Chinese Language and Culture
In existence for more than 3,000 years, the city of Beijing has been the capital of China for many centuries. Today Beijing is the political, cultural, and administrative center of a resurgent China, and the home of approximately 13 million citizens. The Forbidden City, which was off-limits to most of the world for more than 600 years, is the biggest and best preserved cluster of ancient buildings in China. World-renowned landmarks such as Tiananmen Square, the Temple of Heaven, Beihai Lake with its pagoda-capped island, and the woods of Coal Hill Park are only some of Beijing's highlights that you can visit. You will also have the opportunity to visit Olympic Stadium and one of the Wonders of the World - the Great Wall.
The program is hosted by Capital Normal University (CNU). The CNU campus is located in the western part of Beijing in the university district. Founded in 1954, Capital Normal University was named among China’s One Hundred Key Universities for the 21st Century. CNU has five colleges: International Education, Foreign Languages, Adult Education, Educational Science, and Elementary Education. CNU has a 35-year history of educating foreign students in the Chinese language and other disciplines.
This program is intended for students who have an interest in Chinese language study and can accommodate students at all levels, from beginner to advanced. All participants will earn a total of 7 credits in Chinese. Participants will need to work with their respective academic advisor(s) to discuss how these credits can be used to satisfy specific academic program requirements or UB Curriculum (applicable to Freshmen students enrolled at UB as of Fall 2016)/General Education (applicable to students enrolled at UB prior to the Fall 2016 semester) requirements. Language proficiency will be tested at CNU upon arrival to determine each student's appropriate level of Chinese language study and may also be done at the end of the program to determine fall course placement for students who wish to continue to pursue Chinese language courses at UB.
Students are taught by trained Chinese faculty. Class size will be no more than 15 students. Language classes will meet 4 hrs/day, 5 days/week and will include lectures, drills, group conversation sessions and individual sessions. Students will also meet daily with a Chinese language partner. Weekly activities will include a language practicum (a task-based language activity focused on utilizing language skills in a practical situation), and a language table with faculty, guest speakers and Chinese students.
Toward the end of the program, students may participate in the Confucius Institute Summer Camp for two weeks which includes continuing language study, field trips to Tian'anmen Square & Forbidden City, the Great Wall, Xi'an, and Henan Province (Shaolin Temple & Longmen Rock Caves) along with Chinese Painting, Calligraphy, Chinese Handicraft Art and other cultural gems.
Program participants will share double occupancy rooms in the international student dorm conveniently located at Capital Normal University where classes are held. Rooms are quite comfortable and include bathroom facilities (sink, toilet, and bathtub with shower), bed (roughly twin size), armoire dresser and desk.
Estimated costs for this program can be found at the top of this page next to Budget Sheets by clicking on Summer.
UB students are encouraged to apply for study abroad scholarships. To learn more about the scholarships available to UB students, please visit our scholarships page.
This program is in collaboration with the UB Confucius Institute
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