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08/28/2014 - 12/20/2014
Deadlines:
Extended to: 05/01/2014
Credit:
15 - 18 semester / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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15 - 18 semester / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
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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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02/26/2015 - 06/13/2015
Deadlines:
Extended to: 11/15/2014
Credit:
15 - 18 semester / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Deadlines:
11/01/2015
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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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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Program Overview

Program Overview

Take your Mandarin skills to the next level, and get an authentic Chinese experience –without all the tourists – in Nanjing! We’ll give you the tools and knowledge to find the right words and turns of phrase in Mandarin. The program features small class sizes, group excursions, a weeklong field trip, and weekly sessions with peer tutors. You’ll live with a Chinese roommate or host family, so you’ll be completely immersed in the language, the place, and the culture.

Study abroad in Nanjing and you'll:

  • Improve your Mandarin through intensive language training in small classes, working with a peer tutor program, and living with a Chinese roommate or 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 spring and northwest China in the fall on weeklong field trips
  • Visit historic monuments and temples in Nanjing and Shanghai in the fall or Beijing in the spring on weekend field trips
  • Get to know different people and places in Eastern China by exploring Jiangsu Province or Shanghai for the weekend
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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)

  • Wollitzer Merit Scholarships in Area or Comparative Studies
  • Wollitzer Merit Scholarships in Area or Comparative Studies

    For high-achieving students who want to study in one of 19 locations in Africa, Asia, or Latin America, or pursue comparative studies in such areas as religion or business

  • 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

  • CIEE Intensive Chinese Language and Culture Spring 2014 Grant-Nanjing, China
  • CIEE Intensive Chinese Language and Culture Spring 2014 Grant-Nanjing, China

    In collaboration with Nanjing University, 30 grants (up to $1,000 per award) are now available to participants in CIEE’s Intensive Chinese Language + Culture Spring 2014 program from the Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC). These awards can be combined with any of the other generous scholarship programs offered by CIEE. Deadline for application is October 15, 2013.

    Grants will be delivered as a stipend upon arrival in Nanjing. CIEE can assist with onsite logistics (opening a bank account, etc) upon students arrival. Warning: students who don’t confirm their use of the award promptly may lose it.

    Qualified candidates should apply now at https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/myaccount/. “

  • 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

  • Study Abroad Grant
  • Study Abroad Grant

    Study Abroad Grant

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

With intensive language classes for intermediate to advanced speakers, area studies courses, and elective options encompassing a wide range of subjects, you can build a study abroad program the suits your interests and abilities. Study economics, foreign policy, Chinese history, literature, or film – all in Chinese. Or pursue a particular topic of interest through an independent research project.

Excursions

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Step outside the classroom, and experience Chinese culture. You might follow the Silk Road, one of the most important trade routes from China to Europe, stopping to see the Terracotta Warriors and the famous Dunhuang grottoes along the way. View pious Buddhists worshipping at a famous Tibetan Buddhist monastery, or spend a week in Sichuan visiting the panda sanctuary and the largest stone-carved Buddha in the world. You can try all of this and more while studying in China with CIEE.

Volunteering

If you feel inspired to give back, we’ll help make that happen. You might teach children of migrant workers at an elementary school, leading them in sing-alongs, teaching them English vocabulary, and stimulating their motivation to learn. Or you could volunteer at the local community center, play Chinese chess and mahjong with residents of a home for the elderly, or help with English translation and negotiation at one of the largest law firms in Nanjing.

Immersion

Use sessions with peer language tutors and local graduate students, bi-monthly group meals, and more to improve your Chinese speaking, comprehension, and pronunciation, and gain insight into the culture.

