Founded in 1956,
Beijing Institute of Education (BIE) is one of Beijing's major institutions
of higher learning for adults. BIE undertakes primarily junior college
and undergraduate courses covering 58 specialties. It also provides
in-service training for primary and secondary school teachers and administrators.
There are 18 departments in BIE, including Chinese Language, Foreign
Languages, Art, History, Psychology, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry,
Biology, Geography, Physical Culture, Educational Technology, Educational
Administration, Vocational Education, and Internat ional Students' Department
(ISD). BIE has 107 professors, associate professors and 150 lecturers
as well as 92 guest or part-time professors from universities at home
or from abroad. More than 6000 trainees are currently studying at BIE.
Located in Xicheng District in Beijing City, BIE enjoys
an advantageous geographical position. It has advanced teaching and
research facilities such as computer network (has been linked up with
Internet), multimedia application, audio-visual facilities, library
resources, psychology service etc.
BIE is an associated center of APEID (the Asia and
Pacific Programs of Educational Innovation for Development), a member
club of UNESCO in Beijing, a research center of Chinese population education
sponsored by United Nations Population Fund and a project school receiving
funding from World Bank. Attaching great importance to international
exchanges, BIE, in recent years, has developed a wide range of academic
exchange and cooperative programs with educational institutions of many
countries such as the USA, the UK, France, Canada, Australia, New Zealand,
Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Korea, Russia etc.; it has hosted
visits by educators and scholars from more than 20 countries; it has
invited foreign lecturers and professors to the Institute to be engaged
in or facilitate the teaching and research activities; it has also received
international students from many countries to study Chinese language
The International Students' Department (ISD) is a teaching
and research unit specially established by BIE for foreigners to study
Chinese language and culture. ISD is located in BIE's Western Campus
where the public transport facilities are very convenient. It has an
excellent faculty of 6 professors and associate professors, 15 lecturers
and other teaching staff, who concentrate on quality classroom instruction
and individualized attention whenever it is needed. It has modern teaching
facilities such as language labs, computer rooms, library etc. and other
facilities like sports room, dormitory, dinning-hall, medical clinic
and so on. Its various teaching programs aim at meeting the higher education
needs of international students and Chinese students from overseas and
helping them learn Chinese language and culture.
1. Modern Chinese Program
In the curriculum, we attach importance not only on nurturing the students'
basic language abilities (listening, speaking, reading, writing, etc.)
but also on enhancing the students' ability to communicate with others
in Chinese and improving their understanding of the Chinese society,
economy, and culture. Therefore, we have made Language Practice as a
required course. In each semester, our students will have plenty of
language practice in forms of symposiums, discussions, visiting Chinese
homes, schools, factories, historical places, etc.
There are four sub-programs under the Modern Chinese
Program: One-year Elementary Chinese Program, One-year Intermediate
Chinese Program, One-year Advanced Chinese Program, and Four-year Undergraduate
Chinese Program. Students can choose the program according to their
own needs and their own Chinese proficiency. The curriculum for each
program is as follows:
(1) One-year Elementary Program
Objectives: After completing all the courses on this level, students
will master 1600 Chinese characters and 400 grammar points. They will
have the adequate language proficiency to survive in a Chinese-speaking
world, or take the undergraduate courses on science and engineering
in Chinese colleges.
Required courses: Reading and Writing, Conversation, Listening, and
Elective courses: Correction of Pronunciation, and Introduction to China.
(2) One-year Intermediate Program
Objectives: After competing all the courses on this level, students
will master 2500 Chinese characters, 900 grammar points and reach the
HSK Level 6. They will have the language proficiency to take the undergraduate
courses on various subjects in Chinese universities.
Required courses: Intermediate Chinese, Modern Chinese Pronunciation,
Characters and Vocabulary, Intermediate Reading, Practical Writing,
Watching, Listening and Speaking on TV Program, and Language Practice.
Elective courses: Chinese History, Chinese Tourist Geography, Introduction
to China, and The Use of Chinese Computer System.
(3) One-year Advanced Program
Objectives: After completing all the courses on this level, students
will master 3500 Chinese characters, 1200 grammar points and reach HSK
Level 7 or above. They will have the language proficiency to work with
Chinese or pursue advanced studies in Chinese universities.
Required courses: Advanced Chinese, Modern Chinese Grammar and rhetoric,
Advanced Spoken Chinese, Advanced Writing, Advanced Reading of Newspaper
and Magazine, and Language Practice.
Elective courses: Chinese History, Chinese Culture, Chinese Literature,
Chinese Philosophy, Chinese Economics, Business Chinese, and Translation.
(4) Four-year Undergraduate Program
Objectives: This program is specially designed for the overseas students
who want to study the Chinese language and culture in China. It intends
to train the students from all over the world in the fields of teaching
of the Chinese Language, translation, research of Chinese history and
literature, and communication in Chinese. After completing all the courses
in this program, the students will be able to speak Chinese fluently,
understand China's political, economic, cultural, literary, historical
and philosophical situations, and use the language to work on China-related
Length of the Program: The program requires 4 years.
In this program, students earn academic credits and they may enter the
second or the third-year level if their HSK scores permit. Students
may also ask for at most two-year leave between academic years and when
they resume their studies, their credits earned can be counted continuously.
Courses offered for students from the first year through
the third year are similar to the courses in the Elementary, Intermediate,
and Advanced Program respectively. Courses for the fourth year are as
Required courses: Advanced Chinese, Chinese Literature,
Conversation on Special Topics, Advanced Reading, Advanced Writing,
Language Practice, and Graduation Thesis.
