Chinese Language Study in Beijing

Exciting Winter Break

The 4-week Chinese language program offers study abroad participants the opportunity to intensively study Chinese at Minzu University of China.

This intensive Chinese language program provides the students the opportunity to learn Chinese language at Minzu University in China’s capital city Beijing for four weeks. Students will meet weekdays in the morning in classroom with their teachers from the host university for at least four hours to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills of modern standard Chinese. There will also be some university organized activities, such as excursion to the Great Wall and the Temple of Heaven, etc.

Minzu University of China (MUC) is one of China’s most important comprehensive universities. The university is renowned for its highly distinctive ethnic characteristics. It also has a beautiful gardenlike campus, something rarely seen in northern China.

Student Testimonials

"I had the opportunity to meet real Beijing residents when I went to a ballroom dance class."

"Now I understand that the best language learning takes place outside of the the end of the trip I was able to navigate the Beijing transportation system and negotiate with street vendors."

Academic Director

Karl ZhangProfessor Karl Zhang earned his BA and MA from Fudan University in Shanghai, and his PhD from Stanford University. A seasoned instructor of Chinese language and a scholar of cultural studies and comparative literature, he founded the Chinese Program at Mason. He has directed Mason's summer Chinese study abroad program for seven years previously, and is now the head of the Chinese Program of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, and Education Director of the Confucius Institute at George Mason University.

Dates: May 18 - June 15, 2014

You should plan to leave the United States at least one day prior to the program start date to arrive in Beijing for the first day of the program. You can schedule your return to the United States from Beijing for the last day of the program or choose to travel independently.

Do not purchase international airfare until you are advised by your Program Officer.

Program Fee: $4,444*

The Center for Global Education Program Fee includes:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Cultural excursions
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Emergency medical insurance, including medical evacuation and repatriation
  • Administrative services in Beijing and at George Mason University

AASCU Scholarship for Summer Study in China
One Mason student is eligible for a $1500 scholarship to study in China this summer. Students should have academic merit, show economic need and be willing to share their travel and learning experience with AASCU. To apply contact the Center for Global Education.


Scholarships are available to George Mason students through the Center for Global Education as well as through outside resources.

CGE Scholarships

Open to George Mason University students who participate in CGE Winter Break and Summer Programs. CGE Scholarship amounts range from approximately $250 to $1,000 and are both merit- and need-based. Students who are awarded a Global Scholarship may volunteer to assist CGE in the promotion of study abroad upon their return.

CGE Scholarships Information Page

Financial Aid

Mason students may also use financial aid (external link to FAFSA Student Aid) to cover a program's cost. If you are not a George Mason university student check with your study abroad office or office of financial aid to learn more about how to cover the cost of your study abroad.

How to Apply

Consult the How to Apply section for detailed instructions.

  1. Start by completing the online application.

  2. Pay the $150 registration and processing fee ($200 for non-Mason).

Note that all supplemental documents are required by the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Contact the Program Officer for further application forms and instructions specific to your program.

*CGE reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, or any other unforeseen circumstances.