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08/24/2014 - 12/20/2014
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Extended to: 05/15/2014
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15 - 18 semester / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
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02/22/2015 - 06/20/2015 *
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11/01/2014
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Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Program Overview

Program Overview

No background in Mandarin? No problem! CIEE’s Chinese Language and Society program is specifically designed for students with little to no Mandarin language experience. You’ll be amazed by how quickly you increase your language proficiency and advance your career aspirations in this rich and supportive learning environment. Courses in contemporary Chinese society, language training — including Chinese peer tutors — and fun group activities and excursions ensure you return home enriched with a deep knowledge of China and its people.

Study abroad in Beijing and you’lll:

  • Jump start your Chinese language skills with 20 hours of intensive language courses per week, and one-on-one tutorials – all with no language prerequisite
  • Engage in social science coursework, interactive seminars, guided fieldwork, and community visits
  • Join field study teams away from Beijing to experience the daily lives of rural people in China
  • Be part of an acclaimed, multicultural campus community with the feel of a small liberal arts college
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $3 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Bailey Minority Serving Institution Grants
  • Bailey Minority Serving Institution Grants

    For minority students from minority-serving institutions who demonstrate financial need based on estimated family contribution (EFC)

  • Bowman Travel Grants
  • Bowman Travel Grants

    For students who want to pursue study abroad in Africa, Asia Pacific, the Caribbean, or Latin America, and who demonstrate financial based on estimated family contribution (EFC)

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence

    For students with a GPA or 3.8 or higher who excel in academic pursuits devoted to socially important areas of study

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    For students who demonstrate financial need, CIEE provides direct support for travel.

    Awards: Up to $1,500 per student

  • Michael Stohl Research Scholarship
  • Michael Stohl Research Scholarship

    The Michael Stohl Research Scholarship is awarded to students studying for a semester or year who are self-identified as a 1st generation college student, demonstrate financial need, are a non-traditionally aged student, have a non-traditional background, and/or are planning to conduct research as part of the study abroad program. Preference is given to students from public higher education institutions. Awards range from $1000-$5000, depending on duration of study and financial need, and are applied toward the awardee's CIEE program fee.

  • Language Intensive-Focus Track (LIFT) Merit Scholarships
  • Language Intensive-Focus Track (LIFT) Merit Scholarships

    For students who want to pursue an intensive language program for one academic year in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, France, Italy, Jordan, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Senegal, Spain, or Taiwan

  • Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships
  • Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships

    For first-generation college students who want to combine research and study abroad. Preference is given to students with diverse ethnic backgrounds.

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

Whether you’re a beginner or intermediate student, you’ll find courses that advance your Chinese oral, character, and comprehension skills. You’ll also take compelling area studies electives in topics ranging from ethnic diversity and identity in China to religion and ecology.

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Excursions

Guided visits to historic and culturally significant sites – like the Great Wall; Zhoukoudian, the original site of the Peking Man; and Temple of Heaven to name a few – are a key part of this program. Visit the countryside in northern China during a study tour focused on environment and rural governance. During hikes or while participating in farm life with local villagers, you’ll witness the effects of rapid development and industrialization on the rural landscape and population. Or visit an urban area or historically important region on a separate excursion. You might also attend plays, rock-music performances, or art exhibitions, and give back to your host community by teaching English at a school for blind children or helping at an autism institute.

Peer Language Tutors

You’ll meet weekly with your one-to-one tutorial teacher, a local student studying to be a teacher of Chinese as a second language. Together, you’ll do homework, chat about your daily lives, and engage in activities outside the classroom. At the beginning of the program, you’ll take part in organized activities with local students as part of the Social Practicum.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Fall 2014 (17 wks)
Extended to: 05/15/2014
08/24/2014
12/20/2014

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Fall 2015
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$14,250

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$11,474
Housing
$2,150
Insurance
$113
Visa Fees
$213

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$1,100
International Airfare **
$1,650
Local Transportation
$300
Books & Supplies
$50
Personal expenses
$1,600
Other ***
$150

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in apartments; homestay students may spend less as they are typically invited to family meals four times during the week

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

*** onsite visa change/extension fee; for academic year students or for those that do not receive a multiple entry visa or a visa to cover the duration of the program pre-departure.