Elective courses: Ancient Chinese, Methods of Teaching
Chinese, Business Chinese, Translation, and Modern Chinese Society.
In addition to all the above-mentioned courses, students
in each program can also choose the following courses as they feel like
it: Chinese Music, Chinese Painting, Calligraphy, the Art of Beijing
Opera, Chinese cooking, Chinese Gongfu, and Taijiquan.
Academic advisers will be assigned to students in the
Modern Chinese Program.
For the first three sub-programs, a student who has
completed all the courses and passed exams required by each program
will receive a Modern Chinese Language Diploma for the respective level.
For the Undergraduate Program, a student who has earned all the credits
required (48 credits for each of the first three school years and 56
credits for the last school year) will receive an Undergraduate Diploma
in Modern Chinese Language.
2. Short-term Program
Objectives: This program is designed for overseas students
who want to spent a short time in learning Chinese language and culture
or other skills in China. Students are welcomed to come in groups with
at least 6 people.
Length of the program: 2 weeks to 6 month. Those who want to join the
camp can decide the time themselves.
Courses: Elementary Chinese, Conversation, Listening Comprehension,
Chinese Culture, and Language Practice.
Individual or group students may also put forward their own training
or learning plans. We will do our best to meet their special needs.
Presently, we provide services such as receiving visiting scholars to
our institute, and helping overseas academic or educational organizations
to visit Beijing or exchange information; we offer special training
courses on Chinese culture, Business Chinese, the Use of Chinese Computer
System, Chinese Calligraphy and Painting, Chinese Music, and Chinese
A diploma will be issued to the students who pass the exams by the end
of the study.
3. Teacher-training Program
Objectives: This program is designed for the overseas
teachers of Chinese who want to improve their Chinese proficiency and
teaching competence in China. It also intends to create opportunities
for teachers of Chinese from all over the world to learn from each other
and cooperate with each other in the field of Chinese teaching.
Length of the Program: one to three months.
Courses: Chinese Teaching Methodology, Language Teaching Practice, Teaching
Material Compilation and Assessment, Tests on Chinese Language Proficiency,
Chinese Literature, Modern Chinese, and Composition.
A certificate will be issued to the students who pass the exams by the
end of the training.
4. Summer/Winter Camp
Objectives: This program is designed for people from
abroad to study Chinese language and culture, and to learn the development
of modern Chinese society and education. It also intends to create opportunities
for people from all over the world to exchange ideas and understand
each other better.
Contents: Meeting with Chinese students or people of the same occupation,
Learning modern Chinese, Chinese calligraphy, fine art, music and dance,
Chinese Gongfu, Lectures about Chinese culture, and Sightseeing.
Length of the camp: 15 to 45 days, which can be decided by those who
want to join the camp.
PREREQUISITES FOR APPLICANTS
1. All applicants should be in good health and obey
Chinese Laws and regulations as well as the school regulations of BIE.
2. Age and Schooling Record Requirements:
(1) Students in the Undergraduate Program: Below 35, with a record of
senior high school or above.
(2) Other students in the Modern Chinese Program: Below 55, with a record
of senior high school or above.
(3) Students in the Short-term Program: Below 60, with a record of senior
high school or above.
(4) Students in the Teacher-training Program: No limitation, as long
as they are active overseas teachers of Chinese.
(5) Members of the Summer/Winter Camp: No limitation, as long as they
are students from
universities, high schools or elementary schools or they are working
staffs from any line of business.
(6) Visiting Scholars: No limitation, but with a title of lecturer or
HOW TO APPLY
1. Application for the Modern Chinese Program
Applicants may contact the International Students' Department (ISD)
for the BIE Application Form for International Students. After filling
out the form, they should return it to the ISD along with the following
(1) Diploma and school record of senior high school or college (in English)
(2) A copy of health certificate with recent photo
(3) Two guarantee statements signed by each guarantor, one of whom must
be a Chinese citizen in China.
(4) The name, address, occupation, and phone number of the guarantor
(5) A non-refundable application fee of 30 US dollars remitted by telegraphic
transfer or sent by his Chinese guarantor. Upon acceptance of the credentials
and application fees, the JW202 Form (Visa application form for foreign
students coming to China) and Letter of Admission will be sent to the
applicants, and they can show them to the Chinese embassy in their country
to get an "X" visa.
2. Application for other programs
Students who want to take short-term classes should
apply to the ISD two months prior to their arrival in China. They should
state their plan and time for study, numbers of persons and ask for
Application Form from BIE. After being accepted, they should send the
Application Form and a non-refundable application fee of 30 US dollars
per person (No application fees will be charged for those who apply
to join the Summer/Winter Camp). Then they will get the JW202 Form from
BIE, with which they can go to the Chinese embassy to get an "F"
or "X" visa.
TIME OF ADMISSION
1. The Modern Chinese Program enrolls students in both
March and September every year. The applicants must send the application
material to the ISD two months before the semester starts.
2.The Short-term Program and the Teacher-training program enroll students
three times a year: March to May, June to August, and October to December.
Group applicants are welcomed to suggest their preferred time of study.
3. The applicants may suggest the opening dates for other programs.
1.Students have to be registered at the ISD as soon
as they arrive in China. At the registration table, they have to show
their passport, and hand in the JW202 forms, Health Certificates with
original blood tests for Aids and Syphilis, Admission Notices and 4
2. Students have to obtain their Residential Permit in the Beijing Public
Security Office in ten days. Otherwise, a fine may be imposed.
3. Students may be met at the airport or train station if arrival time
and flight or train numbers are informed in advance.
4. During or at the end of each semester, the ISD could arrange travels
for the group students.
Fees for travel could be negotiated according to the itinerary.
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