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China Study Abroad

"Beijing in Spring" at China Foreign Affairs University (CFAU) is OU's faculty-led summer group program offered in even-numbered years. Students interested in studying at CFAU for a full semester or a year or more taking Chinese language or regular courses may contact Dr. Melanie Chang at

OU also offers short- and long-term programs to China and Taiwan via affiliated institutions.  Please visit International Education for all programs.

For more information or to apply visit International Education or view the brochure.

For Study Abroad financial assistance please visit International Education, Honors College, International Studies Program, Modern Languages and Literatures, and Financial Aid.

Spring in Beijing
Chinese Language and Culture in Beijing (in even-numbered years)

May 4 -  June 13, 2016

2016 Accompanying Instructor: Dr. Yan Li, Department of History
Application Deadline: January 19, 2016 (The Tuesday after MLK Day)
Minimum Enrollment: 10 (max. 15)

Open to all OU and guest students.

Prerequisite: Completion of CHE 114 or equivalent preferred.Students will be placed into classes appropriate to their proficiency of Chinese.

China Foreign Affairs University

Founded in 1955, the prestigious China Foreign Affairs University is the only institution of higher learning under the guidance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China. CFAU trains personnel for professional careers in foreign service, international studies and other careers related to business, law and international law. Students and the OU instructor will be housed in CFAU’s International Exchange Center on campus or at nearby hotels. 


Program Information

WEEK 1 - 4: Classes on Mon-Fri; Group tours on Sat; Personal activities on Sun. 
WEEK 5: Tour in China

The program consists of an intensive 5-week language and culture study at China Foreign Affairs University, Beijing, in May and June. Topics will include Chinese handwriting, pronunciation, grammar and language for daily use (restaurant signs, slang, etc.). This is an opportunity for linguistic immersion into standard Mandarin Chinese and making friends with Chinese students who have a great interest in international affairs.

History and culture classes are taught by Chinese professors. Beginning level Chinese language courses are taught by instructors who are fluent in English; intermediate level Chinese language courses are taught in Chinese. Classes will be followed by visits to historic sites, such as the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Ming Tombs, Temple of Heaven, Ancient Observatory, etc. A one-week tour of historic sites in Northern and Southern China culminate the program.

Participants should be interested in beginning Chinese language training or advancing their Chinese language skills in a Chinese setting. They will also need a healthy sense of adventure.

Cost and Important Dates

The program cost is estimated at a total of $6000-6300 including program fee, room and board, visa application, travel insurance, round trip airfare from Detroit, in-country transportation and sightseeing expenses for Saturday and last-week study tours; excluding passport, personal incidentals, and OU tuition (depending on the number of credits taken: 4, 8 or 12)). A $250 non-refundable application fee will be applied to the program cost. (2012 cost: $5957)

February 1: Application and $250 due.  For non-OU students, please also submit a brief statement describing your academic background. Students should have valid passport ready before applictaion. (Students may send Ms. Jan Baker a check payable to "Oakland University" or provide her their credit card information.)

March 1:
 Submit passport for visa application and application part II (release & consent forms etc.).  In March, you will be asked to submit checks payable to the travel and insurance agencies for the visa application, round-trip Detroit airfare, and travel insurance. Please prepare $2100 for these expenses (students will be notified of the exact amount and due date).

April 1: Please prepare $3850 for program fee, including (1) CFAU administrative fee, room and board, group meals and tours on the weekend, and (2) the last week southern China tour. (The $250 application fee will be applied to the program fee, i.e. students will pay $250 less than the total program fee stated above. Students will be notified of the exact amount and due date.)

May: Departing for Beijing. Have a safe and unforgettable trip!

End of May: OU tuition due date.  You will be billed for the OU credits that you enroll.  (NOTE: All summer tuition is due on this bill due date regardless of class start date. Please check the Office of the Registrar for the exact due date.

We will need 10 participants with paid deposits by the due date in order for the program to proceed; otherwise, the program will be cancelled and all deposits and application charges will be refunded in full.  Once a student accepted admission into the program, the application fee is non-refundable.

Financial aid is available through scholarship and/or Office of Financial Aid.

Classes in China

Participants may choose to earn 4, 8 or 12 OU credits chosen from the following:

  • IS 300: Special Topics: Modern China4 credits
  • ML 390: Advanced Study of Chinese Language4 credits
  • ML 391: Advanced Study of Chinese Culture4 credits

    Courses may be counted toward your Chinese or relevant major or minor.
Contact Us

H. Melanie Chang, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator
Modern Languages & Literatures
(248) 370-4248

Alan Epstein, Ph.D.
Program Advisor
Political Sciences
(248) 370-2358

Ms. Jan Baker
Financial Analyst/Business Manager
College of Arts and Sciences
217 Varner Hall
Rochester MI 48309-4401
(248) 370-4074

2016 Accompanying Instructor
Dr. Yan Li
Department of History
(248) 370-3536


Emergency Contacts while the group is in China

International Education Office 
(248) 370-2889
160E North Foundation Hall
Oakland University
Rochester, MI 48309 

International Students Section
Office for International Academic Exchanges
China Foreign Affairs University
24 Zhanlanguan Road,100037,
Beijing, People’s Republic of China

Address at CFAU
Student’s Name
Oakland University China Study Abroad Program
International Exchange Center
China Foreign Affairs University
24 Zhanlanguan Road,100037,
Beijing, People’s Republic of China