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Program Overview

Program Overview

Want to challenge your ideas of sustainable development in one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing countries? Come to Beijing, and you’ll investigate the environmental, social, and economic dimensions of sustainable development. Through diversified coursework, excursions, and the option for field research, service learning, or independent research all of China will become your classroom. This is a program that will forever change the way you look at China and the world around you.

Study abroad in Beijing and you’ll:

  • Gain an understanding of sustainable development and its relevance within China and the world
  • Choose to study Mandarin Chinese at the Beginning or Intermediate level (required for those with no prior Chinese language study)
  • Learn about environmental, social, and economic issues in contemporary China
  • Be part of a highly acclaimed, multicultural campus that has the feel of a small, liberal arts college
  • Enroll in Field Research Methods or Service Learning for a hands-on exploration of local sustainability issues
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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 $5 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:

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

    The GAIN Grant helps cover airfare costs to and from CIEE program locations for students who demonstrate high financial need. GAIN Grants are available for short-term (January and summer), semester and year-long CIEE programs.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

    Applicants for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship can apply for the CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant, which provides both program cost support and support for airfare. Students will have to provide proof of having applied to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, upon request.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

Experience a curriculum that explores a variety of social, economic and environmental issues related to sustainable development. In addition to an optional Chinese language course (required for those with no prior Chinese language study), you’ll also have the opportunity to study environmental conditions in China, global environmental policy, and environmental management, or to take a more active approach to learning with courses on field research or service learning.

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Excursions

Guided visits to historic and culturally significant sites in and around Beijing—such as Tiananmen Square, the “wild” Great Wall, and the Forbidden City—will introduce you to this fascinating city. You’ll also enjoy excursions to locations outside of Beijing, where you’ll experience daily life and see firsthand the complicated effects of rapid development, industrialization, and urbanization in China. These trips to local communities may include homestay experiences, where you’ll be encouraged to participate in service activities such as harvesting, painting a classroom in a village school, building a pipeline from a well to a village, or teaching English at an elementary school.

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.

Volunteering

Engage in volunteer opportunities that fit your passions and support your academic coursework. Teach English at a school for blind children or schools for the children of migrant workers. Even volunteer for Chinese NGOs.

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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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Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Spring 2017 (17 wks)
11/01/2016
02/14/2017
06/10/2017
$14,850

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, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$12,021
Housing
$2,150
Insurance
$167
Visa Fees
$212

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 $500 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 **
$1,300
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 (this includes the cost of the required medical/physical exam at a designated Chinese Hospital); 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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Fall 2017 (15 wks)
05/01/2017
09/04/2017
12/16/2017
$14,850

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 **
$12,021
Housing
$2,150
Insurance
$167
Visa Fees
$212

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 $500 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 **
$1,300
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 (this includes the cost of the required medical/physical exam at a designated Chinese Hospital); 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 2018 (16 wks)
11/01/2017
02/23/2018
06/15/2018

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 $500 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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Eligibility
2.5 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.5
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total credit for each semester is 15-16 semester/22.5-24 quarter hours.

Chinese language courses (offered at Beginning and Intermediate levels) meet for 60 hours for 4 semester credits / 6 quarter hours. Unless otherwise indicated, CIEE content courses and language electives are 45 contact hours and 3 semester / 4.5 quarter credit hours.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

A full course load is five courses, with a total credit load of 15-16 semester credits as follows:

  • Those with prior Chinese language study select five content course electives or four content course electives plus one language course
  • Those with no prior Chinese language study take four content course electives plus one Chinese language course

Note: Students are placed into the appropriate Chinese language level based on written and oral tests taken during orientation week.

