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Deadlines:
04/01/2015
Credit:
3-4 semester / 4.5-6 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
See descriptions below

*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Dates:
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Deadlines:
04/01/2015
Credit:
3-4 semester / 4.5-6 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
See descriptions below

*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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2.75 Overall GPA
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Program Overview

Program Overview

If you’ve always wanted to see China, now’s the time.

The CIEE Chinese Studies summer program is your chance to explore pressing social issues in contemporary China, develop basic communicative skills in Mandarin, and immerse yourself in local culture through field trips, activities, and community engagement. All three sessions of the summer will take place in the city of Nanjing.

Study abroad in China with CIEE and you will:

  • Take part in language training that empowers you to engage in basic conversations on daily life
  • Develop an understanding of the varied and complex origins of China’s present economic, social, cultural, and political worlds
  • Immerse yourself in your new community while give back to it through a variety of volunteering projects
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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)

  • 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.

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

The CIEE Difference

Intercultural Comparative Experience

Travel with friends to a new city to explore history, art, architecture, culture, and social challenges. Part of every short-term program, our three-day Intercultural Comparative Experiences are an ideal way to highlight cultural differences and sharpen critical thinking skills.

Expand your global perspective. Spend an intercultural weekend in the dynamic city of Taipei, Taiwan!

Coursework

No prior language experience? No problem.

Communicative Chinese classes are functional and task-based, designed for beginner-level Chinese learners. You’ll develop practical communicative skills on a range of topics including: introducing yourself, ordering food, and asking for directions.

Classes in English cover Chinese history, society, and the relationship between state-initiated reforms and Chinese lives.

Excursions

Enjoy unparalleled insight into Chinese culture and history.

In Nanjing, students will have the opportunity to visit sites including Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum, the Ming Tomb, and Presidential Palace to learn about the history of ancient and modern China. CIEE will organize extra-curricular activities with Chinese students from Nanjing University to enrich student life in Nanjing, such as making dumplings, group outings, and movie nights.

In addition to the field trips in Nanjing and the excursion to Taiwan, CIEE will organize a weekend trip to a nearby small town. In the first session, students will visit Zhen Jiang located in the north of Nanjing to see the ancient Buddhist temples as well as the longest river in China, the Yangtze River. In the second session, students will hike on Mt. Mogan in Zhejiang province to visit the historical and scenic spots and experience the country lifestyle.

Volunteering

Give something back.

From teaching English to children at the local community center, to volunteering at a rehabilitation center for people with autism, community engagement is an important and highly encouraged component of this summer program. CIEE has an established network of community partnerships with NGOs and local organizations meaning resident staff can help place you with a project that’s in line with your volunteering interests.

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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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Summer 2015 Session I
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$3,850

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$2,654
Housing ***
$570
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

*** four meals per week are included in the homestay option; no meals are included in the dormitory option

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$700
International Airfare **
$1,950
Local Transportation
$100
Books & Supplies
$75
Personal expenses
$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 in dormitories; students in the homestay option should budget 400 for meals not included in fees

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

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Summer 2015 Session II
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$3,850

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$2,654
Housing ***
$570
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

*** four meals per week are included in the homestay option; no meals are included in the dormitory option

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$700
International Airfare **
$1,950
Local Transportation
$100
Books & Supplies
$75
Personal expenses
$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 in dormitories; students in the homestay option should budget 400 for meals not included in fees

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

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Summer 2015 Session I, II
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$6,930

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$5,164
Housing ***
$1,140
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

*** four meals per week are included in the homestay option; no meals are included in the dormitory option

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$1,400
International Airfare **
$1,950
Local Transportation
$200
Books & Supplies
$150
Personal expenses
$1,800

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 dormitories; students in the homestay option should budget 400 for meals not included in fees

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

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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for the program is 3-4 semester/4.5-6 quarter hours per session and 6-8 semester / 9-12 quarter hours for both sessions.

The area studies courses meet for 45 contact hours and recommended credit is 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours per course. Language courses meet for 18 contact hours and recommended credit is 1 semester / 1.5 quarter hours per course.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students take the required English content course and an optional Chinese language course each session.

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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

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

The CIEE Study Center in Nanjing is operated in conjunction with Nanjing University and the Institute for International Students. The CIEE Study Center office is located on campus in the city center, and all CIEE courses take place there. CIEE students have access to the library, computer labs, and other facilities at Nanjing University. Although there are many international students at Nanjing University, participants will take classes only with other CIEE students.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Housing is included in the program fee. All students will share a dorm or a room in a nearby hotel with another program participant. In Nanjing, the university cafeteria and restaurants are nearby and convenient, and there is a café on the ground floor of the building that houses both dormitory rooms and the CIEE office.

