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ASU: Devils in Beijing: Study Abroad and Internship Program
Beijing, China (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Earn ASU Credit: View Pre-Approved Courses
Cost Sheets Summer
Areas of Study:
Business, Computer Science, Engineering, Global Studies, Health, Interdisciplinary Studies, Journalism, Law, Organizational Leadership, Social Sciences, Sustainability, Tourism
Program Type:
Faculty Directed
Language of Instruction:
Language Prerequisite:
0 semesters
Internships Available:
Graduate Courses Available:
GPA Requirement:
International Coordinator:
Toni Bartolutti
College Sponsor:
College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Department/School Sponsor:
Interdisciplinary Studies
Program Competitiveness:
Available to Non-ASU Students:
  Program Details


Group of ASU students


This program is a month long English-speaking internship program in Beijing, China where students are able to gain valuable work experience.  Although no prior knowledge of Mandarin Chinese is needed, as part of the coursework survival Chinese will be taught. The program provides students an opportunity to gain valuable work experience, visit ancient historical sites, and learn about Chinese language and culture.
* Optional 21 day travel program around China following the internships (not included, but available as an add-on for interested students)

Quick Facts

  • May 24 - June 21, 2017 

  • Enhance your resume with valuable personalized internship experience in Beijing, China!

  • English-speaking internships; no prior knowledge of Mandarin needed (Survival Mandarin, Chinese lessons included).

  • Tour the Forbidden City, Camp overnight at the Great Wall of China, View a Chinese Acrobatic show, Visit the Temple of Heaven, Attend a business networking seminar and more... 

  • 2.7 GPA  (if lower than a 2.7, letter of recommendation & writing sample are required)

  • Earn 6 credits

  • *See Academics tab for important internship information. 

    Read more about what past students have said about the program here!


3 students in Beijing

Group photo of students

Location Details

Beijing is China’s capital city and is an eclectic mix of both the modern and the ancient. The city features awe inspiring and historically interesting sites such as the Forbidden City, The Great Wall of China, the Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, and the Summer Palace. It is a thriving metropolis and a unique fusion of both old and new.  The city is the heart of China and is an important political and cultural center.  As China’s capital, Beijing serves an important role in government, commerce, economics, and social services - making it an excellent internship location.
China is the world’s second largest economy and gaining valuable work experience in China will enhance your resume and help make you a stronger candidate when applying for jobs after college. Beijing is an ideal location to intern because of its historical, cultural, and economic significance.  As an intern in Beijing, you will be able to gain hands-on work experience and an in-depth understanding of Chinese culture and history

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

From CRCC Asia: 

All visa processing are included in the program fee and are handled by our partner CRCC Asia. Students will be notified by CRCC Asia on visa application instructions following their phone interview with CRCC Asia. They will be assisting students on visa processing along with several other pre-departure assistance.


Eligibility Requirements

  • This program is open to all majors.
  • 2.7 GPA (otherwise, letter of recommendation and a writing sample are required)
  • No prior knowledge of Mandarin Chinese is needed!


Students will take 2 courses for a total of 6 credits.  All students must take the internship option (Course 1) and one additional course.  

Course 1 Options:

BIS 401 or BIS 360 or BIS/SGS 484: Applied Study/ Internship (3) 
Fulfills BIS internship requirements and meets university-wide internship standards. (Can be used to fill internship requirements with permission from your department). BIS 484 and BIS 360 open to all majors.


Course 2 Options:

BIS 402 or BIS 470 or BIS 350 or OGL/SGS 499
Global Workplace/Diversity and Organizations - Spotlight on China (3)
Fulfills BIS 402 requirements and OGL 350 Diversity an Organizations requirements.  OGL 350 fulfills university “L” and “C” credit requirements. (Course includes survival Mandarin, Chinese lessons).  BIS 350 is open to all majors.


BIS 302 (3)
Fulfills BIS 302 requirements. This course explores interdisciplinarity and integration as applied to various approaches of inquiry in a Chinese context

*A 2-credit iCourse: Gateway to China (CHI194) will be offered in the Spring semester (B session) for beginner students who have no previous knowledge of Chinese but who wish to participate in a study abroad program in a Chinese-speaking country. Please consider enrolling!

Internship Requirements

In order for our partner organization, CRCC Asia, to process visas and make internship placements, students must submit the following items as part of the application process: 
  • Passport Scan
  • Updated C.V. (resume)
  • Top 3 sector choices - Sector Choices
  • Personal Statement essay
Apply for your passport today!  


        Student Interns

Group of students in Beijing


Faculty Director

Dr. Jessica Hirshorn
Senior Lecturer
College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Phone: 480.727.7337

Additional Staff

Xuewen Liu
Graduate Teaching Assistant, SILC

Faculty Director Hirshorn

Beijing TA Xuewen


Beijing - Accommodation

Program Housing

ASU students stay in serviced apartments that are within walking distance of public transportation.  The apartments are located in the Embassy district, which is only a few stops on the subway from Beijing’s Central Business District.
Students will stay with one or two other students of the same gender.  Each person will have a bedroom and will share a bathroom, living room, and kitchen.  Apartments have air conditioning, internet access, and television.  Bed linens and towels are provided and are changed weekly. 


Accessibility Information

Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. Depending on the program, there may be a great deal of walking or the regular use of public transportation. The Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program.

Although ASU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the ASU Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

Students at The Great Wall


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2017 is $6,855.

Program Fee includes: ASU tuition for six credits, housing in student apartments, orientation activities, site visits and cultural events, internship placement and visa services, ASU faculty support, and international health insurance. 
Not included:
ASU student fees, airfare, passport fees, meals, independent travel, and personal expenses.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program

CRCC Asia is offering scholarships for students participating on the ASU: Devils in Beijing internship program. 

To apply, please answer the following questions in an essay-style response of 600 words or fewer:
  • How do you think this program will make you a more employable individual?
  • What do you think the biggest challenges of working in a different culture will be?
  • How do you think this program will challenge you?
The Grand Prize Scholarship include 1 travel airfare voucher of up to $1200 for a round trip flight to and from China, and $1835 to assist you in paying your program fee. Second Prize Scholarship includes $1835 assistance paying your program fee. 
Send your responses in a PDF to, and Toni Bartolutti ( in the email. 

Don't miss out on this awesome opportunity to help fund your study abroad experience!



  Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 03/08/2017
Rolling Admission 05/24/2017 06/21/2017

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
This program is currently not accepting applications.