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  • Locations: Beijing, China
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: UB applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Open to: UB students only Language of Instruction: Chinese
Minimum GPA: 3 Eligibility: Graduate Students, Juniors, Seniors
Area of Study: Chinese Language Prerequisite: One year of college level Mandarin
Term: Academic Year, Fall, Spring Language Courses Offered: Chinese
Housing Options: On Campus Program Advisor: Kathryn DeCecco (
Credits: 12-18 per semester
Program Description:

Capital Normal University

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Capital Normal University, founded in 1954, was named among China's One Hundred Key Universities for the Twenty-first Century. CNU offers over 50+ undergraduate majors from 10 categories of sciences like Philosophy, Economics, Laws, Education, Literature, History, Science, Engineering, Management and Art. CNU has a 35 year history of educating foreign students in the Chinese language and other disciplines. The campus is located in the western part of Beijing in the university district.In existence for more than three thousand years, Beijing has been the capital of the nation for many centuries. Today Beijing is the political, cultural, and administrative center of a resurgent China, and the home of twelve million citizens. Beijing’s world-renowned landmarks such as Tiananmen Square, the Temple of Heaven, Bei Hai Lake with its dagoba-capped island, and the woods of Coal Hill Park are within an easy distance from all campuses.

Beijing is a city of very orderly design. Long, straight boulevards and avenues are crisscrossed by a network of lanes. Places of interest are either very easy to find if they're on the avenues, or impossible to find if they're buried down the narrow alleys (hutongs). The centrally located Forbidden City, which was off-limits to most of the world for 500 years, is the biggest and best preserved cluster of ancient buildings in China.

Both undergraduate and graduate students may enrich their studies through participation in the Capital Normal University Exchange Program. Participants on this exchange must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester. Most students enroll in intensive Chinese language courses. Placement exams will be administered upon arrival to test listening comprehension, grammar/writing and reading comprehension. Results are used to determine the appropriate language level placement. Students proficient in Chinese are able to attend any courses offered at CNU with native Chinese students.

CNU offers Chinese Language Program Curriculum from Level 1 through Level 8. The intensive Chinese language program is devoted entirely to language development and acquisition through courses such as Intensive Reading, Listening Comprehension, Speaking, Chinese TV, and Correcting Pronunciation. Newspaper Reading and Audio/Visual/Writing are offered at the intermediate levels at CNU. Students receive four hours instruction per day, for a total of twenty hours per week of formal instruction.

To complement the academic program, the Chinese Language training center at CNU provides substantial cultural and recreational activities. Non-credit cultural courses are taught on subjects including Taichi, Chinese Painting, Translation from English to Chinese, Chinese Dancing, and Playing Chinese Folk Musical Instruments, as well as a series of lectures on various aspects of Chinese Culture.  

Rooms are available for exchange students in the CNU international student dormitory. Three types of rooms are available: single rooms, double rooms, and quad rooms. The international student dormitory building has a Chinese restaurant, Japanese restaurant, cafe, store, bookstore, laundry room, public kitchen, and indoor swimming pool. There are private bathrooms, TV, computer, air-conditioner, refrigerator, and furniture provided to students.
Estimated costs for this program can be found at the top of this page next to Budget Sheets by clicking on the term.

UB students are encouraged to apply for study abroad scholarships. To learn more about the scholarships available to UB students, please visit our scholarships page.

Fall Semester: Late August - Late December
Spring Semester: Mid February - Late June

Fall Semester and Academic Year:  March 1
Spring Semester:  September 10

Visit the Capital Normal University website.

Or contact:

Kathryn A. DeCecco 
Study Abroad Advisor 
Phone: (716) 645-2143 

Walk-in appointments at the Study Abroad Programs office are also welcome Monday through Friday, between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. in 201 Talbert Hall. 

This program is currently not accepting applications.