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ASU: Sun Devils in Beijing: Internship (English-Speaking) and Study Abroad 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. The program provides students an opportunity to gain valuable work experience, visit ancient historical sites, and learn about Chinese language and culture.

Quick Facts

May 30 - June 27, 2018
  • Enhance your resume with valuable personalized internship experience in Beijing, China!
  • English-speaking internships; no prior knowledge of Mandarin needed (survivial 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.
  • Earn 6 credits
  • Optional 21 day travel program around China following the internships (not included, but available as an add-on for interested students)

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

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.


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 choose TWO courses from the following options, totaling 6 credits:

Course #1: 
BIS 401 - Applied Interdisciplinary Studies
BIS 484 - Internship
OGL 484 - Internship
BIS 360 - Chinese Organizations

Course #2:
BIS 402 - (Topic) The Global Workplace
OGL 350 - Diversity and Organizations
BIS 499 -  Individualized Instruction
BIS 470 - (Topic) Spotlight on Chinese Organizations
BIS 302 - Interdisciplinary Inquiry

Students may be eligible to earn SGS credit as part of your graduation requirements while on this program. In order to do so, please contact your academic advisor as part of the application process to discuss this option. Students will not be awarded SGS credit retroactively.

Students participating on this program may wish to enroll in the Gateway to Chinese course offered during the spring session B semester preceding the summer program.  This course is designed for non-speakers to gain basic language skills to help them during their study abroad experience. For more information, please consult this flyer.  Please note that enrollment in this course is entirely separate from the study abroad program.


        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

Dr. Brent Scholar
College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Phone: 480-965-9047

Faculty Director Hirshorn

Brent Scholar


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 2018 is $7040.

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

The scholarship is open to anyone over 18 years old and includes a month-long internship in China with accomodation and work placement, a 21-day adventure tour of china after the internship, and flights to and from China.
Details on the scholarship can be found here, with the application located here
Any specific questions such as visa inquiries, application metrics, and trip details can be directed to



  Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/01/2018
Rolling Admission 05/30/2018 06/27/2018
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** 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.