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Study Abroad Programs with Chinese

Modern Language students study abroad to perfect their language skills, to develop cross-cultural skills, and to deepen their understanding of cultures, societies and histories of the people who speak the language they study.

As for practicing Chinese, I would say my actions led to me accomplishing the goal of improving my language skills. I was very shy at first and reluctant to go new places, but eventually realized I was just going to have to throw myself into the discomfort, which ended up being beneficial. The vast majority of people I talked to were very understanding and kind. Iā€™m glad I was able to overcome the anxiety.

Lindsay Bankole, Shandong University Exchange Program, China, Fall 2015

Note: Language programs are open to students in all disciplines.  Prerequisites for language are the minimum required for the program, more language study is highly recommended. Students must be enrolled in an appropriate language course the semester or summer before study abroad.


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China ā€“ Henan University, Kaifeng  (Ex)

  • Semesters: Fall, academic year.
  • Language: Chinese.
  • Prereqs: 2 years of college-level Mandarin Chinese. One or more Chinese area studies courses.
  • Housing: Dormitory.
  • Details: Intensive Chinese language studies & Cities in Transition course taught remotely by a Beloit College faculty member. Students in the course investigate the city of Kaifeng and study a site over a sustained time that is of particular interest to them. Kaifeng was the capital of the Song Dynasty and has a population in its metropolitan area of 5 million. Henan University was founded in 1911 as a school, whose aim was to prepare students for further study in Europe and north America.
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Same.

China ā€“ Shandong University, Jinan  (Ex)

  • Semesters: Fall, academic year.
  • Language: Chinese.
  • Prereqs: 2 year of college-level Mandarin Chinese. One or more Chinese area studies courses.
  • Housing: Dormitory.
  • Details: Jinan, a cultural and historic city, is the capital of Shandong Province, and is a major commercial center because of its proximity to the coast and Korea. Shandong University is one of China's largest.
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Same.

Hong Kong, China ā€“ Lingnan University (Ex)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: 2.5 GPA, Previous coursework with an Asian focus. A political science course with a Hong Kong module highly recommended.
  • Housing: Dormitory.
  • Details: Hong Kong's only liberal arts university. Students with prior study of Chinese may be able to join Lingnan students in Mandarin courses. Excellent campus facilities and opportunities to engage in student activities and volunteer work. Students studying in Hong Kong are strongly recommended to take at least one course focused on the city of Hong Kong and incorporating experiential learning opportunities.
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Same.

Students have the options of a year of study in each location, or they can combine a fall semester of study in Kaifeng or Jinan with a spring semester in Hong Kong.



  • D: Direct enrollment in a university as a visiting student.
  • Ex: Enrollment in a university as an exchange student.
  • P: Provider program. Program organized for students attending U.S. colleges and universities.

Non-tuition Educational Expenses: 

Cost of room and board compared to Beloit College. Other expenses to consider: airfare, local transportation, visas, health insurance, immunizations, books, student activity fees, recreational travel and other activities. 

  • Higher: Up to $2,000 more than Beloit College room and board for one semester.
  • Significantly Higher:  $2,001 or more above Beloit College room and board.

Last Updated: 07/2016