Term Chinese Immersion Programs

Term Programs are CLE's premium Mandarin Chinese Language and Culture immersion programs in Beijing, China. Term programs integrate Chinese language courses, cultural activities, real-life language tasks, and much more into a well-rounded program for students that truly want to study Mandarin Chinese and experience China.

CLE Term programs start each semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer) and include the following features:

Culture & Elective Features:

  • CLE Chinese Club: CLE Chinese Club is an on-going series of social and Chinese culture events. Events include social gatherings with Beijing locals, Chinese game nights, Chinese movie nights, seminar series, and much more. Each week CLE aims hosts at least one event with the goal of promoting cultural understanding, enjoyment, and a forum for learning and practicing Chinese. Please see the CLE Events Calendar for scheduled events.
  • Seminar Series: A key highlight of the CLE Chinese Club is CLE sponsored seminar series. CLE will frequently schedule seminars for Gold package students free of charge. Each semester we will offer all or several of the following seminar topics:
  • Medical Series: A multi-part education al series that covers Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, and Chinese Massage. Students will learn the basics of each topic and get to experience Chinese medicinal techniques.
  • Chinese History & Economics: A multi-part educational series taught in English by Chinese Professors. Important elements of Chinese History and Economic Development are covered.
  • Chinese Radicals: A multi-part educational series dedicated to Chinese Radicals. Radicals are the building blocks for Chinese Characters. Learn to recognize and understand their meaning and history.
  • Chinese Tea: A seminar to introduce Chinese Tea and Chinese Tea Culture. Sample different types of Chinese tea.
  • Chinese Drinking & Social Culture: Learn about Chinese alcohol and drinking culture. Sample different types of Chinese alcohol.
  • Other: Other seminars that are periodically offered include: Chinese Art, Chinese Music, Travel, and local Business.
  • Language Partner: CLE, by request, provides each Term Program student the opportunity to be assigned a Chinese friend as a studying partner. Students and Language Partners partake in many social activities allowing students to not only practice and learn Chinese with native Mandarin speakers, but also to develop cultural understanding and long-term friendships.
  • Culture Electives: Culture electives are introductory workshops that allow students to learn about specific aspects of Chinese culture. Please see the CLE Events Calendar for scheduled elective workshops. CLE's current Elective Programs include:
  • Chinese Massage
  • Mahjong
  • Calligraphy
  • Chinese Traditional Music
  • Chinese Art (Painting & Drawing)
  • Martial Arts
  • Chinese Cooking
  • Feng Shui
  • Local Trips & Travel: We frequently arrange local trips to historically and culturally significant areas of Beijing for Gold Program students. CLE sponsored trips include transportation and ticket fees. Please see the CLE Events Calandar for scheduled trips.


Academic Features:

  • Language Courses: CLE study Chinese in China students can choose between General Chinese, Business Chinese and Intensive Chinese language courses. Business Chinese courses typically require a minimum of 6 months prior language experience before enrolling.
  • HSK Workshop & Testing: Offered several times each year, the HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) is China's officially recognized Mandarin proficiency exam. HSK results are internationally recognized as proof of Mandarin Chinese language proficiency. CLE arranges several seminar workshops for Gold Package students to learn the necessary test taking skills for their level of Chinese proficiency. CLE will then register Gold Package students to take the HSK exam as part of their language program. HSK testing times are set each year and testing for certain Chinese levels may not be available for every Term Language Program.
  • After Class Tutoring: CLE offers Term Program students free tutoring each weekday afternoon in the CLE lounge. Tutors can assist students to resolve any difficulties, review course material and practice specific elements of the Chinese language.
  • Real-life Language Tasks: To help students take advantage of the native Chinese environment, CLE works with language teachers to frequently arrange fun, interesting and practical real-life language tasks. The goal is to stretch students Mandarin knowledge in real-life situations. Sample tasks include, but are not limited to:


Beijing Transportation

Taking a bus, the subway, a taxi. Asking for directions.

Eating Out

Ordering in a Chinese restaurant.


Bargaining. How to find good deals at stores and markets.

Daily Life

Exchange money, open a bank account. Find necessities.


Visit a doctor. Understand Chinese emergency services.


International phone calls. Setting up local communication services.


Asking date and time, name, address, age, and interest.


  • Technology Resources: Gold Package students have full access to all CLE technology learning resources. This includes computer terminals with individual Chinese study and pronunciation correction software, audio cassettes, self study DVD series and simple Chinese television programs and movies. CLE continually strives to incorporate, and make available, new and useful study Chinese technology resources.
  • CLE Language Center: Term Program students have full access to all resources in the CLE Language Center. This includes study areas, computer terminals, and CLE student support staff.
  • Course Consultation: Each Term Program student will have an optional mid-term course consultation with their language teachers and the CLE Academic Director. The goal of this consultation is to discuss student progress, receive student feedback, and to offer additional suggestions and personal study guidance.
  • CLE Completion Certificate: Each Term Program student will receive a Program Completion Certificate indicating their Mandarin Chinese proficiency level upon program completion.


Support Services:

  • 24 Hour Student Support Staff: CLE provides Gold Package students with 24 hour telephone support should they experience any difficulties during their stay in China. CLE staff will act primarily as an information resource to resolve difficulties.
  • Student Travel & Medical Insurance: CLE provides Travel and Medical Insurance through Seven Corners, Inc. and Insurance Services of America to all Gold Package students for the duration of their stay with us.


Language Plus Optional Features:

  • Martial Arts: Students interested in studying Martial Arts (Tai Chi and Kung Fu) during their Term can apply for Martial Arts courses through CLE. We partner with a nearby Martial Arts school to offer discounted rates to students. Rates will vary depending on student interest, enrollment, and frequency of training sessions.
  • Interships: CLE partners with local Beijing businesses to provide Internship opportunities to Term Program students.

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