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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.

Program Highlights:

  • International recognition for outstanding academic performance
  • Total immersion in the Chinese language
  • Affordable, accredited and quality Chinese language programs
  • Program fee covers tuition, accommodation, visa support documents, text books, certificate, welcome pack, free culture electives, social activities and guided tours, networking events, total support and assistance service pack, and much more
  • Homestay accommodation or shared apartment with Chinese roommate
  • College credit transfer available

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.
Upon the completion of the course, Go Abroad China will provide you with all the necessary documentation and assistance for credit transfer. For more details about BLCU programs, syllabus and credit, please click here for details.


BLCU - Course Description

Course Type:

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





Monday - Friday (20hrs/week)



Monday - Friday (30hrs/week)


Course Highlights:

  • Comprehensive and balanced curriculum integrating all aspects of the Chinese language: Speaking, Listening Skills, Comprehensive Chinese, Extensive Reading, Intensive Reading, Newspaper Reading, Grammar, Classical Chinese, Chinese Culture, Chinese Affairs and Writing (all courses are dependent on level and program selected).
  • Professors and native Chinese teachers with degrees in teaching Chinese and years of experience teaching Chinese to foreigners
  • Total Beginner to Proficient classes available
  • Standard program include 20 hours classes a week, Intensive program includes 30 hours classes a week
  • Short Term programs: 4 to 12 weeks
  • Long Term programs: Semester or Academic Year
  • Language Exchange Program with native speakers
  • Free Electives: language and non-language focused, 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 Fashion Terms, Chinese Songs, HSK lessons, Taiji, Chinese Martial Arts, Chinese Er-hu (all electives are dependent on Mandarin proficiency level and program selected).

Course Descriptions: 

Go Abroad China mandarin program at BLCU has different levels for students, with a wide range of programs including 4-8 weeks, 12 weeks, one semester, academic year, 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.


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


200 characters; approx. 1-2 months

A+ (A-plus)

350 characters; approx. 2-3 months


Expected ability or experience

Weekly Class Arrangement


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.


Expected ability or experience

Weekly Class Arrangement


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



Expected ability or experience

Weekly Class Arrangement


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.


Expected ability or experience

Weekly Class Arrangement


3500 characters

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



Expected ability or experience

Weekly Class Arrangement


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

2015 (NEW)



Application Deadline

Program Start Date

Program End Date


4- Week

22 Jan  2016

25 Feb  2016

23 Mar  2016

12- Week

26 Feb 2016

31 Mar 2016

22 Jun  2016


29 Jan 2016

03 Mar 2016

01 Jul  2016


15 Jan 2016

07 Mar 2016

Mid-Jan 2017



27 May  2016

29 Jun  2016

26 Jul  2016


17 Jun  2016

21 Jul  2016

17 Aug 2016


01 Jul 2016

04 Aug 2016

31 Aug 2016


10 Jun 2016

14 Jul  2016

17 Aug  2016


03 Jun 2016

07 Jul  2016

17 Aug  2016


 27 May 2016

29 Jun  2016

23 Aug 2016


 05 Aug 2016

16 Sep  2016

 08 Dec 2016



 31 Aug 2015

18 Sep  2015

 20 Jan  2016


31 Aug 2015

07 Sep  2015

 15 Jul  2016


5- Week

17 Nov 2015

24 Dec  2015

27 Jan  2016


 Beijing Language and Culture University Price (NEW)

   Program Length 

    Program Type 

    Full Service with Shared Apt/Homestay

   Full Service with Private Apt

4 Weeks        Standard
                             US $3,180
                   US $3,780
                             US $3,580 
                   US $4,460
5 Weeks        Standard
                             US $3,560
                   US $4,480
                             US $4,080
                   US $4,980
6 Weeks        Standard
                             US $3,880
                   US $5,180
                             US $4,520
                   US $5,860
8 Weeks        Standard
                             US $4,980
                   US $6,460
                             US $5,660
                   US $7,080
12 Weeks        Standard
                             US $6,480
                   US $7,660
                             US $7,460
                   US $8,580

 1 Semester

(20 Weeks)

                             US $7,680
                  US $11,280
                             US $9,460
                  US $12,980
 Academic Year        Standard
                            US $14,780
                  US $20,880
                            US $17,760
                  US $23,860



  • 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 US $30 per hour (for tutoring class) and US $25 per hour (for small class). 
  • If you have additional questions or requirements, please contact us at inquiry@goabroadchina.org.
What is included in the program fee?
  • ACCOMMODATION:Go Abroad China housing offers you the no-hassle option of a secure place to live from the moment you arrive, allowing you to focus on your studies or work. Click here for details.
  • VISA DOCUMENTATION: When enrollment is completed, participants are given the necessary visa support documents needed to apply for a visa to enter the People's Republic of China.
  • PRE-DEPARTURE ASSISTANCE: Prior to your arrival in China, GAC offers professional and reliable information and assistance to help you resolve any inquiries or concerns you may have regarding your program and life in China.
  • WELCOME PACK: Includes local mobile phone, transportation card, city map, and other orientation materials. Click here for details.
  • FUN ACTIVITIES: Go Abroad China regular weekend activities provide you the opportunity to learn more about Chinese language and culture. Click here for details.
  • TRANSPORTATION: Airport pickup & drop-off (9Am - 9Pm, Beijing Time).
  • ORIENTATION UPON ARRIVAL: Local orientation materials including city map, emergency card, and welcome dinner.
  • 24/7 STAFF ASSISTANCE: Should any problems arise at any time during the program, Go Abroad China staff members will be available on call at anytime day or night.

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