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|Areas of Study:||Asian Studies, Chinese, Culture||Minimum GPA:||2.75|
|Language of Instruction:||Chinese, English||Class Status:||2-sophomore|
|Program Type:||study abroad||COF Program Category:||Semester|
|Program Provider:||CIEE||Recommended For:||Simmons|
This program is designed for students with two to six semesters of college-level Mandarin Chinese and an interest in Chinese studies who wish to immerse themselves in a more traditional and accessible locale against the backdrop of a large developing Chinese city.
What You'll Learn
The goal of the Intensive Chinese Language and Culture program is to increase students' language proficiency and cross-cultural competency through close interaction with community life in Nanjing. This is achieved through an integrated curriculum of intensive Chinese language training in small classes, a unique area studies course taught in English and Chinese, and a research project with guidance from individual advisors.
- Improve your Mandarin through intensive language training in small classes, a peer tutor program, and by living with Chinese roommates or in a host family
- Learn about contemporary China through a core course and work on a social research project conducted in English
- Explore Southwest China in the fall and Northwest China in the spring on a one-week module and visit memorial museums and temples in Nanjing and other cities in Eastern China
- Asian Studies
- Chinese Studies/Chinese Culture
- Contemporary Chinese Culture
- Independent Study
- Mandarin Chinese
- Overall GPA 2.75
- 2–6 semesters of college-level Mandarin Chinese or equivalent*
- Students with near-native proficiency in Mandarin should contact CIEE prior to submitting their application
- 1 college-level Chinese area studies course recommended
*Students with 5 or more semesters of college- level Mandarin Chinese take Chinese electives with other international students and Superior level language students take elective courses with local Chinese students directly through the host university.
Established in 1982, the CIEE Study Center at Nanjing University focuses on helping students develop Mandarin Chinese communication skills and provides many opportunities for exploring contemporary Chinese society and culture. The program offers an integrated curriculum that links the language classes, the area studies course on contemporary China, a one-week Southwest China module (Northwest China module during the spring semester), and field trips in and around Nanjing. Three-day weekends, a one week mid-semester independent travel break and, for academic year students, a two-month winter break, all provide valuable opportunities for exploring China, reinforcing classroom learning, and providing natural settings in which to speak Chinese on a regular basis.
Students with superior writing and speaking skills may be able to enroll in special language coursework at Nanjing University's Institute for International Students, including courses in history, international relations, economics, and literature. Students with near native proficiency in Mandarin should be aware that their language ability may exceed even the most advanced courses offered by the Institute for International Students. If so, they may enroll directly in other courses in political science, Chinese literature, history, social science, or other liberal arts departments at Nanjing University.
Students attend morning language classes from Monday through Thursday. The language classes are small, consisting of six to 10 students, so students are encouraged to participate actively. On a weekly basis, students meet with instructors individually for pronunciation correction and coaching.
The required CIEE area studies course and related field trips usually take place in the afternoon two or three times a week. The course is taught using both English and Chinese. It utilizes a combination of lectures, class discussions, group or individual work on research projects, fieldwork, presentations, reports, and a final paper.
Where You'll Study:
Founded in 1902, Nanjing University is one of the most prestigious universities in China and is best known for its liberal arts and social science disciplines. It has established academic cooperation with more than 200 universities and research institutes in approximately 70 countries. It is centrally located in downtown Nanjing on a beautiful campus, and has 40,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The local neighborhood features shops and restaurants from both Asia and the West. The city's two main commercial centers are within walking distance.
A full course load is three courses per semester. All students are required to take Readings in Chinese, Spoken Chinese, and the CIEE area studies course on Contemporary China. The language courses are offered at Intermediate, Advanced Intermediate, and Advanced levels, equivalent to Third, Fourth, and Fifth semester Chinese in the U.S. During the spring semester, academic year students are required to continue with each of the language courses.
Advanced High language students who test above the Advanced level take coursework at Nanjing University's Institute for International Students or courses at Nanjing University for Chinese students, and the CIEE area studies course.
Academic year students who complete the first area studies course Advanced level in their first fall semester may finish the area studies series in the spring semester, or replace the core course with a directed independent study. Students who have completed Advanced level Chinese may also directly enroll in one or more Chinese language elective courses at Nanjing University's Institute for International Students in their second semester.
semester: 15 semester/22.5 quarter hours
academic year: 30 semester/45 quarter hours
- Academic Year: 44 weeks late August - mid-June
- Spring: 18 weeks early February - mid-June
- Fall: 16 weeks late August - mid-December
- Academic Year: 44 weeks late August -mid-June
CIEE Fees - Check the CIEE website for current fees.
CIEE program fees, inclusions, and estimated additional costs, are outlined below. Please note that CIEE reserves the right to adjust its fees in the event of significant change in exchange rates or other factors beyond its control. The actual cost of the programs may vary slightly for students from different institutions.
Online Pre-Departure and On-Site Orientations
Students begin their study abroad experience in Nanjing before even leaving home--by participating in a CIEE Online Pre-Departure Orientation. Meeting with students online, the Resident Director shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving students time to ask any questions before leaving home. The online orientation allows students to connect with others in the group, reflect on what they want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. The CIEE goal for the pre-departure orientation is simple: to help students understand more about the program and site, as well as their goals for the program, so that they arrive to the program well-informed and return home having made significant progress toward their goals.
