Student Development Team

The Student Development team aspires to provide a holistic, inclusive, and immersive student experience.

A message from our dean of student development

Greetings and thanks for stopping by! I often say that I have the most amazing job in the world because I get to walk alongside students as they are journeying along one of the best experiences of their entire lifetime! Who is lucky enough to share their days with young folks who are experiencing the most defining and enriching moment of their college career? I am! The Student Development team is happy to support students through their entire study abroad experience, serving as your ‘family’ away from home. Whether you need a good restaurant recommendation, advice booking travel, or someone to accompany you to the doctor or hospital, we are here to help. You’ll get to know our staff fondly, as you pop into our office for candy or snacks. Are you going to miss being a student leader on your home campus? Worry not! We have opportunities for you to continue to serve and grow as a student leader. Whatever your needs are, come and talk to us! I am proud of the work that we do and the relationships we develop with students. I have no doubt that this is what sets us apart from other study abroad programs. It’s very common that we stay in touch with our former students, and have even been able to assist in their transition moving to Beijing full-time after graduation. I hope that we get the opportunity to serve you too! Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

Nicholas Poché

Student Support Services
Co-Curricular Programming

Student Support Services

Student development philosophy

Through a challenging, but supportive environment, we aim to meaningfully contribute to the holistic development of students-as scholars and citizens-to engage in academic and personal discovery to be change agents and leaders in the greater global community.

Services include:



  • Relationship with host institution, UIBE
  • Admission
  • Visas

Arrival and Orientation

  • Cultural Assimilation
  • Setting Goals/Objectives
  • Health and Safety

Housing and Residential Life

  • Reserving chosen dorms
  • Coordinating Chinese Roommate program
  • Student Lounge- exclusive for TBC students and their Chinese Roommates

Support and Care

  • Community Meetings
  • Midterm check-ins (intrusive advising)
  • Student Retreat
  • Reentry orientation

Health and Safety

  • Emergency Phone
  • Emergency Response Team
  • Student Conduct Administration
  • Fire, Health, and Safety
  • Title IX

Co-Curricular Programming

The Student Development team organizes a robust calendar of events each semester. These activities are either free or offered at a reduced price. The Student Development team also encourages students to explore their own interests and assists them with organizing events each semester.

Recent events have included:

  • Acrobatic and martial arts shows
  • Chinese cooking classes
  • A bike tour through the ancient hutong streets of Beijing
  • Movie nights
  • Tea ceremony
  • Chinese holiday celebrations
  • Visits to local attractions including the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Summer Palace, and the Temple of Heaven


Over the years, volunteer opportunities have been part of many TBCers’ experiences. Volunteering and community experiences have allowed them a deeper immersion experience and the opportunity to give back to their new community.

Examples of possible volunteer options:

  • Teaching English to rural migrant children
  • Leading play sessions with the children at an orphanage
  • Visiting with young children affected by cerebral palsy
Student Support Services
Co-Curricular Programming