Capital Normal University

At , you attend compulsory language classes four hours a day, Monday Friday, and for the rest of the day you can choose other classes and activities.In addition to language study, classes available to our students include taiji, Chinese painting, kung fu and calligraphy. It is also possible to join in the Chinese students’ classes, covering subjects such as Classical Chinese and HSK (Chinese level test).If you choose to go to Capital Normal, you usually live on campus (in accordance with our agreement with the University) in one of two dormitories. Most rooms are shared between two, and you can choose whether to share a room with another Leeds student or with an international student from Japan or Korea. You can live outside campus, but you have to make your own arrangement.Shared rooms in the more expensive dormitory have ensuite bathrooms and cost per night, whereas rooms in the cheaper dormitory have a communal shower and toilet and cost per night.Leeds students are automatically placed in the more expensive rooms at the start of the year, but it is possible to change. You can also change your roommate if you wish to do so.The coffee bar in the dormitory is a good place to socialise and meet other students. There is no curfew for students in the dorms, but you need to ask one the porters or another student to let you in via the electronic door if you arrive back late, so please be considerate.Beijing has a large international community, so you can meet people from lots of different countries good practice if you are learning other foreign languages.Playing sports at the University (volleyball, basketball etc.) is a good way of making friends and meeting Chinese students.Drinking in bars is expensive (although no more so than in Leeds) but food is very cheap and it is possible to eat out all of the time. Many restaurants are open 24 hours. An evening meal at a local restaurant (including drinks) costs under per person, with lunchtime meals available at half the price. Western food is more expensive, but you can still have a nice meal (with drinks) for underGetting from to the centre of Beijing takes 45 minutes by bus, or for you can get there in 20 minutes by taxi. Public transport runs until 11pm and serves most places.Another good way to travel is to get a bike, but be careful of the traffic and make sure you lock it up securely to deter thieves.Beijing has good train connections, making it easy to go away for the weekend. Travelling also brings further opportunities to use your Chinese buying tickets, asking for help, etc.Sharing a room with a Japanese or Korean student is good practice for your language you’ll be speaking Chinese first thing in the morning and last thing at cheap jerseys nightMake the most of the chances you get to travel for example, you get a week off from classes in October/November, and a few weeks holiday for the Chinese New Year (the weather is nice in the south at that time)Hiring a venue is a good (and reasonably priced) idea for a Christmas partyOrganising work experience is a great way to gain transferable skills and meet people For example, one Leeds student worked at a home for orphans (set up by one of our graduates) which he described as “the most positive thing” he did during his stayGet in touch with your country’s Embassy in Beijing to see what activities they arrange for visiting students. Last year the British Embassy organised a range of events, from a Christmas carol service to fish and chips down the pub.