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Study Abroad in Nanjing
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Program Overview

Program Overview

For centuries Nanjing has been a center of education and culture and there is no better place to take your Chinese to the next level than in Nanjing! Study abroad in a city where the traditional meets the modern. A thriving metropolis that withstood the test of time as the capital city of the Ming Dynasty, the birthplace of democracy in China, and currently home to many Fortune 500 companies. There is no shortage of opportunities in this historically important educational center of China. Dive into Chinese language and culture in the intensive program which features small class sizes, weekly diverse field trips, a five-day excursion into western China, and weekly personalized tutorial 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, personalized one-on-one tutoring, and living with a Chinese roommate or host family to fully experience Chinese family and/or college lifestyles.
  • Learn about contemporary China through an area studies course to understand Chinese politics, economics, society and history.
  • Explore southwest China in the spring and northwest China in the fall on a five-day excursion to experience diverse culture and life in rural China.
  • Visit historical monuments, temples, and scenic areas in Nanjing to witness the legacy of China’s Ming Dynasty and Republican Era and understand the complex influence they had on the development of modern China.
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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:

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

    $2,500 toward program costs. To recognize high academic achievement, CIEE offers a limited number of merit scholarships to our strongest students. These awards are based on students’ academic records, and on the submission of a personal essay describing to us how their CIEE program will impact their college experience and future career plans.

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

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

    $2,500 toward program costs. To recognize high academic achievement, CIEE offers a limited number of merit scholarships to our strongest students. These awards are based on students’ academic records, and on the submission of a personal essay describing to us how their CIEE program will impact their college experience and future career plans.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-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, 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 at the host university encompassing a wide range of subjects, you can build a study abroad program that suits your interests and needs.

Excursions

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Step outside the classroom, and experience Chinese culture. On the weekly field trips in Nanjing, you will visit the birthplace of democracy in China - the Presidential Palace for Republic of China Era, walk on the world longest city wall - the six-hundred-year old Ming wall, or hike on the lush purple mountain or wonder along the beautiful Xuanwu Lake. Other cultural activities may include making dumplings with Chinese roommates, sports events with Chinese student clubs, Dragon Boat Races, and group meals with Chinese roommates and families. You will go on a fascinating five-day excursion to the west of China. You might follow the Silk Road, one of the world’s oldest and most historically important trade routes connecting China, central Asia and the West. Stop to see the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an and the magnificent Dunhuang grottoes along the way. Or you might visit the largest stone-carved Buddha in the world, the panda sanctuary and hike on the ever green Mt. Qingcheng-the birthplace of Chinese Taoism in Sichuan. You can try all of this and more while studying in China with CIEE Nanjing.

Volunteering

If you feel motivated to give back, we’ll help make that happen. You can teach children at a local 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 event organization at a popular local bilingual magazine.

Immersion

Engage in tutorial sessions with peer tutors selected from Nanjing University majoring in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages and other humanities, enjoy language meals with Chinese friends, and more to improve your Chinese speaking, pronunciation, and comprehension, and gain insight into the culture. The Chinese roommates and tutors are excited to meet you and introduce you to Chinese culture and lifestyles!

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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.
Program
Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Fall 2016 (15 wks)
05/15/2016
09/01/2016
12/17/2016
$14,650

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 **
$12,045
Housing ***
$1,975
Insurance
$118
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

*** 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 **
$1,550
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 (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 2017 (15 wks)
11/01/2016
02/16/2017
06/03/2017
$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 **
$12,196
Housing ***
$1,975
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

*** 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 **
$1,550
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 (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)
05/15/2017
09/01/2017
12/16/2017
$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 **
$12,196
Housing ***
$1,975
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

*** 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 **
$1,550
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 (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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Academic year 2016-2017 (39 wks)
05/15/2016
09/01/2016
06/03/2017
$27,800

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 **
$23,220
Housing ***
$3,950
Insurance
$118
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

*** 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 **
$1,550
Local Transportation
$300
Books & Supplies
$150
Personal expenses
$4,000
Other ***
$150
Expenses during break ****
$3,000

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 (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.

**** academic year students who wish to stay onsite are responsible for arranging their housing and meals during the semester break

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Eligibility
2.5 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.5
  • 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 credit for the semester is 15-18 semester/22.5-27 quarter hours, and for the academic year is 30 - 36 semester/45-54 quarter hours.

