China and Asia-Pacific Studies (CAPS) Program
During their junior or senior year, CAPS students (majors/minors) spend one semester in Beijing at Peking University
's School of International Studies (SIS)
, one of China’s most prominent universities. They take three courses: 1) CAPS 4001 China in Transition, which is taught in English by a visiting American professor; 2) CAPS 4002 Chinese Perspectives on International and Global Affairs, which is taught English by a member of the faculty at the School of International Studies; and 3) a Chinese language course at the 4000 level or above (CHIN 4451 or 4457; equivalent to regular Cornell courses CHIN 4411 and 4427, respectively). Students are also encouraged to take or audit other available courses offered by the Beida faculty at SIS.
In Beijing, students hold internships with government agencies, businesses, the media, think tanks, or other organizations. Students are advised to find ways to coordinate their internship assignments between D.C. and Beijing. Students can opt to conduct summer internships in any Chinese city before the start of the fall semester; in that case, they will be exempted from doing internships in the fall or continue their summer internships in the fall if they so choose.
Qualifying applicants to the CAPS Honors Program
have the option of taking their language course as an independent study, whereby their tutors may help them conduct Chinese-language research for their honors thesis during the semester in Beijing.
Students are strongly encouraged to interact with Chinese students while studying at Beida. They will find a lot to explore and experience in Beijing and around the country.
CAPS SEMESTER CALENDAR Spring 2016