Princeton in Beijing Online - Summer 2022

PiBO Summer 2022 V2

Princeton in Beijing is moving forward with an online program for Summer 2022. The eight-week virtual program has been carefully refined to deliver a high-quality, intensive language learning experience, with a focus on accurate pronunciation and grammar, qualities necessary for genuine fluency in the Chinese language.

Details for the Princeton in Beijing Online Summer 2022 Program can be found below.

Program Overview
  • The online program is 8 weeks and covers the equivalent of two semesters of Chinese language courses at Princeton University with a total of at least 120 synchronous class contact hours.
  • In order to preserve a Chinese language environment and approximate total language immersion, Mandarin Chinese will be the only language used in all class interactions.
  • With a student-teacher ratio of approximately 3:1, small class instruction and daily individual sessions ensure participants get specialized attention tailored to individual needs.
  • A Speaker Series comprised of scholars and professionals provides rich insight into a wide range of China-related topics. Recent speakers include Professor Perry Link, Chancellorial Professor at University of California Riverside and Co-Founder of Princeton in Beijing, Gregory Gilligan, Chairman of AmCham China, Melinda Liu, Beijing Bureau Chief for Newsweek Magazine, and Matthew Pottinger, former United States Deputy National Security Advisor.
  • Extracurricular activities, including debate, poetry recital, calligraphy, cooking, happy hours with university students in China, aim to promote socialization with students and teachers alike and cultural immersion.
Program Fee

The fee for the Summer 2022 Online Program is $4,000 (plus $60 application fee).

Program Dates

Classes begin on Monday, June 13 and end on Friday, August 5, 2022. Expect student-teacher orientations, general Q&A, and Opening Ceremony to take place the weekend prior to the start of classes.


Completion of the online program will yield 8 credits for students enrolled at Princeton University.

Note: Non-Princeton participants who successfully complete the 8-week program are eligible to receive a transcript from Princeton University reflecting completion of two semesters of Chinese language courses. In addition, Princeton in Beijing will issue its own certificate of completion and grade report for all non-Princeton participants who complete the program.


Second Year (CHI 105C & 107C): Using the fluency-through-accuracy approach, students work on developing a strong foundation for the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing). The material in A New China (C.P. Chou, et al., Princeton University Press) gradually moves from daily conversational content to texts that have substantial content from the real world, covering issues especially relevant to American students studying in China. Texts provide deeper insight into the Chinese way of life and the intricacies involved in being a resident of China.

This level is suitable for those students who have had one year of college Chinese prior to attending, and do not speak Mandarin as a heritage language.

Third Year (CHI 305C & 306C): The Third Year curriculum is designed to further improve the four basic language skills -- listening, speaking, reading, and writing -- while at the same time introducing students to the complex fabric that makes up modern China. Through All Things Considered (C. P. Chou, Yan Xia and Meow Hui Goh, Princeton University Press) and Eyes on China (C.P. Chou, Jincheng Liu, and Xin Zou, Princeton University Press), students learn the vocabulary needed to discuss the modern societies of America and China and the issues that face people in those societies today, as presented in the official Chinese media.

This level is normally suitable for those students who have had two years of college Chinese prior to attending, or who have taken one year of an accelerated program meant for heritage speakers.

Fourth Year (CHI 405C & 406C): Students at the Fourth Year level take full advantage of the authentic Chinese language environment. In addition to studying texts such as Anything Goes (Chih-ping Chou et al., Princeton University Press), students study materials available to the Chinese of Beijing, including newspapers, the daily news on TV, and national magazines.

This level is normally suitable for those students who have had three years of college Chinese prior to attending, or who have taken two years of an accelerated program meant for heritage speakers.

Note: Each course level requires a minimum of 10 students enrolled to run. If that threshold is not met, those affected will be notified.

Need-Based Financial Aid

Limited need-based funding will be available for applicants who qualify.

All Princeton students who are currently receiving financial aid from Princeton University and will continue their studies at Princeton after PiB (i.e. freshmen, sophomores, juniors and graduate students) will still need to complete the financial aid section of the PiB application form. Princeton University students are eligible for funds not only from PiB, but also from the East Asian Studies Program and the Dean's Fund for Study Abroad.

As part of PiB's financial aid application, students are required to submit a financial aid award letter from their home institution and tax return(s) from the most recent year available. If you are an undergraduate, please provide a copy of the most recent federal tax returns of your parents.  If they filed separate returns, be sure to combine both documents into one before uploading.  If you are an international student, provide us with tax returns from your home country if available, along with as much financial information as possible so that we can evaluate your need.

Tentative Daily Schedule

Daily classes (Monday-Friday) comprise of 2 hours of small class sessions and 1 hour of individual session. See the following for a tentative daily schedule (subject to change before start of program). All times are in North America Eastern Standard Time.

9:00 AM-9:50 AM; 10:00 AM-10:50 AM: Session A
11:00 AM-11:50 AM; 12:00 PM-12:50 PM: Session B
1:30 PM-4:30 PM*: Individual sessions (1 hour per student)
8:00 PM-10:00 PM: Office hours/extracurricular activities

*May be scheduled outside of this timeframe depending on the time zones of students and instructors.

Additional Details

Technology: All participants will need a computer with webcam, high-speed internet access, headphones, and microphone, and a relatively quiet learning space. Classes will be conducted online using the Zoom video conferencing platform.

Further details will be shared leading up to the start of the summer program.

PiBO 2022 Deadlines

Application with Financial Aid Deadline:
February 18, 2022

General Application Deadline:
March 18, 2022

Admissions Notification:
Before May 2022

PiBO Application

Apply here
*Non-Princeton students are welcome to apply*

For more on how and what to prepare, please refer to the Application Checklist.