Currently accepting applications for Spring 2017.
IUP's Resident Director
The current Resident Director, Dr. Brent Haas, joined IUP in June 2015. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina (USA), Dr. Haas began his study of China as a university student. A survey course of Chinese history in his first year of college changed the course of his studies and career, leading him to begin studying Chinese. He made his first trip to Beijing as a student in the Princeton-in-Beijing (PIB) language program at Beijing Normal University in the summer of 1999. After graduating from Georgetown with a major in history and minor in Chinese, he again returned to Beijing as a foreign student, this time at the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies (IUP) at Tsinghua University. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from University of California, San Diego, where he studied modern Chinese history under the guidance of Joseph W. Esherick and Paul G. Pickowicz. He has taught lecture courses on East Asian civilization, modern Chinese history, the history Sino-American relations, Chinese images of the “West”, and Chinese borderlands and minorities for Duke Study in China (DSIC), Duke University, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and Peking University. His experience in study abroad leadership includes Duke University Study in China program, the University of California Education Abroad Program’s (UCEAP) Beijing Center, and, now, the Inter-University Program (IUP) for Chinese Language Studies.
IUP Program Information
New Policy for Deferred Attendance
Due to the very large number of applications that IUP has received in the past two years, IUP will no longer allow applicants to defer attendance. Applicants who have been accepted to IUP but who would like to attend the following year will need to re-apply as new applicants and meet the official application deadlines.
Medical and Health Care
Due to the lower level of health care available in China, the current state of medical facilities in Beijing, and the long distance of Tsinghua from Western-managed clinics and hospitals (all located on the other side of Beijing), IUP strongly recommends that any students with a pre-existing medical condition consult with their physician to see if their condition would be worsened by living in Beijing.
Beijing has severe air pollution, extremely dry air and dust storms in winter and spring, and several infectious diseases (e.g. TB and hepatitis) that are prevalent. Asthma sufferers and those with other respiratory aliments will find living in Beijing very challenging.