USC Beijing Summer Program

The EALC Department operates the USC Chinese Summer Program in Beijing. This program gives students the opportunity to improve their language skills, learn about China's culture and history, and gain valuable international experience by living in one of the world's most rapidly progressing cities. Students complete one level of Mandarin during the four-week program or two levels of Mandarin during the eight-week program. All students receive USC course credit and can seamlessly transition to the next level of Chinese upon their return to USC. Smaller class sizes provide greater personal attention and enable students to improve their Mandarin ability even more quickly. In addition to daily classes, the curriculum includes one-on-one speaking sessions with trained local TAs. Homework consists of useful assignments like interviews with locals to improve speaking skills.

Each week has one or two excursions that allow students to sightsee China's most famous attractions, including the Great wall, Forbidden city, Peking Opera, and Olympic sites. Excursion fees are included in the program tuition, as well as long excursions to other cities. The co-curricular activities  include language exchange, Chinese table, Tai-Chi and Chinese painting classes, Chinese singing contest at a karaoke club, and so on. Students live and attend classes in the international student building of Capital Normal University, which has great facilities, including on-suite laundry, fitness center, convenience store, cafe, restaurants, and housekeeping service. Students form lifelong friendships with students in the program, locals from China, and students from other countries around the world who have also come to Beijing to study Mandarin.

The USC Chinese Summer Program in Beijing immerses students in the Chinese language and culture, allowing them to experience a new lifestyle in a completely different part of the world and significantly improve their Mandarin ability.

  • For questions or more information, contact the Program Director, Prof. Nansong Huang at (213) 740-3707 or nansongh@usc.edu

  • Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • University of Southern California
  • Taper Hall 356
  • Los Angeles, California 90089-0357

  • All photos taken by Elissa L., Yulee Kim and Ka Wong