2020 Chinese Language and Culture

Learn about the language and traditions of China while living in the heart of the nation's capital

The growing economy in China has created a continually increasing demand for Chinese language speakers across the globe. With this demand in mind, this program offers you the opportunity for language immersion in Beijing. Through a mix of classroom study and active engagement in daily life, you will improve your communication skills and are expected to progress to intermediate or advanced levels. Additionally, you will gain enhanced understanding of Chinese culture and the skills that will benefit you in your future academic and career endeavors. These linguistic and cultural achievements will help you be better prepared for professional employment in the era of ever-increasing globalization.


Alongside regular classroom study at Beijing University of Technology in Beijing, you will have the chance to delve into Chinese culture. There will be opportunities to visit a large variety of cultural heritage sites, such as the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, the Lama Temple, the Fragrant Hills Park, and the Old Summer Palace.

Key Information


Beijing, China


Chinese (Mandarin)




Program type

Group Study

Application Information

Application status


Application deadline

This program is now full.

Applications are closed for 2020.

Eligibility requirements

This program is open to students from all majors. An introductory level of Mandarin Chinese is recommended. See the Eligibility section below for more details.

Info sessions

October 15, noon - 1pm, CHD 419

October 21, 4pm - 5pm, CHC 309

Student Experience

China CHIN

Donald Murataj

Have questions?

For program information, please contact Dr. Chun Shao at chun.shao1@ucalgary.ca

For application and registration support, please contact the Group Study Team at group.study@ucalgary.ca


Other useful links:

Program Details

  1. Courses Offered

    CHIN 309: Chinese Culture in an Immersion Setting I

    CHIN 311: Chinese Culture in an Immersion Setting II

    CHIN 313: Chinese Culture in an Immersion Setting III

  2. Prerequisites

    CHIN 309: Consent of the Department

    CHIN 311: CHIN 309 and Consent of the Department

    CHIN 313: CHIN 311

  1. Pre-Departure

    TBD, Calgary: Mandatory pre-departure orientation

    March 10, Calgary: Lecture from 5pm-8pm

    March 12, Calgary: Lecture from 5pm-8pm

    March 17, Calgary: Lecture from 5pm-8pm

    March 19, Calgary: Lecture from 5pm-8pm

    March 31, Calgary: Lecture from 5pm-8pm

    April 2, Calgary: Lecture from 5pm-8pm

    April 7, Calgary: Lecture from 5pm-8pm

  2. In-Field

    May 7, Calgary/Beijing: Depart Calgary for Beijing

    May 8, Beijing: Arrive in Beijing, settle-in at Beijing University of Technology residence, go for a group dinner

    May 9, Beijing: Purchase necessities

    May 10, Beijing: Prepare for classes get ready for class; visit the Temple of Heaven

    May 11, Beijing: Attend lectures, opening ceremony, campus tour

    May 12–June 18, Beijing: Classes, cultural experience activities including watching an acrobatic show and a Kungfu show, visits to Nanluoguxiang, the Great Wall, Beihai Park, the Summer Palace, 798 Art District, Confucius Temple and The Imperial College, Capital Museum, Shijia Hutong, Zhongshan Park, a local enterprise and the Red Sandalwood Museum; participating in Chinese calligraphy lessons, Taiji, Karaoke, and a traditional Chinese meal.

    June 19, Beijing: Class, Closing Banquet to thank teachers

    June 20, Beijing/Calgary: Depart Beijing for Calgary or independent travel

  1. Costs

    The estimated cost of the Chinese Language and Culture Group Study Program will include tuition, airfare, field trips, local transportation, accommodations and meals. The program cost is $5,549.

    For the full cost breakdown and payment deadlines, please see the program Student Cost Summary

    Important information regarding deposit payments: Deposits are non-refundable. Deposits secure your space in the program and allows payment for logistical arrangements to be made in advance.


    2020/21 Tuition Fees:

    The following proposed rate increases are being shared in advance of their approval to help students plan their finances for the upcoming school year.

    The Government of Alberta recently lifted the tuition freeze that has been in place since 2014-15. As a result, tuition rates for Canadian (domestic) students will be permitted to increase by 7% annually in each the next three years . Tuition rates for international students will no longer be regulated. In response to this change, the University of Calgary’s Board of Governors will be reviewing proposals to increase tuition rates in January 2020. If approved, the following rate increases will apply for the 2020-21 academic year:

    • New domestic students: 7% increase to all tuition fees, except for undergraduate programs in engineering course-based graduate programs in engineering (MEng), public policy (MPP) and business administration (MBA) for which a 10% increase is being proposed.
    • New International students: 10% increase to tuition fees with the exception of course based graduate programs in engineering (MEng), public policy (MPP) and business administration (MBA) for which a 15% increase is being proposed.
    • Graduate thesis students: A new tuition structure that will even out program costs over the length of the program versus having higher costs in years one (Masters) or pre-candidacy (PhD)
    • All continuing students:  5% increase to tuition fees

    If approved, these rate increases will be in effect for the Spring 2020 term.