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Spring 2015 (17 wks)
11/01/2014
02/22/2015
06/20/2015
$14,250

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$11,474
Housing
$2,150
Insurance
$113
Visa Fees
$213

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$1,100
International Airfare **
$1,650
Local Transportation
$300
Books & Supplies
$50
Personal expenses
$1,600
Other ***
$150

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in apartments; homestay students may spend less as they are typically invited to family meals four times during the week

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

*** onsite visa change/extension fee; for academic year students or for those that do not receive a multiple entry visa or a visa to cover the duration of the program pre-departure.

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Spring 2016
11/01/2015
TBA
TBA

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Academic year 2014-2015 (43 wks)
Extended to: 05/15/2014
08/24/2014
06/20/2015

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Academic year 2015-2016
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$27,100

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$22,174
Housing
$4,300
Insurance
$113
Visa Fees
$213

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$2,200
International Airfare **
$1,650
Local Transportation
$600
Books & Supplies
$100
Personal expenses
$3,200
Other ***
$150

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in apartments; homestay students may spend less as they are typically invited to family meals four times during the week

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

*** onsite visa change/extension fee; for academic year students or for those that do not receive a multiple entry visa or a visa to cover the duration of the program pre-departure.

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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
  • No language requirement.
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for each semester is 15–18 semester/22.5–27 quarter hours and 30–36 semester/45–54 quarter hours for the academic year.

Each set of Chinese language courses meets for a total 300 hours with a recommended credit of 15 semester/22.5 quarter hours. Specific contact hours for each language course are indicated in the courses section below.

Unless otherwise indicated, CIEE area studies electives are 45 contact hours with a recommended credit of 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

A full course load is three to six courses for a total of 15-18 recommended credits. Students take a set of three to five required intensive Chinese language courses at the appropriate level, and may take one additional CIEE elective offering in English. Study abroad students are placed into the appropriate Chinese level based on written and oral placement tests taken during orientation week.

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About the City

About The City

As the capital of the world’s most populous nation, Beijing is at the center of much that happens in China. It is a city of more than 22 million people adapting as China emerges as a global player. Beijing reflects China’s long and evolving history and is home to some of the nation’s most well-known and culturally important sites such as the Great Wall, Forbidden City, and Summer Palace. In addition to being the political and cultural center of China, Beijing is known as the birthplace of Chinese cinema and modern art. Beijing also has China’s largest concentration of top research institutions.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Patrick Lucas

Center Director

Patrick Lucas, Ph.D., graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Oregon, with bachelor’s degrees in computer and information science, Chinese, and linguistics. He also holds a master’s degree in applied linguistics from the University of Oregon, and a doctorate from Minzu University in Beijing in cultural anthropology. He is the first Western graduate student to obtain an advanced degree at the university. His research interests include identity, historical memory and narrative, boundaries and symbolic systems, as well as cultural survival and endangerment. Patrick has been leading study abroad and international education programs in Beijing since 1995.

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During the last 30 years, in addition to numerous deep-reaching social and political changes, China has engaged in an immense and unprecedented experiment of explosive economic transformation. This has led to significant improvement in the material lives of many millions of people, but not without substantial social and environmental costs. China is a country that has a vast and still growing population of 1.4 billion people, and in this case, Western models of development simply have limited parallel or application. China is finding its own way, step by step, into an uncertain future. The need for sustainable practices in China is acute, and the consequences of failure to do better will not only compromise the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, but will also impact current generations living today. Of course, China is part of the world – whether as a consumer of the world’s reserve of fossil fuels and producer of carbon emissions, or as a commercial powerhouse and manufacturer of products for the world. Thus, what happens in China not only impacts other regions and peoples, but China, as a critical case study, also teaches us about fundamental principles and issues related to sustainability, with potential application to regions across the world.