Required Chinese language courses meet for a total of 105 contact hours per course, for 6 semester/9 quarter credit hours. CIEE area studies and elective courses in English and Chinese are 3 credits and 45 contact hours, unless otherwise noted. Host university courses and related credits are noted in the course listing information below.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

A full course load is three to four courses per semester. Students enroll in two intensive language courses and one area studies course for 15 credits a semester. Students may select another area studies course for a total of 18 credits. All study abroad students are required to take Readings in Chinese, Spoken Chinese, and one of the CIEE area studies courses. The language courses, both reading and spoken, are offered at intermediate, advanced intermediate, and advanced levels, equivalent to second, third and fourth year Chinese in the U.S. Students who test above the advanced level can take coursework at Nanjing University. Academic year students continue with each of the language courses in the second semester and have the option to work on directed independent research instead of the area studies courses.

Course Load Examples for Semester Students:

  • Readings in Chinese - Advanced Intermediate: 6 credits
  • Spoken Chinese - Advanced Intermediate: 6 credits
  • History of US-China Relations (in English): 3 credits
Total: 15 credits

  • Readings in Chinese–Advanced: 6 credits
  • Spoken Chinese–Advanced: 6 credits
  • Contemporary Chinese Studies (in English): 3 credits
  • Intercultural Communication and Leadership (in English): 3 credits
Total: 18 credits

CIEE reserves the right to place participants in the language course for which the student is best prepared based on the results of language proficiency exams administered during the orientation period.

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About the City

About The City

Nanjing is regarded as one of China’s most important economic and cultural centers, as well as one of the safest and most livable cities in China. Just over 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 for six dynasties and is remembered as one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China. With more than 50 colleges and universities and over 700,000 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. 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 director 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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Xi Zhu

Chinese Language Coordinator

Xi Zhu received her Master’s degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages from Nanjing University. Before she joined CIEE, Xi served as Chinese language instructor and program assistant for Johns-Hopkins University STEM Program in Nanjing. She worked as a Chinese language instructor at Nanjing University, teaching multiple levels of courses for long-term degree seeking students as well as for short-term programs, including Northeastern University Program, Inje University Program, and Emory summer program in China.

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Yifang Zhu

Program Assistant

Zhu Yifang holds a master’s degree in English language and literature from Nanjing University. She completed her bachelor degree in German language and literature from Shanghai International Studies University. She studied abroad in Gottingen University, Germany for one year studying Comparative Literature. With her solid understanding of western and eastern culture as well as her extensive knowledge of the city, Yifang helps students’ life in Nanjing on a day-to-day basis and organizes cultural activities to enrich students’ life.

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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. Nanjing University has more than 43,000 undergraduate and graduate students on three campuses. The beautiful Gulou campus where CIEE Study Center houses is centrally located in downtown Nanjing. The local neighborhood features restaurants and shops from both Asia and the West. The city’s two main business and 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 with a local host family.

Students live in Nanjing University’s international student dormitory, Zeng Xianzi building, in a double room with one Chinese roommate who majors in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages or other social science departments at Nanjing University. Chinese roommates are also CIEE peer tutors. Each room contains a private bathroom and two closets. The 12-story Zeng Xianzi building houses the CIEE Study Center classrooms, study room, student lounge, administrative and faculty offices. Additional facilities on campus including cafeteria, laundry facilities, a library, a gym, basketball courts, a swimming pool and an outdoor track are all within a short walking distance. 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 30-40 minutes from campus by bus or subways. The host families provide breakfast and dinner on weekdays and most meals on weekends. Students should expect to buy their lunch on weekdays, but may join their host families for lunch on weekends. A homestay orientation is offered to students prior to moving in with the families. Housing between semesters is not provided. 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 city, 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. Group activities in the city 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. Wireless 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

Weekly field trips are well integrated into the academic curriculum of the language and area studies courses. The field trips may include visit to a local elementary school for migrant workers’ children, the city planning and exhibition museum, local Chinese organizations and companies. Visits to famous historical monuments and cultural sites including Presidential Palace, Confucius Temple, Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum, Ming Tomb, Jiming Temple, Ming City Wall and Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall help students to understand history and its influence on contemporary China. Other group cultural activities include making dumplings with Chinese roommates, sports events with Chinese student clubs, boating on Xuanwu Lake, group meals with Chinese roommates and families. Extracurricular classes in Chinese calligraphy, Taichi, and traditional Chinese painting are held on weekday afternoons.

Excursions

Each semester, the program offers a five-day excursion to the Western China to provide opportunities for students to experience the linguistic, cultural and life diversity within China that is drastically different from Eastern China.

