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Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU)
Beijing, China
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Budget Sheets Academic Year,
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2017 10/15/2016** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2017 02/15/2017** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2017-2018 02/15/2017** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2018 10/15/2017** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
 Language of Instruction:
 Housing Options:
Dorm (double)
 Class Standing:
Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate Senior, Undergraduate Sophomore
 Number of Credits:
 Program Specialist:
Yumi Takahashi-Ede
 Language experience required:
 Areas of Study:
Arts & Sciences, Chinese
 Program Length:
Program Description:
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Program Overview

Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) is located in northwest Beijing, the capital of China and the center of political, economic, cultural and international activities. Isolated from foreign influences, BLCU offers an ideal location from which to study Chinese language, history, politics and culture. It is the only international university in China whose main mission is to teach the Chinese language and culture to international students. BLCU classes will challenge the students to observe their surrounding environment while attending language classes to further their language exploration. Each year, 10,000 international students representing more than 120 countries, and 4,000 native students study at BLCU. It offers 15 undergraduate programs, 14 postgraduate programs and 3 doctoral programs. BLCU will provide a total immersion experience for students who want to explore China, practice and strengthen their language skills, and deepen their understanding of Chinese culture.

Students must complete the application here on BroncosAbroad in order to get study abroad approval by WMU. Additionally, students must complete an application to BLCU in order to be accepted into BLCU's study abroad program. Application materials may be found online through the host university's website.

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With the founding of People's Republic of China on October 1st, 1949, Beijing became the capital of the new republic and has since developed into a political and cultural center of China.  It is known as a center of international activity and a main transportation hub. Beijing is situated in the northeastern part of China and is surrounded by mountains on the west, the north and the northeast.  The northeastern part of the city is high while the southwestern part is low topographically.  Beijing has a continental monsoon climate with four distinct seasons.  Spring and autumn are short while winter and summer are long. 

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Academic Eligibility
Good Academic Standing
Completion of CHIN 2010

Academic Program
Beijng Language and Culture University (BLCU) is a leading teaching and research university in China with an excellent international reputation. BLCU offers courses in social sciences, humanities, computer science and technology, and education. WMU students may study at BLCU for a semester or an academic year.

Academic Credit
WMU credit will be awarded for courses successfully completed on this program with prior approval of the student's academic advisor, academic advisors in departments outside of the student's major department (if the student plans to take classes outside of his/her major), and the Haenicke Institute for Global Education. This approval is obtained by completing the Course Pre-approval Form available from the HIGE. Students are urged to work closely with academic advisors and HIGE staff to plan a course of study allowing for steady progress toward their degree.

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To  access the complete program budget published at the top of this page, click here for Fall and here for Spring.  Students should bring a copy of the program budget when they meet with their financial aid advisor to discuss funding for study abroad.

The WMU program fee includes: undergraduate tuition, administrative fees, international health and emergency assistance insurance, housing, textbooks, application fee and visa fee.

The program fee does not include: airfare, meals, local transportation, passport and miscellaneous expenses. Costs not included in the program fee are estimates and may vary according to individual needs and preferences. Costs not included in the program fee are estimates and may vary according to individual needs and preferences. This budget does not include activities which are not part of the academic program, such as personal travel, entertainment, shopping, etc.

Program fees are subject to adjustment due to changes in actual exchange rates or other factors. In addition, programs may be modified or cancelled in the event of insufficient enrollment. Program dates are subject to slight adjustment by the home/host university.

Note: For tax purposes, the university requires the program fee billing to be divided into qualified fees (tuition) and non-qualified fees (non-tuition costs). The total program fee equals the study abroad commitment fee plus qualified fees and non-qualified fees added together.
      Commitment fee
      + Qualified fees (tution)
      + Non-qualified fees (other costs)
      = Total program fee

Program commitment fee: This is a portion of the program fee which is billed after the student clicks the "Commit" button to secure their place in the program.  The remainder of the program fee is billed to the WMU student account for the semester of enrollment in study abroad credits. The program commitment fee is due within 30 days once charged to the WMU student account. After 30 days, per university accounts policy, holds will be placed on past-due balances.

Students applying for this program may be eligible for the President's Grant for Study Abroad.
Students applying for this program may be eligible for the Confucius Institute Scholarships.

Please note: Disbursement of financial aid may not coincide with the start date of the program abroad so plan ahead! Some out-of-pocket costs may occur prior to financial aid disbursement for the semester, such as the commitment fee, passport, airfare, immunizations, visa or residence permit fees (if applicable). These costs vary by program and WMU Study Abroad Specialists are available to answer questions about the program budget.

Financial Aid
Students eligible for federal or state financial aid may use their awards for studying abroad.  After a student has been accepted to the program, he/she must complete required paperwork with WMU Financial Aid to apply financial aid to the program costs.  It is the student's responsibility to complete the paperwork prior to departure and to maintain compliance with financial aid regulations while studying abroad (i.e., remain enrolled full-time).  Non-WMU students must apply for financial aid through their home university.

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The dormitories are hotel-like rooms with air-conditioning, bath, telephone, internet access, TV and refrigerator. Accommodation is based on double occupancy (Additional charges will apply for private rooms). Various restaurants are located on campus offering western food, Chinese food, fast food, and Islamic food ($5-$7 USD per day).

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Program dates: Late-February to July (TBA)


Students have the option to take one of two different tracks. The WMU track ends in early December so that students may enroll for Spring courses on campus. The BLCU track ends in mid-January, which offers students the unique opportunity to experience the Chinese New Year and Spring Festival in China. Upon return, students begin WMU courses again in Summer I.

WMU Track: Early September to early December (TBA)
BLCU Track: Early September to mid-January (TBA)

Early September to July (TBA)

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Additional Resources

Host Institution Information (external links)
Beijing Language and Culture University Homepage

Country Information (external links)
China - Lonely Planet
Beijing - Lonely Planet
Country Specific Information - China
Culturegram - China

Visa (external links)
Consulate General of The People's Republic of China in Chicago


Program faculty director
Professor Xiaojun Wang
World Languages and Literatures
(269) 387-6242

WMU Study Abroad
Yumi Takahashi-Ede
Study Abroad Specialist
2425E Ellsworth Hall
Phone: (269) 387-5890