Come to learn about this important issue and the sweeping changes impacting diverse ethnicities and communities in China – come to learn about the problems and solutions, conflicts and compromises, different discourses and questions about identity, survival, and the future of a nation. Come to engage the many complex faces of contemporary China.

— Patrick Lucas, Ph.D., Center Director

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KuoRay Mao

Resident Director

KuoRay Mao is a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of Kansas. Before joining CIEE, he worked as a visiting research scholar at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Agricultural Policy Center. He also taught globalization and sustainability at the University of Kansas, Baker University, and Lanzhou University in China. In addition, he worked as a coordinator for the international educational exchange program of Lanzhou University in 2011.

KuoRay’s research interests include globalization, environmental migration, sustainability in China, as well as Asian-American acculturation. He has conducted research in Northwestern China since 2006. KuoRay has also performed ethnographical research on desertification in rural Gansu.

KuoRay is the recipient of the U.S. Fulbright Scholar Award, National Science Foundation EAPSI Grant, Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, and the Marvin Olson Award from the American Sociological Association. He was born in Taiwan and moved to the United States at age 15.

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John Urban

Student Services Coordinator

John Urban, holds bachelor’s degrees in Chinese and International Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been working for CIEE since fall 2011. He was a yearlong participant in the CIEE Intensive Chinese Language program at Peking University during his final year of college.

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Hua Ye

Program Assistant

Hua Ye holds a bachelor’s degree in Finnish and a master’s degree in teaching Chinese as a second language, both from the Beijing Foreign Studies University. In 2008 he studied abroad for an academic year at the University of Tampere in Finland, and served as a language volunteer for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and at the Finland Pavilion during the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai. He has been working for CIEE since 2012. Before joining CIEE, Hua taught Chinese to American students in other university programs in Beijing.

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Xie Yuanyuan

Intensive Chinese Language Program Assistant and Homestay Coordinator

Xie Yuanyuan, holds a bachelor's degree. in English and literature from Bohai University, and a master's in teaching Chinese as a second language from the College of International Education at Minzu University of China. She has been working for CIEE since spring 2012. Before joining CIEE, she taught English language and literature to officers in the Chinese People's Liberation Army Artillery Command Academy.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

Formerly Central University for Nationalities, The Minzu University of China (MUC) was founded in 1951. The university is a unique community. Faculty and students from China’s 56 ethnic groups learn together. With more than 60 percent of the student body representing Chinese ethnic minorities, MUC is distinguished for teaching Chinese as a second language, as well as less commonly taught languages like Tibetan and Uyghur. It consists of 10 colleges, among which the Colleges of Ethnology and Sociology, Fine Arts, Ethnomusicology, Tibetan Studies, and Uyghur Language and Literature are internationally renowned. The campus facilities include a concert hall, art gallery, ethnic-minority museum, and a large research library.

MUC is one of the top universities in China and has long historical ties with prominent scholars and universities in North America and Europe. Many of its founding scholars completed doctoral studies at Harvard University, Columbia University, and the London School of Economics. These scholars initiated China’s adaptation of Western anthropology, ethnology, sociology, and other social science disciplines. MUC continues to send its young scholars and graduate students abroad for postdoctoral studies. Nearly 75 percent of the faculty members at its School of Ethnology and Sociology have been visiting scholars to North America and Europe. MUC also frequently invites international scholars to China to conduct joint research projects and to participate in public lecture series. International students have ample opportunities to take part in formal and informal campus events across different colleges and departments.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Housing is included in the study abroad program fee. The program offers two housing options:

International Student Apartments - The College of International Education at MUC has a new housing complex with apartments for international faculty members and students called the West Gate International House. The new complex is located right outside the west campus gate. Two CIEE study abroad students are assigned to each apartment, which includes a bedroom, bathroom, living room, kitchen, washing machine, and Internet access via the MUC campus network. The area surrounding the West Gate International House is culturally vibrant, offering a variety of ethnic restaurants, shops, bookstores, and an evening market.

study abroad in china Homestays - Homestays are located within 45 minutes from campus by public transportation and have two or three bedrooms. Students have their own room and share the living room, kitchen, and bathroom (with some host families, students may have their own bathroom). Students are typically invited to family meals four times during the week, but should budget for other meals, including lunch on campus and dining out. Chinese family members speak Chinese only. This option is highly recommended for students who want to establish relationships with local people, live in an entirely Chinese language environment, and to make rapid progress in Chinese language and culture study.

Housing for Yearlong Students

Housing for academic year study abroad students between the fall and spring semesters is arranged and included in the program fee. This is to encourage students to stay in China during the break and to continue improving their Chinese language abilities.

Students may not live outside of CIEE-arranged housing.

Meals

Meals are not included in the program fee for students living in the international student apartments and are the responsibility of the student. Students living with Chinese host families share some meals together but should budget for others. Meals on campus may be at the local student cafeteria, which provides food from the different regions of China, including halal food for Muslim students. There are also excellent and inexpensive restaurants and noodle shops surrounding the campus.

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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Beijing even before 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 you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre departure orientation is simple – to help you understand more about the program, and to identify your objectives so that you arrive well-informed and return home having made significant progress towards your goals.

A mandatory orientation session conducted at the beginning of the program introduces you to the country, culture, and academic program, and provides practical information about living in Beijing. Among other activities, you'll tour the National Library and Zizhuyuan Park to familiarize yourself with these nearby resources. You'll also take language placement exams during orientation. Ongoing support is provided on an individual and group basis by CIEE staff throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

Students can use the wireless network at the program office to connect to the Internet via PCs with the Windows operating system, and Macintosh computers with OS X. Currently, students have both wired Internet access and Wi-Fi in student dormitory rooms via the Minzu University campus network – however, please note that the campus network is only accessible via special software you must download once on campus. The Internet usage fee in the dormitory is included in the CIEE program fee. Each host family will have Internet access for students at no extra fee, although availability of Wi-Fi varies by family.

Wi-Fi access is available at some other locations on campus, but Internet access can be quite erratic and slow at times. Internet is also available at some restaurants or coffee shops near campus. There are a few Internet cafes not far from campus.

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Culture

Culture

Target Language Meals

CIEE arranges group meals with language teachers, peer tutors, and resident staff twice a month to encourage you to utilize your Chinese language skills in an informal setting. Those attending optional meals speak in Chinese only.

Field Trips

In addition to various day trips, you’ll take part in an extended weekend excursion to a less-traveled area outside Beijing. Trip activities typically include a rural community visit, interactions with local people, a modest hike, and discussion and reflection activities. You'll prepare for the experience by discussing and contemplating your role as a guest or participant in these communities and homes, as well as completing reading assignments and seminar discussions on related subjects, including social and environmental issues and the religious and ethnic diversity of China.

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Academics

Academics

The Chinese Language and Society study abroad program is designed to enable students to increase their language proficiency at the beginner or intermediate level, while at the same time gain a deeper knowledge about China and Chinese society. This is achieved through intensive Mandarin language training; weekly interactions with Chinese peer tutors; group activities and local excursions; and elective coursework covering critical socio-cultural, cross-cultural, and ecological issues in contemporary China. An extended weekend field-study experience rounds out this exceptionally rich learning environment.

Academic Culture

Chinese language classes meet Monday through Friday for 20 hours per week. Students meet with their peer tutors for two to four hours each week. Elective courses meet for a total of four hours a week. The area studies elective class format is seminar-based, and students are expected to come prepared to discuss assigned readings.

Nature of Classes

Chinese language classes are offered by MUC to all international students. Area studies courses are taught in English and designed especially for CIEE students.