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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 which 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 (16 wks)
Extended to: 05/01/2014
08/28/2014
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 **
$11,649
Housing ***
$1,975
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

*** includes breakfast and dinner during the week and most weekends for homestay students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$1,200
International Airfare **
$1,700
Local Transportation
$150
Books & Supplies
$75
Personal expenses
$2,000
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 staying in dormitories; students placed in homestays should budget $400 for weekday lunches and some weekend meals

** 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 (15 wks)
Extended to: 11/15/2014
02/26/2015
06/13/2015
$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 **
$11,649
Housing ***
$1,975
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

*** includes breakfast and dinner during the week and most weekends for homestay students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$1,200
International Airfare **
$1,700
Local Transportation
$150
Books & Supplies
$75
Personal expenses
$2,000
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 staying in dormitories; students placed in homestays should budget $400 for weekday lunches and some weekend meals

** 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 (41 wks)
Extended to: 05/01/2014
08/28/2014
06/13/2015

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 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 **
$22,524
Housing ***
$3,950
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

*** includes breakfast and dinner during the week and most weekends for homestay students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$2,400
International Airfare **
$1,700
Local Transportation
$300
Books & Supplies
$125
Personal expenses
$4,000
Other ***
$150
Expenses during break ****
$900

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 staying in dormitories; students placed in homestays should budget $400 for weekday lunches and some weekend meals

** 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.

**** academic year students are responsible for meals during the semester break

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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
  • 2 semesters of college-level Mandarin Chinese or equivalent*
  • 1 college-level Chinese area studies course recommended

*Advanced High level language students with at least five 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. Students with near-native proficiency in Mandarin should contact CIEE prior to submitting their application.

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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for the semester is 15-18 semester/22.5-27 quarter hours.

Required language courses are 120 contact hours and recommended credit is 6 semester/9 quarter hours per course. Contact hours and credits for CIEE area studies and elective courses are 3 credits and 45 contact hours, unless otherwise noted. Host university courses and related credits are noted in the course listing.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

A full course load is three or four courses per semester. All study abroad students are required to take Readings in Chinese, Spoken Chinese, and one of the CIEE area studies courses, depending on language level, Contemporary Chinese Studies (in English) or Contemporary Chinese Society Through Media (in Chinese). In addition, students may take the CIEE Intercultural Communication and Leadership course as one of their electives. 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.

Students who test above the advanced level take coursework at Nanjing University’s Institute for International Students or regular courses at Nanjing University and the CIEE area studies course. Academic year students who complete the first area studies course in the fall semester may continue the area studies series in the spring or elect directed independent research instead.

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About the City

About The City

Nanjing is regarded as one of China’s most important commercial centers, as well as one of the safest and most livable cities in China. Just an hour from Shanghai by high-speed train, Nanjing prides itself on maintaining the atmosphere of a traditional Chinese city, with its classical temples and 600-year-old city wall, while being a base for hundreds of multinational corporations and many Fortune 500 companies. Literally named “Southern Capital,” Nanjing was the seat of power for Imperial China in the Six Dynasties and is remembered as one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China. With more than 40 colleges and universities and over 600,000 college students in the city, there are more students as a percent of population than any other city in China, making Nanjing a uniquely student-friendly environment.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Fu Yanfei

Resident Director

Fu Yanfei completed her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in Educational Psychology. She holds an M.A. degree from Syracuse University in Sociolinguistics and an M.A. from Nanjing University in World History. She also completed the graduate certificate program in American Studies at the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies. Yanfei was program director of the Early Start program offering UCLA college courses to outstanding Chinese high school students at the prestigious Jinling High School in Nanjing. She previously served as associate program director and Chinese language coordinator for another U.S. study abroad program in Nanjing operated in collaboration with the University of Arizona. She has also worked in the nonprofit sector as the program officer for the Education Division of the Amity Foundation in Nanjing. Yanfei has taught multiple levels of Chinese language to American college students in Nanjing and at Syracuse University.

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I wish to welcome you to Nanjing, a city of tree-lined boulevards, beautiful lake parks, and endless cultural and outdoor activities. As one of the ancient capitals of China and a modern, developed provincial capital, Nanjing offers you a unique opportunity to simultaneously experience the rapid development of China and its rich history. A city of over 8 million people, Nanjing is more accessible than many other metropolitan cities in China. The CIEE Study Center is conveniently located in the center of town on the campus of Nanjing University. Students can find parks, lakes, historical monuments, and cuisine from around the world minutes away from their residence hall. While Nanjing has a significant population of international students and many amazing historical sites, the city does not feel “touristy.” It is the perfect place for you to practice Chinese with the locals and learn about China, both old and new. I am very excited to join you in that experience.

— Fu Yanfei, Resident Director

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Jiang Jun

Program Assistant

Originally from the city of Nanjing, Jiang Jun holds an M.A. in in Chinese-English translation from Beijing Foreign Studies University, and B.A. degrees from Capital Normal University in English language and literature and Spanish language and literature. She has been working with CIEE since the summer of 2012. Prior to joining CIEE, Jun taught Chinese at the Confucius Institute of the University of Piura in Peru, and she once served as the interpreter and assistant to the secretary general of the Olympic Games Committee of Zambia. She is fluent in English and Spanish.

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Where You'll Study

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 some 70 countries. The beautiful campus is centrally located in downtown Nanjing, and has more than 43,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The local neighborhood features shops and restaurants from both Asia and the West. The city’s two main shopping districts are within walking distance.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Housing is included in the study abroad program fee, and students may live in a Nanjing University dormitory with a Chinese roommate or in a homestay.

Students live in Nanjing University’s international student dormitory, Zeng Xianzi, in a double room with one Chinese roommate who takes courses in either the Chinese Department, Institute for International Students, or other social science departments of Nanjing University. Chinese roommates are also CIEE peer tutors. Each room contains a bathroom and closets. The 12-story Zeng Xianzi building also houses the CIEE Study Center language and area studies classrooms and administrative and faculty offices. Additional facilities include a library, laundry facilities, small kitchen, basketball court, and outdoor track. 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 between Zeng Xianzi and homestays varies. Most host families live within 30 minutes of campus by bus or bike. The families provide breakfast and dinner on weekdays and most weekends. Students should expect to buy their lunch on weekdays, 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 the families. Housing between the fall and spring semesters is included in the academic year fee. Students may be moved from their original accommodations into a single or twin room with another foreign student. Students remaining in China between semesters may choose to travel during this period to enhance their language fluency and cultural understanding.

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Orientations

Orientations

Online Pre-Departure Orientation

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You'll begin your study abroad experience in Nanjing even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. The resident director meets with students online and 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 identify your goals.

On-Site Orientation

A mandatory three-day orientation session, conducted at Nanjing University at the beginning of the program, will introduce you to the city, culture, and academic program, and provide 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 scheduled to enhance group dynamics and introduce you to China through experiential learning.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. Internet access will be available in each of the student dormitory rooms and host family homes. Wireless Internet access is also available at the CIEE Study Center and Internet cafés located nearby.

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Culture

Culture

Cultural Activities and Day Trips

study abroad in China

Six daytrips that focus on topics covered in the language and area studies courses are integrated into the academic curriculum. These local field trips and cultural activities include visits to a school for migrant workers’ children, a job fair for college students, the southern old city, Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum, Ming Tombs, Purple Mountain, Xuanwu Lake, Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall, and Presidential Palace, as well as various neighborhoods, temples, and historical sites around Nanjing. Extracurricular classes in Chinese calligraphy, Taiji, and traditional Chinese painting are held on weekday afternoons.

Weekend Field Trips

In the spring semester, the study abroad program includes a weekend trip to Beijing. You will have a debriefing at the U.S. Embassy and visit the Great Wall, Tian’anmen Square, and the Forbidden City. In the fall semester the program includes a weekend trip to Shanghai. Students will visit the Bund and City Planning Museum, and attend lectures on the economic development of China.

