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Senior Scholars


Application Details


    No application deadline. Start date is coordinated with IUP


    Fill out a Senior Scholars Interest Form


    Established academics and professionals who already have a foundation in the Chinese language

The Senior Scholar Program is primarily designed for professors and scholars who want to polish their language skills or gain new competency for their next research project. IUP offers flexible curricula, schedules, and teaching materials designed to meet the specific needs of senior scholar applicants.




Prorated tuition, depending on duration of program and the amount of class time


Scheduling your Senior Scholar Program

Senior Scholar can only be scheduled during IUP’s normal business hours. While most choose one-on-one independent study tutorials, senior scholars are also welcome to join IUP’s core curriculum, provided that they meet IUP’s admissions standards and follow the program’s application schedule and academic calendar. Applications and financial aid are considered on a case-by-case basis.

IUP Programs
  • Submit your Interest Form

    Submit your interest form to let IUP know who you are and what you are interested in, and when you would like to study with us.

  • Contact the Resident Director

    Contact the resident director directly to learn more about what IUP's senior scholar program can offer you.



Fall 2018 - Spring 2019:
October 01, 2018 - May 25, 2019

Senior Scholar Programs can be scheduled during IUP’s normal workdays

  • Oct 16, 2018 IUP Day Trip: Hongluo Temple
  • Jan 02, 2019 Last Day for New Student Arrival in Beijing
  • Jan 03, 2019 Placement Test and Interview
  • Jan 03, 2019 Start of 2019 Spring Semester
  • Jan 04, 2019 Welcome Ceremony and Campus Tour
  • Jan 05, 2019 Course Assignment and Textbook Purchase
  • Jan 07, 2019 First Day of Classes (Module 3)
  • Jan 14, 2019 2019 Summer, Fall and Academic Year Financial Aid Application Deadline
  • Feb 01, 2019 Midterm Exams
  • Feb 01, 2019 Student : Teacher Discussions
  • Feb 02, 2019 No Classes: Spring Festival Holiday
  • Mar 08, 2019 Student Speeches
  • Mar 22, 2019 Final Exams
  • Mar 22, 2019 Last Day of Classes (Module 3)
  • Mar 25, 2019 2019 Spring Mid-Semester Break
  • Apr 01, 2019 First Day of Classes (Module 4)
  • Apr 01, 2019 Tsinghua Online Registration for 2019 Summer Students Open
  • Apr 01, 2019 Final Application Deadline (2019 Summer, Fall and Academic Year)
  • Apr 15, 2019 2019 Summer Tuition Deposits Due
  • Apr 16, 2019 Tsinghua Online Registration for 2019 Fall, 2019-20 Academic Year Students Open
  • May 01, 2019 No Classes: May 1st Holiday
  • May 15, 2019 2019 Summer Tuition Payment Due
  • May 15, 2019 2019 Fall, 2019-20 Academic Year Tuition Deposit Due
  • May 24, 2019 End of 2019 Spring Semester
  • May 24, 2019 Last Day of Classes (Module 4)
full IUP calendar

Where is Andrew now?

Denis O'Leary and Kent Thiry Professor School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University

It was an incredibly valuable 3 months of very hard and focused work. The individualized instruction quickly identified gaps in my language ability, built new dimensions of vocabulary that had somehow long eluded me, and moved me quickly from expressing myself orally with greater confidence to writing structured essays. It was in many ways great fun—kind of like having a personal trainer and losing 30 pounds. My greatest regret was that I was only able to do this for 3 months; it was a highly rewarding experience.

Where is Professor Davis now?

Professor of Sociology Yale University

I had 6 hours of one-on-one tutorials with three fantastic teachers on Monday and Wednesday afternoons for 7 weeks in spring of 2017 and spring of 2018...Outside of these tutorial sessions I spent about 20 hours a week reviewing the materials and preparing for my short "quizzes." Because I rarely write Chinese, the greatest challenge was the written work, but I made gains in reading comprehension of professional materials. I am immensely grateful for IUP staff and teachers for hosting senior scholars like myself for short term "interventions"; of course, I remain insanely jealous of anyone who can go full time for one year. When I am not in China I read newspapers, blogs, and statistical reports, and, when not teaching semester, try to read a novel or memoire. When I am in China, I use Chinese in to immerse myself as deeply as possible into the flow of everyday life as well as to conduct interviews and read daily news and professional articles that relate to my teaching and research.