Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Center for Global Education


Beijing Language and Culture University

Posted on September 2, 2010


The Beijing “China Now” Program offers students a strong Mandarin Chinese language study experience, as well as courses in politics, development and social change, which are taught in English. Students are located on the campus of Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU). BLCU is considered to be one of the premier institutions in China for the teaching of Chinese language. The University has 14,000 Chinese and international students. Courses are taught exclusively for Alliance students by faculty from BLCU.


Beijing is the intriguing capital city of China. It is a unique blend of the old and new both in architecture and as a society. Beijing is a city that attracts people from all over the world and allows students to experience the Chinese language, culture, and history in one of the world’s largest economies.

Courses & Credit

16 credit hours: 3 for Chinese Language


Fall and Spring Semesters

Admission Requirements

Students should have a minimum GPA of 3.0. No previous Chinese language experience is required but it is highly recommended.

Housing & Board

Students live in double rooms with other Alliance students in a residence hall on campus. Rooms have private bathrooms and are wired for high-speed internet. No meal plan is provided but there are multiple options both on and off campus.


Wheaton tuition and housing. Expenses covered include tuition, housing and program-related field trips. The Alliance will also provide guidance with the visa process, and Chinese language textbooks.

Other Expenses

Students are responsible for $50.00 application fee, $500 Administrative fee, passport and visa fees, board, health insurance, cell phone, textbooks, local transportation, and personal expenses.


Materials maybe downloaded from the Alliance website or students may apply online. Students who apply online must submit a copy of the application to the Center for Global Education.


Make an appointment with Dean Young in the Center for Global Education, ext. 4950. Program details are subject to change at the discretion of Wheaton Center for Global Education.

Courses of Study

  • Anthropology
  • Chinese Language
  • Economics
  • Environmental Science
  • Film Studies
  • Government
  • International Business
  • Internships for academic credit are available with prior Wheaton approval
  • Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Sociology

Other Offerings

The Alliance arranges for extra-curricular classes which may include Chinese painting, calligraphy, cooking, taiji, seal carving or paper cutting. For updated course information offered by The Alliance programs, check the "academics" tab on their website page for course offerings.

Financial Aid

The Alliance offers scholarships ranging from $500-$6000 awarded according to financial need. More information regarding various scholarships and financial aid is available on their website.

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