Career Strategy Fellowships Study Abroad Summer Session

Princeton in Beijing

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Approved Terms Approved Language Levels (year)
Summer 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th

Princeton in Beijing offered virtual programming during Summer 2021 and Summer 2022. Due to COVID-19 related travel restrictions to Mainland China, Summer 2023 is TBD. 

Academically rigorous program with intense focus on testing and fluency through accuracy. Stress on grammar, pronunciation, and syntax learning in a fast-paced, regimented classes and demanding assignments. Strict language pledge. One-on-one tutorials and other offerings allow for plentiful practice with PIB instructors. Offers group trips to sites in the Beijing area. Contact with faculty at meals and in campus life. Special lectures on aspects of China studies.

This would be an ideal program for a language learner who thrives in high pressure learning environment with constant feedback about their formal learning. Time is spent almost entirely with other PIB students and instructors; the schedule doesn’t allow much time to make one’s own connections with locals or explore the city.  Students interested in improving spoken fluency, building relationships with local people, leaving the "Yale bubble", or exploring China independently should consider other programs that facilitate and allow more time for engagement with local people and culture.

Program Application Notes:

  • PIB accepts the Light Fellowship Language Evaluation as a substitute for the letter of recommendation from your most recent language instructor. Enter Henry Zhao, Princeton in Beijing Program Manager ( in the Recommendation section of the application.