Areas of Study:
BLCU offers a selection of Chinese Language & Culture courses. 6 levels of courses are offered, from beginner to advanced. BLCU also offers more than 20 elective courses, including HSK Test Preparation, Business Chinese, Chinese Culture taught in English, Chinese Music, Chinese Calligraphy, Chinese Painting, Taichi, etc.
Chinese courses are offered at regular pace (20 hrs/week), or Intensive pace (30 hrs/week):
Short Term Programs (1 semester or less): Regular Pace Here (20 hrs/week); Intensive Pace Here (30 hrs/week)
Long Term Programs (full academic year): Elementary Chinese; Intermediate Chinese; Advanced Chinese
Students at BLCU must take between 3-5 courses per semester.
The academic year is divided into two semesters.
- Autumn Semester runs from early September to mid-January.
- Spring Semester runs from mid-February to early July.
Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider.
A general monthly estimate of costs at BLCU:
Monthly ExpenseMonthly Costs (in CNY/RMB)
Student Accommodation2000-4960 CNY (65-160 CNY/day)
Food/Meals1800 CNY (60 CNY/day)
Laundry70 CNY for 10 washes
Mobile/Cell Phone200+ CNY
Total Estimate (not including funding)4490 - 7650 CNY per month
Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations etc in your budget planning.
Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange?
Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.
Our office administers several awards, including the Global Access Fund (based on a funding-first model where students apply prior to committing to a global learning program) and the Global Learning Award (students apply after being accepted to a global learnng program; the amount varies year-to-year as the money is split among chosen recipients). Students may only receive these awards once. Please see the funding page, linked below, for more information.
CLIC Funding: The University of Calgary is a member of the Canadian Learning Initiative in China (CLIC) consortium. The China Scholarship Council (CSC) subsidises on-campus accommodation and pays a stipend which is 3000RMB/month.
Also, the Chinese Government has scholarships available for foreign students studying in China. The CSC scholarship is available to all Canadians, and there are also CSC scholarships specifically for Alberta residents.
China International Study Travel Award: offered annually to continuing undergraduate students enrolled at the University of Calgary. The award is generally distributed as 4 awards of $5000 per student. No application necessary - students will be internally nominated by their program/exchange advisor, via the Study Abroad Office. See funding page for eligibility and additional details.
CNOOC International Canadian Global Leaders in China Award of $2000 per student is offered to up to 20 students participating in an approved UCalgary study abroad program in mainland China for 2019/20. No application necessary - students will be internally nominated by their program/exchange advisor, via the Study Abroad Office. Preference will be given to students based on academic merit. See funding page for more details.
HKCBA Award 3 prizes awarded annually. Apply directly to HKCBA ($3000/$2000/$1000)See funding page for more details. Deadline: October 31, 2022
Students nominated for this university will apply for dorms as a part of the application process to BLCU. Most rooms are double-occupancy, though single rooms can be requested (limited availability).
Double rooms: 65-95 RMB/day
Single rooms: 90-160 RMB/day
See more on housing here: https://admission.blcu.edu.cn/en/1503/list.htm
This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures & Cultures (SLLLC) at UCalgary, who have completed at least 1 full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
Please note: China restricts access to exchange programs to citizens of other countries. Students who plan to travel on a Chinese passport are not eligible for exchange in China.
What's special about BLCU and Beijing?
Student Tips: "The climate in Beijing is like none other. First off, it is a polluted city at times, but that doesn’t mean that it is polluted every day. Believe it or not, some days are beautiful! I simply avoided being outside on those smoggy days. The fall and spring are beautiful times to be in Beijing. In terms of temperature, it ranges between 15 to 25 C. The winter is relatively cold - furnaces don’t turn on until mid-November, which can make for a cold few weeks. Winters range from -10 to 10 C. The coldest days are when the wind picks up so a good winter coat is definitely needed. It rarely, if ever snows, but if it does, it’s only centimeters, and melts away by the end of the day. Transit is very convenient and most of Beijing is safe. I would definitely go see the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Hou Hai area, Nanluoguxiang street, Yuan Ming Yuan, Olympic Plaza, and DO explore the Hutongs, so many unseen treasure in there, etc. There are many great restaurants in Beijing too, so don’t be afraid to try something new. Ask your Chinese friends what restaurants they like. Chinese people love to talk about the foods that are native to their regions!"
Are there supports for students with accessibility needs or LGBTQ students?
LGBTQ: There are no laws against homosexuality in China and it is legal to change one's gender, but positive/protective rights for LGBTQ people don't exist. Universities typically advise that students should keep a low profile in Beijing as one's sexuality is something that one might only discuss with close friends, and is not an identity that is shown publicly.