Beijing Language and Culture University, Beijing

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Beijing Language and Culture University, colloquially known in Chinese as Yuyan Xueyuan, has the main aim of teaching the Chinese language and culture to foreign students. However, it 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. It used to be the only institute of this kind in China. After the push for massification of higher education starting in the 90's, nowadays many other universities in almost every major city in China have a similar offer. Thus bachelor, master or post-doc degrees in, "Teaching Chinese as a second language to Foreigners", as well as bachelor's and master's degrees in several foreign languages are no longer only to be found at BLCU. Beijing Language and Culture University is often called "Little United Nations" in China because of its very large number of international students from various countries.HistoryEarly in the 1950s when the teaching of Chinese as a foreign language was still at the initial stage, the first generation of BLCU teachers took an active part in the pioneering work. As a result, the first school of higher education specially oriented to foreign students, "Higher Preparatory School for Foreign Students", was established in June 1962. In 1964, the school was officially named "Beijing Language Institute". In June 1996 it was renamed "Beijing Language and Culture University". Its Chinese name was shortened in July 2002 to Beijing Language University with the approval of the Ministry of Education, but the English name remained unchanged. September 6, 2002 witnessed the celebration of the 40th anniversary of BLCU, for which General-Secretary Jiang Zemin and Vice-Premier Li Lanqing wrote letters of congratulations, and the Chairman of the NPC Standing Committee Li Peng wrote words of encouragement.CampusThe campus of BLCU is located in the Haidian District of Beijing.
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  • I was at BLCU between July and August 2017, definitely a unique experience thanks to the courtesy of the citizens of Beijing and the great teachings of professors working to these summer short courses in which hundreds of strangers converge. The only flaw is not controlled by them: the number of Italians is a comforting part--how to deal with their fellow countrymen will never-cloying (same for teachers as a teacher made me realize, confused by our Super-presence). Beyond the studio there is to consider the question of housing, a shock to anyone I've met from Europe. Besides the confusion just arrived at Accomodation Office, I had booked a double because the individual were finished, but once in place they gave me an individual, it must be said that the problem is not the bigness-those expecting a Grand Hotel or just the quality of a bed and breakfast mistaken departing-but the cleanliness and condition of any furnishings and/or accessories. I had to in order to remove corpses on corpses of insects from sheets, seal it with garbage bags and duct tape the radiator open space next to the bed, with split wood and rusty iron spikes protruding, to remove dust from furniture, behind furniture and under furniture took 6 hours, for a few square meters. Rooms never cleaned in months and not even sure if it was the fault of previous tenants or staff which is supposed to wash the floors give it sometime. But judging from the number and variety of hair (plus some cotton buds used) found, been so long since someone removed the dust. The bathroom is what is broken, shower hose and water sometimes Brown, more moldy door wood because the drain is too slow and the water falls directly on the floor going to wet it. The mattress is uncomfortable, but after the initial trauma you get used to its hardness. You get used to everything if you are able to keep your room and into my month stay to building 8 I never met cockroaches as has happened with many other students from other buildings much more crowded (the number 4 in particular). The Council is getting psyched to make a nice clean after the necessary purchases or at the supermarket on campus or in the U-Center in Wudaokou, 500 metres from the complex. Ill go Zhichinlu, one stop South on line 13 from Wudaokou, there is a huge Walmart where to buy anything with a preponderance of Chinese products, for those who want to immerse themselves in their culture. The sore point is the communal kitchen, dirty, never used, and no equipment, anyone previously thought to be only a month and cook by itself is better get from home the victuals or organize together with colleagues to make the necessary purchases without going into loss.
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  • In Linguistics, the People's Republic of China best located where you play on around the school but there are so many traps. A lot of foreign students for foreign treatment is all well and good in school. Language training to dog honey Inn place.
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  • This university is located just a kilometer away from the main section of Wudaokou on the same street. A colleague would always talk about this place as a great way to meet people and become friends w...  more »
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  • Here you get to meet foreigners from different cultures worldwide. This is a cultural "HOTPOT". HOWEVER, let me quickly say if you don't go out to mix with the local Chinese people your Chinese language skills will develop at as snail's pace. I loved this place.
  • A truely awesome place!The best universities in China that teaches foreigners Chinese.As a student here,i love her beutiful environment the most.
  • Teachers are quite good. Too many foreigners, so most students don't really develop relationships with Chinese people. If you come here, prepare for endless frustration with the 911 International Student Office. If you have a 孔子学院奖学金 and want to live off campus, don't expect to receive the accommodation stipend that was promised you.
  • This university is located near the downtown area called WudaoKou where you will find lots of restaurants, clubs, bars and shopping malls. You will also find Pakistani, Indian, Turkish and other countries restaurants here.
  • It's the best language university in Beijing. What a great experience here

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