Beijing Language and Culture University

Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU), a university directly under the National Ministry of Education, was established in 1962. It is a large university located in the Haidian District of Beijing.

It boasts a unique atmosphere of cultural diversity and an international student body. BLCU known as Little United Nations is the only university of its kind in China with its main focus to teach Chinese language and culture courses to foreign students as well as a multidisciplinary university featured in language teaching and research.

Since its founding, BLCU has taught Chinese language and culture to over 100,000 international students from 160 countries and regions around the world. Nowadays, more than 10,000 international students and over 5,000 Chinese students come to BLCU to study each year.




Campus facilities

The beautiful garden-like campus, located in the Zhongguancun Science and Technology Zone and covering an area of 38 hectares, provides a quiet and comfortable learning environment.

There are several canteens and restaurants on the campus serving Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Islamic, Western food, fast food. The refectory food is good quality at affordable prices (10-20 RMB per meal).

There is also a hospital,bank, post-office, Internet service, convenience store and launderette on campus.


There is an extensive library that international students can use: BLCU Library is noted for its collection of books on languages, Chinese culture, computer, finance and banking, pictorials and newspapers.  

BLCU Library also provides document-consulting services (Information and Consulting Office, 4th floor of the Library), video shows of language teaching (in the Audio-visual Room) . There is also an E-Reading room for e-mail access and Internet.

Other (Gyms, Clubs and Societies)

Sport facilities include opportunities for basketball, volleyball, tennis, football, baseball and an athlectics track. In the gymnasium there is a swimming pool, several badminton courts and space for table tennis and bowling.

Click here for more detailed inofmormation on facilities and services at BLCU.

Academic calendar

Autumn Semester: Beginning September to Mid-January

Spring Semester: End of February to Mid-July


Academic life

Teaching methods in Chinese universities usually include classroom lecture, classroom discussion, in class exercises amd tutorials. The academic year is based on two semesters with one semester usually lasts about 20 weeks. In general you will have classes five days a week.

The grading system in China is based on a scale from 0 – 100. 

Highest on scale: 90-100

Pass/fail level: 60

Lowest on scale: 0-59

BLCU operates a strict class attendance policy.


Please contact your head of Programme or Academic Advisor for more details.

Passing requirements

Please contact your head of Programme or Academic Advisor for more details.

Disability provisions

Please contact the IPO for more information regarding the support services at BLCU.


Beijing is China's second largest city by urban population after Shanghai and is the country's political, cultural, and educational centre and home to the headquarters for most of China's largest state-owned companies. Beijing is a major transportation hub in the national highway, expressway, railway and high-speed rail network. The city is renowned for its opulent palaces, temples, and huge stone walls and gates. Its art treasures and universities have made it a centre of culture and art in China.

Beijing beautifully blends ancient and modern Chinese cultures. A cosmopolitan metropolis combining both the history and modernity is what you can expect to experience in Beijing.


Beijing has a rather dry, monsoon-influenced humid continental climate characterised by hot, humid summers due to the East Asian monsoon, and generally cold, windy, dry winters. Beijing has four discernible seasons - short windy spring, long hot summer, cool pleasant autumn but long chilly winter. July and August temperatures can exceed 40 C (104 F). January can dip to -20 C (-4 F). There are frequent sandstorms in spring, and that makes September and October the best time to visit Beijing.

The University is on the routes of Bus No. 331, 375, 398, 810 and 902 which go directly to downtown area.

The subway is very convenient. You can walk 10 minutes from the campus to Wu Dao Kou subway station, and take the subway to any location in the urban area.

It takes about 50 minutes from the airport to the campus by taxi.

For more information about Beijing, please visit:

Beijing at first sight

Beijing, Now and Then

More information can be found in the Country Information Packs on Blackboard.  Click here to log into Blackboard.


There are two types of accommodation on campus. You can choose a single room or a double room in the dormitory buildings, and ask for the Department of International Cooperation and Exchange to reserve it in advance before you come to BLCU.

1. International Students House (Building 17)
Single room: 115-180 RMB per day
Double room: 60-95 RMB per day
Telephone and Internet access bills are not included.
TV, Telephone, Internet access, air conditioning, refrigerator, closet, bathroom are available in a single or a double room.
Tel: 86-10-82303216
Fax: 86-10-82303286

2. Conference Centre
Standard Single room: 115-198 RMB per day
Luxury Single room: 215-348 RMB per day
Luxury double room: 398 RMB per day
Breakfast included
Telephone and Internet access bills are not included.
TV, Telephone, Internet access, air conditioning, refrigerator, closet, bathroom are available in a single or a double room.
Tel: 86-10-82303778
Fax: 86-10-82300070

Cost of living

Beijing is an international city where you can find both very expensive goods and cheaper goods depending on your taste. However, overall living expenses in Beijing are quite low.

Examples only*:
Subway Ticket: RMB 3 - 5
Bus Ticket: RMB 1-2
Eggs: RMB 4/dozen
Newspaper: RMB 0.5-1
Fast Food Meal: RMB 20
Rice: RMB 3/kg
Vegetables: RMB 1.5/kg
Bicycle: RMB 300
Computer: RMB 5000
Train ticket from Beijing to Shanghai: RMB 330
Air ticket from Beijing to Shanghai: RMB 900
Taxi: RMB 10 (4km)
Movie Ticket: RMB 20

*Foreign exchange rate used US$1 = RMB 7.65


Students who have been nominated to study at BLCU will be sent an application pack via email the semester before they are due to start their SPA.

Health Insurance      

Students are required to buy the insurance offered by the Chinese Ministry of Education - 300 RMB for one semester students, and 600 RMB for one-year students. 

This can be purchased on arrival at BLCU during registration.



Visa requirements

Once you have received your acceptance letter from BLCU you should take these documents to the the Embassy or Consulate of the People's Republic of China  and apply for the student visa.  Please retain all of the original documents as these will be required when registering in the Foreign Students Office.

Your visa is your responsibility.  Generally it should not take longer than a week, but be prepared to take some extra time into account so apply in advance.

The Embassy or Consulate of the People's Republic of China in london: 49 Portland Place, London W1B 1JL

If during your stay in China you go home or to any other country, you will need to go to the police and apply for a separate visa.

This is for your information only, it is the student's responsibility to obtain the correct visa.

Physical Examination Record

The Office of International Students informs that the Physical Examination record is not compulsory for visa application; however it will be required by the Police Office when you will apply for the residence permit. So students who are going to spend a year at BLCU do not have to do the Physical Examination in the UK or before they arrive in China. BCLU suggests that students take the Physical Examination when they arrive in China together with the other international students. There will be an organised examination specially held for BLCU students at the beginning of each semester.




Please note: The information on this page is accurate at the time of publishing. Some details have been sourced from external websites.




Country: China
Language of tuition: Chinese
Level of study: Undergraduate
Partner type: Bilateral Exchange partner

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