided me with the preparation that I needed to succeed in a foreign land. The internship available to me was not only challenging, but also fun. Working in Beijing for the summer exposed me to insights on international business I wouldn't have been able to obtain elsewhere."
Nhat Duong, University of Pittsburgh Beijing Student, Summer 2010
“Studying abroad in China was a life changing experience. I almost did not go because I was afraid. I did not know any of the language and I was the only student from my school going. I am glad I went. It really opened my eyes to this vast world that we live in!”
Dan'Elle Bellamy, University of Central Florida, Summer 2012
“Beijing was one of the most different yet interesting and informative places I could travel. CAPA made my experience in the historic city that much more educational. With the help of the CAPA representatives, I was able to truly see and experience all the high points of Beijing.”
Layne Wineland, University of Mississippi, Summer 2012
“The CAPA Program incorporated the classroom experience with actual site visits and personal testimonies from local citizens. This invaluable experience has set the pavement to a better understanding of international business and relations. This experience has helped me to become a better individual by accepting and acknowledging the beauty of differences.”
Nghi Tran, Arizona State University, Summer 2012