Live, Intern and Study Abroad in Beijing

The city where ancient history and modernization converge.


Prepare yourself for endless adventures in the city of Beijing, China, where you never know which century you’ll be approaching around each corner. Beijing has a long, rich history dating from early imperial times, more than 3000 years ago, to today’s modern Chinese cultural center.

Formerly referred to as Peking, Beijing, the capital city of China, translates to the ‘North City’ in English, signifying its strategic importance in China. Beijing has transformed into an energetic, fast-paced city with opportunities abounding throughout the city. With approximately 21.71 million people living here, it is the second largest city (Shanghai is the largest city in China, with a population of roughly 24.18 million).

Go Abroad China Programs in Beijing

Go Abroad China (GAC) offers a variety of programs in Beijing, allowing you to come and experience the diversity of life in Beijing while you complete an internship, learn Chinese, Volunteer and more.

Go Abroad China’s different programs run from a couple of weeks through to a full year. We can arrange anything for you right here in Beijing, the heart of China, whether you plan to come and study or take an internship (or both). This city is the first stop for our summer internships in China every year.

Internship in Beijing



If you are looking for professional career options, come and take part in our exciting internship program in Beijing, China. GAC provides participants with invaluable and inspiring experiences through a China internship program. Choose from any of our many industry sectors to develop your professional skills.

Beijing is one of our most popular destinations for internship opportunities in China. Our team will get to know you and will match your skills, educational background and interests with a company that will allow you to learn and grow through your internship working experience, giving you the opportunity to work in a modern company, with bilingual staff so you can get the most out of your time here.

Beijing has become the chosen destination of many Chinese language courses. It offers many cultural experiences and ample opportunities to practice your pronunciations so that you can sound more like a native speaker. There is a lot to see and do around the city as you explore and experience the combination of old and new that is Beijing.

Go Abroad China’s unique learn Chinese in China Program is facilitated in partnership with some of China’s top universities and language schools, with the support of professional language teachers.

Our programs in Beijing take place at Beijing’s most influential and renowned universities such as Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU)Peking University and Tsinghua University. Studying and immersing yourself in Chinese culture, specifically in China’s capital which is seen as China’s cultural melting point, is a highly valuable experience.

If you are interested in studying Chinese, we offer a range of options from university programshigh school programs, and small group programs to personalized one-on-one tutoring. We offer three accommodation options for you while you are studying here, however, for maximum culture exposure and accelerated Chinese language learning, we encourage you to stay with a Chinese host family; this allows you to live the language in Beijing. Living and studying Chinese in Beijing will also offer a less formal learning opportunity, out on the streets, you can slowly learn some Beijing Mandarin - special words and phrases commonly used by Beijingers only.

Feedback on our Intensive Chinese Courses has been that many of our participants have spent several years studying Chinese with little progress, and they found it very difficult to learn without a real Chinese environment. Once here, that changed! Why don’t you come to China to learn Chinese the easy way?

The Beijing HSK Test Center


The HSK, known as “Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi” in Chinese, is the standard Chinese Language Proficiency Test for non-native Chinese speakers, such as foreigners and overseas Chinese. The primary objective of the HSK is to evaluate the level of standard Mandarin a person has learned. The modern HSK test begins at Level I and goes to Level VI. GAC has an HSK Preparation program to help you gain your HSK Certification.

Volunteer in Beijing


Our volunteer program allows you to make a difference in someone else’s life. For many of our volunteering opportunities, we place you in a rural area in China. You might be working with special needs children, orphans or even migrant workers’ children. In this program, you can still further your Chinese learning; improve your cultural understanding, all the while doing something good for someone in need.


Here are some hints and tips for living, working and studying in Beijing:

Places to Visit
Without a doubt, the most famous food to eat in Beijing is the ‘Peking Duck’; a roasted duck usually eaten with pancakes and other vegetables. Beijing hasn’t got a specific type of cuisine but instead is a melting point of cuisines from the surrounding provinces. Additionally, Beijing has many exotic snacks on offer such as fried scorpions, gecko, and starfish to list a few. For those with conservative taste buds, there is an array of western restaurants and fast food joints.
In recent years, the Beijing nightlife scene has become more vibrant and exciting; bars and nightclubs are buzzing with a mix of foreigners and increasingly with young Chinese people seeking to join the internationals. Popular places include Sanlitun, which has become very exclusive; Wudaokou area, which is popular with university crowds and Houhai – an ideal location for those looking for live music and perhaps a boat ride around the area during summer time.
Beijing is well connected by an extensive network of expressways, divided into ring roads around the city center and its suburban areas, buses, taxis, as well as the subway (which has been hailed as one of the world’s largest and complex subway systems). Most people travel by subway; it’s fast and convenient, with the lowest fare costing 3 RMB, increasing based on the distance you travel. Due to a large population, travel peak times have an increase in traffic congestion, as well as crowing on the subway. Don’t be surprised by the large number of bicycles on the road each day, Beijingers use their bicycles to get around, and who knows, maybe you will become one of them!
Beijing’s climate is mostly dry, defined by hot and humid summers and cold, windy winters, with temperatures plunging on average to minus four or even below. Spring and Autumn are incredibly short while September and October have the most pleasant weather – a great time to come and participate in a summer internship in China, which you’ll never forget!

Beijing has an abundance of cultural sites and other significant monuments to visit. It’s definitely worth seeing The Forbidden City, regarded as the heart of Beijing’s history; Tian’anmen Square; The Great Wall of China; the National Museum; the Summer Palace and many more parks and gardens. If you are part of our internships in Beijing group or have joined the study abroad China programs, you will undoubtedly have a chance to learn Chinese in China and visit these places with our staff!

Use the chance to enjoy and learn about China and all that comes with it.

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