COURSE LOAD EXAMPLES FOR SEMESTER STUDENTS

Sustainability in Context: 3 credits
Environmental Conditions and Public Perception in Contemporary China: 3 credits
Field Research Methods: 3 credits
Environmental Management: 3 credits
Global Environmental Politics and Policy: 3 credits
Total: 15 credits

Chinese Language, Beginning I: 4 credits
Sustainability in Context: 3 credits
Environmental Conditions and Public Perception in Contemporary China: 3 credits
Service Learning: 3 credits
Environmental Management: 3 credits
Total: 16 credits

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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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Yuke Jiang

Minzu Program Coordinator, Student Services & Housing Assistant

Jiang Yuke holds a bachelor’s degree from Shaanxi University of Technology and a master’s degree in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language from Minzu University of China. Previously, she taught Chinese for the Columbia University Summer Language Program and Clemson University Language Program, and was administrative assistant for the College of International Education, Minzu University of China. She was a volunteer of Bring Me Hope Camp for orphans in Xi’an 2009 and in Kunming 2010. After working part-time for CIEE as a language tutor, she started working full-time in 2015, coordinating the Minzu programs and International Faculty Development Seminars, and assisting with student services and customized programs. Yuke described herself as a one minute fan of everything interesting and a life-long addict to music, food, and scenic beauty.

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Karlis Rokpelnis

Karlis Rokpelnis is currently is working on completing a Ph.D. in Ethnoecology at the Minzu University of China, where he conducts research on knowledge and perception of land degradation in the drylands of northwest China’s Ningxia Autonomous Region. Prior to that, Karlis obtained an MPhil in Environmental Policy from the University of Cambridge and a BA in Environmental Politics from Whitman College (cum laude). Originally from Latvia, Karlis has lived and traveled in indigenous areas in Canada, Russia, USA, Scandinavia, and Australia, and has lived in China for most of the last decade. Karlis has taught college-level mobile learning courses such as "Ethnic Studies in Tibet" and "Environmental Issues in Yunnan" for study abroad programs in Beijing and Kunming, and has led numerous educational tours throughout China.

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Ming Song

Student Services Coordinator

Song Ming received his bachelor's degree in Beijing Union University with a major in English. He attended postgraduate study at Renmin University of China, where he earned a master's degree in Diplomacy. Song Ming was born in Ding Zhou, Hebei Province and grown up in Beijing. He has worked at Dulwich College Beijing for four years as Assistant Teacher and taught Chinese at Watsamosoon School in Bangkok, Thailand . Song Ming also has rich experience working in communities in Beijing and is familiar with Chinese grass-root NGOs. He puts his personality and wits to good use in facilitating student accommodation, homestays, and co-curricular activities.

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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 collectively learn together. With more than 60 percent of the student body representing Chinese ethnic minorities, MUC is easily the most ethnically diverse institution and location in all of China. While walking to class students will often hear Korean drumming and catch glimpses of student groups practicing one of their ethnic group’s traditional dances in preparation for an upcoming performance. Academically, 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, Ecology, Environmental Science, 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. 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 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 of 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). 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 make rapid progress in Chinese language and culture study.

Housing for Academic Year Students

Housing between semesters is not included in the program fee. Academic year participants must arrange intersession housing on their own and cover the costs themselves, although CIEE resident staff will be able to help advise them on possible options.

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 receive two meals per day from the family. 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 toward 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. Throughout the program, you’ll receive ongoing support on an individual and group basis from CIEE staff.

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Internet

Internet

Students can use the program office’s wireless network when their 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 too far from campus.

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Culture

Culture

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES AND FIELD TRIPS

Guided visits are organized to historic and cultural sites and events in and around Beijing, and might include the Great Wall; Zhoukoudian, the original site of Peking Man; the Temple of Heaven; Drum Tower; and old Hutong neighborhoods. Visits also may include music performances and art shows, as well as trips designed to enhance students’ understanding of sustainable development such as organic farms, environmental education project sites, and local NGOs. Interactive or service-oriented visits to an orphanage or institute for autistic children also may be planned. Additional site visits supplement the content area courses. Cultural activities may include group meals and cultural panels by local students.

Language

Although students may take a Chinese language course, this program does not have a CIEE Community Language Commitment. If you're interested in taking part in a program that requires speaking Chinese at most times, you should consider applying to one of the two CIEE programs at Peking University, which have different program prerequisites and requirements.

PEER LANGUAGE TUTORS

Program participants taking Chinese will be paired with local students for weekly one-to-one language tutorials in Mandarin Chinese. These required tutorials provide extra conversation practice in Mandarin and extra guidance on language coursework as needed. The tutorial experience will give you the opportunity to experience the lifestyle of your peers from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Through periodic activities mutually determined by you and your tutor, you’ll find additional ways to engage the Minzu University China (MUC) campus community and Beijing society as a whole. You'll meet four hours each week, as arranged between you and your tutor, with more tutoring hours available upon request.

