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  • Locations: Beijing, China
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: GU applicants only
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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.7 Language Prerequisite: Yes
Language(s): Mandarin Chinese Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Language Program
Non-GU Students May Apply: No Housing Options: Student Residence
Level of Support: High (Comprehensive onsite support) Application Deadlines: February
Fields of Study: Chinese OGE Advisor: Annette Kuroda Russell
Program Description:

Intensive Language and Culture in Beijing, China (ACC Hamilton): Summer

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At a Glance

Location: Beijing, China

Program Length: 8 weeks
Arrive on: June 19, 2019
Depart on: August 17, 2019

Georgetown welcomes participation in this course from all qualified university students (non-Georgetown students are welcome) with good academic and disciplinary standing.
  • Minimum 2.7 GPA
  • At least one year of college-level Mandarin or the equivalent
*If you do not meet these eligibility requirements, please meet with the OGE Regional Advisor for this program early in the process to discuss your options.??

Number of credits: 8 credits

Program Description

Administered by Hamilton College and hosted by Minzu University of China (MUC) in Beijing, the innovative ACC Summer Program is designed for students seeking highly intensive Chinese language study. Students attend four hours of language instruction each day, in classes of consecutively smaller size, culminating in a one-on-one private session with an instructor. Students sign a language pledge to speak only Chinese for the duration of the program.

Georgetown Faculty Director(s): This program is not led by Georgetown faculty. Interested students should meet with Annette Kuroda Russell in the Office of Global Education.


Classes meet each morning for four hours, including one hour of lecture, one hour of drill, one hour of small group discussion, and one hour of private, individual instruction with a professor. Every Friday includes a test, a language practicum and a required lunchtime language table discussion.

Upon successful completion of the program, Georgetown students receive 8 GU undergraduate transfer credits. In many cases, students are able to complete the equivalent of one year’s intensive Chinese language study on this program.

Non-Georgetown participants will receive an official transcript from Georgetown for their completion of academic coursework and should discuss transfer of credit with a dean or academic adviser at their home university.


The program includes several organized excursions designed to engage students with major course topics as well as to explore the culture and history of their host country in a direct, hands-on manner. Past excursions have included:
  • Yungang Buddhist Cave in Datong
  • The Forbidden City & Summer Palace
  • The Great Wall
  • Opera, drama, acrobatics and other cultural productions


Students live in Minzu University’s Foreign Students Dormitory, in double rooms with private bathrooms. Students are assigned host families for potential weekend visits that offer the opportunity to participate in local Chinese culture and daily family life.


Students eat meals in the university cafeteria and at nearby restaurants. Students are required to attend Chinese Language Table with students and instructors on Fridays for lunch.

Program Cost

The program cost for summer 2019 is $7,260. Program prices for all 2019 summer programs will be posted here and on the program budget sheet later during the Fall 2018 semester. The price includes registration, tuition and fees, housing, books and audio tapes, guest lectures, field trips and local excursions, and extracurricular activities.

The program cost does not include: airfare to/from China, passport fees, visa fees, meals, and other personal expenses.


The Office of Global Education awards need-based scholarships on a competitive basis to participants on summer study abroad programs. OGE Summer Scholarship awards range from 20% to 50% of billable program cost and are scaled in proportion to program price and demonstrated financial need. Students who are currently receiving financial aid are automatically considered for this scholarship; there is no application process.

OGE encourages students to review ACC Hamilton scholarship opportunities, and advises students to research and pursue a wide range of available funding opportunities. To find scholarships applicable to your program, browse the scholarships section of OGE’s website.

Commitment and Withdrawal Policy

A student’s commitment to a study abroad program confirms his or her intention to participate in that program.  Students who notify the Office of Global Education of their intention to withdraw from their overseas program after the stated Commitment Deadline will be assessed a withdrawal fee of $300, in addition to all non-recoverable costs that have been paid on their behalf, as determined by the Office of Global Education and its overseas partners.  These costs may constitute as much as twenty-five to one hundred percent of the program fee.

A committed student’s decision to withdraw from a study abroad program is effective from the date on which the Office of Global Education receives a written confirmation of the student’s decision to withdraw.  All withdrawal fees and refundable program costs will be calculated from the date the Office of Global Education is notified in writing of this decision.  No refunds will be given for the education abroad insurance fee.  

Georgetown University is not responsible for indirect costs paid directly by the student including, but not limited to, passport fees, vaccinations, and transportation costs.  Georgetown University reserves the right to cancel programs without prior notification; however, every effort will be made to provide participants with information on cancellations in a timely manner.  In the event of a non-voluntary cancellation, Georgetown University will refund application fees as well as all recoverable program costs.

Student on this program are also bound by ACC Hamilton's refund policy; students are responsible for all non-recoverable costs in they withdraw after the commitment deadline.

The Office of Global Education is committed to making study abroad accessible to all interested and eligible students. OGE hopes that students with accessibility needs will pursue study abroad opportunities and use the available support services on campus for assistance and advice when necessary.

With over 200 approved-programs, OGE is confident that you will find a program that fits your interests and goals. Programs offer varying degrees of academic and lifestyle support. Please make an appointment with the OGE advisor specializing in your geographic area of interest to discuss how to best support any special needs you might have on programs that may interest you.

To learn more about the resources for students on campus and also for advice on how to request accommodations overseas, please visit the Georgetown Academic Resource Center’s website. Additional support can be found on the Mobility International website.

Contact Information

Annette Kuroda Russell
Office of Global Education

Car Barn, Suite 210
Georgetown University
Washington, DC 20057
(202) 687-5687
Dr. Philip Kafalas
Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
Georgetown University, ICC 306C
Washington, DC 20057
(202) 687-6223

Useful Links

ACC Hamilton website

Student Voices

Andrea Moneton blog, Spring 2017
Nicholas Gardiner blog, Fall 2016

View Georgetown student Aaron Baum’s #SummerSnaps Snapchat video from the 2017 Summer Intensive Language and Culture program in Beijing, China (ACC Hamilton)!

Open Application Deadlines & Dates

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