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Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) - Overview


Beijing Language and Culture University has the longest history, the largest scope and the most qualified teaching faculties of its kind in its specialty of teaching the Chinese language and culture to foreigners. Over the past 40 years, since its establishment, the university has trained hundreds of thousands of foreign students from over 160 countries who are now proficient in Chinese and familiar with the Chinese culture.

More than 9,000 international students from over 110 countries and over 8,000 Chinese students study at the University each year. BLCU is by far the largest and most popular university to learn Chinese among foreign students.

Beijing Language and Culture University was founded in 1962, and was originally named the Higher Preparatory School for Foreign Students. In 1996, with the approval of the Ministry of Education, the school became the Beijing Language and Culture University. It is the only international university in China, and is highly respected. Its main task is to teach the Chinese language and culture to foreign students. As well as teaching Chinese, it also undertakes the tasks of teaching foreign languages, computer science and technology, finance and accountancy to Chinese students.

BLCU always attaches great importance to international exchanges and co-operation. With the expansion of China’s exchanges and co-operation with other countries, the university is also increasing its co-operation and exchange programs with numerous foreign countries, and proudly boasts partnerships with 157 universities from 31 countries in the world.

No matter where you come from in the world, at BLCU you are virtually guaranteed to meet someone from your home country there. It is a vibrant, cosmopolitan campus ideally located in the Wudaokou area of Beijing. While the standard of teaching is equal to Peking or Tsinghua, the workload isn’t quite as intense, making this an ideal choice for students who also interested in getting out and seeing more of the city. Find out more about what it's like to live and study in Beijing.


Transcripts & Certification

Upon successful completion of your language program at BLCU, you can receive an official certificate and  transcript from the university which are accepted by most other universities around  the world. Successful completion requires an 80% attendance rate and passing grades for the exams and overall course.
For more details about BLCU programs, syllabus and credit, please click here for details.

 

BLCU - Course Description


Course Type:

There are 2 types ofChinese language programs available at Beijing Language and Culture University:Standard or Intensive. 

PROGRAM

HOURS

HOURS PER DAY

Standard

Monday - Friday (20hrs/week)

4

Intensive

Monday - Friday (30hrs/week)

6


Course Highlight: 

  • Course curriculum; Intensive Reading, Spoken Chinese, Pronunciation, Listening Comprehension
  • Tuition includes books and cultural trips with your classmates
  • Professors are experienced in teaching Chinese as a second language to foreigners
  • All programs include 20 hours in the classroom per week
  • Electives are based on the proficiency level of the student: Chinese History, Business Chinese, Introduction to Chinese Characters, Mandarin proficiency, Chinese Film, Chinese Calligraphy and Painting, Chinese Songs, HSK lessons, Taiji, Chinese Martial Arts, (all electives are dependent on Mandarin proficiency level and program selected).


Course Descriptions: 

BLCU has six levels for short term students, with a wide range of programs including one semester, twelve weeks, summer study abroad and winter study abroad programs.


Elementary Level: The purpose of this course is to lay groundwork for the study of modern Chinese.The course has an emphasis on oral skills with classes in listening and speaking with initial presentation of the written language, both reading and writing.


A large emphasis is placed on mastering the phonetic system so as set a good foundation for further Chinese studieswith the correct pronunciation and intonation. While the learning of sentence patterns is a major component of the course, efforts will be made to helpstudents handle simple everyday tasks such as greeting, introducing friends andrelatives, identifying people or objects, asking for one's personal information(including name, occupation, nationality, address, phone number), expressinggratitude to someone, sending someone your regard, making a reply to acomplimentary remark, talking about your family, your school and your studies,looking for someone, seeing a guest off, asking the time, making anappointment, making an invitation, making a suggestion, asking for someone’sopinion, buying something, and offering congratulations.


Course

Expected ability or experience

Weekly Class Arrangement

A0 (A-zero)

No experience required

Comprehensive (reading/writing) Chinese 12 hours;
Listening Chinese 4 hours;
Oral Chinese 4 hours

A

200 characters; approx. 1-2 months

A+ (A-plus)

350 characters; approx. 2-3 months


Course

Expected ability or experience

Weekly Class Arrangement

B

1000 characters; approx. 4-6 months

Comprehensive (reading/writing) Chinese 12 hours;
Listening Chinese 4 hours;
Oral Chinese 4 hours

B+ (B-plus)

1200 characters; approx. 5-6 months



Intermediate Level: The purpose of this course is to continue to lay groundwork for the study of modern Chinese by expanding on the base of elementary Chinese. The course will provide instruction in all four language skills of aurally understanding, speaking,reading, and writing.


Many of the grammatical constructions introduced in first year Chinese will be repeated in this course with increasing sophistication in terms of style and usage. While many of the linguistic tasks students will learn to handle are similar to those of  first year Chinese, the level of language required to carry out these tasks is more advanced. In this course students are required to comprehend and produce paragraph-level Chinese.


