Student Life

A Wide Range of Co-curricular Activities

Though academics are highly stressed at the Beijing school, the program's philosophy is based on balance between scholastic achievement and cultural immersion. As such, students are encouraged to take advantage of the rich culture, history, and diversity of the nation's capital city. The Beijing school organizes activities every week which are designed to showcase the gems of Beijing. Chinese roommates are invited to attend, and MIC covers the cost of these activities. 

Reimbursement Program for Independent Activities and Travel

The School in China recognizes students' diverse interests, and equips them to enrich their experience via the Reimbursement Program. To encourage students and roommates to pursue their own activities outside of class, the School offers a small weekly activity stipend in the form of a "cultural activity reimbursement." Reimbursement can be used for costs incurred such as tickets for Chinese movies, entry tickets for museums, parks, etc. In addition, on one weekend per semester, students and roommates are allotted an extra sum of money to be used for group travel outside of Beijing. 

Capital Normal University Student Clubs and Campus Life

Students are encouraged to participate in campus life and foster relationships with Chinese classmates. Below is a list of active clubs at Beijing's Capital Normal University which students are eligible to join:

Name Chinese Category Description

Classroom of Society


Career Dev.

Aims to prepare undergraduate students to enter society as adults.

Taekwondo Club  跆拳道社 Health & Exercise  Gathers together to practice Taekwondo with guidance from a professional instructor.
XingYi Club  星翼社 Health & Exercise, Career Dev.   A fusing of formerly separate clubs, this group conducts breakdancing, yoga, and career development training. 
Feiyan Dance Club  非言舞剧团 

Performance Arts

Teaches dance and puts on performances. Main focus is belly dancing, with other genres thrown in occasionally. 
Silent Sea Manga Club  静海动漫社  Hobbies & Interests  A network of students which announces when new manga exhibitions are going on in the area. 
Ping-pong Club  乒乓球社  Health & Exercise  Plays ping-pong together. Free instruction is available for beginners from other Chinese students.  
Orienteering Club   定向越野俱乐部  Hobbies & Interests  Organizes and carries out exploration activities throughout Beijing and the surrounding area. 
Breakers Flag Football Team  Breakers 腰旗橄榄球队  Health & Exercise  Organizes flag football and cheerleading activities. 
Snowskiing Club  滑雪俱乐部  Health & Exercise  Teaches skiing, and engages in ski and snowboard activities and competitions in Beijing. Ticket includes admission, equipment, and lesson. 
Yitang Chess and Checker Club  弈堂棋社  Hobbies & Interests  Plays and teaches Chinese and international versions of Chess, Checkers, and other related games.  
Chun Yingxiang Movie Club  纯映像电影社  Hobbies & Interests  Discusses and views films, and might even make movies together.  
Litian Jushe  唳天剧社  Performance Arts  Acting/theater group which rehearses together and puts on performances.
Niguang Photography Society  逆光摄影协会  Hobbies & Interests  Hosts opportunities for volunteering, e.g. storytelling to the blind, and conducts photography expeditions. 
Xingtan Academic Club  杏坛学社  Academic  Publishes its own newspaper, hosts a movie salon and academic salon, and focuses on history. 
Blues Guitar Club  蓝调吉他社  Performance Arts  Offers guitar lessons for a reduced lesson price. Beginners to advanced are all welcome.  
Ballroom Dance Society   体育舞蹈协会  Performance Arts  Teaches social dances and ballroom dances. Welcomes members to attend formal competitions. 
Board Game Club  桌游社  Hobbies & Interests  Gets together to play board games.