Electives, Activities & Language Exchange
In order to make students studying
Chinese in Beijing have the best experience learning Mandarin Chinese,
we offers a series of free after school electives. These electives
will help your Mandarin skills grow when you study Chinese in Beijing,
and to combine a little of Chinese culture with education. The
electives are divided into two categories: language and non-language,
although actually even the non-language classes will help improve your
Chinese Language skills when you study Chinese in Beijing.
LANGUAGE: Chinese Character Writing and Chinese Song Classes
- Chinese Character Writing: A supplementary class to writing classes.
Focus is on further development of characters and the radical system.
- Chinese Song Classes: An introduction to both traditional folk and
modern (pop) Chinese songs. Lyrics are written in both pinyin
(Romanized letters) and hanzi (Chinese characters) in order to further
strengthen reading and speaking skills.
NON-LANGUAGE: Chinese Painting, Calligraphy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Tai
- Chinese Painting: An introduction to one of the most popular
traditional Chinese painting techniques - water colour painting,
taught by a professional artist.
- Calligraphy: An introduction to the ancient and sublime art form of
Chinese calligraphy. Learn the eight styles, how to hold the brush,
and the proper order of strokes. Students will select one style and
develop their skills.
- Traditional Chinese Massage and Medicine: An introduction to the
ancient Chinese view of the human body and the causes of illness.
Remedial techniques will include herbal medicine and massage.
- Taiji Quan (Tai Chi): An introduction to the softer and more fluid
martial arts, with a focus on internal power to improve health and
wellness, both physically and mentally.
To keep students studying Chinese in Beijing entertained and
connected, we offer a range of social and culture activities. Here is
a chance for you to meet other international students like yourself
who are learning Chinese in Beijing, and immerse yourself in a variety
of activities that are designed to keep your blood flowing and your
language skills developing. During your study in Beijing, try your
hand at the Chinese phenomenon of singing karaoke in a real karaoke
bar, complete with costumes, choreography, and flashing lights.
The social and culture activities calendar varies and listed below are
a sampling of the many activities organized:
- Dinner feasts to taste popular Chinese cuisines ranging from the
famous traditional Peking duck to Shanghai, Sichuan, Northeast, Inner
Mongolia foods and more.
- Shopping outings to the Silk Market, Panjiayuan Antique Market,
Hongqiao Pearl market, Dongan night market, Wangfujing, and other
local favorite places
- Attend performances such as the Peking Opera and Chinese Acrobats
- Visit a traditional Chinese teahouse and learn about the tea
- Visit various art exhibitions and galleries to see both traditional
and contemporary art
- Making Chinese handicrafts and pottery at the arts and crafts workshop
- Enjoy a traditional Chinese massage under qualified message
- Karaoke where all can sing songs from English, Korean, Japanese to
Chinese and more
- Bar and club nights starting from Wudaokou to Sanliturn
Language Exchange provides language and cultural interaction between
international students and Chinese students, marking the beginning of
many lasting friendships. It is a perfect opportunity to practice the
language and encourages cultural and social exchange.
One of the integral aspects of BLCU Chinese Immersion Program is
intensive interaction with local Chinese native speakers. In our
program, each participant is introduced to a Chinese student as his or
her language partner at the start of the program.
The language partners may engage in social and cultural activities
together. The activities may include playing sports and games,
visiting popular Beijing attractions, to meeting up with one another
for lunch or dinner, or regular outings. Participants are free to
arrange suitable meeting times with their language partners and to
decide on what activities they wish to undertake during these
BLCU Chinese Immersion Programs
are open to people
from all over the world, who are at least 18 years old,
or those who have completed high school (exceptions
during the summer). BLCU Chinese Immersion Programs offer an international atmosphere with
participants from different linguistic backgrounds,
proficiency levels and a wide variety of needs.
TOTAL PROGRAM FEES cover tuition, accommodation, visa
support documents, books, placement test, certificate,
orientation, emergency travel and medical insurance, and