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  • Monumental capital of modern China
  • The Forbidden City, largest and best-preserved cluster of ancient buildings in China
  • Host to the 2008 Olympics
  • Late January to late May -- OR --
  • Late August to mid-December
Program Organization
Academic Program
  • IES "Contemporary Issues" Program* takes in-depth look at Chinese history, ethnicities, contemporary literature and film, and international relations through a series of advanced seminars
  • Initial period of Intensive Chinese language training, followed by daily language studies through the end of the semester
  • IES Area Studies Course taught in English by scholars in anthropology/sociology, environmental studies, or political economy
  • Block schedule will include orientation period, intensive language study, a 2-credit intensive “Introduction to China” seminar, and three 3-credit area studies courses
  • Special optional track (in spring semester only) for CIC Honors Program students. This program does not include a language intensive component; IU students will be awarded undistributed credit for the language course(s) and would need to take an IU placement exam upon completion of the program in order to determine the next appropriate language course at IU.

*Note: IU selectively co-sponsors IES program offerings, including the one described on this page, but not all IES tracks/offerings. Please contact Overseas Study for clarification.

Course Load

  • 15 IU Credits in IES courses

**Note: -OS 100 (-OS 300) is the default designation to identify courses recorded as 100-level (300-level) undistributed credit that can count in total hours toward graduation and may be able to satisfy major, minor, or distribution requirements with the approval of participant's school.

  • Apartments in student residence hall on campus of Beijing Foreign Studies University
Additional Program Information

You may apply if you

  • are a student at any Indiana University who is making normal academic progress,
  • are in at least your fourth full-time semester of college, and
  • have approximately a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Additional eligibility requirement of 3.3 cumulative GPA and admission to IU honors program for participation in CIC Honors Program (spring only).

No Chinese language required. 

Complete eligibility criteria and selection criteria are outlined within the Academic Policies and Procedures of the Office of Overseas Study. Selection is based on maturity, seriousness of purpose, and appropriateness of match between program and applicant. Students on disciplinary probation during program period are not eligible.

Financial Aid
How to Apply for this Program

Application Deadline

  • Fall 2010: March 1, 2010
  • Spring 2011: September 2010

IU committee screens applications; final approval from IES.

Notification of application status sent electronically within 4 weeks of application deadline.

Estimated Costs

Fall 2010 Semester

  • Fee paid to IU: $640
  • Fee paid to IES*: $12,325 (tuition, health insurance, room and some meals)
  • Other meals: $1,600
  • See IU Fee Sheet for additional cost and payment details.

*Program fee reflects discounted fee for IU students after benefit of the $1,500 IES Public University Grant.

Airfare, personal expenses and vacation travel additional.

Initial prepayment of $500 due April 5, 2010 for fall; October for spring.