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China: Beijing

Beijing - ACC Quick Facts

Language of Instruction
Mandarin Chinese

Fields of Study
Mandarin Chinese language at intermediate and advanced levels, Chinese culture, mass media and modern society.

Host Institution
Minzu University of China

Foreign Student Dormitory

Program Dates
Fall semester only (consists of summer and fall terms):  mid-June to early December.

Faculty Liaison
Sharon Hou

Hamilton College: Associated Colleges in China

The Associated Colleges in China (ACC) program is based in Beijing, the political and cultural capital of China.  The city is an interesting blend of past and present; beautiful parks with pagodas, and neighborhoods with charming 19th century homes strike a strong contrast to glass and steel high-rises.  Beijing is a vibrant city, offering students an interesting cultural, linguistic, and academic experience in the heart of modern China.

The ACC program is hosted by the Minzu University of China, a comprehensive institution of higher learning. Located in an urban district of Beijing, near the National Library of China, the university has a garden-like campus and modern educational facilities. ACC offers an intensive Chinese language program designed for U.S. students who wish to obtain a high level of language proficiency.  A rigorous academic schedule and a Chinese language pledge are both hallmarks of the program. 

Academic Program

ACC administers a placement examination at the beginning of the summer term.  Based on the results of that exam, students are placed in an appropriate mix of courses in language and culture.  Pomona awards a total of 4 Pomona credits for 2 summer courses and 4 fall courses (2/3 Pomona credit each.) 

Living Arrangements

Students are housed in the Foreign Students Dormitory.  Pomona provides a meal allowance for meals taken in the student cafeteria or nearby restaurants. Students also have host families whom they visit on the weekends.

Number of Students

ACC enrolls approximately 45 students, selected from a competitive national pool.


  • Completion of intermediate Mandarin (Chinese 51b), or the equivalent.
  • 9.0 GPA required. 

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