Week-long Field Trips

In the spring semester the program includes a weeklong field trip to Sichuan or Yunnan Province to provide students exposure to the linguistic, cultural, and culinary diversity within China. In Sichuan, you might learn about the habitats of giant pandas and Sichuanese teahouse culture and history. In Yunnan, you might explore the Naxi ethnic minority culture of Lijiang, legendary for their living pictographic language; and in Shangri-La you are likely to discover beautiful natural scenery and learn about local Tibetan culture. You will also attend lectures on such topics as urban history, biodiversity, and ethnic minorities. In the fall semester the study abroad program includes a weeklong field trip to Xi’an, the western terminus of the Silk Road in Shanxi Province and Gansu Province, the corridor between Inner Mongolia and Tibet that connected China to the ancient Western world. In Xi’an you will visit the Terra Cotta Warriors, Great Goose Pagoda, and the Muslim quarter. In Gansu Province, you'll learn about this fascinating region that is home to large populations of Hui (Muslim) Chinese and Turkic peoples, explore important destinations along the ancient Silk Road such as Dunhuang, which is famed for its grottos painted with ancient Buddhist murals, or visit thriving Tibetan monasteries in Xiahe in Gansu province. You will also attend lectures on history and ethnic minority culture at local institutions such as Lanzhou University.

Immersion

Peer Language Tutors

You'll be paired with Nanjing University students for weekly one-on-one Chinese language tutorials for a total of two hours per week, with more hours available upon request. These tutorials will provide you extra conversation practice in Mandarin. Peer language tutors also help with homework assignments and social research projects, and will give you an opportunity to experience the lifestyle of your Chinese peers.

Individual Pronunciation Correction

You will also meet with graduate students majoring in teaching Chinese to speakers of other languages to work on pronunciation for a minimum of 30 minutes each week, with more hours available upon request. Graduate tutors will help you with tones, and provide systemic feedback for pronunciation using Chinese lessons covered in language classes each week.

Target Language Meals

To encourage you to use Chinese in an informal setting, CIEE plans bi-monthly group meals for students to engage with their language teachers, Chinese peer tutors, and roommates. Students attending the optional meals are required to speak only Chinese.

Community Involvement

You will be introduced to local NGOs, where you can engage in volunteer activities. You might work with an environmental protection group, a local HIV/AIDS organization, or teach English in an elementary school for migrant workers’ children. These activities will give you the opportunity to become more involved in local life and understand contemporary China in depth and with broader perspective.

Language

CIEE Community Language Commitment

You will part in the CIEE Community Language Commitment by speaking Chinese from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during all workdays (except in emergencies, during area studies classes, individual academic advising, and some orientation activities). This fosters a learning community that contributes to both Chinese language proficiency and understanding of Chinese society.

CIEE Chinese Language Advisory Committee

The CIEE Chinese Language Advisory Committee (CCLAC) is comprised of specialists in the field of teaching Chinese as a second language and serves to promote the highest standards of education at the CIEE Study Centers in Greater China. Specifically, the committee advises CIEE administrators and language instructors on curriculum issues such as learning goals and objectives, instructional innovations, assessment of proficiency gains, program evaluation, and course articulation.

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Academics

Academics

Established in 1982, the CIEE Study Center at Nanjing University focuses on helping students develop third- through fifth- semester Mandarin Chinese communication skills and providing opportunities for exploring contemporary Chinese society and culture. The program offers an integrated curriculum that links the language classes, an area studies course on contemporary China, day trips in and around Nanjing, and weeklong field trips to neighboring provinces. There are three-day weekend trips, a weeklong mid-semester independent travel break and, for academic year students, a two-month winter break. All of these provide valuable opportunities to explore China, reinforce classroom learning, and provide natural settings in which to speak Chinese on a regular basis.

