Students will spend 5 weeks in Kunming, 1 day 2 nights in Hong Kong, and 2 days 3 nights in Beijing. Hong Kong and Beijing are famous international cities in East Asia for its economic successes. Hence, within this one program, students will have the opportunity to experience multiple variations of Chinese culture across 3 distinctively different regions, governmental structures, and differing Chinese cultural customs. This program will be based in the Chinese Study Center of Yunnan University, situated in Kunming, known as the City of Eternal Spring, famous for its perpetual spring-like weather, with blooms and lush vegetation all year round. Yunnan is also famous for its large number of ethnic minorities. To help students understand the daily lives and customs of the Chinese people, each student will also be accompanied by a local Chinese graduate student to discuss authentic topics for two hours daily and develop an international entrepreneurial proposal while improving their bilingual skills. On weekends, students will visit world-famous nature wonders as well as interesting historical and cultural sites.

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: October 20, 2017
  • * Priority Deadline: December 3, 2017
  • Application Deadline: February 1, 2018
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • $500 non-refundable deposit: Deposits must be paid through NUPay. Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.
  • Photocopy of Passport: This is to be given to your faculty leader after acceptance.
  • Faculty Interview: Faculty will schedule interviews with applicants of interest to determine acceptance. The interviews can occur anytime between the priority and final deadline.
  • Essay Questions: Answer each question in 2-3 paragraphs (completed online via GEO application).
    • What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
    • How will the program further your academic and career goals?
    • What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
    • What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?

Applications are not considered complete until deposit is received. This deposit will be applied to the full cost of the program.

* Priority Deadline: All students that apply by the priority deadline will be considered for admission, as all dialogues remain open until the priority deadline. After the priority deadline, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the program fills. Programs are subject to close anytime between the priority deadline and the application deadline when a program receives the maximum number of students.

Update My Travel Plans on myNortheastern
Once you have been accepted into the program and your the flight and accommodation details have been shared with you, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.50
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.

