Welcome to the 2014 Beijing Academy

June 16, 2014

Dear Beijing Academy Students, 

Our names are Tim Liu and Yuan Gao, and we will be serving as Director of Residential Life and Program Director, respectively, for the Beijing Academy this summer. We are writing today to catch you up on all we have been doing to prepare for what promises to be an amazing language immersion experience. We would also like to take this time to give you an update on what you can expect to experience during this summer’s program.

We have been working with the Chinese teachers and staff here in Beijing to make sure we take advantage of the neighborhood and city around us; our aim is to make daily afternoon activities a true extension and expansion of class. To that end, we have trips planned to visit the Great Wall, the Temple of Heaven and the Forbidden City, just to name a few. We are also working hard to ensure students have opportunities to interact with locals with a variety of class projects that involve speaking with Chinese natives.

Students and staff at the Beijing Academy will take advantage of the surrounding areas, both immediate neighborhoods and across greater Beijing, to make each day’s goals and objectives come to life. The Beijing Institute of Education’s campus is located near two major subway lines, a large bus transfer station, the Beijing Zoo and the Beijing Planetarium. There are a number of supermarkets within close walking distance, as well as numerous local shops, where you can find your supplies during your stay in Beijing. 

Looking ahead, we have some tips and advice we would like to pass on to you and your family as you think about packing and preparation. First, know that summertime is when Beijing typically receives roughly three-quarters of its annual rainfall. Be prepared for frequent afternoon and evening thunderstorms as well as humid weather. Make sure to pack an umbrella and some rainwear. When it comes to food and culinary adventures, our cafeteria will provide an array of Chinese dishes and, of course, there is no shortage of choices across town. That being said, we encourage you to—if you haven’t already done so—let our staff know of any specific dietary requirements or allergies so that we can make proper arrangements. Students will be able to call home once per week on Sundays between 7:30 and 9:30 am, Beijing time. Students will call to check in with parents when they initially arrive on campus.

In conclusion, we hope to relay to you just how much we are all looking forward to having you with us in Beijing. As we get closer to the departure date, please feel free to pass along all questions and comments to the MMLA office. We are all eagerly prepping the final details and look forward to seeing you in China!

Best Regards,

Tim Liu and Yuan Gao