Study abroad students with advanced writing and speaking skills, as determined by an on-site placement test, and academic year participants who complete the advanced level language course in the fall semester, may be able to enroll in special language coursework at Nanjing University’s Institute for International Students. This includes courses in history, international relations, economics, and literature taught in Mandarin.

Students with superior level, or near native proficiency in Mandarin, whose language ability exceeds even the most advanced elective courses offered by the Institute for International Students, may enroll directly with local students in Nanjing University courses.

Academic Culture

Students attend morning language classes Monday through Thursday, between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. The language classes are small, consisting of six to 10 students, so students are encouraged to participate actively. Students also meet with graduate student tutors individually for pronunciation correction and coaching for a minimum of 30 minutes weekly.

Two times a week in the afternoon, students will take either a CIEE area studies course or a Chinese language course. The elective area studies course combines lectures, class discussions, fieldwork, presentations, observation papers, and group or individual projects. The elective Chinese language course focuses on contemporary topics related to Chinese society and culture, which are concurrently examined in the Contemporary Chinese Studies course.

The optional elective course, Intercultural Communication and Leadership, in Nanjing takes place once a week in the afternoon and is taught in English. Instruction is highly interactive and includes small group work and discussions.

Nature of Classes

Study abroad participants take required language classes and the area studies course with other CIEE students only. Students with advanced high or superior level Chinese language skills take courses offered by Nanjing University’s Institute for International Students with other international students, or with local Chinese students in other departments.

Grading System

The area studies course is graded based on observation papers, presentations, and a final project, as well as participation and attendance. Language courses are graded on participation, class performance, daily homework, quizzes, and a mid-term and final exam.

Language of Instruction

English
Mandarin Chinese

Faculty

All Chinese language courses are taught by faculty from the Institute for International Students at Nanjing University who specialize in teaching Chinese to speakers of other languages.

The area studies courses are taught by Dr. Colette Plum. She received her doctorate in East Asian History from Stanford University in 2006. She has taught American students in the U.S. and China for 15 years. Currently, she is working on a book manuscript about children and orphans during China’s war with Japan.

Intercultural Communication and Leadership is taught by the Resident Director, Dr. Yanfei Fu.

Textbooks and Teaching Materials

To learn about the textbooks and teaching materials being used in CIEE programs in China and Taiwan, visit www.ciee.org/chinatextbooks.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

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 canceled 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.

Required CIEE Language Courses

The language courses seek to improve students’ listening, speaking, reading, and writing abilities by emphasizing communication and interaction between teachers and students, and by providing students adequate opportunities to express themselves in Chinese. The aim of the language courses is to enable students to communicate in a fluent and culturally appropriate manner, as well as prepare them for future study and work in Chinese-related settings. With the help of peer language tutors, students receive individualized attention geared to their specific language learning needs.

Readings in Chinese

Students are presented with authentic articles derived from Chinese books and periodicals that have been edited to meet the needs of intermediate to advanced students of Chinese language. Weekly readings focus on contemporary topics related to Chinese society and culture, which are concurrently examined in the contemporary Chinese studies course. Students are expected to produce written answers to questions, personal and formal letters, and short essays expressing understanding of the topics.

CHIN 2001 CNAN

Readings in Chinese, Intermediate

This course is equivalent to third semester Chinese. Textbook: Jin Honggang 靳洪刚 and Xu Debao 许德宝, eds. Zhongji Hanyu jiaocheng: Liuxue Zhongguo 中级汉语教程:留学中国 (Crossing paths: living and learning in China). Beijing: Peking University Press, 2005.

CHIN 2002 CNAN

Readings in Chinese, Advanced Intermediate

This course is equivalent to fourth semester Chinese. Textbook: Wu Zhongwei 吴中伟, Gao Shunquan 高顺全 and Tao Lian 陶炼, eds. Sheji Hanyu zonghe keben (di-si ji) 拾级汉语综合课本(第四级) (10 Level Chinese integrated textbook, level 4). Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press, 2009.