Courses

Students are required to take:
  • CLTR4944 - Cultural Engagement Abroad : This course aims to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of contemporary China by a combination of lectures, readings, and direct exposure to China’s culture, society, language, business practices, and political economy. Students will be encouraged to examine both the historical forces and the global influences that have shaped contemporary China, and witness firsthand the rapidly changing culture in China today. 2018 Summer II China Dialogue program takes place in 3 exciting Chinese communities and offers practical introductions to Chinese history, culture, ancient wisdom, politics, and businesses. Hong Kong and Beijing are famous international regions, in East Asia for its economic successes. Hence, within this one program, students will have the opportunity to experience multiple variations of Chinese culture across 3 distinctively different regions, governmental structures, and differing Chinese cultural customs. This course will be based in the Chinese Study Center of Yunnan University, situated in Kunming, known as the “City of Eternal Spring”, famous for its perpetual spring-like weather, with blooms and lush vegetation all year round. Yunnan is also famous for its large number of ethnic minorities. In each city, students will meet with local professionals who will offer insight into Brand New China: Advertising, Media, and Commercial Culture. These workshops will provide opportunities to learn about Chinese businesses, media, and non-governmental organizations. Additionally, these discussion will examine issues such as the differences between American and Chinese culture, education, & business. To help students understand the daily lives and customs of the Chinese people, each student will also accompanied by a Chinese local student to discuss authentic topics two hours daily and bilingually develop an international entrepreneurial proposal . In this course, students will also attend 50 hours of cultural classes that offer an intriguing introduction to the longest-surviving ancient civilization in the world. This includes such activities as Bilingual Guided Meditation, Chinese Martial Arts, Chinese Tea Ceremony, Body/Foot Spa Treatment with Chinese herbs, Calligraphy, Chinese Paintings, Paper cutting, Chinese knotting, Chinese Folk Dance, etc. So that students may learn more about traditional Chinese culture–an essential part of understanding contemporary China. On weekends, students will visit world-famous nature wonders as well as interesting historical and cultural sites.
Choose one of the following:
  • CHNS 1301 - Elementary Chinese Immersion 1 : The Kunming Chinese Language program is a highly intensive language acquisition program designed to emphasize the synthesis of classroom study with real world experience. The summer term is four-five weeks long with 20 hours of classes per week. Students complete eight to ten textbook lessons, allowing them to complete one semester of university-level Chinese over the course of the semester. The daily course load includes: two hours of grammar and vocabulary, two hours of small group drill and afternoon practice sessions with language partners. This academic is labeled as “highly-intensive” because from Monday to Thursday students complete a daily quiz, which is followed by a weekly test on Friday that evaluates students’ written and oral progress. In addition to time spent in class, students are expected to spend between four to five hours a day in review, completing homework, listening to language CDs, and preparing for the next day’s instruction.
  • CHNS 1302 - Elementary Chinese Immersion 2 : The Kunming Chinese Language program is a highly intensive language acquisition program designed to emphasize the synthesis of classroom study with real world experience. The summer term is four-five weeks long with 20 hours of classes per week. Students complete eight to ten textbook lessons, allowing them to complete one semester of university-level Chinese over the course of the semester. The daily course load includes: two hours of grammar and vocabulary, two hours of small group drill and afternoon practice sessions with language partners. This academic is labeled as “highly-intensive” because from Monday to Thursday students complete a daily quiz, which is followed by a weekly test on Friday that evaluates students’ written and oral progress. In addition to time spent in class, students are expected to spend between four to five hours a day in review, completing homework, listening to language CDs, and preparing for the next day’s instruction.
  • CHNS 2301 - Intermediate Chinese Immersion 1 : The Kunming Chinese Language program is a highly intensive language acquisition program designed to emphasize the synthesis of classroom study with real world experience. The summer term is four-five weeks long with 20 hours of classes per week. Students complete eight to ten textbook lessons, allowing them to complete one semester of university-level Chinese over the course of the semester. The daily course load includes: two hours of grammar and vocabulary, two hours of small group drill and afternoon practice sessions with language partners. This academic is labeled as “highly-intensive” because from Monday to Thursday students complete a daily quiz, which is followed by a weekly test on Friday that evaluates students’ written and oral progress. In addition to time spent in class, students are expected to spend between four to five hours a day in review, completing homework, listening to language CDs, and preparing for the next day’s instruction.
  • CHNS 2302 - Intermediate Chinese Immersion 2 : The Kunming Chinese Language program is a highly intensive language acquisition program designed to emphasize the synthesis of classroom study with real world experience. The summer term is four-five weeks long with 20 hours of classes per week. Students complete eight to ten textbook lessons, allowing them to complete one semester of university-level Chinese over the course of the semester. The daily course load includes: two hours of grammar and vocabulary, two hours of small group drill and afternoon practice sessions with language partners. This academic is labeled as “highly-intensive” because from Monday to Thursday students complete a daily quiz, which is followed by a weekly test on Friday that evaluates students’ written and oral progress. In addition to time spent in class, students are expected to spend between four to five hours a day in review, completing homework, listening to language CDs, and preparing for the next day’s instruction.
  • CHNS 3301 - Advanced Chinese Immersion 1 : The Kunming Chinese Language program is a highly intensive language acquisition program designed to emphasize the synthesis of classroom study with real world experience. The summer term is four-five weeks long with 20 hours of classes per week. Students complete eight to ten textbook lessons, allowing them to complete one semester of university-level Chinese over the course of the semester. The daily course load includes: two hours of grammar and vocabulary, two hours of small group drill and afternoon practice sessions with language partners. This academic is labeled as “highly-intensive” because from Monday to Thursday students complete a daily quiz, which is followed by a weekly test on Friday that evaluates students’ written and oral progress. In addition to time spent in class, students are expected to spend between four to five hours a day in review, completing homework, listening to language CDs, and preparing for the next day’s instruction.
  • CHNS 3302 - Advanced Chinese Immersion 2 : The Kunming Chinese Language program is a highly intensive language acquisition program designed to emphasize the synthesis of classroom study with real world experience. The summer term is four-five weeks long with 20 hours of classes per week. Students complete eight to ten textbook lessons, allowing them to complete one semester of university-level Chinese over the course of the semester. The daily course load includes: two hours of grammar and vocabulary, two hours of small group drill and afternoon practice sessions with language partners. This academic is labeled as “highly-intensive” because from Monday to Thursday students complete a daily quiz, which is followed by a weekly test on Friday that evaluates students’ written and oral progress. In addition to time spent in class, students are expected to spend between four to five hours a day in review, completing homework, listening to language CDs, and preparing for the next day’s instruction.
  • CHNS 4800 - Special Topics in Chinese : The Kunming Chinese Language program is a highly intensive language acquisition program designed to emphasize the synthesis of classroom study with real world experience. The summer term is four-five weeks long with 20 hours of classes per week. Students complete eight to ten textbook lessons, allowing them to complete one semester of university-level Chinese over the course of the semester. The daily course load includes: two hours of grammar and vocabulary, two hours of small group drill and afternoon practice sessions with language partners. This academic is labeled as “highly-intensive” because from Monday to Thursday students complete a daily quiz, which is followed by a weekly test on Friday that evaluates students’ written and oral progress. In addition to time spent in class, students are expected to spend between four to five hours a day in review, completing homework, listening to language CDs, and preparing for the next day’s instruction.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition: $12,140
Dialogue of Civilizations Fee: $2,500
  • Northeastern Tuition and DOC Fee Includes: 8 Northeastern credits, international roundtrip airfare from Boston, accommodations for program duration, international security and emergency support, and program related expenses (local transportation, field trips, excursions and group meals)

Additional Estimated Expenses: $1,476
  • Students should anticipate spending the following out of pocket expenses during the program:  $1,179 on meals and $297 on incidentals.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Dialogue of Civilizations programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

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Destination

Hong Kong and Beijing are famous international regions known in East Asia for its economic successes.

Accommodations

  • Hotel: Standard double rooms in a well-operated international student campus hotel. Students will be in a campus hotel (wifi, daily toiletries & cleaning service included) for all the time at Yunnan University.
  • Hotel: Standard double rooms in hotels and well-operated international student campus hotel. Students will be staying at hotels in Taipei and Hong Kong.

Host University or Organization

Yunnan University, situated in Kunming, which is also known as “City of Eternal Spring”, famous for its perpetual spring like weather with blooms and lush vegetation all year round. It will certainly offer you a paradise-like summer.

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