About the Location
China has a long and distinguished history of more than 6,000 years. In the capital, the Beijing Center, housed at University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) welcomes students and exposes them to a unique and rich culture and society.
Students take a Chinese language course and electives in the areas of business, Asian studies, communication, natural science, art, philosophy, political science, theology, and others. All courses except language courses are taught in English.
- Students on the TBC program can get credit for up to 5 classes (1 or 2 of which are Chinese language).
- Students who stay for a second semester may apply to do an internship.
- Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
- Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis, regardless of the host institution's policy.
- View course listings for this semester program.
- Additional information about course equivalents for this program is available on the Course Planning Registration for Study Abroad and Study USA page.
General Program Dates
- Fall semester – mid August to mid December
- Spring semester – early January to mid May
Costs for study abroad vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon.
For cost information for this program, please see the budget sheets:
View more information on TBC scholarships.
Need-based scholarships are available for Elon semester programs through the GEC. For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Funding for Study Abroad page.
If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program. Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.
Students live in international student center housing in UIBE. Students who stay for a second semester can choose to live in a homestay.
Additional Eligibility Notes
- No prior Chinese language experience is required; however, students are highly encouraged to take at least one language class prior to their semester in China.
- There is a maximum of 15 Elon students allowed on this program per semester. Students who qualify for TBC's priority admission will given preference over those that do not qualify.
Students must complete the online Elon University study abroad application by the published deadline. See the Deadline and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information. Applications are generally accepted one semester in advance.
Initial approval is granted by Elon, and final acceptance is granted by The Beijing Center.
A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation. Students will participate in a series of mandatory orientations during the semester prior to studying abroad. These orientations will address issues of academic, cultural, logistical, financial, and personal preparation, as well as health and safety. Failure to participate in the required orientations will result in dismissal from the program. Any financial losses incurred by this dismissal, including program fees and international airfare, are the student's full responsibility.
View the pre-departure orientation schedule for semester programs.
Additional Information and Links
Interested in the program? Chat with alumni and other prospective students on the GEC Facebook page!
Global Ambassadors are GEC student representatives who have participated in one or more study abroad programs, and have been trained to speak about their experiences. You can be in touch with current Global Ambassadors via email, or contact past study abroad participants who have attended your program. They are looking forward to hearing from you!
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