Beijing Language and Culture University

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Beijing Language and Culture University
北京语言文化大学
Established 1962
President Cui Xiliang
Vice-president Lin Guoli, Huo Mingjie, Han Jingtai
Chairperson of the University Council Wang Lujiang
Admin. staff 829
Students 13,000 (9,000 international; 4,000 Chinese)
Location Beijing,  People's Republic of China
39°59′36″N 116°20′16″E / 39.99333°N 116.33778°E / 39.99333; 116.33778Coordinates: 39°59′36″N 116°20′16″E / 39.99333°N 116.33778°E / 39.99333; 116.33778
Campus Urban
Former names Higher Preparatory School for Foreign Students (1962-4), Beijing Language Institute (1964-1996)
Nickname Beijing yuyan xueyuan (北京语言学院)
Website www.blcu.edu.cn

Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU; Chinese: 北京语言文化大学; pinyin: Běijīng yǔyán wénhuà dàxué), colloquially known in Chinese as Yuyan Xueyuan (Chinese: 北京语言学院; pinyin: Beijing 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 to Foreigners", as well as bachelor and master degrees in several foreign languages are no longer only to be found at BLCU.[1] Beijing Language and Culture University is often called "Little United Nations" in China because of its very large amount of international students from various countries.

History[edit]

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Early in the 1950s when the teaching of Chinese as a foreign language (TCFL) 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" (Chinese: 北京语言文化大学). This was shortened in July 2002 to Beijing Language University (in Chinese) with the approval of the Ministry of Education. 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.[1]

Campus[edit]

University campus - Physical activities complex

Located in the Haidian District of Beijing.

Chinese language studies[edit]

The Global Times newspaper ranks the Chinese language school for foreigners very highly, citing a good campus life, lively location and an experienced faculty [2][3]

Bachelor's degree programs[edit]

  • Chinese Language (For Foreign Students)
  • Chinese Language and Culture
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Teaching Chinese as Foreign Language
  • English Language and Literature
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Arabic Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Korean Language and Literature
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Portuguese Language and Literature
  • Translation and Interpretation
  • Computer Science and Technology
  • Information Management and Information Systems
  • Technology of Digital Media
  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Painting
  • Journalism
  • International Politics
  • International Economics and Trade

Master's degree programs[edit]

  • Chinese Linguistics and Philology
  • Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
  • Course Design and Teaching Theories
  • Special Historical Studies
  • Chinese Ancient Literature
  • International Politics
  • Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
  • Comparative Literature and World Literature
  • Contemporary Chinese Literature
  • Literary Theory
  • Ancient Chinese Philology
  • English Language and Literature
  • French Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Arabic Language and Literature
  • European Languages and Literatures
  • Asian and African Languages and Literatures
  • Ideological and Political Education
  • Basic Psychology
  • Chinese Ethnic Languages and Literatures
  • Master's program of Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL)
  • Technology of Computer Application
  • Master of Translation and Interpreting

Doctoral degree programs[edit]

  • Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
  • Comparative Literature and World Literature
  • Chinese Ancient Literature
  • English Language and Literature
  • Theory of Literature and Art
  • Chinese Philology
  • Studies of Ancient Chinese Documents
  • Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature
  • Chinese Ethnic Languages and Literatures

Notable faculty and alumni[edit]


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