Study Abroad at
Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU)

The Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) can trace its history back to 1962 when it was founded as the Higher Preparatory School for Foreign Students. It was renamed as the Beijing Language Institute in 1964. In 1996 it officially became the BLCU with approval granted from the Chinese Ministry of Education.

BLCU is unique; it is the only International institution in China to have its focus on teaching Mandarin Chinese and culture to students who come from a non-Chinese ethnic background as well as teaching non-Chinese languages. It also offers courses in computer science and technology, finance and accounting to Chinese students.

Go Abroad China is proud to be associated with the BLCU as it is our preferred partner for Semester programs in China, as it offers an intensive and very popular Mandarin course.

BLCU attaches great importance to building international cooperation and encourages cultural exchange throughout the world as demonstrated by its partnership with 157 universities from over 31 countries.  BLCU is a global influencer in the education sector. Academic institutions and training organizations in more than 100 countries utilize the teaching manuals and textbooks published by BLCU press to learn Chinese.


Students, regardless from which part of the world they come from, will be delighted to know that at BLCU you are bound to meet someone from your own country and social background, helping to invigorate cultural exchange. The campus itself has a vibrant atmosphere which helps you, as a student, to fit in and not just learn Chinese but live the culture. BLCU arguably offers the best learn Chinese experience available to you in Beijing.

The campus location is in Wudaokou, a melting pot for incoming overseas students, all with the same purpose; to learn Chinese! BLCU prides itself on its standard of teaching which is more than comparable to Peking or Tsinghua University. At BLCU the workload is balanced, allowing students to undertake classroom learning yet afford them the opportunity to explore and see the cultural elements of the City of Beijing. Find out more about what it is like to live and study in Beijing.

Get an internationally recognized credit for Mandarin

Learn Chinese in a culturally immersive program that is internationally recognized, which will open doors for your future career. Live, learn, laugh and experience Chinese in this immersive cultural experience that will leave you feeling like a new person.


Why Beijing Language and Culture University ?

BLCU is recognized as the number one University for teaching Chinese for students who wish to live in China and learn Chinese. It promotes and provides an in-depth cultural experience. BLCU has over 300 Chinese teachers. BLCU has welcomed more than 60 000 students from over 160 countries and territories, creating a substantial alumni.

  • Called ‘Little United Nations’ by students because of its ability to inspire global communication and exchange
  • Delivers the world’s largest Chinese language program as well as a broad range of other languages and culture programs, as well as other human and social sciences programs
  • Established the first Bachelor’s program in Chinese for foreign students as well as the first Bachelor’s program in “Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language.”

Program Highlights

  • International recognition for outstanding academic performance
  • Total immersion in Chinese language and culture
  • Affordable, accredited and quality Chinese language programs
  • The program fee covers tuition, accommodation, visa support documents, textbooks, certificate, free culture electives, social activities and guided tours to tourist sites, networking events, welcome pack, and total support and assistance
  • Homestay accommodation or shared apartment with a Chinese roommate
  • College credit transfer available

Transcripts & Certification

Upon successful completion of the Go Abroad China Mandarin Language Program at BLCU, you will receive an official certificate and results transcript from the university, which is accepted by most universities around the world. Successful completion requires an 80% attendance rate and passing grades for the exams and overall course. Once you have completed the course Go Abroad China will provide you with all the necessary documentation and assistance for credit transfer. Study abroad for a semester here; you will soon be speaking Chinese like one of the locals!


Why Choose GAC?

Transferring to an international university in another country can be a complicated process. Making sure you have everything sorted, from choosing the right place to study to transferring credits, organizing visas and getting around can do your head in. Go Abroad China is here to make the process as smooth as possible; we’ll handle all the details and ensure your stay in China is memorable for the right reasons! GAC can make sure you get into the university of your choice, organize all the details for you, help you with your visa and arrange the little extras that make the experience worthwhile! GAC arranges affordable, accredited and quality Chinese language programs. We’ve placed thousands of happy students and would love to do the same for you. With GAC you get:

University Placement

All Course Materials

Visa Support

Orientation and Welcome Support and Activities


Networking Opportunities

Airport Transfers

Cultural and Outdoor Experiences

Certificate and Course Credits

24/7 Support Hotline

Chinese Language Courses at BLCU

All Mandarin language programs at BLCU aim for the improvement of students’ skills in oral and written Chinese. The university has all the facilities needed to help students acquire a deep understanding of Chinese history, culture, and society through the language. Their well-stocked libraries, qualified professors, modern teaching methodologies and international atmosphere are to assist in improving their language skills. The curriculum is highly student-centered and involves many activities that let participants learn Chinese faster and more effectively.

BLCU offers more than 60 optional courses with the possibility to select a cross-level of classes to cater to the particular interests of the student. For all levels, from the beginners to advanced, the university staff organize extra-curricular activities to help you live the language, including language debates, study tours, a buddy program, talent shows, and competitions in Chinese language - everything for practicing and gaining deeper knowledge. BLCU has already trained more than 80 000 Chinese learners from more than 100 countries and regions.

