Academic Components

The Beijing Overseas Flagship academic program at the Beijing Union University in Beijing, China, will include approximately 20 hours per week of small-group Chinese instruction plus direct enrollment classes in a variety of academic fields including Chinese history, arts and culture and political science. In addition, students will devote four hours weekly to individual work with language partners. Language classes will meet five days a week. Bi-weekly local excursions will be incorporated in the curriculum to complement classroom activities. All language instructors are professional teachers of Chinese.

The 2 semester-long program at Beijing Union University consists of daily private tutorials with language tutors, direct enrollment tutors, and intensive small-group instruction. Participants also enroll directly in regular Beijing Union University courses alongside Chinese students and receive a grade from the professor.

A dedicated, full-time Academic Director oversees the academic component of the Chinese Overseas Flagship Program on the ground and serves as the primary liaison for the host university. A Resident Director is also appointed to assist the Academic Director, to provide support to students and address any student affairs issues. The Academic Director monitors the academic and curricular aspect of the program. The Resident Director assists U.S. participants as they adjust (or re-adapt) to life in China. The Resident Director is also the primary contact for students and is available to assist in the event of emergencies.

Informal program components include Chinese roommates. The Academic Director will work with Flagship participants and BUU to match roommates with similar domains and backgrounds. Other components include excursions and cultural events, special interest activities, and volunteer opportunities.

During the second semester, each participant will participate in a part-time internship with a commercial, non-profit, or third-sector organization in the participant's field of interest. Chinese serves as the principal language of professional communication in the internship context. Participants are expected to master professional discourse and registers sufficient for a broad range of communicative functions such as negotiation, presentations, impromptu interpretation, and representation of the host organization in a range of venues. All participants are encouraged to take initiative in their internship search, but the Academic and Resident Directors are available to support the students.