Study in Beijing

Study in Beijing with EF and learn the purest form of Mandarin in China’s ancient capital city.

Beijing is the political, economic and cultural capital of the world’s fast-rising superpower. This may be one of the world’s oldest cities, but all anyone seems to talk about is the city’s future. Hundreds of international companies have offices here, and major international universities have begun setting up satellite campuses in the city. Locals are known for speaking the purest form of Mandarin, and if you choose to study in Beijing, our classes in pronunciation and Chinese idioms will prepare you for real-world interactions.

EF Beijing is nestled in a central but quiet neighborhood, perfect for getting your bearings upon arrival. Our downtown location places students within walking distance of all the essentials; the post office, banks, gym and shopping malls. EF Beijing provides the rare opportunity to study alongside Chinese students who are learning English—meaning you’ll make local connections before even stepping outside of the building. For an even further immersion into Chinese culture, supplement your study program in Beijing with a special interest class in Chinese calligraphy or cooking.

Modern China in an Ancient Capital

Though soaring skyscrapers are a standard feature of modern Beijing, you don’t have to look far to uncover the traces of ancient China. This city was founded thousands of years ago and a walk down a Beijing street is a study in contradictions and contrasts. Residents perform centuries-old Tai Chi in the shadow of modern office buildings. Businessmen speak into cellphones outside of 15th century pagodas. Rickshaws share the road with luxury sports cars.

Study in Beijing and go beyond the tourist attractions to uncover layers of Chinese history in this storied capital. Glimpse Beijing’s architectural past while biking through the Hutong, a series of old alleyways and proudly order Peking duck in flawless Mandarin at a local eatery. On the weekend, go farther afield to witness the pagoda-spotted countryside and the majesty of one of the world’s true wonders, The Great Wall of China.

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Program Highlights
  • Combine language and academic studies
  • Study abroad for 6, 9 or 11 months
  • Achieve complete language fluency
  • Network with students from 100 countries

School Highlights

  • Inviting, traditional building
  • Bright and modern classrooms fitted with the latest learning technology
  • Close to shops and restaurants
  • 5-minute walk to public transportation, making it easy to reach shopping and entertainment in central Beijing
  • Close to the famous Bird’s Nest Olympic stadium

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Your pathway to fluency

Combined language and academic studies. You’ll achieve language fluency with your personalized program – while focusing on the career or academic pursuit of your choice.

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  • EF Intensive Program

    Accelerated language acquisition, our most popular course

    32 Lessons / weekFind out more

    Beginner to Advanced

    9 months, 11 months (year) or 6 months (semester)

    32 of 40 min per week

    Start dates
    January, April, June and September

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      • EF General Program

        A well-rounded program of language study

        26 Lessons / weekFind out more

        Beginner to Advanced

        9 months, 11 months (year) or 6 months (semester)

        26 of 40 min per week

        Start dates
        January, April, June and September

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      • EF Exam Preparation Program

        Prepare for and take an internationally recognized language exam.

        32 Lessons / weekFind out more

        Beginner to Advanced

        9 months, 11 months (year) or 6 months (semester)

        32 of 40 min per week

        Start dates
        January, April, June & September

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      Live like a local

      Experience total cultural immersion. Come home to a local family after a day of exploring the Forbidden City or live at EF’s residence in the Chaoyang District.

      • EF Homestay

        Immerse yourself in the daily life of your new host country by living in a private local home. You’ll enrich your understanding of the culture, pick up expressions with greater ease and acquire a more authentic accent. Homestay hosts are conveniently located, so that you can come and go as you please.

      • EF Residence

        Live in the heart of the city alongside EF students from over 100 countries. Enjoy easy access to your course center by public transportation – as well as the city’s shopping, restaurants and sport facilities. Residences vary, but often offer Wi-Fi internet access, meal plans and more.

      Beijing videos & photos

      • Beijing - Live the Language
      • EF Academic Year Abroad (adults, 16+)

      Student talk: Beijing

      • AmandaSweden
      • Miwa NishigakiJapan
      • “My trip to Beijing has shown me so much more than a unique culture and beautiful sights – this journey has helped me to find myself.”


      • “My advice for future students is to not afraid of being a part of new group – everyone is always welcoming.”

        Miwa Nishigaki

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      Student life in Beijing

      There are few cities in the world as fascinating as Beijing, an ancient city in the middle of a major reinvention. The energy here is intense, and every corner of the Chinese capital provides an opportunity to discover something new. EF’s activities coordinators will be onsite to ease your transition and spark your interest in authentic Chinese culture.

      Sightseeing & CultureShoppingSports & OutdoorsExcursionsEntertainment & Nightlife
      Walk in the footsteps of emperors at the Forbidden City. Discover the hidden treasures of the Temple of Heaven. Tour the ultra-modern architecture of the Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium before stepping back in time while cycling through the Hutong, Beijing’s traditional neighborhoods. Sip oolong tea and chat with locals at a traditional tea house. Spend an entire afternoon wandering about the Summer Palace, an imperial escape of temples, gardens, lakes and pavilions. And make a journey to the nearby Great Wall of China where the majesty of ancient China truly reveals itself.
      Today’s Chinese fully embrace Western fashions, but you can still find traditional garb among the brand names. The pedestrian area of Wangfujing Dajie is lined with Western boutiques and is home to the Oriental Plaza shopping mall. Haggle for authentic Chinese goods in the bustling Silk Market.
      Join locals for early-morning Tai Chi in Beihai Park, an imperial garden in central Beijing. Relax in the tranquil oasis of Temple of Heaven Park. Hike through the thick forests of Fragrant Hills Park, where you’ll stumble upon lakes and centuries-old monuments. Emulate locals by using a bicycle as your major mode of transportation throughout the city.
      Discover the multicultural scene of China’s most international city, Shanghai. Spend a weekend in the glittering metropolis of Hong Kong. Get in touch with Chinese spirituality at the Shaolin Monastery’s Pagoda Forest and marvel at the sight of Xi’an’s Terracotta Army.
      Hou Hai Bar Street offers a vibrant nightlife scene on the shores of a tranquil lake, while Wudaokou in the Haidian District is a popular student hangout. The trendy set heads to the Dashanzi area where nightclubs are housed in the old warehouse and factory district.

      Prices & Dates for Beijing

      Personalized and flexible. Your program is personalized to meet your specific needs. With start dates in January, April, June and September and programs lasting 6, 9 and 11 months – you can study when it’s most convenient for you. All prices include accommodation with a local host family.

      Included in the Price

      • 20,26 or 32 Mandarin lessons per week (40-minute lessons)
      • EF Placement test and progress tracker
      • EF Course Certificate
      • EFELT report
      • Online pre & post course
      • Free access to My EF – Your Online Campus. Meet new friends, explore your destination and improve your language skills!
      Lesson materials
      • Digital learning media (tablet)
      • Academic material
      • Welcome package and orientation
      • Wireless Wi-Fi Internet at EF school
      • Monday-Friday: breakfast & dinner
      • Weekends: all the meals
      • Twin room with homestay
      CourseStart DatesSemesterYear11 months
      16 Jun 2014, 08 Sep 2014, 05 Jan 2015, 13 Apr 2015
      € 8,690€ 11,490€ 14,690Get price details
      Exam Preparation
      16 Jun 2014, 08 Sep 2014, 05 Jan 2015, 13 Apr 2015
      € 9,390€ 12,505€ 16,125Get price details
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