Long-Term Program
HSK Level 4-6 Intensive Training Course
Preparatory course
Short-term Program
The long-term program course has been designed to offer comprehensive language skill training. This course is designed for all levels of language ability, for elementary, intermediate or advanced level. The program focuses on all aspects of the Chinese language including listening, reading, speaking, writing, grammar and phonetics. Course highlights
  • The program length can be one or two years
  • 20 classes per week
  • There are more than 60 optional courses
  • Elementary covers listening, speaking, reading, writing, and grammar
  • Intermediate covers the above as well as Chinese in different contexts such as journalism, news, audio, trade and economy, translation and more
  • Advanced builds on intermediate with further classes including business cases, ancient Chinese, translation, economic, social and more.
  • This is a student-centered program
  • The course ensures you get full cultural immersion
  • A variety of materials and textbooks are used
  • The course includes fun and interactive activities to help learning
The HSK is the standardized test for Chinese Proficiency for non-native speakers. A new program designed by BLCU welcomes all students that would like to rapidly improve their Chinese proficiency and successfully pass the HSK test. Find out more about HSK levels. Course highlights
  • A course designed for intermediate and upper-intermediate students
  • 20 classes per week
  • Well-designed systematic curriculum
  • Appropriate textbooks and exercises
  • Original strategies to accelerate accomplishment of tasks
  • Average class size is 16 students
The Preparatory Language course at BLCU helps to lay a solid foundation for their further study in China and is therefore perfect for students who are planning to apply for further university studies in China. Course highlights
  • 50 years’ experience in delivering preparatory education
  • Different class sizes from individual tutoring to large groups
  • Focused on professional learning
  • Cultural exchange programs included
  • Choose from a variety of Compulsory and Practical courses
  • Offers a path to enrollment in the top Chinese universities
  Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to study at the best language school in China and get to see Beijing as well. While exploring Beijing, you’ll get to learn the local lingo and go home with a little Beijing Mandarin added to your repertoire!
The short-term Chinese programs are the most popular among international students. BLCU offers a wide range of short-term courses that cover 16 language proficiency levels, and students can choose from standard 20 hours a week classes or intensive classes at 30 hours a week. The teaching methodology has been developed to ensure students gain an authentic and rounded experience of the Chinese culture.   Course Highlights
  • Year-round programs of four, five and twelve weeks are available
  • During summer vacation you can choose from four, five, six and eight-week courses
  • Standard and Intensive course options available
  • Cultural training courses
  • Tours to enterprises, schools, and organizations
  • Student-centered program
  • Variety of cultural and sport activities
  • Textbooks developed by BLCU are used internationally to teach Chinese
Standard and Intensive programs
Standard Monday-Friday (20hrs/week) 4
Intensive Monday-Friday (30hrs/week) 6

What’s Included in a GAC Language Program?

At GAC, our primary aim is to make sure your stay in China is as smooth and hassle-free as possible. Over time we’ve found that our students ultimately become our friends. Our programs can easily be customized to suit your needs. Whether you want to come and learn Chinese and study in China for a  few weeks, over winter or summer, for a semester or an academic year, Go Abroad China have a program for you. If you still have questions or want to know more, why not contact us? Our team is here to help you every step of the way. Your program fee includes the following:

