Learn what a typical day looks like at the Chinese Academy in Beijing, China
For four weeks, all programming, events, activities, field trips, meetings and meals will be in Chinese. From morning assembly until lights out, you’ll be wrapped in the language with a group of new friends, teachers and residential staff.
For 20 minutes after breakfast each morning, all students gather together for a casual assembly. Teachers and residential staff may perform skits, show music videos, or share creative presentations. It’s fun, unpredictable and all “in language” as you get warmed up for the day of academic, cultural, and recreational activities ahead.
During the week you will spend approximately three hours a day in language classes. You will stay with your language level group and follow a course of study specially designed so that you can survive and thrive in a full-immersion environment. Learn more here: Curriculum & Classes in Beijing
The Academy’s hands-on “Cultural Exploration” classes are 2 hours long on weekdays. These classes change every week and allow students the opportunity to actively explore authentic aspects of Chinese culture. In Beijing the classes may focus on topics such as:
- Chinese Caligraphy
- Tai Chi
- Chinese Traditional Painting
- Chinese Board Games
- Chinese Cooking
Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, you’ll have every meal with your new friends and stay in language. Early on there may be some humor and difficulty staying in language, but it’s good fun and teachers or RAs will be there to provide encouragement. Meals are typically eaten one of Central Normal University's cafeterias or at a nearby restaurant. Dietary restrictions can be difficult to accommodate in China, so if you have any specific needs, please make sure to contact us.
Afternoon activities change every day and may include painting, watching Chinese TV, or going for milk tea at a nearby store. You can also choose sports like soccer, basketball, yoga, or Frisbee. RAs lead all afternoon activities and supply students with the vocabulary they need to have fun and stay in language.
You’ll have some down time every day, when you’ll be able to go to the gym, write in your journal, do some laundry, take a walk, chill with friends, take a shower before dinner or all of the above.
Evening Activities & Evening Assembly
Evening activities vary day by day. Some days students will spend extra time reviewing coursework with their teachers. Other evenings, RAs will lead Student Interest Clubs, where students can dive deeper into areas of their choosing such as sports, music, yearbook, dance, videography, or theater. Students may have special performances or "Movie Nights" planned in the evening for them as well.
Evening Assembly takes place once a week and is a chance for you to see what your friends have been learning in their language classes. Think songs, skits, games, and interactive activities. It’s usually entertaining and a great opportunity to see how your peers are progressing.
The End of the Day
After evening activities, it is your time to meet back in your dorm with your friends and residential staff. Enjoy a snack with friends. Listen to some music. Maybe share a funny story, divulge a recent triumph, or express your thoughts and concerns. Before too long, you’ll be ready to crash, so you can get started the next day.
The weekends offer extended free time to relax or review, but also to explore the city of Beijing. Read about the places you may go with us here: Field Trips & Excursions in Beijing