Programs by Language: Chinese


BEIJING: IES

Traditional | Beijing, China

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

As the political, intellectual, and cultural capital of China, Beijing is a dynamic city reinventing itself for the 21st century.  Beijingers remain proud of their traditions, their language, and a rich heritage that dates back centuries, making it the perfect place to study Chinese while learning about China's past, present, and future.  Spend as much time as you can indulging in this city's rich culture: explore the maze of hutong, shop the glitzy areas of Chaoyang, and wander through the majestic Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven.

Students have the option to study for a semester abroad in Beijing by participating in one of the following IES Programs:

Language Intensive Program
With small classes, a high-quality language curriculum, and daily tutorials, this program option offers students who have already begun Chinese language studies the opportunity to rapidly expand their knowledge of spoken and written Mandarin Chinese. Students round out their schedule with a selection of area studies courses taught in English, in addition to travel to remote locations in China and the option of a for-credit internship.

Contemporary Issues in China Program
For students who wish to explore China in-depth, but do not have previous Chinese language experience, the Contemporary Issues in China Program features a series of advanced-level courses on the history, economics, and culture of China. Each course incorporates extensive field trips and travel directly into the curriculum. This new program is an ideal choice for students with little previous exposure to China.


SHANGHAI: Alliance for Global Education – Shanghai University of Finance and Economics

Traditional | Shanghai, China

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Designed for students interested in international business and economics, the International Business in China Program offers undergraduates the unparalleled opportunity to study Chinese language, international business, and economic development in Asia’s financial center. Students participate in carefully designed activities and experiential study trips that provide a first-hand encounter with China’s rapidly changing business environment. Students may enroll for a semester or summer program.

Students participate in carefully-designed activities and experiential study trips that provide a first-hand encounter with China's rapidly changing business environment. Students may also engage in an internship.

Classes are based at the International Cultural Exchange School (ICES) of the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. ICES is devoted to the education of foreign students and aims to train students with a background in international economics or management.


SHANGHAI: CIEE

Traditional | Shanghai, China

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Come experience one of the most momentous and fascinating developments of the 21st century—the dramatic transformation and emergence of China on the world stage. Whether you’re in the humanities or the social sciences, study abroad in Shanghai will provide you with fascinating insight into the country and help fuel your own development as a global citizen.

Through an outstanding selection of coursework, cultural activities, and excursions you’ll enjoy an academically engaging and culturally immersive international experience.

Study abroad in Shanghai and you will:

  • Choose from a wide range of English-taught courses in international affairs, Chinese politics, economics, history, and society
  • Study Mandarin Chinese at all levels with support from peer language tutors and language clinic instructors; or choose not to study a language and focus entirely on area studies coursework
  • Learn outside the classroom through a weeklong excursion to Taiwan, and develop new perspectives about cross-strait relations
  • Live with a Chinese host family or on-campus with a Chinese or program roommate

Students have the option to study for a semester abroad in Shanghai by participating in one of the following CIEE Shanghai Tracks:

 


XI’AN: Alliance for Global Education

Traditional | Xi'an, China

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

An ancient imperial capital and eastern terminus of the Silk Road, Xi’an has long been an important crossroads for people from throughout China, Central Asia, and the Middle East, and thus a melting pot of diverse ethnic identities and religious beliefs. This Alliance program allows students to explore the historical confluences of geography, ethnicity, and religion in a city that is culturally distinct from the coastal megacities. An exhilarating two-week field study trip along the Silk Road takes students off the beaten path and ties these themes together at the crux of the semester. This program offers students 9 class hours per week of Chinese language as well as courses taught in English in several disciplines including ancient Chinese history, contemporary issues, art and anthropology.

Students may enroll for a semester.