The Department of Philosophy proudly participates in CU Denver's Study Abroad Program in Beijing, China. The Semester in Beijing Program offers a Minor in philosophy, along with several elective courses.

International College at Beijing (ICB) is an English-taught degree program with courses in both the U.S. and in Beijing. ICB was founded on April 20, 1995, as the result of a joint venture educational program between China Agricultural University and the University of Colorado Denver—one of the first bilateral educational programs authorized by the Chinese government.


The Semester in Beijing enables American and Chinese students to learn together in the International College Beijing, a joint program between CU Denver and China Agriculture University. CU Denver's International College Beijing program provides students with the opportunity to learn about Chinese culture and its traditional roots.

Denver students can earn degree credit while studying at ICB for one semester, an academic year or longer, thus experiencing the fastest growing economy in the world while gaining practical intercultural communication knowledge, skills and experience.

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Study communication through the International College at Beijing to:

  • Earn an American degree that is fully recognized by the Chinese Ministry of Education and employers worldwide.
  • Prepare for graduate school or a professional degree.
  • Practice English and communication skills both in the classroom and through extracurricular activities.
  • Study alongside American students in China or Denver, Colorado.


  • Spring Semester begins Mid-February
  • Fall Semester begins Mid-September

Timeline Details

Eligibility & Requirements

  • CU Denver's Semester in Beijing program is open to all. 
  • CU Denver students as well as non-CU Denver students in good academic standing (a minimum of 2.5 GPA).
*Proficiency in the Mandarin language is not required. 

Tuition and Fees 

Program Budget 2016-2017




Tuition (does NOT include Chinese language course)

$435.91 per credit

Students are encouraged to take a "full-time" load.  This could be 9 credits of tuition, plus three to five credits of Chinese courses built into their program fee.

Program fee


Includes: International health insurance, accommodation, $100 meal card, In-country orientation, airport pickup, book rental, International Student registration fees, Chinese health insurance, in-country physical (required for academic-year students), Chinese language course (3-5 credits), excursions outside of Beijing, support services in Beijing and Denver.



Up front cost

China Visa


Up front cost


$1,000 - 1,600

Up front cost

Spending money


Meals and personal expenses



This amount will actually be reduced significantly for every student as we will be giving every students approximately $2,700 in scholarships.  We will consider this a program discount. Also, most students can apply for travel grant, so plane ticket to Beijing may be covered. 

For more information regarding tuition and fees, click here.

Application and Deadlines

  • Fall Semester: April 1
  • Spring Semester: October 15

Scholarship and Financial Aid

Financial aid packages can be used to cover the costs of this program. CU Denver students who receive financial aid should contact Mary Morales (303-315-1848) at the Office of Financial Aid to discuss their financial aid award for the Semester in Beijing Program.

Financial aid package is based on fixed costs (tuition and room fees) and non-fixed budget estimate (food purchases, round trip airfare, books/personal expenses.

Courses Offered 

  • Phil 1012 Intro. to Philosophy 
  • Phil 3002 Ancient Greek Philosophy
  • Phil 3200 Social and Political Philosophy
  • Phil 4220 Aesthetics/Philosophy of Art
  • Phil 4750 Introduction to Phenomenology
These courses are taught by Philosophy Assistant Professor, Clinical Teaching Track Jeff Golub.

Jeff Golub

For more information about CU Denver Philosophy Department, email Program assistant Elizabeth Puente-Calderon or call 303-315-7223.
For more information about CU Denver's Semester in Beijing, email Asia Study Abroad Coordinator Jessica Tharp or call 303-315-0024.