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:

January 15th, 6-7pm, 275 Ryder Hall

Term: Summer II

Courses: 

  • CHNS 1301/1302/2301/2302/3301/3302/4301/4302 Chinese Language Immersion
  • CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad, NU Core humanities level 1

Program Description:

Description:

This Summer II China Dialogue program takes place in 4 exciting Chinese cities and offers intensive and immersive Chinese language training, including practical introduction to Chinese history, culture, ancient wisdom, and businesses.

Taipei and Hong Kong are famous international cities known as two of the four Asian little dragons in East Asia for its economic successes. Hence, students will have the opportunity to experience Chinese culture as a whole in 3 distinctively different regions with each of their own unique governmental structures and different Chinese cultural custom variations within this one program.

  • 5 week Dialogue trip:

This program will be based in the Chinese Language Center of Yunnan University, situated in Kunming, 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.

This dialogue offers participating students 100 hours of practical Mandarin, one of the most spoken languages in the world. All classes for different levels are in small group setting which is 4 hours per weekday and is equivalent to one semester Chinese course even for the beginners. In addition, each student will have a 2-hour daily conversational practice with a language partner, one on one, whose major is teaching Mandarin as a foreign language.

Students will also attend 50 hours of cultural classes that offer interesting introduction to the only longest surviving ancient civilization in the world. This includes activities such as Meditation, Chinese Martial Arts, Birds Freeing for Good Fortune Ceremony, Chinese Tea Ceremony with live Classical instrument performance, Chinese Rap songs with Drum practice, Ancient Chinese Aromatherapy, Body/Foot Spa with Chinese herbs, Calligraphy, Chinese Paintings, Paper cutting, Chinese knotting, Chinese Folk Dance, etc.

On weekends, students get to visit world famous nature wonders as well as interesting historical and cultural sites, such as Stone Forest, Jiuxiang Karst Caves, Hong Kong night tour, etc.

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

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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, NU Core humanities level 1

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, International Security and Emergency Support, 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.