Programs by Country: China + Dialogue of Civilizations

China: Chinese Culture and Architecture – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Beijing, China

Faculty Leader: Prof. Shuishan Yu (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (

Information Session with LUNCH!:

Monday, January 13th, 2014  from 12:00 – 1: 00 p.m.  Location: TBD  PIZZA and drink will be served!

Term: Summer 1


  • ARCH4850 Urban and Architectural History Abroad
  • CLTR4944  Cultural Engagement Abroad

Program Description:

Students who participate in this Dialogue will be immersed in the colorful art world of China. They will be introduced to the various historical sites with great significance in the development of Chinese urbanism, architecture, and arts, being it in a city, a village, a temple, or a sacred mountain. They will study Chinese art and architecture first hand while exploring a variety of cultural and ethnic regions in China, developing a solid and comprehensive understanding of Chinese culture through the direct observation of its urban and artistic expressions. Students will also participate in a cultural and professional dialogue with architects in Beijing and Shanghai, artists in Hangzhou, musicians in Nantong, and students from the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (CALA), Peking University. Written work and group projects will compare China and the U.S. on topics of urbanization, architectural practice, artistic expressions, and historical preservation and interpretation.

The five-week long program will be divided into two parts. During the first three weeks, students will use Peking University as the base, attending lectures and workshops while exploring China’s most important cultural, political, and economic center and its vicinities, including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Summer Palaces. During the first three weeks in Beijing, each student will be paired up with a Peking University student, a dialogue pal to exchange cultures and language skills while having meals in the university dinning halls on daily basis. Weekend excursions bring students to the terra-cotta armies in Xi’an and the Buddhist Caves in Luoyang, both ancient capitals from the pre-Song eras. During the last two weeks, students will be on a comprehensive tour visiting other significant sites in Chinese art, architectural, and urban histories, including the best architecturally preserved Shanxi province, the Modern cosmopolitan Shanghai, the garden city Suzhou, the Southern Song capital Hangzhou, the typical Jiangnan water towns, and a variety of historic religious sites.

All domestic travels, which are plenty, are by trains and buses, which give students opportunity to see the changes of natural landscape from endless plain to loess plateau to lofty mountains, and cultural landscape from socialist metropolitan to Islamic ethnics to Buddhist and Taoist rural areas.

China: Chinese Language and Culture – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Nanjing, China

Faculty Leader: Prof. Hua Dong (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (

Information Session:

Oct. 29th, 6:00-7:15 pm at 161 Ryder

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Term: Summer I


  • CHNS 1301/1302/2301/2302/3301/3302  Chinese Language Immersion
  • CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad

Program Description: 

Now in its seventh summer, the language-intensive China Dialogue based in Nanjing offers students a chance to improve their Mandarin proficiency in the best possible way – by speaking it in China. You will not only use it to find your way around some of the most famous landmarks in the world – the Great Wall and Forbidden City, for example – but in daily interactions with local residents while you live and study Chinese at Nanjing University. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to use the language you learn in a workplace setting – maybe a magazine editorial office or relief agency headquarters – while you take part in a Chinese internship program related to your specific major. You will also be able to witness first-hand how China’s, environment, culture, economy and politics in both urban and rural areas are being affected by its progress; you will speak with students, businesspeople, activists, workers and artists about their jobs, lives, and perspectives on the issues facing China and its relationship with the world today; all this while putting the Chinese you learn in the classroom to good use. Best of all, because of the small class sizes, local language partners and always-available evening tutors, this program is open to students of all majors and levels of language proficiency.

The program looks like this:

-        We arrive in Beijing, the last imperial capital and the site of the 2008 Summer Olympics, filled with landmarks both ancient and modern. In the five days of our stay in Beijing, we will explore the city and experience its unique culture, speaking with various NGOs about the issues of rural migrant workers in the city and cultural preservation in the face of ever-increasing urbanization.