A mandatory three-day orientation session, conducted at Nanjing University at the beginning of the program, introduces students to the city, the culture, and the academic program, as well as provides practical information about living in Nanjing. A language placement exam also takes place during the orientation period. A weekend field trip and other group activities are also scheduled to enhance group dynamics and introduce students to China through experiential learning. Ongoing support is provided on an individual and group basis throughout the program.
Housing & Meals
Housing is included in the program fee, and students may live in a Nanjing University dormitory or in a homestay.
Students live in Nanjing University's international student dormitory, Zeng Xianzi, in a double room with one Chinese roommate studying in the Chinese department. The Chinese roommates are also CIEE peer tutors. Each room contains a bathroom and small closets. The 12-story Zeng Xianzi building also houses classrooms and administrative and faculty offices. Additional facilities include a library, a basketball court, laundry facilities, small kitchen, and an outdoor fitness field. Private accommodations outside of CIEE housing may not be arranged. Meals are not included in the dormitory option and are the responsibility of the student.
Depending on availability, the travel distance to Zeng Xianzi and the language classrooms from the homestays vary. Most homestays are located within 30 minutes from campus by bus or bike. Homestay families provide breakfast and dinner on weekdays and most weekends. Students should expect to buy their lunch every day, but may be asked to eat lunch with their host families on weekends. A homestay orientation is offered to students prior to moving in with host families.
Housing between the fall and spring semesters is included in the academic year fee. Instead of staying in their original accommodations, students may be moved into single-bed rooms or share a double-bed room with another student. Students remaining in China between semesters may choose to travel during this period to enhance their language fluency and cultural understanding.
Each of the student dormitory rooms has DSL capability. Some, but not all, homestay families have Internet DSL. Wireless is available in and near the CIEE Study Center. Internet access is also available in Internet cafés near the CIEE Study Center. Students are encouraged to bring wireless-enabled laptops.
Cultural Activities and Field Trips
Six trips are integrated into the academic curriculum focusing on topics covered in the language and area studies courses. The city trips include visits to memorial museums, a home for the elderly, a cooking school, and a population management training institute, as well as various neighborhoods, temples, and historical sites around Nanjing. Each semester, Nanjing University sponsors a two-day trip to a nearby city, or to a rural area in Northern Jiangsu Province. Extracurricular classes in Chinese--calligraphy, Taiji, and Chinese painting--are held on weekday afternoons.
Southwest China Module--Fall
The program includes a one-week module in Chengdu, Lijiang, and Shangrila. In Chengdu, students visit giant pandas and appreciate Sichuanese teahouse culture. The trip to Lijiang looks at the Naxi minority and the living pictograph. And in Shangrila, students see beautiful scenery and learn about local Tibetan culture.
Northwest China Module--Spring
Students visit the northwest cities of Dunghuang, and Xijning as well as Qinghai Lake, where they receive an understanding of local minority culture, while exploring and experiencing the wonders along the ancient Silk Road.
Cultural Reimbursement Program
To encourage students to enrich their study abroad experience in Nanjing, CIEE reimburses students for their participation in such cultural activities as attending Chinese film screenings, theater performances, and traditional music concerts, and visiting museums and historic places of interest.
Peer Language Tutors
Program participants are paired with Nanjing University students for weekly one-on-one Chinese language tutorials. These tutorials provide students extra conversation practice in Mandarin. Peer language tutors also help with homework assignments and social research projects, and give CIEE students an opportunity to see firsthand the lifestyle of their Chinese peers.
Target Language Meals
To encourage students to use their Chinese in an informal setting, CIEE plans bimonthly group meals for them to engage with their language teachers, Chinese peer tutors, and roommates. Students attending the optional meals are required to speak only Chinese.
Participants are introduced to local NGOs, where they are involved in volunteer activities. Students might work with an environmental protection group, an anti-AIDS organization, or teach English in an elementary school for immigrant laborers' children. These activities give students the opportunity to become more involved in local life and to understand contemporary China in depth, with a broader perspective.
Message from the Colleges of the Fenway
Global Education Opportunities Center
Please be aware that study abroad involves two application deadlines - the application deadline for "the Council on International Educational Exchange" (CIEE - the provider of this study abroad program), and the deadline to seek approval from your home campus Study Abroad Director (in order to receive credit for participating in this program).
In general, you will need to inform your home campus Study Abroad Director by the "Application Deadline" indicated below. By pressing on the "Apply Now" button, you will begin the process of notifying your home campus Study Abroad Director of your intent to study abroad. In order to participate in this program, you will also need to follow the application instructions of CIEE, as indicated above.
Keep in mind that if it appears that a deadline date has already passed for the time that you wish to study abroad, you should still make contact with both your Study Abroad Director and the program provider, by pressing on the "Request Info" button and stating clearly your desired dates. While it can never be guaranteed, there are cases when last-minute requests can be accommodated.
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|Academic Year||2014-2015||03/17/2014**||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.