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Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) is located in the northwestern suburbs of Beijing, 12 km from Tian'anmen, the center of the city. The campus covers an area of 38 hectares, with a floor space of 240,000 square meters.

BLCU was founded in 1962 with the name of Higher Preparatory School for Foreign Students. In June 1964, it was renamed Beijing Language Institute. In June 1996, with approval of Chinese Ministry of Education, it was designated as Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU). BLCU is the only international university in China with its main task set at teaching the Chinese language and culture to non-Chinese students and serves as the center for teaching Chinese and the study of the Chinese language.

BLCU has the longest history, the largest scope, and the most qualified teaching faculties of its kind in the area of teaching the Chinese language and culture to non-Chinese students. Over the past 40 years, the university has trained more than 70,000 international students from over 160 counties and regions who are proficient in Chinese and familiar with the Chinese culture. Nowadays, more than 9,000 international students and over 3,000 Chinese students come and study at the university each year. BLCU boasts an array of 800 teachers. Among them, about 500 are teachers of Chinese, and about 300 are professors and associate professors, including many distinguished and erudite scholars with 20 to 30 years' teaching experience. Many of the teachers have been invited to teach and to lecture abroad.

BLCU has set up a new discipline system which is distinctive in feature, clear in advantage, rational in structure, and substantial in content. Now the curriculums in this university cover a wide range of subjects, from short-term, speeded-up and online programs, to degree courses for the bachelor, master and doctor. And its standards of education enjoy widespread recognition and favorable comments.

BLCU comprises of 11 teaching units and 14 research institutions, with the number of teaching and administrative staff totaled 1425, including 829 in teaching and researching, 303 of which have advanced titles. At present, BLCU has 9 doctoral programs, 24 postgraduate programs, and 16 undergraduate programs, including 1 national key discipline, 2 municipal key disciplines, and 1 humanities and social sciences key research base of regular universities designated by the Ministry of Education. The education scope covers a wide range of fields, including literature, economics, history, law, engineering, education, and management.

The university publishes three kinds of core periodicals, namely, ¡°Language Teaching and Research¡±, ¡°International Chinese Teaching¡±, ¡°Research on the Chinese Culture¡±. the university press has published some 1,500 text books in diversified fields, and made widespread influence both at home and abroad. Educational institutions and training organizations of various kinds in around a hundred countries have adopted the text books of teaching Chinese as foreign language published by BLCU press.  

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