Skidmore in Beijing
The Beijing program offers two distinct tracks: Beijing Language Studies and Beijing Area Studies. Both tracks give participants the chance to study Mandarin, Chinese culture and history, and contemporary issues in Chinese society. The Beijing Language Studies program requires one year of Mandarin, while the Beijing Area Studies program has no language pre-requisite.
Students take classes at the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) at its Beijing Center, located on the campus of Beijing Foreign Studies University (Beijing Waiguoyu Daxue). Popularly known as Bei Wai, this university is one of Beijing's most highly regarded academic institutions. Skidmore's Beijing Program is a field-centered, interdisciplinary study abroad program with the goal of immersing students in the Chinese culture. The program goes beyond the traditional classroom model by emphasizing the creative integration of field-based and classroom learning. Students will investigate and learn about real Chinese lives by conducting directed field-research projects or participating in internships.