Career Strategy Fellowships Study Abroad Summer Session


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Capital Normal University: Beijing, China

Program Highlights

This program is relatively small, which means there's less of an insular "bubble" keeping students within the program's bounds. Living with a local Chinese roommate makes the program socially immersive. All classes are in a new, recently renovated facility on Capital Normal University's campus. CET makes great efforts to engage students in regular dialogue about their experiences and learning progress.

A great choice for students who seek ample opportunities for unscripted, informal conversation practice. Not great for someone who feeds off their classmates' drive, or someone who wouldn't be proactive about practicing outside of class.

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Language Levels

2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th year Chinese

Term Offered


* Summer: mid-June to mid-mid-August

Additional Information

CET accepts the Light Fellowship Language Evaluation as a substitute for one letter of recommendation.

If you would like to apply to multiple CET Chinese programs, you are only required to submit one application. Please open an application to your first-choice program and indicate within the “Motivation & Goals” section of your application what your second and third choices are. CET staff will take note of this during the application process.

If you are applying for multiple semesters at the same CET program, you are only required to complete one application. Please indicate within your application if you intend to apply for a second semester and in which program your second semester will be.

Light Fellowship awardees who meet the applicable CET Chinese language level requirements are eligible to enroll in any Light approved CET Intensive Chinese Language program pending the successful completion of an application to CET indicating your program preferences. Regardless of which program you choose, you are required to complete an application through the CET website. The Light Fellowship has approved CET Beijing and CET Kunming for summer term study.  CET Harbin is approved for summer, fall, spring, or academic year study.

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Like many people in my generation at Yale, I first became interested in China because I had the luck to be dragged into one of Jonathan Spence's lectures on Chinese history my sophomore year by my smart roommate... I think something about the open-endedness of the Light Fellowship, the fact that I had a stretch of time free to just learn a language and that I was actively encouraged to view anything I did in that language as part of that endeavor, allowed me to explore and improvise."

Ms. Susan Jakes
Fall, 1997