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Fact Sheet:
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Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Exchange GPA Requirement: 2.5
Education Abroad Advisor: Holly Wheeler Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: 2 Semesters
Language of Instruction: Chinese - Mandarin, English Click here for a definition of this term Fields of Study: Modern Languages (Chinese)
Program Description:

Beijing International Studies University Facebook

Beijing, China

Semester placements remaining for Fall 2019/Spring 2020 (both terms):  TBA
Submit your application to save your spot--this program is first-come, first serve! Academic year students will need 
2 semester spots. Last updated: March 11, 2019  



The capital of China, Beijing has a rich history as the political and cultural center of China. Here students can explore sections of the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, old hutongs and courtyards on a rickshaw, Tiananmen Square, the Peking Opera, and modern day sites such as the 798 Art Zone, street markets, and more!

Founded in 1964, Beijing International Studies University (formally Beijing Second Foreign Language University) is a nationwide renowned key comprehensive university of higher education and has developed into a multi-disciplinary university incorporating liberal arts, management,economics and law, with the specialties of foreign languages and tourism as its most distinguishing feature.  
Currently, the university has an enrollment of more than 8,000 Chinese and 900 plus international students including postgraduate, graduate, and language students. 

The BISU campus is located in the eastern suburbs of Beijing, only twelve kilometers from Tiananmen Square. It is easy to reach any point in the city. The campus provides a good environment for study, living and physical exercise. Facilities include a library, audio-visual center, small stores, a dining hall, athletic fields, basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, and a swimming pool.

Beijing Skyline


Courses in English

BISU offers courses in English in Chinese culture studies, trade, commerce, finance, politics, law, and media. 

View the English Course Catalog of courses taught in English

Courses in Chinese & English (Bilingual Courses)

The following courses are offered as bilingual courses and require at least 10 students to run: Chinese Politics, China’s Economy, Foreign Trade and Investment in China, Chinese History and Society, Traditions of Chinese Culture, Tourism in China.


Chinese Language Courses

The School of Chinese of Beijing International Studies University is mainly responsible for Chinese courses teaching. It is a special school that enrolls and teaches foreign students. 

Chinese Credit System

The Chinese grading system is similar to the U.S. The grade breakdown is as follows: 85-100 = A, 75-84  B, 65-74  C, 60-64 = D/Pass, 0-59 = F

Getting Credit for Studies Abroad


Students who wish to receive academic credit (aside from general elective and liberal studies credit) must have their courses pre-approved by the appropriate department. To view a list of academic advisors, please review the information in our Academics section. Once you apply through our website, you will be able to enter the classes you wish to take electronically. These classes can be reviewed and approved directly by faculty once entered. If you would like courses abroad to count for general elective credit or liberal studies credit only, please contact your Education Abroad advisor for those approvals.

Students interested in studying in Asia should consider the Asian Studies minor program at NAU as a complement to their study abroad program.


Semester I: Early September to Mid January
Semester II: Early March to Mid July

BISU Housing


Exchange students who receive the exchange scholarship are housed in the international dormitory. These rooms are generally double occupancy. Showers and washing machines are located on each floor. A kitchen is located on each floor for students who wish to cook simple meals. Meals are also served in the Foreign Students Dining Hall at a reasonable cost. 

Read more at the BISU Accomodation page.


Read more about the Chinese visa at Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the USA page.

Regardless of the length of your academic program in China, you are REQUIRED to obtain a visa prior to departure. Exchange students should apply for an X1 (students staying more than a semester) or X2 (students staying for one semester or summer) prior to their arrival. Upon arrival, students will need to apply for a Residence Permit within 30 days.

Beijing Summer Palace

 You must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months AFTER your expected departure date from China. Your passport will physically remain at the Consulate until your visa is approved, so keep this in mind if you plan to travel before the program.

To obtain a Chinese visa you must always refer to the Chinese Consulate with jurisdiction over your state of permanent residence.  Visa fees, application process, and requirements may change frequently. You should consult your Consulate General's website immediately to obtain a student visa application, a list of requirements, and to verify the application process and timetable.  Most consulates require an in-
person appearance. Some Consulates require appointments to be made and have limited spots.


Students will be automatically enrolled in NAU’s international health insurance plan with GeoBlue. More information on GeoBlue is available in once you begin your application.

Beijing Forbidden CityInternational students in China are required to purchase both medical insurance and personal accidental death and injury insurance. These can be purchased before or after arrival in China. International students staying in China longer than six months are required to be covered by health insurance for the duration of their stay in China.


To view the costs for this program, click the "costs" link at the top of this page. This will direct you to a line-item breakdown of how much the program costs and what is included in those costs.


  • 2.5 GPA
  • Completion of CHI 102 or equivalent

    BISU 3


To apply to this program, all you need to do is hit the "Apply Now" button found at the top of this page. Once applied, you will have your own personal study abroad page, with a checklist of items needed in order to complete your application. Once you complete your application, 

you will be charged a non-refundable application fee of $100.


If you would like to talk to an advisor about this program, you can find his/her name at the top of the brochure page. To make an appointment, or view walk-in hours for this advisor, please visit the "Talk to an Advisor" section.

Beijing Park


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Beijing Great Wall

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/15/2019
12/01/2019 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2021-2022 03/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2020-2021 04/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2020 04/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2021 10/15/2020 10/15/2020 TBA TBA
Fall 2021 03/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2022-2023 03/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA


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