Students will spend 5 weeks in Kunming, 2 days in Hong Kong, and 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 be accompanied by a local Chinese graduate student, whose major is Teaching Chinese as Foreign Language, to discuss authentic topics for two hours daily. On weekends, students will visit world-famous nature wonders as well as interesting historical and cultural sites.

Students will 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. On weekends, students will visit world-famous nature wonders as well as interesting historical and cultural sites.

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: November 1, 2018
  • Application Deadline: January 15, 2019
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 before the 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.

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
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  • 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. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.
Restrictions
  • Restricted to: Students that have taken CHNS 1102 (or its equivalent) or higher
Other Requirements
  • Possible Student Challenges: This is an intensive language immersion program, especially when you study 5 week Chinese language and culture program in the Language center at Yunnan University. You will also face some cultural differences when you travel to China. You are encouraged to be positive to face these challenges.

Courses

This program will be based in the Chinese Language Center of Yunnan University, situated in Kunming, also known as the “City of Eternal Spring,” famous for its perpetual spring-like weather, with blooms and lush vegetation all year round. It will certainly offer participants a paradise-like summer. In terms of academics, this dialogue offers participating students 100 hours of practical Mandarin, one of the most widely-spoken languages in the world. All classes (of varying different levels) are held in small group settings 4 hours per weekday, and are equivalent to an entire semester of language instruction, even for 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. These meetings are unique possibilities for extra-curricular language and cultural exchange.

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 Summer I China Dialogue program takes place in 3 exciting Chinese communities and offers intensive and immersive Chinese language training, including practical introductions to Chinese history, culture, ancient wisdom, politics, and businesses. Hong Kong and Beijing are famous international regions for its economic successes.

Students are required to take:
  • CLTR4944 - Cultural Engagement Abroad : Designed for a language-based Dialogue of Civilizations. Complements the intensive language course that students take while on a language-based Dialogue. Offers students an opportunity to obtain an in-depth knowledge of the contemporary culture(s) of the country of the Dialogue and how that culture differs from or is similar to contemporary American cultural values and practices. In addition to regular in-class lectures and activities, offers structured opportunities to engage in dialogue with businesspeople, scholars, educators, artists, government officials, journalists, students, senior citizens, and/or local residents about their perspectives on various topics and issues. May be repeated up to 3 times.
Choose one of the following:
  • CHNS 2301 - Intermediate Chinese Immersion 1 : Designed for students who are in a Chinese-speaking country, this is an off-campus immersion course. Offers students an opportunity to continue to develop grammatical and conversational competence. Focuses on oral and aural skills that are enhanced by the immersion environment. 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 : Designed for students who are in a Chinese-speaking country, this is an off-campus immersion course. Offers students an opportunity to continue to develop grammatical and conversational competence. Focuses on oral and aural skills that are enhanced by the immersion environment. 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 : Designed for students who are in a Chinese-speaking country, this is an off-campus immersion course. Offers students an opportunity to continue to develop grammatical and conversational competence. 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 : Designed for students who are in a Chinese-speaking country, this is an off-campus immersion course. Offers students an opportunity to continue to develop grammatical and conversational competence. 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 : Focuses on a unique aspect of the Chinese language. The specific topics are chosen to reflect current developments in the language and expressed student interests. Topics focus on the use of the language for specific purposes or its use in specialized settings (e.g., media, business, health). Requires at least an advanced level of skill in the language. May be repeated up to 4 times.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition:
Dialogue of Civilizations Fee: $2,000
  • 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!

Resources

Additional Resources
  • Tentative Itinerary : This is a tentative itinerary for the DOC. A final itinerary will be provided to you by the professor in spring 2019.

Destination

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.

The U.S. State Department lists travel advisories, local laws, alerts from the embassy, and other important information about China here. Please review this information before applying.

Accommodations

  • Hotel: 1) Standard double rooms in an international student campus hotel. Students will be in a campus hotel (wifi, daily toiletries & cleaning service included) for all the time at Yunnan University. 2) Students will be staying at hotels in Hong Kong and Beijing.

Host University or Organization

Classes will be hosted by Yunnan University in Kunming.

Faculty Advisor
Coordinators