Pre-arrival Support & Visa
Chinese language classes are the primary focus of our China immersion program. Our programs have been developed to help you learn as fast and effectively as possible, so by the time you leave, you’ve improved your proficiency and can carry out a simple conversation in Chinese, and have a sound understanding of the Chinese culture. The course usually includes 20 hours of language classes each week and cover the intricacies of speaking, writing and reading. All GAC Language and Internship programs include the courses, textbooks, and electives chosen with no out of pocket study expenses.
Dates and Fees
Programs can start at any time and run throughout the year, inquire now to find out what programs are available for your preferred dates. Fees will be based on the final package components selected. We want everyone to have the chance to live and study in China; to make this possible we have a range of financial options available to support students who cannot afford full fees. Contact us today to discuss dates, promotions, full, and partial sponsorship opportunities.
We offer three different housing accommodation options. The accommodation fee is already included in the program cost and is guaranteed for the duration of the student’s stay in China.
Safety and Support
We understand your concern for your safety while in China and we take this very seriously. Our team have many years’ experience in working with and supporting you. Safety and security form part of our policies and we provide full support throughout the program (24/7); including travel and living arrangements, visa documentation, pre-departure guide, airport transfers, orientation, study materials, familiarizing you with your university or language school and surroundings, and bilingual program coordinators.
Welcome and Orientation
To ensure that students and parents understand how the program works, what they can expect, so you understand the rules, regulations, city hazards, school rules and receive a cultural briefing, we organize orientation sessions. A parent session is available prior to students departing, while students take part in a group orientation once they arrive in China. Students will also be supplied with a welcome pack with necessary information and goodies they need for their stay.
Workshops and Seminars
Interactive workshops, group seminars, and discussions are included in the package. These workshops and seminars have been developed to help our participants get well-acquainted life in China, things to expect, components of Chinese culture such as music, art, shows or performances, traditional food, calligraphy, Tai Chi and more.
Chinese Language Classes
Chinese language classes are the primary focus of our China immersion program. Our programs have been developed to help you learn as fast and effectively as possible, so by the time you leave, you’ve improved your proficiency and can carry out a simple conversation in Chinese, and have a sound understanding of the Chinese culture. The course usually includes 20 hours of language classes each week and cover the intricacies of speaking, writing and reading. All GAC Language and Internship programs include the courses, textbooks, and electives chosen with no out of pocket study expenses.
City Tours and Excursions
We organize trips to famous and fascinating historical sites such as The Great Wall, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven and many more. In addition to these tourist sites, we organize trips to Chinese schools, universities, business enterprises and the countryside to let students enjoy all the aspects of the region they are staying in. Social activities are also included, enabling students to get to know their fellow participants and make friends for life.
Our programs are available at a number of Chinese Cities and are run in conjunction with China's Top Universities. The most popular destinations are Beijing and Shanghai, however, other cities also have much to offer. Talk to our coordinators about where you would like to stay while you are here.
Our service package covers all the day-to-day needs from visa support documentation to insurances and medical aid membership. We understand you need to know you will be safe and looked after while here and that should anything happen, they will have the best medical care. Our team work hard to ensure that these situations do not arise and ensure we understand any health requirements you may have before you arrive. We work hard to ensure all our policies are up to the expected standards. You can be assured that we'll look after you.
Volunteer Opportunities
To enhance your learning experience in China, we have a selection of community projects and volunteering opportunities available. These include helping out at a local hospice, orphanages or poorer schools that need additional support.
Language Exchange Program
Living in China is a great way to speed up your learning experience, enabling you to engage with roommates and neighbors, develop great new friendships and learn outside the classroom. Our programs include the opportunity for language exchange with a native Mandarin speaker to help accelerate your learning experience through practice.

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Important note:

  • There are two program levels – Standard and Intensive. The standard program includes 20 academic hours a week, while the intensive course includes 25 hours. The intensive program is suitable for students who want to accelerate their learning and want to achieve fluency in Chinese in a shorter time. The standard program is great for those who prefer a slower pace of studying and like to combine learning with leisure.
  • The program application deadline is two weeks before the program starts.
  • The timing and program schedule are flexible. We will make all necessary arrangements before your arrival and stay in China.
  • Each program component, such as Chinese language curriculum, the full Internship package, accommodation and others are optional. The price of the excluded components will be deducted from the overall package price for you. We can also provide individualized, customized programs based on your specific requirement. A homestay only program is also available.
  • Additional language classes fees are:USD $30 per hour for additional one-on-one tutoring classes and USD $25 per hour for additional small classes.

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Four Easy Steps to Learning Chinese in China


Step one: Apply online

Once you have an idea about where, when and for how long you want to learn Chinese in China, complete our online application form to get the ball rolling.


Step two: Assessment

To make sure we know what you want from your Chinese learning experience – why you want to study abroad, what you want to achieve, where and for how long you’d like to stay – we’ll organize a 15 minute Skype interview with you. From this, we can make sure we tailor the right Learn Chinese Package for you. We’ll also know if this is the right program for you. Within two to three days after the interview, the coordinator will be in touch by email to let you know if your application has been successful. If so, we’ll send you a formal offer.


Step three: Confirmation

To confirm your placement in our program, you’ll need to reply to our letter of offer and pay your agreed deposit. Once this has been done, we’ll send you all the documents you need: your contract and all the required documents for your study visa application as well as your pre-departure package. The pre-departure package contains all the information you’ll need regarding your trip including where you’ll stay.


Step Four: Start your Chinese study experience

Once your flights have been booked, let us know your arrival details (date and time, flight number) so that we can organize airport pick-up. We’ll be excited to welcome you to our program in person!

Our support doesn’t end when you arrive. We are as dedicated to ensuring you have around the clock support for the duration of your stay as we do in getting you here. Your journey will include your paid internship, accommodation, language courses, cultural experiences, tours, and networking.

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Learn Chinese the fastest way in an immersive and culturally rich experience which will fast track your learning experience. Have all your needs taken care of and broaden your horizons, be more independent and make friends for life!


Promotions & Financial Aid

We want everyone to have the chance to live and study in China; to make this possible we have a range of financial options available to support students who cannot afford full fees. Contact us today to discuss promotions, full and partial sponsorship opportunities.

Our prices range from US$3,280 to US$11,480 depending on your accommodation and length of stay.

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