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Language Studies

No previous experience studying Chinese is necessary, but you are required to study Mandarin Chinese while at The Beijing Center (TBC), unless you can demonstrate complete fluency. TBC offers four levels of Chinese language: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Advanced Conversational. In addition, you may choose to study in the Standard or Intensive Track.

Level Track Credits Contact Hours (per class)
Beginner Standard, Intensive 4 or 6 credits 1.5 hours, 2.5 hours
Intermediate Standard, Intensive 4 or 6 credits 1.5 hours, 2.5 hours
Advanced Intensive 6 credits 2.5 hours
Advanced Conversational Standard 4 credits 1.5 hours

Standard Track courses meet three times a week and Intensive Track courses meet four times a week. Intensive Track courses combine two three-credit courses in one semester, thus students receive two separate grades tied to their performance on each part of the course. PLEASE NOTE: Intensive Chinese is very rigorous. We do not recommend that you take Intensive language courses unless you have already studied Chinese or are committed to pursuing a career focused on China.

Studying Chinese is difficult. To assist you in your study, The Beijing Center provides you with a Chinese-language tutor to meet with for an hour the evening before each Chinese-language class. Working together with your tutor will allow you to make substantial progress in the study of Chinese and increase your cultural understanding of China and its peoples.

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The Beijing Center Chicago Office: 1-800-424-1505

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