-        We then move south to Nanjing, ancient imperial capital, site of the Nanking Massacre, and now at the forefront of China’s transition toward global power. Here we will settle into student life at Nanjing University, one of the country’s premier Sino-Anglo exchange institutions. While in Nanjing, each student will stay with a Chinese family for a week. Besides daily 4-hour language classes, we will hold dialogues with speakers from the media, expatriate community, professional firms and peer college students.  In the final weeks of our stay, students will participate in internships/job shadow around the city for a total of 30-40 hours.

-        After the midterm exam, we will take a long weekend retreat to Anhui, and stay in a rural village with well-preserved historic architecture and culture in Anhui. It is also the home of the China House in the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.

-        After the final exam, we will relocate to Shanghai, the host city of the 2010 World Expo. Here, at the pinnacle of China’s economic progress. During the four days, we will visit landmarks and multinational corporations, meet with business people, government officials, entrepreneurs, architects and artists to get a feel for what the future of the city and indeed the country might look like, and to expand the network for your future career as well.  We will also meet with the hosts of, a wonderful resource for Chinese learners.

Because you will be completely immersed in Chinese language and culture, this Dialogue is not for the faint of heart. However, the results are among the best of any Chinese program offered at Northeastern; former students will tell you that the experience is easily worth the hard work. You can’t understand China without learning Chinese, and you can’t learn Chinese without understanding China. This program is a fast-track to both. We look forward to receiving your application. For more information, check out the daily blogs by the students from the past years ( [2010], [2011]), [2012]), and [2013] or contact Prof. Hua Dong,

China: From West to East: Chinese Language and Culture – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Kunming, China

Faculty Leader: Prof. Qinghong Cai (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (

Information Session:

Tuesday, November 12th at 6pm (Location: Ryder Hall 275)

Term: Summer II


  • CHNS 1301/1302/2301/2302/3301/3302 Chinese Language Immersion
  • CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad

Program Description:

This Summer II China Dialogue program takes place in 3 exciting Chinese cities and offers intensive and immersive Chinese language training, including practical introduction to Chinese history, culture and businesses. Students who enroll in this program will spend 34 days in Kunming, China; 3 days in Hong Kong & Macau; and 2 days in Shanghai. Hong Kong, Macau and Shanghai are famous international cities in East Asia for its economic successes. Hence, students will have the opportunity to experience Chinese culture as a whole in distinctively different regions either developed or developing with each of their own unique governmental structures and different Chinese culture variations as well as customs within this one program.

This program will be based in the Chinese Language Center of 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 not so typical summer.

Participating students will be offered with 100 hours of practical Chinese classes (equivalence to one semester Chinese course in NEU including CHNS 1101), which is 4 hours per weekday, and 50 hours of cultural classes, which is 2 hours per weekday. In addition, each student will be accompanied by a Mandarin native speaker as a language partner whose major is teaching Mandarin Chinese as a foreign language, throughout their 34-day stay in Kunming except during class lessons. Students will have lots of opportunities to interact in depth and practice their Chinese with their language partners.

The 2-hour per weekday cultural classes in this program offers interesting introduction to one of the oldest and most complex culture in the world. This includes activities such as Introduction to Chinese Martial Arts, Walking and Sitting Meditation, Calligraphy, Chinese Paintings, Chinese Tea Ceremony, Chinese songs and so on. We also provide optional workshops, such as HSK (Chinese Proficiency Test) workshop & Chinese movie workshop.

Kunming’s average highs are around 75 °F in summer, thus Kunming is the most favorable city weather-wise during summer time in China. Besides the 150 hours of practical Chinese and Cultural lessons mentioned above, during weekends (per program schedule), you will get to visit nature wonders and historical sites such as Stone Forest & Jiuxiang Karst Caves.

In this program, we may also arrange additional post-dialogue trips to Shanghai. These trips will present opportunities for students to test and practice their Chinese after 34 days of intensive Chinese lessons in Kunming.

You are welcome to access Summer II China Dialogue Presentations on YouTube via: