Syracuse University

Study abroad in Beijing, China

Go to SU Beijing, in Four Easy Steps

Step 1: Watch this video from Fall 2014 student Samantha about her pre-semester traveling seminar.

Step 2: Read this letter from SU Beijing alum Molly, who loved China so much she returned after she graduated from college.

Step 3: If you have questions, set up a meeting with Mary, the Beijing admissions counselor. She'll help you get your application started.

Step 4: Apply. Go. What are you waiting for?

Why Beijing?

Beijing skyline at night

Beijing is one of the great cities of this century, with its high concentration of historical treasures and wealth of creative talent. You'll revel in its deep and dramatic history, and marvel at its modern face and explosive growth. Students from all over China compete for admission to Beijing's universities. No young Chinese musician, artist, or actor has truly made it until they've made it in the capital. What will Beijing be like for you?

There is no language prerequisite to study at SU Beijing.

SU Beijing Center courses (fall, spring)
Tsinghua University and SU Beijing courses (fall, spring)

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Click on the program title below for more information and to begin your application now*:

Beijing Center

For Fall 2016 only: All students enrolling in the SU Beijing program will receive a $1000 grant. The SU Beijing academic program begins with a Signature Seminar with on-site lectures in Beijing and other cities. The semester consists of courses taught in English and Mandarin, and language instruction at all levels. Through a special arrangement with Tsinghua University in Beijing, Syracuse University program students are able to enroll in pre-selected classes taught in English, including graduate courses in the School of Public Policy. Tsinghua students are also invited to attend Syracuse University courses taught in English. This arrangement allows for discussion and interaction on contemporary issues from both the Chinese and U.S. perspective.

*Tsinghua University does not permit Chinese citizens to enroll in the SU Beijing semester program, unless they have permanent residency in the U.S. for 10 years or longer. However, Chinese citizens who are currently enrolled at SU or other U.S. universities are welcome to participate in the SU Abroad summer internship programs in Shanghai.

Chinese Studies Minor

If you're interested in pursuing a minor in Chinese Studies, a semester abroad in Beijing satisfies nearly all of the requirements! The minor in Chinese Studies provides an understanding of the religious, economic, historical, and artistic dimensions of the Chinese and minority communities historically and in the modern period. The minor also requires a basic knowledge of Chinese.

The core requirements include one year of Mandarin (the equivalent of Chinese 101 and 102), and one of the Signaure Seminars offered at SU Beijing. This pdf outlines the requirements of the 19-credit minor.

For more information, you can contact Gareth Fisher, Director of Chinese Studies, Assistant Professor of Religion, 505 Hall of Languages, 315-443-5720,

Meet with an Advisor

SU Beijing Viewbook

Beijing Cover

An overview of the SU Beijing program is available in our viewbook! Click the photo above for the pdf version, or request a copy of your own by filling out this form to have one mailed to you! Course listings in these books are subject to change; for the most up-to-date information on course offerings, click here.

Meet our students

Samantha Ho

Samantha Ho is a telelvision, radio, and film major. She studied at the SU Beijing center in Fall 2014, and thought that the Signature Seminar added incredible value to her abroad experience.

Visit our Beijing Global Ambassadors page to meet more alumni ready to share their advice and experiences with you.

Gilman Scholarships Available

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Apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, which provides awards (up to $5000/semester!) for U.S. citizens who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding to participate in study abroad. Additional funding is available to students who are studying a language deemed "critical" by the U.S. State Department, such as Mandarin, Turkish, Japanese, Korean, or Arabic. The deadline to apply for Summer 2016, Fall 2016, and full year 2016-17 is March 1, 2016.

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