Grading System

Language course grades are determined by regular exams, homework, quizzes, attendance, and participation. Area studies course grades are determined by active participation in class discussions, attendance, various student writings and presentations, and mid-term and final papers or other term projects. The following letter grades are assigned: A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, D, and F.

Language of Instruction

English
Mandarin

Faculty

All Chinese language courses are taught by MUC College of International Education faculty. Area studies courses are taught by MUC School of Ethnology and Sociology faculty, CIEE resident staff, and adjunct faculty in Beijing.

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Course Description

Course Description

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

Direct Enrollment Chinese Language Courses Intensive -

Elementary Level

This set of courses is designed for students with no previous Chinese language knowledge and introduces students to modern Mandarin Chinese. This level includes three courses:

Integrated Chinese - Elementary
This course (Zonghe Ke 综合课) meets 10 hours per week. Textbook: Liu Xun 刘珣, ed. Xin Shiyong Hanyu Keben (1-2 Ce) 新实用汉语课本(1-2册) (New Practical Chinese Reader Textbook, vol. 1-2). Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press; Liu Xun, ed. Xin Shiyong Hanyu Keben (Zonghe Lianxi Ce 1-2) 新实用汉语课本 (综合练习册1-2) (New Practical Chinese Reader Workbook, vol. 1-2). Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press. Contact hours: 150. Recommended credit: 7.5 semester/11.25 quarter hours.

Audiovisual and Oral Chinese - Elementary
This course (Shi-Ting Shuo Ke 视听说课) meets eight hours per week. Textbook: Ma Jianfei 马箭飞. Changcheng Hanyu: Shengcun Jiaoji (1-3) 长城汉语:生存交际(1-3) (Great Wall Chinese: Essentials in Communication, vol. 1-3). Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press. Contact hours: 120. Recommended credit: 6 semester/9 quarter hours.

Chinese Characters - Elementary
This course (Hanzi Ke 汉字课) meets two hours per week. Textbook: Deng Xiujun 邓秀均, Tian Yan 田艳 and Liu Yuan 刘援. Tiyan Hanzi: Rumen Pian 体验汉字:入门篇 (Experiencing Chinese Characters: Primer). Beijing: Higher Education Press. Contact hours: 30. Recommended credit: 1.5 semester/2.25 quarter hours.

Intensive - Low Intermediate Level

This set of courses is most appropriate for students with two semesters of college-level Chinese, or the equivalent. This level includes three courses:

Integrated Chinese - Low Intermediate
This course (Zonghe Ke 综合课) meets eight hours per week. Textbook: Liu Xun, ed. Xin Shiyong Hanyu Keben (2-3 Ce) 新实用汉语课本(2-3册) (New Practical Chinese Reader Textbook, vol. 2-3). Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press. Contact hours: 120. Recommended credit: 6 semester/9 quarter hours.

Spoken Chinese - Low Intermediate
This course (Kouyu Ke 口语课) meets eight hours per week. Textbook: Liu Xun, ed. Xin Shiyong Hanyu Keben (2-3 Ce) 新实用汉语课本(2-3册) (New Practical Chinese Reader Textbook, vol. 2-3). Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press. Contact hours: 120. Recommended credit: 6 semester/9 quarter hours.

Chinese Listening Comprehension - Low Intermediate
This course (Tingli Ke 听力课) meets four hours per week. Textbook: Rong Jihua 荣继华. Fazhan Hanyu: Chuji Hanyu (Shang) 发展汉语:初级汉语(上). Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

Intensive - Intermediate I Level

This set of four courses is for students with a Chinese vocabulary of 1,000-2,000 words. Students who complete this level should be able to pass the original version of the HSK (Elementary) Level 4, and is approximately equivalent to ACTFL sublevel Intermediate Mid.

