Beijing Language & Culture University
Beijing Language & Culture University is a specialized language and culture university. Founded in 1962, it is the only international university in China with the express purpose of teaching Chinese language and culture to foreign students. Each year around 10,000 international students from 120 countries enrol for study, and since it was established the university has trained hundreds of thousands of foreign students in Chinese. It also has exchange programs and joint teaching ventures with 157 universities in 31 other countries.
BLCU teaches Chinese, foreign languages, computer science and technology, finance, accounting and teacher training. It has more than 800 full-time staff, 11 teaching institutions and 13 research institutions. It offers short-term and intensive courses as well as undergraduate, masterís and doctorate programs. The university press publishes periodicals on Chinese language, teaching and Chinese culture. They have published over 1,500 periodicals so far, which have been well-received both at home and abroad. The university has more than 40 fully-equipped study labs and multi-media classrooms. All classrooms are air-conditioned and equipped with modern facilities.
BLCU has a green and pleasant campus and a quiet and comfortable learning environment. It has sport areas for basketball, volleyball, tennis, martial arts, football and baseball. There is a newly-built gym with a swimming pool, gymnasium, badminton courts and spaces for table tennis and bowling. There is also a medical clinic, a post-office, a convenience store and a laundry on campus.
The university is on several bus routes, and is close to the subway. It is near to various shops and nightlife areas.