Northwestern China: The Silk Road – Fall
Established some 2,200 years ago, the ancient Silk Road was a historical network of interlinking caravan routes stretching for some 4,000 miles across the Eurasian land mass from China to the Mediterranean and Europe. Arguably the world’s most important premodern trade route, the Silk Road was a significant factor in the development of Chinese civilization, serving as a highway not just for exchanging merchandise but for ideas – religious, cultural, and artistic. In the fall semester, students travel to the beginning of the northern route in Xi’an, modern capital of Shaanxi province and ancient capital of China at the height of Silk Road trade, and then onto Dunhuang in Gansu province. Known as “City of Sands” for its surrounding dunes, this oasis and the nearby Mogao Caves contain a treasure trove of Buddhist sculptures, murals, and manuscripts.

Southwestern China - Spring
In the spring semester the program includes a five-day excursion to Sichuan or Yunan or other southwestern provinces to provide students exposure to the linguistic, cultural, and culinary diversity within China. In Sichuan, students hike on the ever green Mt. Qingcheng- the birthplace of Chinese Taoism, learn about the habitats of giant pandas and the Sichuasnese teahouse culture. In Yunnan, students travel to Lijiang with its ancient town of cobbled lanes and waterways which is home to the Naxi ethnic group, legendary for their living pictographic language; and students might explore Shangri-La, the seat of a Tibetan autonomous prefecture in Yunnan province to learn about local Tibetan culture.

The cost of all field trips, cultural activities, and overnight excursions is included in the study abroad program fee. All trips are facilitated by full-time CIEE staff members and language instructors.

Immersion

Peer Language Tutors

The program supports students’ linguistic and cultural fluency progress throughout their stay. You'll be paired with Nanjing University students for weekly one-on-one Chinese language tutorials for a total of three hours per week, with more hours available upon request. Peer language tutors will help you practice what you learn in language classes and prepare for weekly oral report and field trip report. You will work with peer tutors on pronunciation for a minimum of 30 minutes each week. Peer tutors will help you with tones and provide systemic feedback for pronunciation. For students with advanced language skills, these tutorials give you an opportunity to expand beyond Chinese language lessons to discuss a variety of aspects of contemporary China that interests you and advances your conversational skills in Mandarin.

Target Language Meals

To encourage you to use Chinese in an informal setting, CIEE sponsors students to have language meals with their language teachers, Chinese peer tutors, roommates and friends. Students attending the target language meals are required to speak only Chinese.

Community Involvement

You will be introduced to local schools and organizations, where you can engage in volunteer activities. You might work with children from migrant workers’ families to inspire them to learn English, or work with a local NGO supporting students from rural area with their education and new start-ups, or intern for a popular local bilingual magazine in Chinese and English that reports on Nanjing people and events. These activities will give you the opportunity to become more involved in local life and understand China in depth and with broader perspective.

Language

CIEE Community Language Commitment

You will part in the CIEE Community Language Commitment by speaking Chinese in designated time and place set by the whole CIEE community (except in emergencies, during area studies classes, and individual academic advising). You will speak only Chinese to teachers, roommates, tutors, staff and other program participants during the time. This creates a positive language atmosphere and fosters a learning community to contribute to your Chinese proficiency.

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 second through fourth-year Mandarin Chinese skills and providing opportunities for exploring contemporary Chinese society and culture. The program offers an integrated curriculum that links the language classes, area studies courses on contemporary China, field trips in and around Nanjing, and excursions to other parts of China. There are weekly field trips, cultural activities, a five-day long excursion, a 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.

Students with advanced high language skills, as determined by an on-site placement test, and academic year students who complete the advanced level language course in the fall semester, may be able to directly enroll in Nanjing University for advanced language courses or content courses taught in Chinese.

Academic Culture

Students attend morning language classes Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The language classes are small, consisting of four to 10 students, so students are expected to actively participate in and contribute to class. Additionally, students meet with Chinese peer tutors individually for tutoring and coaching for 3 hours weekly.

In the afternoon, students take CIEE area studies and elective courses. The area studies and elective courses include lectures, class discussions, fieldwork, presentations, short papers, group or individual projects. Other extracurricular classes such as Taichi and calligraphy also take place in the afternoons of weekdays.

Nature of Classes

Study abroad participants attend the required language classes and the area studies courses for CIEE students only. Students with advanced high or superior level Chinese language skills may take language and content courses at Nanjing University along with Chinese students.

Grading System

Language courses are graded on participation, class performance, homework assignments, quizzes, language commitment, field trip report, a mid-term and final exam. Area studies courses are graded based on presentations, short papers and exams as well as participation and attendance.

Language of Instruction

English
Mandarin Chinese

Faculty

All Chinese language courses are taught by faculty from Nanjing University who specialize in teaching Chinese to speakers of other languages.