Integrated Chinese - Intermediate I
This course (Zonghe Ke 综合课) meets eight hours per week. Textbook: Qian Xujing 钱旭菁, Huang Li 黄立, and Li Xiaoqi 李晓琪, ed. Boya Hanyu: Zhun Zhongji Jiasu (Pian I) 博雅汉语:准中级加速(篇I) (Boya Chinese: Pre-Intermediate, vol. 1). Beijing: Peking University Press. Contact hours: 120. Recommended credit: 6 semester/9 quarter hours.

Spoken Chinese - Intermediate I
This course (Kouyu Ke 口语课) meets six hours per week. Textbook: Dai Guifu 戴桂芙, Liu Lixin 刘立新, Li Haiyan 李海燕. Chuji Hanyu Kouyu (Tigao Pian) 初级汉语口语(提高篇) (Elementary Spoken Chinese, Improvement). Beijing: Peking University Press. Contact hours: 90. Recommended credit: 4.5 semester/6.75 quarter hours.

Chinese Listening Comprehension - Intermediate I
This course (Tingli Ke 听力课) meets four hours per week. Textbook: Xu Guimei 徐桂梅, Chen Manhua 陈满华. Fazhan Hanyu: Chuji Hanyu (Xia) 发展汉语:初级汉语(下). Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

Chinese Reading Comprehension - Intermediate I
This course (Yuedu Ke 阅读课) meets two hours per week. Textbook: Li Zhaohui 李朝辉. Hanyu Yuedu Keben: Zhongguo Naxie Shir 汉语阅读课本:中国那些事儿 (Pieces of China). Beijing: Sinolingua. Contact hours: 30. Recommended credit: 1.5 semester/2.25 quarter hours.

Intensive - Intermediate II Level

This set of four courses is for students with a Chinese vocabulary of 2,000-3,000 words. Students who complete this level should be able to pass the original version of the HSK (Elementary) Level 5, and is approximately equivalent to ACTFL sublevel Intermediate High.

Integrated Chinese - Intermediate II
This course (Zonghe Ke 综合课) meets eight hours per week. Textbook: Qian Xujing, Huang Li, and Li Xiaoqi, ed. Boya Hanyu: Zhun Zhongji Jiasu (Pian II) 博雅汉语:准中级加速(篇II) (Boya Chinese: Pre-Intermediate, vol. 2). Beijing: Peking University Press. Contact hours: 120. Recommended credit: 6 semester/9 quarter hours.

Spoken Chinese - Intermediate II
This course (Kouyu Ke 口语课) meets six hours per week. Textbook: Liu Delian 刘德联 and Liu Xiaoyu 刘晓雨. Zhongji Hanyu Kouyu (1) 中级汉语口语(1) (Intermediate Spoken Chinese, vol. 1). Beijing: Peking University Press. Contact hours: 90. Recommended credit: 4.5 semester/6.75 quarter hours.

Chinese Listening Comprehension - Intermediate II
This course (Tingli Ke 听力课) meets four hours per week. Textbook: Xu Guimei 徐桂梅. Fazhan Hanyu: Zhongji Hanyu (Shang) 发展汉语:中级汉语(上). Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

Chinese Reading Comprehension - Intermediate II
This course (Yuedu Ke 阅读课) meets two hours per week. Textbook: Zhang Shitao张世涛 and Liu Ruoyun 刘若云. Chuji Hanyu Yuedu Jiaocheng (II) 初级汉语阅读教程(II) (Elementary Chinese Reading Course, vol. 2). Beijing: Peking University Press. Contact hours: 30. Recommended credit: 1.5 semester/2.25 quarter hours.

Intensive - Advanced I Level

This set of four courses is for students with a Chinese vocabulary of 3,000-4,000 words. Students who complete this level should be able to pass the original version of the HSK (Intermediate) Level 6, and is approximately equivalent to ACTFL sublevel Advanced Low.

