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Beijing: Contemporary Issues

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Sponsor: IES Abroad

Location: Beijing, China


The Contemporary Issues in China program features language instruction at varying levels combined with a series of English-taught courses on the history, economics, and culture of China.  Courses are structured around six mandatory “blocks,” beginning with intensive language training, followed by a two-week Introduction to Chinese History and Civilization seminar, and concluding in three blocks which feature a 300-level course on China as well as a continuation of the Chinese language classes.

Program Type: Affiliated


  • Full Year
  • Fall
  • Winter/Spring


Admission Info:

To apply, Northwestern students must:

  1. Complete an NU Study Abroad Application by the appropriate deadline
  2. Complete an IES application by the program's deadline

Languages: Chinese, English


Residence hall with a Chinese roommate or home stay

Program Costs: 

Fall 2014: $21,510

Billed by Northwestern: $13,835

  • Tuition: $11,335
  • SAAF: $2,500

Estimated additional costs: $7,675

  • Housing: $2,980
  • Meals: $950
  • Airfare: $1,200
  • Local transportation: $550
  • Books & supplies: $60
  • Personal expenses: $1,450
  • Visa: $140
  • IES insurance: $200
  • HTH: $145