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  • Locations: Beijing, China
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2017 04/01/2017 04/07/2017 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
CU Denver Semester Abroad
Minimum GPA:
Class Eligibility:
Undergraduate Students
Academic Department:
Business, Communication, Economics, English, Environmental Science, Geography, Philosophy, Political Science
Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Number of Credits:
Program Advisor:
Jessica Tharp
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Program Description:

Semester in Beijing

The University of Colorado Denver Semester in Beijing program opens doors to greater cultural understanding and in-depth global education. Through a rigorous curriculum, American and Chinese students take courses together in English at the International College Beijing, a joint program between the University of Colorado Denver and China Agricultural University.


  • CU Denver’s Semester in Beijing program is open to all CU Denver Students, as well as non-CU Denver students in good academic standing.
  • Minimum of 2.5 GPA
  • Mandarin language proficiency is not required.

Why China?

With almost one-quarter of the Earth’s population, and the world’s fastest growing economy, China has become an ever-present factor in global politics and daily life affecting Americans.

Studying in China is a wonderful opportunity to explore the world's most populous country. You will experience China's unique blend of ancient and modern civilization, as well as its scenic beauty and bustling nightlife. Explore new places and meet other students from around the world, and you will find yourself opening your eyes not just to China, but to the whole world. The expansive size of China's territory means a tremendous variety of climates, cultures and landscapes await.

Chinese culture and people are extremely diverse and multicultural, consisting of 56 different ethnic groups. You will experience unique customs as you travel to different parts of China. Living and interacting with local Chinese and immersing yourself in Chinese society will provide you with a new way of visualizing the world and giving you the kind of insight that just does not come from textbooks.


China’s flourishing modern capital is true to its traditional Chinese roots. Classic Chinese architecture is juxtaposed with the emergence of new technologies and signature global design. Communist China’s capital fuses Confucian harmony with global economic progress in trendy coffee shops, the growing art scene, historical Buddhist temples, edgy fashion districts, bustling factories and a new lifestyle led by an upbeat capitalist generation.

As the rate of globalization continues to accelerate, the world is becoming interconnected by shared commerce, culture, and politics meaning China is no longer far away and strange but close to home and familiar.

For more information about CU Denver's Semester in Beijing, email Asia Study Abroad Coordinator Jessica Tharp or call 303-315-0024.


Learn More:

Courses, Credit, and Academic Calendar

Credits Earned

International Colleges Beijing courses are CU Denver courses. Students earn CU Denver undergraduate credit and courses appear on students’ transcripts as regular CU Denver courses.

Students may stay for a semester, a year, or more taking classes that fulfill elective or major credit. While the foci of the program are for Communication and Economics majors, other course offerings include: English, History, International Studies, Math, Geography, Philosophy, Political Science, Accounting, and Sociology.

All non-Chinese students are required to take Chinese Language (beginning through intermediate) and Contemporary Chinese Culture and Society. Chinese, American, and other international students are integrated in the same classroom giving students the opportunity to experience different viewpoints, create lasting friendships, and develop global contacts.

Academic Calendar


  • Mid-September - Students arrive and start orientation
  • Mid-September - Students begin classes
  • Late December - Finals


  • Mid-February - Students arrive and start orientation
  • Late February - Students begin classes
  • Early June - Finals

Available Courses

To find out which courses are available through this program, please speak with our Office.


Can I Afford It? - ¥E$!

Program Cost

The costs below are per semester during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Program Charge

Approximately $8,200

What this includes:

  • Tuition
  • Dorm-style accommodations
  • Chinese language course
  • Program-organized field trips
  • International health and emergency evacuation insurance
  • International student registration at China Agricultural University
  • Chinese health insurance
  • Books
  • $100 starter meal card
  • Visa guidance
  • Pre-departure and in-country orientations
  • Airport pickup for first-semester students
  • Support in Beijing and Denver

Additional Costs

  • Airfare ($1,200-1,800)
  • Passport ($160)
  • Chinese student visa ($250)
  • Travel/trip insurance
  • Spending money** ($1,500-2,000)

** When thinking about what you’ll need for spending money, consider the following: public transportation, souvenirs and gifts, most meals, bedding and other items for your room, toiletries, personal travel, clothing, and entertainment.

Scholarships and grants

These are available to CU Denver students only.

Any of the following scholarships are also applicable towards the Semester in Beijing Program for CU and non-CU Denver students:

Financial Aid

  • Financial aid packages can be used to cover the costs of this program. CU Denver students who receive financial aid should contact Mary Morales (303.315.1848) at the Office of Financial Aid to discuss their financial aid award for the Semester in Beijing Program.
  • Financial aid package is based on fixed costs (tuition and room fees) and non-fixed budget estimate (food purchases, round trip airfare, books/personal expenses)

For more information about CU Denver’s Semester in Beijing, email Asia Study Abroad Coordinator Jessica Tharp or call 303-315-0024.


Life on Campus

Life at the China Agricultural University’s (CAU) International College is rich for both American and Chinese students. CAU campus population of 20,000 is located in the Haidian district, home to Beijing’s best universities. Both American and Chinese students support one another as they refine their language skills, study in group project settings, and share unforgettable international experiences.


CAU’s modern campus features Internet access, cafeterias, classrooms, recreational facilities, open spaces and libraries. All students are enrolled at CAU with full access to all campus amenities while they receive University of Colorado Denver credit.

Students will live on campus in a dorm-style setting complete with shared bedroom, shower, desk, bookcase, and access to the internet.


Throughout the semester students will have the opportunity to participate in tours, excursions, and activities in an around Beijing. The sites may include:

  • Great Wall of China
  • Tiananmen Square
  • Forbidden City
  • Birds Nest and Water Cube
  • Summer Palace
  • Temple of Heaven
  • And others…!

For more information about CU Denver’s Semester in Beijing, email Asia Study Abroad Coordinator Jessica Tharp or call 303-315-0024.