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Academics

Academics

The CIEE Study Center in Beijing was established in 1980 and has been managing Study Abroad programs at Minzu University of China since spring 2007. The Sustainable Development program – originally launched as the Environmental, Cultural, and Economic Sustainability program in spring 2013 - introduces the critical field of sustainable development through lecture, discussion, student research, and firsthand experiential activities in China. As defined in 1987 by the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development, sustainable development is “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Since this initial conceptualization, a "three-pillar" model of sustainability has emerged, articulating the critical need to balance environmental, sociocultural, and economic needs in development. All three pillars and their complex interrelations are explored as part of this program.

There is no language prerequisite for this program, although it includes a requirement for Mandarin Chinese language study for those students with no prior Chinese language. The program takes full advantage of the unique multicultural campus environment and other distinctive opportunities and resources at MUC, and is ideal for students majoring in the social sciences, STEM or humanities with interests in sustainability, environment, policy and development studies, sociology, or Chinese language.

NATURE OF CLASSES

Content courses are for CIEE students only and 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. Courses also integrate local visits to sites related to course content. Students should expect to have daily homework assignments and weekly quizzes. Chinese language classes are offered by the MUC College of International Education and may include other international students.

GRADING SYSTEM

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 study course grades are determined by active participation in class discussions, attendance, writing assignments 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 Chinese

Faculty

All Chinese language courses are taught by faculty from the MUC College of International Education who specialize in teaching Chinese as a second language. Content courses are taught by experts drawn from CIEE local partner universities (Minzu University and Peking University) or other academic institutions.

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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.

CIEE CONTENT COURSES

Some content courses may change from year-to-year depending upon student interest, instructor availability, and new course options:

ENVI 3002 BJCH
Sustainability in Context

This course introduces the field of sustainability through a "three-pillar" model articulating the desire to balance environmental, sociocultural, and economic needs in development. Social and economic dimensions are constrained by and reliant upon the environment. Thus, one critical focus for sustainability is understanding the environmental effects of human socioeconomic practices in general, and the discovery of new knowledge leading to more sustainable practices for the benefit of current and future generations. The course examines sustainability within the Chinese national context, but also through the perspective that China is a part of the world. The course also will examine what happens when China interacts with and impacts other regions and peoples. China, as a case study, teaches us fundamental principles and issues of sustainability. In this course, we examine the evolving field of sustainability, including the environmental, sociocultural, and economic aspects and their interdependencies. We’ll also explore the nature and urgency of the current situation, impact of policy and regulation, process of consensus building and public involvement, and meanings of sustainability for humans who share this planet as equal heirs. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

ENVI 3004 BJCH
Environmental Management

This course surveys environmental issues such as air and water pollution, energy and climate change, biodiversity, toxic waste and solid waste management, and regulatory strategies for risk assessment and management. It also teaches students how to analyze and manage natural environments for ecosystem health and human benefit. Lectures and class discussions are supplemented with field trips to sites such as waste treatment centers, air pollution monitoring stations, organic farms, and wetlands. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

ENVI 3001 BJCH
Global Environmental Politics and Policy

This course examines the issues, institutions, and actors that shape global environmental politics, as well as the socioeconomic forces that undermine or enhance environmental sustainability. Along with introducing and critically evaluating core theoretical frameworks in the field of environmental politics, this course also enables students to apply these frameworks to real-world environmental issues, especially issues that impact and are impacted by China such as deforestation, climate change, trade of endangered species, and biodiversity loss. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

ENVI 3003 BJCH / POLI 3004 BJCH
Environmental Conditions and Public Perception in Contemporary China

This course examines the current state and recent changes of environmental conditions in China, including pressing issues like overutilization of natural resources, urban expansion into farmlands, desertification, loss of grasslands, pollution and waste management, and cross-border impacts, as well as conservation efforts and distribution and protection of endangered species. The course also looks at changing public perceptions and awareness of environmental issues, as well as the works of environmental NGOs and individual activists, and the functions of mainstream Chinese media. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