Integrated Chinese - Advanced I
This course (Zonghe Ke 综合课) meets eight hours per week. Textbook: Zhao Yanfeng 赵延风 and Li Xiaoqi, ed. Boya Hanyu: Zhongji Chongci (Pian I) 博雅汉语:中级冲刺 (篇I) (Boya Chinese: Intermediate, vol. 1). Beijing: Peking University Press. Contact hours: 120. Recommended credit: 6 semester/9 quarter hours.

Spoken Chinese - Advanced I
This course (Kouyu Ke 口语课) meets six hours per week. Textbook: Liu Delian, et al. Zhongji Hanyu Kouyu (2) 中级汉语口语(2) (Intermediate Spoken Chinese, vol. 2). Beijing: Peking University Press. Contact hours: 90. Recommended credit: 4.5 semester/6.75 quarter hours.

Chinese Listening Comprehension - Advanced I
This course (Tingli Ke 听力课) meets four hours per week. Textbook: Wu Huihua 武惠华. Fazhan Hanyu: Zhongji Hanyu (Xia) 发展汉语:中级汉语(下). Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

Chinese Reading Comprehension - Advanced I
This course (Yuedu Ke 阅读课) meets two hours per week. Textbook: Zhou Xiaobing 周小兵 and Zhang Shitao 张世涛, eds. Zhongji Hanyu Yuedu Jiaocheng (I) 中级汉语阅读教程(I) (Intermediate Chinese Reading Course, vol. 1). Beijing: Peking University Press. Contact hours: 30. Recommended credit: 1.5 semester/2.25 quarter hours.

Intensive Advanced II Level

This set of four courses is for students with a Chinese vocabulary of 4,000-5,000 words. Students who complete this level should be able to pass the original version of the HSK (Intermediate) Level 7 or 8, and is approximately equivalent to ACTFL sublevel Advanced Mid.

Integrated Chinese - Advanced II
This course (Zonghe Ke 综合课) meets eight hours per week. Textbook: Li Xiaoqi. Boya Hanyu: Zhongji Chongci (Pian II) 博雅汉语:中级冲刺 (篇II) (Boya Chinese: Intermediate, vol. 2). Beijing: Peking University Press. Contact hours: 120. Recommended credit: 6 semester/9 quarter hours.

Spoken Chinese - Advanced II
This course (Kouyu Ke 口语课) meets four hours per week. Textbook: Liu Delian, et al. Zhongji Hanyu Kouyu (Tigao Pian) 中级汉语口语(提高篇) (Intermediate Spoken Chinese, Improvement). Beijing: Peking University Press. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

Chinese Listening Comprehension - Advanced II
This course (Tingli Ke 听力课) meets four hours per week. Textbook: Cen Yuzhen 岑玉珍. Fazhan Hanyu: Gaoji Hanyu (Shang) 发展汉语:高级汉语(上). Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

Chinese Reading Comprehension - Advanced II
This course (Yuedu Ke 阅读课) meets four hours per week. Textbook: Zhang Lina 张丽娜. Bubugao Hanyu Yuedu Jiaocheng (3) 步步高汉语阅读教程(3) (Step by Step: A Course in Chinese Reading Comprehension, vol. 3). Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

Intensive - Advanced High I Level

This set of five courses is for students with a Chinese vocabulary of 5,000-6,000 words. Students who complete this level should be able to pass the original version of the HSK (Intermediate) Level 8 or HSK (Advanced) Level 9, and is approximately equivalent to ACTFL sublevel Advanced Mid or Advanced High.

Integrated Chinese - Advanced High I
This course (Zonghe Ke 综合课) meets eight hours per week. Textbook: Jin Xunian 金舒年, Chen Li 陈莉, and Li Xiaoqi, ed. Boya Hanyu: Gaoji Feixiang (Pian I) 博雅汉语:高级飞翔 (篇I) (Boya Chinese: Advanced, vol. 1). Beijing: Peking University Press. Contact hours: 120. Recommended credit: 6 semester/9 quarter hours.