  2. Funding

    Students travelling on this program are eligible to apply for the China Scholarship Council Funding. More details to be provided shortly.

    International Study Travel Grant: Students studying abroad may be eligible for the University of Calgary's International Study Travel Grant. For more information on eligibility, application details and deadlines please click here.

    New! Faculty of Arts Group Study Program (GSP) Scholarships (for GSP participants) and Faculty of Arts Student Study Abroad Scholarships (for other international programs) - up to 10 awards of $1000 each! Deadline to apply is March 31st.  Any queries about these scholarships should be directed to Faculty of Arts Associate Dean Gavin Cameron: gcameron@ucalgary.ca 

    IDEAS Funding: Students in the Faculty of Science are encouraged to apply for IDEAS funding. For more information, please click here.

    Schulich Student Activity Fund: All Schulich students are also encouraged to take advantage of the Schulich Student Activity Fund (SSAF). For more information, please click here.

    2020 Hong Kong-Canada Business Association Scholarship: Do you have an interest in business, entrepreneurship, technology, development, sustainability, language/culture or education in Hong Kong, China, and/or other Asian countries? Each year the Hong Kong Canada Business Association (HKCBA) in Calgary awards two scholarships for students from the University of Calgary to help turn their ideas into reality. For more information, please click here.

    Student loans: If you qualify for student loans, your program should qualify. We are able to provide you with a letter confirming your participation in the program for funding purposes. Please email group.study@ucalgary.ca to request a letter.

    Please note that eligibility for student loans is determined by your loans provider.

Students will be staying in residences on campus at the Beijing University of Technology (BJUT). We will provide more information regarding accommodations once we have confirmation from the International Residences at BJUT. Please be prepared to share a dorm with one other student.

Please note that there are two large cafeterias on campus and a wide variety of amenities within walking distance of campus.

Students are deemed eligible for this program by the professor. We do recommend that you have an introductory level of Chinese in order to participate in this program. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Shao for more information.

Please note that this program is intended for students with beginner and intermediate levels of Mandarin. If your Mandarin is at an advanced level or you speak Mandarin as one of your primary languages, you may want to consider participating in a study aboard opportunity like an exchange. For more information on exchanges, please feel free to email us at study.abroad@ucalgary.ca. 

  1. Statement of Purpose

    Please tell us why you want to study abroad, why you have selected this particular program (academic reasons, personal interest, career prospects, etc.), how this program will meet your academic objectives and/or complement your degree, how you plan to finance your program and why you should be selected.

    The Statement of Purpose is submitted within your online application (max 500 words).

    Note: Because the online application will time out after one hour, we recommend that you compose your statement of purpose in advance in Word to check for spelling, grammar and word count, and then paste it into the online application.

  2. Unofficial Transcript

    Download an unofficial transcript from your Student Centre and submit it by email to  group.study@ucalgary.ca.

    Click here for a step-by-step guide to access your unofficial transcript.


  3. Supplementary Application Form & Reference

    The Supplementary Application Form is to be completed by you. You can submit this form by email to group.study@ucalgary.ca.

    The Letter of Appraisal is to be completed by one of your current or past professors. This form must be submitted from your reference directly to the Group Study Team by mail or email. 

    Please ensure that all documents are submitted by the application deadline. 



Please ensure that you have read the Group Study Program General FAQs thoroughly before applying. 

The campus was great – it had 3 cafeterias (2 levels each!) and had a lot of variety for cheap outside class activities such as field trips to historical spots were amazing to sightsee. The biggest highlight of my experience was going on tour to the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City!

Julie Su

Past China Program Participant

Getting started

Program-Specific Info Sessions

Info sessions are scheduled for every Group Study Program. Attending an info session is not required to apply, but strongly recommended as it will give you an opportunity to meet the instructor and learn more about the travel experience.

Please scroll up to the top of this page to view the info sessions for this program.

We also recommend watching Study Abroad 101 for general information.

Watch Study Abroad 101

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this program, you can meet with one of our Group Study Advisors by emailing group.study@ucalgary.ca or booking an appointment through the link below.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Select #2, "Study Abroad Advising", to view available times.

Book an appointment

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how a Group Study Program might align with your degree.

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.