ANTH 3001 BJCH / SOCI 3001 BJCH
Field Research Methods

This course trains students in interdisciplinary research methods drawn primarily from anthropology, sociology, and journalism. Selected methods emphasize field research skills that allow students to work effectively with human subjects for intended course projects. Within China as a research context, students use ethnographic mediums such as writing, photography, and film to document their findings through interactions with individual subjects, and observation of and participation in local cultural events. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

ANTH 3002 BJCH / CMBL 3001 BJCH
Service Learning

This course combines a seminar-based, theoretical component (15 hours) with a practical community service component (100-120 hours). The theoretical portion of this course offers an introduction to different schools of thought regarding leadership in community service and incorporates the core principles of academic service learning: research, engagement, reflection, reciprocity, and public dissemination. The practical portion of the course provides students the opportunity to work with a community-based organization in an already existing program or project related to sustainable development. The course aims to build a sense of global civic responsibility while addressing community-identified needs. Contact hours: 15 hours (class), 100-120 hours (service). Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

INDR 3901 BJCH
Directed Independent Research

CIEE supports qualified students who wish to pursue an academically rigorous independent research project, under the guidance of CIEE staff, while in China. Independent research in this program requires the student to perform field research in the Chinese context, meeting and interacting with people, and observing public events and other social activities, in addition to traditional literature review. To enroll, students must submit a research proposal including a 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 with a CIEE assigned advisor to complete an academically rigorous, ethically sound, and culturally appropriate research project and final paper. Independent research topics include, but are not limited to, anthropology, ethnology, sociology, linguistics, philosophy, and Chinese religions. Approval for participation in Directed Independent Research must be obtained from the CIEE center director and the student’s home institution prior to arrival on the program. Total research hours: 135. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

CIEE LANGUAGE COURSES

CHIN 1001 BJCH
Chinese Language, Beginning I

Students with no prior Chinese language experience are required to take this course.
This course is designed for students with no previous Chinese language knowledge and introduces them to modern Mandarin Chinese. The course begins with an introduction to the phonetic system of Mandarin Chinese and moves on to training in the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Through intensive drills and various types of practice, students are able to use vocabulary and sentence patterns in meaningful contexts. The course has an additional aim of introducing students to Chinese culture. Textbook: Liu Xun 刘珣, ed. Xin Shiyong Hanyu Keben (1 Ce) 新实用汉语课本 (1册) (New Practical Chinese Reader, vol. 1). Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press. Contact hours: 60. Credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

CHIN 1002 BJCH
Chinese Language, Beginning II

This course is designed for students with one semester of previous Chinese language knowledge and introduces them to modern Mandarin Chinese. The course begins with a review of the phonetic system of Mandarin Chinese and moves on to training in the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Through intensive drills and various types of practice, students are able to use vocabulary and sentence patterns in meaningful contexts. The course has an additional aim of introducing students to Chinese culture. Textbook: Liu Xun 刘珣, ed. Xin Shiyong Hanyu Keben (2 Ce) 新实用汉语课本 (2册) (New Practical Chinese Reader, vol. 2). Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press. Contact hours: 60. Credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

CHIN 2001 BJCH
Chinese Language, Intermediate I

This course is most appropriate for students with two semesters of college-level Chinese, or the equivalent. Students at this level are trained to speak and write coherent and correct paragraphs rather than sentences, and discuss and write about topics related to modern Chinese society. Textbook: Liu Xun, ed. Xin Shiyong Hanyu Keben (3 Ce) 新实用汉语课本 (3册) (New Practical Chinese Reader, vol. 3). Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press. Contact hours: 60. Credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

CHIN 2002 BJCH
Chinese Language, Intermediate II

This course is most appropriate for students with three semesters of college-level Chinese, or the equivalent. Students at this level are trained to speak and write coherent and correct paragraphs rather than sentences, and discuss and write about topics related to modern Chinese society. Textbook: Liu Xun, ed. Xin Shiyong Hanyu Keben (4 Ce) 新实用汉语课本 (4册) (New Practical Chinese Reader, vol. 4). Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press. Contact hours: 60. Credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

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