By the end of this course, students are expected to deal with daily-life related Chinese in a target language environment with no difficulty. Topics covered include: buying things, making aninvitation, making an appointment, offering congratulations, asking for one'sage, asking for opinions from others, presenting a gift, asking the way, making a telephone call, refusing politely, shopping, entertaining a guest, asking for information, complimenting, making a plan, asking for permission, welcoming aguest, waiting for someone, proposing a toast, talking about ball games, seeing someone off, traveling, and buying tickets.


Course

Expected ability or experience

Weekly Class Arrangement

C

1500 characters

Before midterm:
Comprehensive (reading/writing) Chinese 12 hours;
Listening Chinese 4 hours;
Oral Chinese 4 hours

After midterm:
Comprehensive Chinese 6 hours;
Listening Chinese 4 hours;
Oral Chinese 4 hours;
Reading Chinese 6 hours


 

Course

Expected ability or experience

Weekly Class Arrangement

D

2500 characters

Comprehensive Chinese 8 hours;
Listening Chinese 4 hours;
Oral Chinese 4 hours;
Reading Chinese 4 hours


 

Advanced Level: The purpose of the course is to continue to develop their skills of aurally understanding, speaking, reading and writing Mandarin Chinese.


Students will continue to improve their linguistic skills with a manageable degree of challenge. At the functional level, this course aims at helping students solidify their ability to comprehend and produce paragraph-level Chinese. It seeks to enable students to understand face-to-face conversations on most familiar topics, give factual accounts, read materials written in formal expression, and write simple essays,reports and other types of correspondence. There is a heavy emphasis on reading from this level covering topics such as current events, social sciences,history, and literature. Discussions on the reading materials will be conducte dregularly to develop students' skills of abstract reasoning, narration anddescription.


Course

Expected ability or experience

Weekly Class Arrangement

E

3500 characters

Comprehensive Chinese 8 hours;
Oral Chinese 4 hours;
Reading Chinese 6 hours;
Ancient Chinese 4 hours

 

Course

Expected ability or experience

Weekly Class Arrangement

F

4000 characters

Comprehensive Chinese 8 hours;
Oral Chinese 4 hours;
Reading Chinese 4 hours
4 hour elective class from: Chinese Movies, Chinese Literature, or Chinese Circumstance


 Beijing Language and Culture University Schedule

2014-15 (NEW)


Course

Duration

Application Deadline

Program Start Date

Program End Date

Spring

4- week

22 Feb  2014

23 Feb  2014

26 Mar  2014

12- week

02 Apr 2014

03 Apr 2014

25 Jun  2014

1-semester

26 Fen 2014

27 Feb 2014

04 Jul  2014

1-year

02 Mar 2014

03 Mar 2014

Mid-Jan 2015

Summer

4-Week

29 Jun  2014

30 Jun  2014

25 Jul  2014

4-Week

21 Jul  2014

22 Jul  2014

20 Aug 2014

4-Week

28 Jul 2014

29 Jul 2014

27 Aug 2014

5-Week

16 Jul 2014

17 Jul  2014

20 Aug  2014

6-Week

09 Jul 2014

10 Jul  2014

20 Aug  2014

8-Week

 29 Jun 2014

30 Jun  2014

27 Aug 2014

12-Week

 17 Sep 2014

18 Sep  2014

 03 Dec 2014

Fall

1-semester

 17 Sep 2014

18 Sep  2014

 23 Jan  2015

1-year

07 Sep 2014

08 Sep  2014

 15 Jul  2015

Winter

4- week

26 Feb 2014

27 Feb  2014

26 Mar  2014

 

 Beijing Language and Culture University Price (NEW)

Program Length

Program Type

    Shared Apt     Homestay

Private Apt

Campus Dorm

4 Weeks

Standard

$3,180

$3,780

$3,060

Intensive

$3,580

$4,460

$3,460

5 Weeks

Standard

$3,560

$4,480

$3,440

Intensive

$4,080

$4,980

$3,940

6 Weeks

Standard

$3,880

$5,180

$3,760

Intensive

$4,520

$5,860

$4,380

8 Weeks

Standard

$4,980

$6,460

$4,760

Intensive

$5,660

$7,080

$5,480

12 Weeks

Standard

$6,480

$7,660

$6,370

Intensive

$7,460

$8,580

$7,340

1 Semester
(20 Weeks)

Standard

$7,680

$11,280

$7,060

Intensive

$9,460

$12,980

$8,760

Academic Year

Standard

$14,780

$20,880

$13,560

Intensive

$17,760

$23,860

$16,580

 

NOTICE:

  • Standard program includes 20 academic hours a week. While the intensive course offers 30 hours. Intensive program is suitable for students seeking for fast improvement and achieving fluency in Chinese in a short term. Standard program is for those who prefer slower pace of studying and like to combine learning with leisure.

  • Program application dead line is two weeks before the program starts.
  • Time and program schedule are flexible. We will make all necessary arrangement during your arrival and stay in China.
  • Each program component, like Chinese language curriculum, full Internship package , accommodation and others are optional. Excluded components price will be deducted from final package price. We can also provide Individual, customized program based on your specific requirement. Homestay only program is also available.
  • Additional language classes fees are $30 per hour (for tutoring class) and $25 per hour (for small class). 
  • If you have additional questions or requirements, please contact us at inquiry@goabroadchina.org.
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