City and Academic Overview

Academic Programs

Beijing Normal University


Study Abroad in Beijing

Students who want to study abroad in Beijing with API will take classes at Beijing Normal University (BNU). BNU began as a teachers college (“normal” refers to teaching) in 1902. Throughout its development over the past century, BNU has continually worked to reform and improve the quality of its educational offerings. BNU has attached great importance to academic development and has shaped itself into a diversified and comprehensive university. BNU ranks among the top universities in China – both overall and in key areas such as education (#1), psychology (#1), Chinese language and literature (#1), art (#4), history (#3), and geography (#2). It offers over 100 doctoral programs, 162 masters programs, and 55 bachelors programs. BNU has welcomed international students for half a century, and there are approximately 2,000 students from 65 countries studying at the university (35% for short term or exchange programs). API students will have the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of courses in English with Chinese and international students, as well as to learn Chinese at one of the top Chinese language centers in the world.

City Information

The capital of the People’s Republic of China, Beijing has a long and storied history dating back over 3 millennia. It has served as the nerve center of China through several imperial dynasties, the Republican era, and the founding of the People’s Republic, and it continues to be one of the most important geopolitical centers in the world. One of the largest cities in the most populated country in the world, Beijing is rapidly modernizing and diversifying its economy, while dealing with the environmental effects that geography and such rapid expansion have dealt it.  The city is one of the most developed in China, and is home to over 41 Fortune 500 companies (2nd in the world only to Tokyo, Japan). Despite its size and congestion, Beijing has an excellent and very affordable public transportation system (buses and metro). It is also a major hub for travel throughout China and the region. Today’s Beijing is an amazing and engaging place to live and learn. Home to the Chinese central government, ancient temples and palaces such as the Forbidden City, old “hutongs “(old neighborhoods gentrified into shopping and dining hotspots), and a gateway city to the Great Wall, there is never a shortage of cultural activities to enjoy. Beijing is also an intellectual capital of China, hosting dozens of the countries top universities and research centers.