Spoken Chinese - Advanced High I
This course (Kouyu Ke 口语课) meets four hours per week. Textbook: Zu Renzhi 祖人植 and Ren Xuemei 任雪梅. Gaoji Hanyu Kouyu (1) 高级汉语口语(1) (Advanced Spoken Chinese, vol. 1). Beijing: Peking University Press. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

Chinese Reading Comprehension - Advanced High I
This course (Yuedu Ke 阅读课) meets four hours per week. Textbook: Zhang Lina. Bubugao Hanyu Yuedu Jiaocheng (4) 步步高汉语阅读教程(4) (Step by Step: A Course in Chinese Reading Comprehension, vol. 4). Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

Chinese Writing - Advanced High I
This course (Xiezuo Ke 写作课) meets two hours per week. Textbook: Chen Zuohong 陈作宏 and Zhao Youhong 赵永红, eds. Tiyan Hanyu Xiezuo Jiaocheng (Gaoji 1) 体验汉语写作教程(高级1) (Experiencing Chinese: Advanced, vol. 1). Beijing: Higher Education Press. Contact hours: 30. Recommended credit: 1.5 semester/2.25 quarter hours.

Chinese Writing - Advanced High I
This course (Wenhua Ke 文化课) meets two hours per week. Textbook: Zhang Ying 张英 and Jin Shunian 金舒年. Zhongguo Chuantong Wenhua Yu Xiandai Shenghuo (2) 中国传统文化与现代生活(2) (Chinese Traditional Culture and Modern Life, vol. 2). Beijing: Peking University Press. Contact hours: 30. Recommended credit: 1.5 semester/2.25 quarter hours.

CIEE Area Studies Electives

Some area studies electives may change from year to year depending upon student interest, instructor availability, and new course options.

Fall and Spring

CLST 3001 CBEJ

Seminar on Living and Learning in Beijing
The CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning takes an experiential, developmental, and holistic approach to intercultural development. Students will acquire intercultural concepts and skills to apply to their experiences in Beijing. Active reflection will help deepen their understanding of the complexity and diversity of Chinese core values and practices, encourage them to develop a more nuanced awareness of cultural background, and help them develop the ability to handle intercultural tensions successfully. This course may meet at another CIEE host university, Peking University, a short subway commute from Minzu University of China

Spring

EAST 3001 BESC / ANTH 3002 BESC

Ethnic Diversity and Identity in China
China is a nation of many faces. Like other multi ethnic countries, it has its own unique ethnic geography, which comprises approximately 63 percent of China’s territory. While non Han Chinese are indeed minorities, in terms of the size of their combined territories, China’s 55 ethnic minorities comprise the majority of China’s land. This is an interdisciplinary course on the state of ethnic diversity in China, as well as factors influencing cultural and linguistic change and survival for groups in China. In this class, students develop a critical understanding of how culture, in both conceptual and empirical senses, is dynamic and boundary-crossing. The course will also explain why China’s modernization project is implemented differently in Han Chinese and ethnic minority regions with varying effects. Through lectures, discussions, and mini-field trips, the class addresses these questions through case studies of Tibetan, Uyghur, Hui, Miao, Han, and other ethnic groups.

Fall

RELI 3001 BESC / ECOL 3001 BESC

Religion and Ecology in Contemporary China
This course surveys how religious beliefs and rituals are connected with ecological practices, especially among ethnic minority populations in Western China. It offers textual interpretations of this connection and provides case studies of different ethnic communities. Course materials are drawn from contemporary scholarly studies of religion and ecology with an emphasis on religions and folk belief systems in China. Students are expected to explore ways to include relevant, native ecological practices and world views in the global public discourse concerning environmental ethics and the sustainability of nature, culture, and biodiversity. Throughout the semester, the class examines conceptual and material realties of tradition and modernity in relation to religious beliefs and ecological practices. Cases studies in the class include how native communities respond to the impact of tourism, construction of hydraulic dams, and sedentarization of nomadic populations.

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