GO China: Culture and Language

Immerse yourself in a four-week Chinese culture and language summer programme in the heart of Beijing.

Update 2021:

Due to the pandemic and the ongoing uncertainty around international travel, all in-person summer programmes, including GO China, have been cancelled for 2021. We hope to return to in-person programmes in 2022.

You can still gain international experience and develop new skills by taking part in a virtual international activity. Have a look at some of the virtual opportunities offered by our partners. For virtual activities with a fee, you can apply for a Global Opportunities Scholarship

Some UoB summer programmes will run in a virtual format, although participation will be limited to students from certain schools. If you would like to be on the waiting list for a virtual UoB summer programme, please register your interest.  

Programme at a glance

When? Four weeks in July 2021
Where? Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), Beijing, China
How much? The programme and tutition cost is £800. Beijing Institute of Technology provide accommodation free of charge. You will need to pay for other costs including flights, insurance, visa, subsistence etc. Some bursaries are available. See our costs section below for more information.

Who? Open to all undergraduates, not in their final year. Priority will be given to students not on a Study Abroad course.

Applications: A decision on whether to run this programme will be made in February 2021. If the programme goes ahead, applications will open in February. Register your interest to receive email updates about application requirements and deadlines. 

Why you should go

  • Learn basic Mandarin Chinese
  • Enjoy a range of classes that may include Chinese history, economy, painting and calligraphy
  • Study at a highly ranked research university
  • Stay in a standout location in the Chinese capital
  • Gain international experience while deepening your understanding of China's culture
  • Acquire cross-cultural skills greatly valued by employers
  • Explore China on trips designed to develop your cultural and linguistic experience
  • Mix with other University of Bristol students taking the GO China: STEM Futures programme. 

I gained a whole group of new friends, a desire to live and work in China, invaluable experience of the culture and language and a great feel for what Beijing is like.

Alexander

Contact us

Email: summer-abroad@bristol.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0) 117 39 40205
Office: 3rd Floor, 31 Great George Street, University of Bristol, BS1 5QD

Office hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm
Book an online appointment

Check your eligibility

There are 25 spaces on this programme. To take part, you must:

  • be a current undergraduate student in any subject area and not in your final year
  • be a British or other national who does not hold a People's Republic of China passport

You do not need to know Mandarin Chinese to take part in this programme.

Costs

Your programme and tutition cost is £800. Beijing Institute of Technology provide accommodation in student halls free of charge. 

You will need to organise and pay for:

  • return flights to and from Beijing
  • visa and travel insurance
  • food and personal spending.

Bursaries

There will be a limited number of bursaries available for students who come from backgrounds where participation in study abroad has been low. The exact amounts are yet to be confirmed but we expect to be able to offer approximately 10 bursaries of £800 across the GO China programmes.  

How to Apply

Due to the pandemic and the ongoing uncertainty around international travel, all in-person summer programmes, including GO China, have been cancelled for 2021. We hope to return to in-person programmes in 2022.

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