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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
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: Chinese
Program Description:

Beijing International Studies University

Beijing, China

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Semester placements remaining for Fall 2020/Spring 2021 (both terms): TBA
Last updated: March 11, 2019
Submit your application to reserve your spot on the program. Academic year students will need 2 semester spots.

BISU MapABOUT THE PROGRAM

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.

ACADEMICS


Courses for Exchange Students

Exchange students at BISU typically take 20.00 units of Chinese language courses:
  • Elementary Chinese (10.00 units)
  • Elementary Oral Chinese (4.00 units)
  • Elementary Chinese Listening (4.00 units)
  • Fundamental Reading and Writing (4.00 units)

Other courses in Chinese culture may be available if students wish to add more coursework to the intensive language program. 

Credit System

1.00 Chinese unit = 1.00 NAU unit
 

China Grading Scale

The Chinese grading system is similar to the USA in units but varies in terms of letter grade averages.
 

Transferring Credits to NAU

Courses abroad can be transferred back to NAU to help meet major, minor, or general degree requirements. Students should work with their academic advisor to determine what term is easiest to study abroad and target courses for that term. General electives and Liberal Studies are recommended for study abroad. Depending on location, other courses for major/minor requirements may be available.

Courses are not guaranteed and there may be time conflicts, waitlisted classes, or restricted classes. When researching courses abroad, it is recommended to have both preferred and back up courses. All courses should be pre-approved by the NAU academic department before enrollment abroad if possible. For more information, see the Study Abroad Credit Equivalency Guide.

In the past, study abroad coursework from BISU has transferred back towards the Chinese minor, Asian Studies minor, Political Science major, Liberal Studies, and general electives.

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ACADEMIC CALENDAR

Fall term: September to mid-January
Spring term: March to mid-July

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. BISU Accommodation


PASSPORT & VISA

Passport

A passport is a certificate that verifies our identity during travels outside the USA, and a visa is a formal document from another country giving permission to enter/stay in the country. USA passport holders have different rules and requirements depending on the country being entered. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the expected return date from abroad. To apply or renew a passport, visit the NAU Passport Office.

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. The passport will physically remain at the Japanese embassy/consulate until your visa is approved, so keep this in mind if you plan to travel before the program. Upon arrival, students will need to apply for a Residence Permit within 30 days. 

To obtain a Chinese visa you must always refer to the Chinese embassy/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. Visa information from the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the USA

GeoBlue LogoHEALTH INSURANCE

Students studying abroad in Japan will be covered under two different international health insurance policies:
  • GeoBlue international health insurance plan through NAU (coverage outside China and medical/political/natural disaster evacuation)
  • Medical and personal accidental dealth/injury insurance through host university

Students studying abroad through NAU are required to have international health insurance. During the application process, the regional Education Abroad advisor will enroll students in the GeoBlue Student Overseas Plan. This comprehensive coverage includes medical services as well as medical, political, and natural disaster emergency evacuation. The cost of this insurance is reasonable and charged to LOUIE. More information on how to use this coverage will be provided during pre-departure orientation. Additional days beyond the program dates can be added for any pre-/post-program travel at a reasonable cost; inform your advisor for extended coverage.

The Chinese insurance is purchased before or arrival and instructions will be given by the host university.

USA health coverage should remain active while abroad in the event of a medical emergency and early arrival home; GeoBlue and other international insurance providers do not provide USA coverage.

International CurrencyCOSTS & FINANCIAL AID

To view the costs for this program, click the "Costs" link for the term at the top of this page for a line-item breakdown estimated costs. Note that costs vary based on lifestyle preferences, housing options, and other variables. Flights are not included in the program costs.

On this exchange program, NAU tuition waivers (e.g. Lumberjack, President's, Blue, Gold) can be applied. Other federal financial aid, such as grants and loans can also be applied. External scholarships can sometimes be applied; check with your scholarship provider.

TALK TO AN ADVISOR

Make an appointment with an Education Abroad advisor to discuss this and other programs abroad! Make an appointment online with "Talk to an Advisor!"

How to schedule an appointment: Click “Request an Appointment” then “View available appointment times.” If none of those times work, email the advisor with times/days that work. For a phone/video call appointment, please note that in the message.

Apply NowHOW TO APPLY

After meeting with advisor, press the "Apply Now" button found at the top of this page to start an application. This creates a personalized study abroad page with a checklist of items needed to submit your application. After pressing submit, available placement on the program is reserved (if placements are still available) and the $100 application fee will be charged to LOUIE.

STUDENT EXPERIENCES


Hope's Adventures
Hope Noriega, BA International Affairs, minor in Asian Studies and Spanish
Beijing International Studies University
Fall 2017

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2020-2021 04/01/2020 06/01/2020 09/01/2020 06/01/2021
NOTE: These dates are estimates. You will be provided with specific program dates as you move through the application process. Do NOT use these dates to purchase airline tickets or to make plans that you cannot change later.
Fall 2020 04/01/2020 06/01/2020 09/01/2020 12/30/2020
NOTE: These dates are estimates. You will be provided with specific program dates as you move through the application process. Do NOT use these dates to purchase airline tickets or to make plans that you cannot change later.
Spring 2021 10/15/2020 12/15/2020 01/15/2021 06/01/2021
NOTE: These dates are estimates. You will be provided with specific program dates as you move through the application process. Do NOT use these dates to purchase airline tickets or to make plans that you cannot change later.
Academic Year 2021-2022 04/01/2021 06/01/2021 09/01/2021 06/01/2022
NOTE: These dates are estimates. You will be provided with specific program dates as you move through the application process. Do NOT use these dates to purchase airline tickets or to make plans that you cannot change later.
Fall 2021 04/01/2021 06/01/2021 09/01/2021 12/30/2021
NOTE: These dates are estimates. You will be provided with specific program dates as you move through the application process. Do NOT use these dates to purchase airline tickets or to make plans that you cannot change later.
Academic Year 2022-2023 04/01/2022 06/01/2022 09/01/2022 06/01/2023
NOTE: These dates are estimates. You will be provided with specific program dates as you move through the application process. Do NOT use these dates to purchase airline tickets or to make plans that you cannot change later.