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Overseas and Off-Campus Programs

China Beijing CET

Semester: Fall, Spring, Full Year
Date(s): Fall: late August to mid-December. Spring: mid-February to early June.
Program Focus: Language Intensive


Completion of Chinese 202 or equivalent. GPA of 3.0 in the language.                                    

Campus Contact:

Keith Dede
Associate Professor of Chinese

ext. 7445

Program Design: 
In cooperation with CET, Lewis & Clark offers a semester or a full-year program at the Chinese Language Training Center on the campus of Capital Normal University.  Study focuses on language immersion and developing linguistic competency.  Housing is in college dormitories with an opportunity to room with host nationals. The program rigorously enforces a language pledge that requires the use of the target language throughout the program.  Independent study trips to other sites in China, as well as excursions to historical sites of interest in and near Beijing enhance the students’ understanding of life in contemporary China.

Application Process:
This program has a dual application process. Student must first submit a Lewis & Clark Application. Once admitted by Lewis & Clark, the students will receive instructions for submitting their secondary, or program sponsor, application, and will receive a separate notification letter from CET.  Please keep a digital copy of your essays and other application materials as you will need to submit these again to CET or you will need to re-write the essays.  Please note that this secondary application process can be as late as the semester preceding your scheduled participation.

Full Year Participation:
If you are participating for a full year in China, the January Term in Beijing is mandatory. The January Term is an intensive program for intermediate and advanced students, which prepares students to continue to either Beijing or Harbin after fall participation on another approved China program.

Requirements Fulfilled: 
Fulfills the overseas study requirement for the East Asian Studies major, and the overseas requirement for the Foreign Language major (with Chinese as primary language), and the Chinese minor.

4 courses per semester/16 credits

All 16 credits earned on the program are CHIN classes.  The level of classes (their exact number) will depend on results of a placement test at the beginning of the program.  Students completing CHIN 202 at LC typically place into the Beijing program’s 260 or 300-level.

  • General Information

    Passport Details:
    You will be required to email a high-resolution, color scan of your passport to the Overseas Office within 30 days of being accepted into a program. We recommend that you apply for a passport as early as possible. For more info, visit our Passport Resources page.

    Visa fees and requirements: A visa is required for this program.  You will be notified when it is time to apply and our office has received all of the necessary supporting documents. 

    Please make an appointment with Student Health Service to get an updated list of immunizations that are recommended or mandatory for this program. You may also be required to submit various test results (HIV, chest x-rays, etc.) as a part of your visa application.

    Students will be required to show proof of health insurance with coverage for international travel, as per the Affordable Care Act. Lewis & Clark College will provide supplemental travel insurance coverage through iNext.

    Fees To Plan For:
    Fees for the following items are not included in the comprehensive program fee:
    Passport fees
    Required photographs
    Visa fees
    Immunizations and health exams
    Transportation to city of departure
    Post-program travel


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