Syracuse University

Study abroad in Beijing, China

Go to SU Beijing, in Four Easy Steps


Step 1: Watch this video from current (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: 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?

Welcome to 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. What will Beijing be like for you?

View all fall and spring semester courses at the SU Beijing Center
View all fall and spring semester courses for SU Beijing Center (including Tsinghua University courses)
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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.

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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!

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 summer 2015, fall 2015, and full year 2015-16 is March 3, 2015.

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Program Dates

Dates below will be announced once the Tsinghua U. calendar is released. Students receive a detailed program calendar upon arrival abroad. 
Beijing Fall 2014 Program Dates
Students Arrive: August 29, 2014
Signature Seminar/Orientation: August 30 - September 13
Semester Center Classes Begin: September 15
National Day Break: October 1-7
Financial Deadline to Drop Class: October 8
Last Day of Classes (including exams*): December 19
Program ends: December 20 *
* Students taking Tsinghua U. courses other than Chinese language need to stay as late as January 23 due to exam scheduling.
Beijing Spring 2015 Program Dates
Students Arrive: February 2, 2015
Signature Seminar/Orientation: February 3-16
Lunar New Year Break February 17-24
Semester Classes Begin: March 2
Financial Deadline to Drop Class: March 20
Labor Day Break: April 30 - May 4
SU Center Final Exams Begin: June 9
Program Ends: June 13, 2015 *
* Students taking certain Tsinghua U. courses may need to stay as late as July 3 due to exam scheduling.