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Thank you for your interest in learning more about IUP! This page has information you might need to share with your student advisees, but if there are any questions you still have, please let us know. image


Chinese language schools are a dime-a-dozen today. Among the handful of prestigious programs in Beijing, IUP offers the smallest classes, the most experienced, professional teachers, and the flexibility for students to design specialized tutorials tailored to their academic and professional interests—all for a highly competitive price. We train students who want to achieve full professional fluency in Chinese. This is why IUP has been leading the field for 55 years. And why one prominent China hand and podcast host called IUP “the Cadillac of Chinese language programs.”

Most applicants find out about IUP through word-of-mouth from academic advisors and alumni of the program. But they end up choosing IUP for our academic rigor, advanced Chinese courses, small class size, self-designed independent tutorials, and location at Tsinghua University in Beijing. The program’s stellar reputation also makes our alumni highly sought-after applicants for China-related graduate schools and job opportunities, and employers regularly share job opportunities the IUP alumni association. Graduates of the program have taken on leading roles in academica, business, diplomacy, entrepreneurship, law, media, and NGO management. If a student is serious about attaining professional fluency in Chinese, IUP is the place to study.



IUP’s standard curriculum includes three hours of 3-on-1 classes and one hour of 1-on-1 tutorial daily. These four courses cover three different textbooks: a comprehensive text, a listening comprehension course, and one elective. IUP’s courses generally start at the 3rd year level, but 2nd year Chinese can be offered on a case-by-case basis. Elective courses can include Business Chinese, Classical Chinese, Film, HSK preparation, legal studies, and literature, among other topics. Once students have reached an advanced level, they may utilize our “Selected Materials” course, in which the students pick texts related to their academic or professional interests and our teachers design a curriculum for them.



Some universities, including members of the IUP Consortium, offer direct credit for IUP courses. If your university does not, transfer credits are available through Indiana University. Students simply need to apply for transfer credits at the beginning of the semester. Undergraduate students can earn 12-16 credits per semester; graduate students can earn 8-12 credits per semester. Please note that Indiana University does not offer credit for the summer course.



We know learning Chinese at IUP is a major intellectual and financial commitment, but it is an investment that pays off in our students’ professional lives. Fees include tuition and international health insurance, but travel, housing, and food are not included. IUP is able to offer financial aid packages in the form of tuition reductions to some applicants on a competitive basis. Applicants should not expect to receive “full-ride” scholarships from IUP. Many IUP students receive funding support from their home universities or from scholarships like the Blakemore-Freeman Fellowship, FLAS scholarship, Fulbright CLIA, Fulbright-Hays, Fulbright Fellowship, and the Yale Light Scholarship. Unfortunately, Chinese Scholarship Council funding (i.e. “the Chinese Government Scholarship”) cannot be used at IUP.


Successful IUP applicants already have the language ability to get by in China and learning how to deal with the practical issues of daily life in Beijing is one way that our students grow at the program.

Most IUP students share off-campus apartments with classmates or alumni in the Wudaokou neighborhood near Tsinghua University, where they will be surrounded by thousands of Chinese and international students. Wudaokou offers a wide variety of businesses, dining options, and cafes catered to students. Some students choose to live in IUP-arranged home stays. Dormitory rooms are extremely difficult to secure, but fall and spring semester students can apply. Housing will be students’ largest living expense, with a bedroom in a shared apartment in the Wudaokou neighborhood costing between 3000 – 4500 RMB per month (roughly $450-$700 USD). Food, however, can be very inexpensive. You can still find a delicious bowl of noodles for a couple of dollars, but you can also experience fine dining for much higher prices.

Students should bring a smartphone with them or be ready to purchase one in Beijing. This will allow them to take full advantage of the conveniences China’s highly developed Online-to-Offline (O2O) economy gives to users. From same-day shipping to food delivery to shared bicycles, mobile technology has made life in Beijing much more convenient. Most daily purchases are now done through online payment, like AliPay or WeChat wallet.



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  • Receive admissions and
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We are here to support you and your students. Don’t hesitate to contact us. Once accepted into IUP, our Beijing-based staff will be in frequent touch with incoming students to walk them through the enrollment process, visa applications, arrival in Beijing, and apartment search.

We understand that part of your job is communication with parents directly or indirectly. With that in mind, we thought it might be helpful for you see how IUP addresses some of the concerns that parents might have when considering IUP.

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Where is Rosalyn now?

Assistant Director Middlebury in China Kunming Program

I came to IUP with an intermediate-high background in Chinese, and was already proficient with working with students and their families, but IUP was instrumental in helping me polish my formal Chinese, especially to help me in communicating with vendors, company management, and university leaders much more professionally. What's more, my time at IUP allowed me to pursue my passion for Chinese Literature and read novels in Classical Chinese, which would have been impossible during a busy work schedule. It was also beautiful that teachers took some of their own free time to hold a Lit Appreciation discussion group during the afternoons

Where is Alec now?

Writer and Managing Editor Los Angeles Review of Books China Channel

My year at IUP was one of the most stimulating and challenging times of my life. The learning curve was very steep for me, as I only had quite basic Chinese to begin with, but the dedicating tutoring at IUP knocked it into shape. I especially enjoyed branching into guwen and Tang poetry at the end. I use Chinese in all of my on-the-ground interviews and research in China, to write articles and books about China for audiences back home. Without the excellent training at IUP, I would not have been able to write my book Wish Lanterns profiling six young Chinese.

Where is Jesse now?

Comedian and Founder US-China Comedy Center

I spent my time there doing everything from learning Chinese comedy routines to working with a teacher one-on-one to help me write a bilingual movie script. It was a fantastic environment for me to drill into the deep places of the interests I had in China and know that I had a supporting group of teachers to push me to learn, write, and create. Since I do Chinese performance, I need to be able to speak Chinese well enough that I can create my own works. In addition, it turns out to be really important to be able to "pitch" ideas in Chinese as well.


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