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 their 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 SU Beijing?


Whatever you do after you graduate from college, China will be a factor, either directly or indirectly. By taking on the challenge of understanding China today, you can create new opportunities for tomorrow. Now is the best time and SU Beijing is the right place if you hope to understand a country with thousands of years of history, if you want to witness the dramatic transformation of a country and society at a speed and scale unprecedented in history, or if you want to prepare yourself for an international career. There is no language prerequisite to study at SU Beijing.

What will Beijing be like for you?

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

About Beijing

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.

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

Beijing Center

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 or Beijing.

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

Meet our students

Spencer Burke

Spencer Burke is a broadcast journalism major. She studied at the SU Beijing center in Fall 2013, and was amazed at the way her language skills blossomed during her time in Beijing. You can read about her time abroad here at her blog.

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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SU Abroad encourages eligible students to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. The scholarship provides awards for U.S. citizens who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Award amounts are up to $5000 per semester. 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 spring 2016 and early decision summer 2016 is Tuesday, October 6, 2015.

Learn More

SU Beijing Viewbook

Beijing Cover

An overview of the SU Beijing program is available in our new 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!