SYA China

Spend your Saturday bartering for deals at Beijing’s famous silk market for deals on everything from the newest fashions to antique treasures. Join in a sidewalk game of mahjong with the locals as you pass through winding hutongs are your way home. Relive the magic at the Water Cube where Michael Phelps made history by winning eight gold medals in a 2008 Olympic games. See more of what awaits you upon touchdown in Beijing.

SYA China, located on the campus of Beijing Normal University High School #2, opened its doors in 1994 and was the first high school or college program in the People’s Republic of China with government permission to place students in host families for the entire academic year. The two-and-a-half credit, intensive Mandarin Chinese course is offered at six levels to accommodate the needs of beginning through advanced language students. In addition, students take English, mathematics, Chinese history and Chinese culture, all taught in English by American faculty. Outside the classroom, students participate in a variety of activities and spend approximately 50 days traveling throughout China with the school.

BNU High School #2 has been designated as a National Model School. This distinction affords a new athletic complex, outdoor track and soccer field, as well as basketball and volleyball courts for those students wishing to pursue such activities during their time in Beijing. SYA is housed on one floor of the complex complete with classrooms, a computer lab and office space.   

There is no language pre-requisite for this program. Beginners in Mandarin are encouraged to apply. 

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