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Q: What is the best University in Beijing to learn Chinese?

Hi folks!

I want to go to China next year to study Chinese for at least 1 year. Probably I will go to Beijing. Which University would you recommend? Wich one you would NOT recomment? Wich one is the best one? 

I am a Chinese beginner and from Europe.

Any comment / shared experience is appreciated!

Thank you in advance!

9 years 1 week ago in  Teaching & Learning - Beijing

 
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Beijing Language and Culture Universityhttp://www.iscbeijing.com/schools.htm

From Reading the description of this University this would be the best one. Personally speaking I had a friend that studied at one of the universities and he said he wasn't learning much. However, the school he was studying at was not this school. Good Luck! 

Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU)

The only international university in Beijing China with its main task set on teaching the Chinese language and culture to foreign students. The undertaking of teaching students as a foreign language was started in the people's republic of china in 1950s.

Today Beijing Language and Culture University has developed into an internationally famous school with appropriate scope, distinctive educational features, advantages key specialties and coordinated development of both language and culture education. Each year there are about 8,000 international foreign language students from more than 120 countries and 4,000 home students' learning and studying here.

After 40 years of unremitting efforts, BLCU has set up a strong teaching faculty and made outstanding achievements in teaching and academic research. More than 700 teachers and full time researchers, 300 are professors or associate professors. 500 are the holders of the certificate for teaching Chinese as a foreign language, accounting for one-fourth of the total certificate holders in china.

The programs are offered to the international students who want to improve communicative competence in Chinese within a brief time frame. Students are grouped into five classes of A, B, C, D and E according to their responsive levels.

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Just make some friends there. Your Chinese will improve very quickly.

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I actually go to the university Mattaya mentionned, the Beijing Language and Culture University. And in all honesty, it's a pretty good school. The problem is, it's a bit crowded, especially in beginner classes, but the teachers and the method are quite effective. The environment is friendly, classmates are usually nice, you'll learn fast... And if you want to sleep or play video games in class, your call, teachers generally don't care.

I never thought I'd say it one day, but yeah, it IS a good school...

My biggest complaint is how amazingly complex it is to register once you're there. Someone tells you to go there with this, once there the guy tells you you actually needed that, so you go back, take the document, come back, he tells you to go somewhere else with this, you get there and the guy tells you you actually needed that, rinse, repeat about 10 times, and you're done! It's like that one scene in The twelve Tasks of Asterix...

But it's worth it.

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If you want to study Chinese only, outside Beijing is a better bet. The universities in Beijing are outrageously expensive compared to the ones in other 2nd tier or 3rd tier cities. Check with the university you went to in Europe, they might have a sister university here. This would help you get considerable amount of discount in your tuition (not to be mistaken for scholarship, it's discount and most of the time its negotiable). I can recommend you two universities in Liaoning Province, both are in Shenyang. The tuition is not that expensive and the living expense is really cheap but both are realy high ranking universities for language study and fall under 211 project of the government.

1. Shenyang Normal University

2. Liaoning University

 

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Beijing Normal is supposed to be good.

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