China: From West to East: Chinese Language and Culture

Kunming, China

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Dates

  • Summer 2 Semester - July 2 - August 7, 2015 (dates subject to change)

Application Deadline

  • Summer 2 Semester - Priority Deadline: November 15, 2014

Priority deadline is November 15th with a final deadline of January 26th. Program accepting applications until filled and is subject to close at any time.

Description

Faculty Leader: Prof. Qinghong Cai (q.cai@neu.edu)

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

Information Session:

Tuesday, November 10th at 6pm (Location: Ryder Hall 275)

Term: Summer II

Courses: 

  • CHNS 1301/1302/2301/2302/3301/3302/4301/4302 Chinese Language Immersion
  • CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad

Program Description:

This Summer II China Dialogue program (Youtube Introduction)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; 2 days in Hong Kong; and 2 days in Shanghai. Hong Kong, Kunming 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 paradise-like 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 graduate student 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, 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 free pre-dialogue trips to Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Wuxi, etc. These trips will present opportunities for students to test and practice their Chinese before 34 days of intensive Chinese lessons in Kunming.

You are welcome to access 2014 Summer II China Dialogue short film on YouTube

Courses

  • CHNS 1301/1302/2301/2302/3301/3302/4301/4302  Chinese Language Immersion (students will need to be placed in language)
  • CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad

Host University

This program is 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 paradise-like summer.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2.5 GPA recommended
  • At least 2 completed terms at Northeastern

Application Procedure

    • Online Dialogue of Civilizations application (available on OISP website and myNEU)
    • $500 non-refundable program deposit paid through NUPay.* Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.**
    • One copy of passport ID page – to be given directly to your faculty leader after acceptance.
    • 2-3 page essay answering the following questions (copy and pasted into online application):
    1. What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
    2. How will the program further your academic and career goals?
    3. What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
    4. What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?

    *If you are not accepted into your Dialogue program, the $500 deposit will be credited to your student account.

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

    **Faculty may require additional information and/or interview (after application deadline)

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Cost

Tuition: $10,634

DOC Fee: $2,000

Tuition and DOC Fee cover 8 Northeastern credits, round-trip airfare from Boston, housing for program duration, 24/7 worldwide emergency assistance, as well as some local transport, excursions and group meals.

Accommodations

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

Destination

Hong Kong and Shanghai are famous international cities known in East Asia for its economic successes.

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.