The IES: Beijing Language Intensive program offers single semester and academic year options for study of Chinese language and culture at the prestigious Beijing Foreign Studies University in Beijing. The Language Intensive Program offers a combination of intensive daily study of Mandarin Chinese, elective courses taught by Chinese scholars in English, and internships with local firms and social service agencies. The IES Language Intensive Program features an extended mobile learning trip each semester to places in China's hinterland, such as Tibet, Xinjiang and Yunnan Province, which serves as a contrast to life in Beijing.

Fields of Study:

Intensive Chinese language, anthropology, economics, history, literature, religion, politics, literature, film studies


Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

Language Prerequisite:

Minimum of two semesters of college-level Mandarin Chinese or the equivalent (Whitman requirement)

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year, Summer


August-December; January-May


16 credits per semester - Required Courses:
Intensive Chinese language (10 credits)
Two Elective Courses (3 credits each) or 
One Elective Course (3 credits) and an Internship (3 credits)

Credit Conversion:

1 IES credit = 1 Whitman credit


Foreign Students' Dormitory with a Chinese roommate or a homestay with a Chinese family. Both housing options require a commitment to speaking Mandarin and adhering to local rules. 


If living with a Chinese roommate, students are responsible for their own meals.  Meals may be purchased at the student cafeterias on campus or at local restaurants.  They can also cook for themselves in shared kitchens.  Students living with a host family are provided two meals (breakfast and dinner) a day in the home and are responsible for their own lunch. 


Available in the fields of education, community service organizations, non-governmental organizations, government, health and medicine, media,  business, and the arts.


IES Abroad Scholarships

Program Link:

IES: Beijing Language Intensive