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Orientations

Orientations

Following arrival day, a two-day orientation at the beginning of each session introduces students to the location and the program. The orientation includes presentations on health and safety, local logistics, and community engagement opportunities.

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Internet

Internet

Students will have cable internet access in their room in both Nanjing, so they are encouraged to bring their own laptop computers. Wireless internet and computers are available at CIEE Nanjing Study Center.

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Culture

Culture

In Nanjing, students will have the opportunity to visit Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum, the Ming Tomb, Jiming Temple, Ming City Wall, Xuanwu Lake, Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall, and Presidential Palace to learn about the history of ancient and modern China. CIEE will organize extra-curricular activities with Chinese students from Nanjing University to enrich student life in Nanjing, such as making dumplings, group outings, and movie nights.

Community Engagement

Community engagement is an important and highly encouraged component of this summer program. CIEE resident staff will assist interested participants in finding volunteer projects in various organizations. CIEE has an established network of community partnerships with NGOs and other local organizations. Projects may range from teaching English to children at the local community center, or at an elementary school for children of migrant families, to volunteering at a rehabilitation center for people with autism.

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Academics

Academics

The Chinese Studies summer program is based on the area studies courses for the semester Intensive Chinese Language and Culture program at the CIEE Study Center at Nanjing University. The summer program is made up of three four-week sessions, including arrival, orientation, and three and a half weeks of instruction. In each session, students study an area studies course and have the option to take the communicative Chinese language course. The area studies courses meet three hours every morning from Monday through Friday over four weeks. The Communicative Chinese language courses meet three times a week for two hours each time. Students may choose to participate in one or both sessions. Communicative Chinese is offered in two levels in the second and third session for students who attend all three sessions and want to continue language study.

Academic Culture

All courses are for CIEE students only. The area studies courses are generally lecture-based, but CIEE students are expected to foster an interactive classroom dynamic through class discussions, fieldwork, presentations, observation papers, and group or individual projects. The area studies courses integrate local site visits to the surrounding areas related to course content. The language classes are small, consisting of six to eight students, so students are expected to participate actively to help create an interactive class.

Nature of Classes

Classes are for CIEE students only.

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, midterm and final exams. The following letter grades are assigned: A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, D, and F.

Faculty

The area studies courses are taught in English by either American or Chinese faculty who hold terminal degrees in the topic of instruction and have overseas teaching experience.

Dr. Colette Plum is an adjunct faculty for the CIEE Study Center in Nanjing, and previously taught world history, Chinese history and East Asian studies as Assistant Professor of History at Widener University in Philadelphia, and she lectured on 20th century China in the Department of History at University of Pennsylvania. Prior to that she taught an upper division seminar on Chinese nationalism at Stanford University’s Overseas Study Program at Peking University. She holds a Ph.D. in Chinese History from Stanford University.

Dr. Liu Woyu is an Assistant Professor of modern Chinese history in the School of Government at Nanjing University. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in history from Nanjing University and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Iowa. Previously he taught ancient Chinese history, contemporary Chinese history and U.S.-China relations at Grinnell College.

All Chinese courses are taught by Chinese language faculty at Nanjing University or graduate students majoring in teaching Chinese as a second language.

Language of Instruction

Chinese and English

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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.

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Session I

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EAST 3001 NCST: Contemporary Chinese Studies
The goal of this course is to engage students in meaningful, inquiry-based explorations of contemporary China. Drawing from the methodologies of sociology, anthropology, and political science, this course is 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. Weekly topics will include urbanization and migration, belief systems, dating and marriage, careers and jobs, family planning and infant abandonment, aging, and structures and homes. There will be several fieldtrips tied to the courses in Nanjing that give students firsthand experiences and more in-depth understanding of the topics.

Optional Chinese Language Course
In addition to one of the regular courses above, students may enroll in an additional Communicative Chinese course for a recommended 1 semester/1.5 quarter hours and 18 contact hours. Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in this course as it will help them to engage more closely with local Chinese and develop a better understanding of Chinese society.

CHIN 1001 NCST: Communicative Chinese I
This course is designed for beginning-level Chinese learners to develop practical oral communicative skills in Chinese. The course is function-oriented and task-based. A range of concrete topics, such as introducing oneself, asking about food at a cafeteria, going to a café, taking a taxi, purchasing fruits and telephone cards, asking directions, making appointments, etc. will be introduced. Through the course, learners will develop their ability to carry out basic conversations in Chinese on a series of seven topics for daily life.

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