Duration: 2-3 hours
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If you want see something different, you can join this university tour. You will see many old and valuable buildings; you can enjoy different style campuses or just have a chat with local university students. They all can speak English.
First, please just stand in the sideway of the street.
Xueyuan Street is also called University street. On the two sides of this street, there are six universities. It’s not common in Beijing at all that the universities were built so close to each other. Even though the six universities focus on different fields, they still link to each other. They set up a University Street System. All the students study in the six universities can choose elective subjects from each other.
On the right hand side of this street, the first university – and maybe the most popular university – is Beijing Film Academy.
This university was established in 1950, it is the other most famous film academy in Beijing, besides the Beijing Central Film Academy. This university offer Bachelor and Master degrees. Many famous Chinese actors, actress and directors graduated from this university. For example, the world-class director, Zhang Yimou. Application numbers to this university each year are dramatic. Each year, it offers just 300 opportunities, but there are usually more than 10,000 students applying. Each May you will see hundreds of students waiting in the campus to sit the entrance exam.
If you are not interested in the film university, just keep walking. Go across a street, you will see another university, called Union University.
Beijing Union University is not the first-class university in Beijing, however, there are about 10,000 students each year enrolled this university. Union University is a combined university by different small old colleges and it has more than seven campuses in Beijing. One of them is in Xueyuan Street. This university is focused on practical education, rather than being a research-style university.
On the other side of the street. A huge university is opposite the Union University. It is Beijing University of Aeronautics Astronautics.
This is a typical university focusing on science. This is also a very rich university. Every year, it will receive many donations from government and large companies. It’s also a top-level university. We call the students who can get into this university geniuses. Even though it’s a rich university, it still takes students from poor families. One of the university’s stadiums had been chosen to be used as an Olympic stadium.
Go across the street. The university very close to the Union University is Peking University Health Science Centre.
This is also a genius university. Only the top students from all of China can study here. The majority of the degrees needs 7-10 years to complete. For instance, Bachelor combined with Masters degree needs seven years, Bachelor combined with Masters and Doctorate degree needs 10 years. This university has its own hospital. All the students can get practical experience from the hospital.
Walking past two crossroads, at the corner of left hand side is a famous language university – Beijing Language and Culture University.
This is a top language university. All kinds of language tests were held there. It also the university that has the most foreign students. This university is pretty new. The campus is built to a modern style. All the Chinese students there can speak more than one foreign language.