Chinese Study Abroad
Emory College Study Abroad and the Chinese Program offer four semester programs in Mainland China and Taiwan that are designed to fit the needs of students with different Chinese language skills and academic interests.
The semester programs in Beijing and Harbin are affiliated with CET Academic Programs; the semester programs in Shanghai and Taipei with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE).
1. CET Beijing: Founded in 1982, CET's Beijing program features a curriculum that combines intensive language study with extracurricular classes and activities. The program is designed to meet the needs of students at different language levels. CET Beijing provides students with excellent language instruction in China's political, cultural, and historical center. Click here for more information.
2. CET Harbin: Founded in 1988, CET's Harbin program features the kind of challenge and flexibility advanced students need. Located at the Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), the program's one-on-one tutorial, Chinese roommate program, and Chinese-language pledge all provide intermediate and advanced students with specialized, intensive language study.
Harbin's history and setting provide an ideal environment for intensive language study. Harbin students must speak Chinese 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from the time they board the train to Harbin, until the time they leave. While appearing to be more difficult than it is, this intensive language pledge ensures rapid progress in one's language skills and strengthens the program's environment. At no additional cost, weekend excursions are an integral part of the program and provide students with a chance to visit the region, practice their Chinese, and further understand the culture and its history. "Adventure" trips on the weekend are a new part of the program, as well as language immersion weekends. Click here for more information.
3. CIEE Program: The CIEE Study Center at East China Normal University in Shanghai offers students the opportunity to study intensive Mandarin language while gaining a solid understanding of international and domestic affairs from a Chinese perspective. In addition to language study, the program offers a various area studies courses in international affairs, economics, and modern Chinese history taught in English. The city of Shanghai has long been seen as an economic center where one can observe the interplay of various forces moving China from a planned to a market economy.
The CIEE program offers on-site airport meet and greet, housing, week-long orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, peer language tutors, and a Chinese language clinic. Opportunities for part-time internships and volunteer work also exist. Weekly cultural excursions and day trips are arranged to expose students to Chinese culture in and around the Shanghai area. In the past students visited a rural village outside Shanghai and participated in the rice harvest. Another day trip was offered to Suzhou where students visited a silk factory, a classical Chinese garden, and cruised on the Grand Canal. The program also includes a week long trip to Yunnan Provice where students learn about smaller traditional cities and their ethnic minorities such as Lijiang, Dali and Zhongdian in the west. Click here for more information.
The Beijing program is for beginning through advanced students interested in intensive study of Chinese language in China's political and cultural center. The Harbin program is for students with at least of two years of college Chinese or its equivalent. It offers individualized courses that aim at rapidly improving students' Chinese skills. The CIEE semester programs in Shanghai and Taipei offer not only intensive Chinese language instruction, but also a wide range of content courses taught in English.
4. Chinese Studies Institute: The program offers a wide range of courses on China-related subjects such as foreign policy, philosophy, economic development, business practice, history, arts, Chinese literature, and Chinese language. Full-semester internships are available with various businesses, news and cultural agencies, government and non-profit organizations, providing students an opportunity of gaining first-hand experience about China's culture, society, and political and economic development. Students participating in this program are also eligible to apply for the Immersion Track.
Beijing Program of Asian Studies is located at Peking University (PKU), China's foremost institution in higher learning. Beijing is China's capital with over 800 years of history and will be the host city for the Olympic Games in 2008. As China's political and cultural center today, Beijing is an ideal place from which to study the interplay of the forces moving China toward modernization.
China has dazzled the world in the past 15 years and is becoming a new center of economic development with a 9.9% GDP growth rate in 2005. While capitalistic in its economic reforms, China has retained an authoritarian political structure, defying all conventional theories and wisdom of social development. The Beijing Program is at the center of China's social reforms by helping students understand the dynamics and processes behind China's unique experience.
China is a multinational society with significant differences in dialects, languages, customs, cultures and ethnicity. The program takes students to historical places in and around Beijing as well as local villages in the northern mountains where students can investigate rural communities.
At the end of the semester students particpate on one of three study trips.
Lectures are incorporated in the end-of-semester trip to help make the trip a more meaningful learning experience. The topics include ancient history in Xian, Tibetan Buddhism in Llasa, ethnic minorities in Guilin, and economic development in Shanghai. The lectures reinforce what students see on the trips, serving as guidance for understanding China's cultural diversity.
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In addition, the Emory Chinese Studies Program (Summer) provides an exciting opportunity to study Chinese language, culture and history in the magnificent cities of Beijing and Shanghai. The Emory Summer Chinese Program, offered through the Department of Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures, provides students an exciting opportunity to study Chinese language, culture, and the arts in Beijing, China's fascinating capital and site of the 2008 Olympic Games. The program collaborates with the prestigious Beijing Normal University, offering courses on Chinese language at all levels and a course on traditional Chinese architectural and ritual spaces taught in English.
NO KNOWLEDGE OF MANDARIN CHINESE IS REQUIRED, as beginner students learn practical Mandarin Chinese. Special tutorials will be arranged for heritage speakers of Chinese and for students with two or more years of Chinese. Participants will tour the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, and the Forbidden City, and see acrobatic and martial arts performances. In addition to excursions to numerous cultural sites in Beijing, visits to Xi'an, Chengdu and Nanjing are planned. Click here for a short promotional film.