CHIN 3001 CNAN

Readings in Chinese, Advanced

This course is equivalent to fifth semester Chinese. Textbook: Bai Jianhua 白建华, Song Ruyu 宋如瑜 and Xing Zhiqun 邢志群, eds. Le zai goutong 乐在沟通 (Beyond the basics: communicative Chinese for intermediate and advanced Chinese learners). 2nd ed. Boston: Cheng & Tsui Company, 2008.

Spoken Chinese

Students are given exercises and activities designed to help them summarize, explain, evaluate, and discuss the weekly topic. Video and audio clips containing dialogues and excerpts from news broadcasts, films, and television programs related to the weekly topic are presented, along with exercises and activities to test and develop the students’ oral comprehension. Students learn to present short speeches, participate in structured debates, and engage in conversation about important issues in contemporary Chinese society and culture.

CHIN 2003 CNAN

Spoken Chinese, Intermediate

This course is equivalent to third semester Chinese. Textbook: Shen Hongdan 沈红丹and Zhang Li 张莉, ed. Chenggong zhi lu: shunli pian (di-er ce) 成功之路:顺利篇(第二册) (Road to success: elementary, vol. 2). Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press, 2008.

CHIN 2004 CNAN

Spoken Chinese, Advanced Intermediate

This course is equivalent to fourth semester Chinese. Textbooks: Chen Guanglei 陈光磊, ed. Hanyu kouyu jiaocheng: gaoji A zhong ben (shang, xia) 汉语口语教程:高级A种本(上、下) (A Chinese speaking course: advanced, book A (vol. 1-2). Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press, 2009.

CHIN 3002 CNAN

Spoken Chinese, Advanced

This course is equivalent to fifth semester Chinese. Textbook: Yang Jizhou 杨寄洲 and Jia Yongfen 贾永芬, eds. Hanyu gaoji kouyu jiaocheng (shang ce) 汉语高级口语教程(上册) (Advanced spoken Chinese, vol. 1). Beijing: Peking University Press, 2007; Yang Jizhou and Jia Yongfen, eds. Hanyu gaoji kouyu jiaocheng (xia ce) 汉语高级口语教程(下册) (Advanced spoken Chinese, vol. 2). Beijing: Peking University Press, 2007.

Area Studies Course - In English

EAST 3001 CNAN Contemporary Chinese Studies I (fall)
EAST 3002 CNAN Contemporary Chinese Studies II (spring)

(taught in English)

The chief objective of these courses is to engage students in meaningful, inquiry-based explorations of contemporary China. These courses are interdisciplinary, drawing from the inquiries and methodologies of sociology, anthropology, and political science, but also utilizing historical sources and methods to contextualize the rapid transformations of China’s present. These courses are intentionally designed to offer students an opportunity to deepen their understandings of the relationship between state-initiated reforms and Chinese lives in a way that only students living and studying in Nanjing can – through engaging with Chinese in their host city.

Each week students will examine a sociopolitical topic to understand people’s lives in contemporary Nanjing. In the first semester, weekly topics will include urbanization and migration, belief systems, dating and marriage, careers and jobs, being a child in Nanjing, family planning and infant abandonment, aging, and structures and homes. In the second semester, topics will cover health care, sexuality, raising a child in Nanjing, tourism, the environment, and food production and consumption. There will be several fieldtrips tied to the courses that give students firsthand experiences and more in-depth understanding of the topics. Students will design research and produce a final project that will deepen their understanding of the complex ways in which specific aspects of the reform agenda and resulting development have affected the lives of identifiable sub-populations of people living in Nanjing.

Area Studies Course - In Chinese

CHIN3003

Contemporary Chinese Society through Media

(Prerequisite: two years of college-level Mandarin Chinese, or its equivalent)
The purpose of this advanced-level language course is to develop the oral, aural and reading skills necessary to comprehend and discuss contemporary issues and current events in Chinese society through original electronic media sources, especially online news, podcasts, television, and radio. Each week students will examine a current topic to understand people’s lives in contemporary Nanjing.

