About BLCU

About BLCU

The only University in China dedicated to Chinese language and culture international education.

Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU), a key university directly under the National Ministry of Education, is the only university of its kind in China that offers Chinese language and culture courses to international students. Meanwhile, BLCU also takes Chinese students specializing in foreign languages and other relevant subjects of humanities and social sciences, and trains teachers of Chinese as a foreign language. Because of its very large amount of international students from various countries, its unique campus culture and its close academic Relations with worldwide academic institutions, BLCU is often called "Mini United Nations" in China.

World-Wide Alumni Community

In the area of Teaching Chinese as Foreign Language (TCFL) and the promotion of Chinese culture, Beijing Language and Culture University has the longest history, the largest size and the well-qualified academic faculty. Since 1962 the university has trained some 150,000 foreign students who are proficient in the Chinese language and familiar with Chinese culture from 176 countries and regions. Many alumni have become celebrities in various fields of education, politics and business.

A Multidisciplinary and Multi-Level University

BLCU’s current disciplines are composed of seven categories: literature, economics, law, engineering, history, education and management. Besides a Post-doctoral Research Center, there are 15 Ph.D. programs, 30 master's degree programs and 25 bachelor's degree programs, including 1 national key discipline and 10 municipal key disciplines. The university is also currently comprised of the following institutions: the Department of Chinese International Education (including the College of Chinese Studies, the College of Advanced Chinese Training, the College of Intensive Chinese Studies, the College of Preparatory Education and the School of Mandarin Education), the College of Foreign Languages, the School of Advanced Translation and Interpretation, the School of Humanities, the School of Social Sciences, the College of Information Sciences, the International Business School, the English Education Center, the Physical Education Department, the School of Training and the College of Network Education. In addition to these academic units, BLCU also has many research bodies, such as the Academy of Languages, the TCFL Research Center, the International Research Base for Chinese Language Teaching, the Institute of Applied Linguistics, the Language Information Processing Center, the Institute of Chinese Language Policies and Standards, the Capital International Culture Research Base and the Arab Research Center.

Comprehensive Cooperation With the World

BLCU has established cooperative relations with over 301 universities and educational institutions in 51 countries and regions worldwide and formed a productive international education pattern with comprehensive, multi-level and wide-ranging features. BLCU has built Harvard-Beijing Academy with Harvard University and set up the School of Bangkok in Thailand and the school of Tokyo in Japan. What’s more, BLCU conducts Chinese-foreign cooperation in running schools with various forms. BLCU has also conducted joint-training undergraduate and graduate programs with over 10 foreign universities, such as Webster University and George Mason University in the U.S., Konstanz University of Applied Sciences in Germany and University of Manchester in Britain. BLCU has hosted 16 Confucius Institutes and has been named as an “advanced Chinese partner institution.”

The Best Press for TCFL Textbooks

Thousands of various teaching books published by the Beijing Language and Culture University Press are very influential both at home and abroad. Materials of TCFL published by BLCUP has been used by various institutions and training organizations in over 100 countries.

Distance Online TCFL Education

Approved by the Ministry of Education in 2000, BLCU became a pilot university to launch modern distance education. BLCU constructed its teaching platform, developed various TCFL multimedia courseware, use online blended teaching mode to provide Chinese language learning programs, Chinese language teacher education programs and Chinese culture program to learners all over the world. BLCU has been devoted to offering value-added, personalized and convenient learning service for all kinds of learners around the world.

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