UMD: A Globally Connected University

Maryland-in-Beijing (China) (SLLC)

Beijing, China
Terms offered: 
Spring
Program Type: 
Minimum GPA: 
2.5
Non-UMD Students Eligible to Apply: 
Yes
EA Advisor: 
Language of Instruction: 
Chinese,English
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Immerse yourself in the authentic world of Chinese language, culture, and history while earning credit either toward your Chinese major or complementing your general studies. You will also get to know the dynamic capital city of China, Beijing, from its fascinating and complex past to its fast-paced and international atmosphere of today.

This program will be held at Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU), the leader in teaching Chinese as a foreign language in China. The campus is located by the fourth ring road and next to Beijing University and Tsinghua University. BLCU has 27 undergraduate programs, 28 master’s programs, and 15 doctorate programs with about 11,000 students from all over China and the world. BLCU has trained over 120,000 students from over 170 countries and regions since BLCU’s founding in 1962. These programs cover a large range of subjects from Chinese language and culture to computer science and international business.

You must be in good academic and judicial standing and you must not have any registration blocks to participate in this program. The minimum GPA for this program is listed above.

If you are interested in this program but do not meet the eligibility requirements, make an appointment with your EA advisor to discuss program options.

The UMD SLLC program offers intensive studies in Chinese langauge and culture. You will receive 18-20 credits during your semester abroad, including 3 Maryland resident credits and 15 credits from BLCU that are comprised of chinese courses and one elective course. Students who choose the  homestay option are eligible to fulfill the ARHU Global Engagement requirement in consultation with an ARHU advisor.

  • University of Maryland Course (3 resident credits): All students will be enrolled in the following course taught by the resident director and UMD faculty:
    CHIN269 Special Topics in Study Abroad II: Introduction to Beijing (3 credits): This course will review general readings about Beijing, facilitate your exploration of Beijing through class field trips and mandatory spring break excursion, and help integrate you into the BLCU campus through language and culture partnership programs.
  • Chinese Courses at BLCU (15 transfer credits): Upon arriving at BLCU, you will take a placement test and be placed in 1st-4th year language courses.
    • BLCU 101(A-), 102 (A), 103 (A+), and 104 (A++) are equivalent to CHIN101, 102, and 103.*
    • BLCU 201(B-), 202 (B), 203 (B+), and 204 (B++) are equivalent to CHIN201, 202, 203, and 204 or 205 for heritage speakers at UMD.
    • BLCU 301(C-), 302 (C) and 303 (C+) are equivalent to CHIN301 and 302 or 305, and 306   for heritage speakers at UMD.
    • BLCU 401 (D), 402(D+) and 403 (E) are equivalent to CHNI401, 402, and/or 413 at UMD.

After evaluation of BLCU elective courses by the UMD Chinese program, students may receive the equivalent of CHIN213, 220, CHIN313, 316, and 411, depending on the topic. Please note that at BLCU, A level Chinese = 100 level Chinese; B level Chinese = 200 level Chinese; C level Chinese = 300 level Chinese, and D and E level Chinese = 400 level Chinese.

  • Elective Literature or Culture Course (optional - 2 transfer credits): In addition to Chinese language courses, you will also have the opportunity to take one elective literature or culture course of your choosing.

Course lists for this program will be coming soon.

Grading
At BLCU and other universities in China the grading system is on a numeric scale of 100, which will be translated into letter grades according to the UMD conversion system.

You will have two options for housing during your time abroad:
  • The International Student Dormitory will give you the opportunity to live with international students in furnished double and single rooms.
  • The Homestay option will give you the opportunity to deeply immerse yourself in Chinese language and culture through living with a Chinese family. Should you choose to live in a homestay, you will be placed with a family that lives in the neighborhood surrounding BLCU and is familiar with the campus. Students who choose the  homestay option are eligible to fulfill the ARHU Global Engagement requirement in consultation with an ARHU advisor.

Review the housing overview for further details.

Fall Budget

The updated budget for fall 2018 will be published shortly.

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Bursar's payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $1,200
This fee is charged to your account when the application status is changed from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $200
Tuition $TBD
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, academic and advising support, course related activities, on-campus and in-country orientations, excursions, one month bus pass, and teaching services.
Housing Fee $TBD
This fee represents the housing provided during the program. Students live in shared apartments (utilities, internet, and cleaning included).
TOTAL PROGRAM FEE $TBD
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $TBD
Passport $140
Visa $140
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,600
Course materials $250
Optional international trip cancellation/interruption insurance $350
Personal expenses and individual travel (estimate) $2,000
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE: $TBD

Year Budget

Costs listed are for 2017-2018. The updated budget will be published shortly.

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Bursar's payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $1,200
This fee is charged to your account when the application status is changed from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $400
Tuition $TBD
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, academic and advising support, course related activities, on-campus and in-country orientations, excursions, one month bus pass, and teaching services.
Housing Fee $TBD
This fee represents the housing provided during the program. Students live in shared apartments (utilities, internet, and cleaning included).
TOTAL PROGRAM FEE $TBD
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $TBD
Passport $140
Visa $140
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,700
Course materials $400
Optional international trip cancellation/interruption insurance $350
Personal expenses and individual travel (estimate) $4,000
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE: $TBD

Spring Budget

Costs listed are for spring 2017. 

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Bursar's payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $1,200
This fee is charged to your account when the application status is changed from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $200
Tuition $5,250
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, academic and advising support, course related activities, on-campus and in-country orientations, excursions, one month bus pass, and teaching services.
Housing Fee $2,100
This fee represents the housing provided during the program. Students live in shared apartments (utilities, internet, and cleaning included).
TOTAL PROGRAM FEE $8,750
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $1,200
Passport $140
Visa $140
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,700
Course materials $250
Optional international trip cancellation/interruption insurance $350
Personal expenses and individual travel (estimate) $2,000
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE: $14,580

You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor is available help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad:

PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancelation due to low enrollment.

Jesse Emmanuel will be resident director for the program and will facilitate the UMD SLLC program on the ground in Beijing.

Brittany Lashley is the regional advisor for China and coordinates the Maryland-in-Beijing program. Conrad advises prospective students and can answer questions about the program and living in China. He coordinates program admissions, course registration, pre-departure orientation and other logistical aspects of the program. Conrad is the primary point of contact for students before they go to Beijing and upon return to College Park.

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Spring 2017 10/01/2016 10/11/2016 02/20/2017 06/23/2017
NOTE: These are the dates of the UMD Semester, and will be replaced by BLCU dates as soon as possible.
Spring 2018 10/01/2017 10/11/2017