Optional CIEE Elective Course

COMM 3301 ALLA

Intercultural Communication and Leadership
In this class, participants will develop skills, knowledge, and understanding that will help them communicate and engage more appropriately and effectively in Nanjing as well as in other intercultural contexts. Students will explore various topics in intercultural communication in the context of their experience abroad, and will practice intercultural learning processes that they can apply when working across difference in a wide variety of contexts. Participants will increase their own cultural self-awareness and develop personal leadership skills to help them become more effective in an interdependent world. Learning will involve in-class exercises, active reflection, discussion, readings, field reports, short lectures, and out-of-class activities that engage students in the local culture on a deeper level. Contact hours: 42. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Courses for Advanced High Mandarin Language Students—in Chinese

Nanjing University Institute for International Students

The below courses are taught in Chinese and are only open to CIEE students who complete or test above the advanced level. The CIEE academic calendar is approximately two weeks shorter than the calendar for the Institute for International Students, so students directly enrolled in the below courses may need to schedule early final exams with assistance from CIEE resident staff.

Chinese Human Geography (Zhongguo Renwen Dili)
This course covers Chinese geography in relation to its people, communities, and culture. It cultivates each student’s ability to understand the relationship between human activities and different geographical regions in China. Contact hours: 28. Recommended credit: 2 semester / 3 quarter hours.

Chinese Foreign Trade and Economic Law (Zhongguo Shewai Jingji Fa)
This course introduces students to the basic principles of foreign trade and economic law in a Chinese context. Contact hours: 28. Recommended credit: 2 semester/3 quarter hours.

International Finance (Guoji Jinrongxue)
This course introduces students to global financial system, exchange rates, and foreign direct investment. Contact hours: 28. Recommended credit: 2 semester/3 quarter hours.

International Trade (Guoji Maoyi)
This course introduces students to international trade and commercial policy. Contact hours: 28. Recommended credit: 2 semester/3 quarter hours.

Chinese-Japanese Translation (Han-Ri Fanyi)
This course offers essential training on written and oral Chinese-Japanese translation skills, as well as compares different features of Chinese and Japanese language in structures and functions. Contact hours: 28. Recommended credit: 2 semester/3 quarter hours.

Classical Chinese (Gudai Hanyu)
This courses trains students to understand classical Chinese by reading excerpts from Chinese classics, such as The Great Learning (Daxue) and The Doctrine of the Mean (Zhongyong). Contact hours: 42. Recommended credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

Contemporary Chinese Economics (Dangdai Zhongguo Jingji)
This course covers both the theoretical framework of Chinese economics, as well as the major economic issues in contemporary China, such as government policies, influences of international relations, and environment and natural resources. Contact hours 28. Recommended credit: 2 semester/3 quarter hours.

Contemporary Chinese Foreign Policy (Dangdai Zhongguo Duiwai Zhengce)
This course introduces the development of international relations after the foundation of the People’s Republic of China. It primarily introduces the development of Chinese foreign policy, important events and decisions regarding the international relations of the New China, and foreign policy of several state leaders. Contact hours: 28. Recommended credit: 2 semester/3 quarter hours.

Critique of Current Events in China (Zhongguo Shishi Pinglun)
In addition to helping students view the reports on the most recent happenings in China, in-depth class discussions help students analyze the background of the events and present their own conclusions. Recommended credit: 2 semester/3 quarter hours.

Grammar in Chinese-Advanced Higher (Gaoji Hanyu Yufa)
This course systematically introduces Chinese grammar and explains specific grammar issues for foreign students in detail. Contact hours 28. Recommended credit: 2 semester/3 quarter hours.

History of China (Zhongguo Lishi)
In addition to giving students a framework of Chinese history from the Xia Dynasty to 1949, this course analyzes important historical events. Contact hours: 28. Recommended credit: 2 semester/3 quarter hours.

