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.


In the four months I spent in China I not only improved my language abilities but also gained a greater understanding of Chinese culture and its people. I also completed an independent research project that focused on the development of Kaifeng, helping to improve my research, analytical and language skills.

Molly Hahne '13, Beloit China Exchange: Henan University, Fall 2011


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.


China – Henan University in Kaifeng  (Ex)                     

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 – Shandong University in Jinan  (Ex)   

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 – Lingnan University (Ex)                 

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.

Sustainability in China:  Rivers in Transition (field studies)

Summers 2017 and 2019  Language:  English Housing: Dormitory. Prereqs: Completion of one core courses in geology and one in humanities or the social sciences.  Preference for students who have taken additional elective courses and studied Chinese. Details: 3-week field studies based at Henan University in Kaifeng.  Together with local students, participants will explore the interaction between water and humankind in the Yellow River Basin, looking to myth, art, literature, political discourse, and hydraulic processes as guides. Cost: Program fee. Some scholarship funding available.



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.

Last Updated: 7/16