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 Indian 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 the target language.


Tutors and Roommates

One-on-One Academic Tutors
student has one-on-one sessions with their academic tutor for at least three hours each week. The tutors also spend additional time preparing materials for the tutoring sessions. The Curriculum Specialist provides tutors with a discussion topic and language focuses as the tutors’ preparation guideline. These topics and language focuses correspond to what is recently covered in the Flagship courses. These tutors should ideally share similar majors and interests as that of the Flagship students.

All students are paired with a Chinese student roommate. The roommate serves as a study buddy who can help students solve cross-cultural and communication-related problems.



To maintain the same academic standard and rigor, The Beijing Flagship Program will have four full-time dedicated teachers.

Direct Enrollment Courses

Courses taken by current and former participants:

•Comparative Politics in China and Western Countries
•Foreign Affairs of China
•Differential Geometry
•Environmental Management and Planning
•Sino-American Relationship
•Database Theories
•Introduction to Material Science of Metal and Semiconductors
•Psychological Science Studies
•Film Studies
•Modern Chinese Economic History
•Social Life in Ancient China
•Women and Gender Studies

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

•Direct enrollment courses (1-2)
•2 Flagship courses (language instruction and topics on contemporary China)
•Part time internship in Beijing
•2 Flagship courses (reduced workload)
•1 Direct enrollment course (optional)

ONGOING for both semesters:

•Weekly one-on-one tutoring
•Weekly one-on-one language clinics with instructor
•Planned excursions and local cultural practicums



Chinese 390/391 Capstone Chinese I and II

Class components

Six hours of group classes each week
Language tutoring: Four hours of 1-on-1 sessions,each week


Written unit exam, testing vocabulary, grammar patterns, reading and writing skills, as well as cultural literacy related to the current unit and focus on the development of domain knowledge.


Chinese 370/371 Issues on Contemporary China I and II

Class components

Two hours of group classes each week
Wednesday cultural field study/practicums: A Study of Beijing (北京调查), which include local group excursions,seminars (Beijing history and cultural seminars by special speakers), and community/service practicums (seniorlearning center or local schools)


Bi-weekly essays,
Final oral presentation of the study


Cultural Programming

All Beijing Flagship Center participants will have numerous American Councils-sponsored activities to attend, such as local film fests, holidays, and office celebrations. These activities will be announced as plans solidify throughout the year. The cultural and extracurricular program will focus on familiarizing and immersing students in a wide range of aspects of local life and culture, including theater, the arts, history, social institutions, urban and rural life, and traditions. American Councils staff will work closely with overseas staff to plan and budget for the out-of-classroom activities.



Students receive academic credit from the Bryn Mawr College for their participation in the language courses administered by American Councils upon completion of the program. As each college and university has its own regulations regarding credit transfer, the participant should contact his or her home school to determine how much of the credit from Bryn Mawr College may be transferred upon completion of the program. We strongly recommend that this be done before the student leaves the United States.