Ethnic Minorities and Religion (Shaoshu Minzu He Zongjiao)
This course introduces the cultures and religious practices of several of the 55 ethnic minorities in contemporary China, including political and social issues regarding the integration of ethnic minority cultures into Chinese society. Contact hours: 28. Recommended credit: 2 semester/3 quarter hours.

Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature (Zhongguo Xiandangdai Wenxue)
This course offers readings representative of Chinese literature since 1917. Through lectures and seminars, it enhances students’ understanding of modern Chinese literature and its current development. Contact hours: 42. Recommended credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

History of the Republic of China (Zhonghua Minguo Shi)
This course covers the history of China between 1912 and 1949, when the Chinese Communist Party and the Chinese Nationalist Party (Kuomintang) fought against each other. Contact hours: 56. Recommended credit: 4 semester/6 quarter hours.

Modern Chinese History (Zhongguo Jindai Shi)
This course introduces the history of China between 1840 and 1911, including Chinese society, the Opening-Up Policy and its achievements and lessons, the encounter between China and Western cultures, and the Chinese people’s struggles during this period. Contact hours: 56. Recommended credit: 4 semester/6 quarter hours.

Learning Chinese Through Film (Kan Dianying, Xue Hanyu)
Students practice their listening skills and learn modern colloquial Chinese through watching and discussing contemporary Chinese films. Contact hours: 28. Recommended credit: 2 semester/3 quarter hours.

Readings in Chinese—Advanced Higher (Gaoji Hanyu Yuedu)
The course enables students to improve their reading ability with increased exposure to articles on heated topics and Chinese history and culture through tutorials and in-class discussions. Contact hours: 56. Recommended credit: 4 semester/6 quarter hours.

Spoken Chinese—Advanced Higher (Gaoji Hanyu Kouyu)
This course assists students in improving their spoken Chinese by reviewing more than 40 articles from newspapers on topics such as women’s rights, education in China, the family planning policy, and social customs. Contact hours: 56. Recommended credit: 4 semester/6 quarter hours.

International Relations Studies (Guoji Guanxi Yanjiu)
This course provides an overview of the current political relations between China, its neighbors, and other global powers. Contact hours: 28. Recommended credit: 2 semester/3 quarter hours.

Business and Foreign Trade Writing (Shangmao Hanyu Yingyongwen Xiezuo)
This course is designed to enhance the practical writing ability of students to compose business correspondences, and read and write contracts, terms of payment, and official receipts. Contact hours: 28. Recommended credit: 2 semester/3 quarter hours.

Writing in Chinese—Advanced Higher (Gaoji Hanyu Xiezuo)
This course enables students to write letters, analytical essays, speeches, book reports, and movie reviews at an advanced level. Contact hours: 28. Recommended credit: 2 semester/3 quarter hours.

CIEE Course for Academic Year Students

Academic year students in their second semester may choose to take Contemporary Chinese Studies II, Directed Independent Research, or any of the available courses for advanced high language students offered through the Nanjing University Institute for International Students. Near native speakers may also direct enroll in some departments at Nanjing University. Those students should confer with the CIEE resident director onsite about available options.

INDE 3002 CNAN

Directed Independent Research
CIEE supports qualified students who wish to pursue an academically rigorous independent research project while in Nanjing. Interested students must submit a research proposal including a clearly defined research topic, an explanation of research plans, a description of preparation in the planned area of study, a list of resources, a tentative outline of a final paper, and a suggested schedule of progress. Students complete a total of 135 hours of research and meet regularly with an academic advisor to complete an academically rigorous, ethically sound, and culturally appropriate research project and final paper. Approval for participation in Directed Independent Research must be obtained from the resident director and the student’s home institution prior to arrival on the program. In Nanjing, students may pursue independent research in international relations, sociology, Chinese history, business, economics, or education. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

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