Summer 2014 Beijing Academy
June 22 — July 17, 2014
Middlebury-Monterey is the gold standard for residential language and cultural immersion programs. Our new Beijing Academy features the same renowned curriculum and format as our US-based academies to provide students the once-in-a-lifetime experience to immerse themselves in the language and culture of one of the world’s most fascinating cities.
Steeped in the richness of the past and at the center of modern day China, Beijing is the ideal location to study Chinese. We’ve partnered with CET Academic Programs and the Beijing Institute of Education, both of which are highly respected educational institutions with deep roots in China. These strategic partnerships allow us to deliver Middlebury College’s renowned immersion curriculum in a safe, fun and enriching environment. Apply Now!
Questions? Call: 888-216-3815
Program Eligibility and Overview
- Open to rising 10th graders and above with at least one year of Chinese
- Language instruction by Middlebury-Monterey and CET Beijing teachers
- The same immersion pedagogy and Language Pledge as US academies
- Curriculum includes formal classroom instruction, electives, residential learning opportunities and field trips
- Activities and excursions include interactive visits to both sites and wondrous cultural and historic locations.
- Day trip outside of Beijing on the third weekend of the program.
- A pre-departure orientation is held in San Francisco for US-based students with departure to Beijing later that day. Dates and Fees
CET Academic Programs is a US-based study abroad organization that has been designing and administering innovative educational programs since 1982 and operating in China for 30 years. It is among the largest American program providers operating in China today, enrolling more than 650 students.
Beijing Institute of Education hosts CET’s Chinese Language program and is the site of Middlebury-Monterey’s Beijing Academy. It’s small, sequestered campus in a quiet neighborhood with easy access to the entire city. The only other American students on campus are CET’s students, all of whom abide by a Chinese-only language pledge. CET’s students may take advantage of top notch facilities, including comfortable, renovated dormitories and an excellent cafeteria for three daily meals.
Program Director: Yuan Gao
Yuan Gao has been a MMLA Chinese Language Director and Summer Site Manager at Green Mountain College, VT since summer 2009. Gao is the Director of the Asian Studies Program at Peddie School, an independent boarding school in New Jersey, overseeing the integrated language, history and travel signature program with two sister schools in China and India. He is also the Head of Peddie’s Chinese Program that he established when he first joined the school in 1990. An active member of CLTA and CLASS, Gao served on the College Board’s AP Chinese Curriculum and Assessment Committee (CDAC) and is a leading reader for the AP Chinese exam. Gao is the author of “Preparing Students to Narrate Stories Based on Chinese Idioms” in College Board’s AP Chinese publication for professional development. He is a frequent speaker at NCLC and Asia Society’s Confucius Classroom Leaders Forum. Gao earned his bachelor’s degree in French from East China Normal University in Shanghai, China and his master’s in French Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, specializing in nineteenth- and twentieth-century novels and poetry.