The Chinese history area studies course is taught by Dr. Woyu Liu. Dr. Liu received his Ph.D. in Modern East Asian history from the University of Iowa in 2012. He taught several years at the University of Iowa and Grinnell College before moving back to Nanjing. Courses include China before the Seventeenth Century, China after the Seventeenth Century, and the U.S.-China Relations. Dr. Liu is now an assistant professor at Nanjing University, teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses on modern Chinese history. His research focuses on the communist revolution in twentieth century China and its socio-cultural impact on Chinese society.

The Contemporary Chinese Studies course is taught by Dr. Henry Tsang. Dr. Tsang serves as the American Director of the Jinling High School, American Division as well as a managing partner of an American consulting company, providing China entry strategies for major American universities. Dr. Henry Tsang taught the course Global Management in China for the Eller College of Management of the University of Arizona for years. He has received outstanding evaluations for providing a unique insight on the business environment in China. He previously served as assistant to the President of the University of Arizona before moving to China. Dr. Tsang has been teaching CIEE students since 2008 and has received outstanding feedback from past students.

The Intercultural Communication and Leadership is taught by the Resident Director, Dr. Yanfei Fu. Dr. Fu 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. Dr. Fu has many years of teaching experience with American students in the U.S. as well as in study abroad context.

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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.

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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 settings.

CHIN 2001 CNAN—READINGS IN CHINESE, INTERMEDIATE

CHIN 2003 CNAN—SPOKEN CHINESE, INTERMEDIATE

(Prerequisite: two semesters of college-level Chinese language study required)
These intensive courses allow students to complete second-year intermediate level Chinese in one semester. The purpose of these courses is to develop students’ Chinese language abilities in aural comprehension, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural understanding. Students’ linguistic knowledge is reinforced and expanded through class activities with increasing sophistication. Students are required to comprehend and produce paragraph-level Chinese. Rigorous practice of spoken and written Chinese in complex communicative activities is conducted during class.

Textbook: Chih-P’ing Chou 周质平, Joanne Chiang 杨玖 and Jianna Eagar 张家惠, eds.
A new China: An Intermediate Reader of Modern Chinese. 新的中国. Revised ed. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011.

CHIN 3011 CNAN—READINGS IN CHINESE, ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE

CHIN 3012 CNAN—SPOKEN CHINESE, ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE

(Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level Chinese language study)
These intensive courses allow students to complete third-year advanced intermediate level Chinese in one semester. These courses emphasize understanding formal writings, as compared to the spoken language texts students learned in their second year. Students are expected to discuss and write about formal topics, such as those related to contemporary social problems in China.

Textbook: Chi-P’ing Chou 周质平, Yan Xia 夏岩 and Meow Hui Goh 吴妙慧, eds. All things considered. 事事关心. Revised ed. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011.

CHIN 4011 CNAN—READINGS IN CHINESE, ADVANCED

CHIN 4012 CNAN—SPOKEN CHINESE, ADVANCED

(Prerequisite: six semesters of college-level Chinese language study)
These intensive courses allow students to complete fourth-year advanced level in one semester. These courses emphasize developing skills for making speeches and writing essays on complex topics. Students at this level are expected to express themselves not only fluently and accurately, but also with sophistication.

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.
Bai Jianhua 白建华, Wang Yang 汪洋, Cao Xianwen 曹贤文, Lian Kuisheng 练奎胜 and Zhu Bo 朱波, eds. Jiaodian zhongguo: Gaoji hanyu zonghe jiaocheng 焦点中国: 高级汉语综合教程. Beijing: Peking University Press, 2015.
Ma Jianfei 马建飞, Li Xiaorong 李小荣, eds. Short-Term Spoken Chinese, 2nd Edition. 汉语口语速成. Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press, 2006.

CIEE AREA STUDIES AND ELECTIVE COURSES – Fall

EAST 3001 NACH – CONTEMPORARY CHINESE STUDIES (IN ENGLISH)

The purpose of this course is to engage students in an analysis of contemporary China. Students will examine current issues of Chinese economics, politics, society, education and culture to enhance their understanding of what they are seeing and experiencing while living in China. Students will learn about how political reforms over recent decades have unleashed tremendous economic growth and how Chinese people are readjusting to a completely new social landscape from just one generation ago.
Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

COMM 3301 CNAN—INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION AND LEADERSHIP (IN ENGLISH)

In this class, participants will develop skills, knowledge, and understanding that will help them communicate and engage more appropriately and effectively in China 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: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

CIEE AREA STUDIES AND ELECTIVE COURSES – Spring

EAST 3003 CNAN—HISTORY OF U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS (IN ENGLISH)

This course studies the relations between the United States and China from the 19th century until the end of the 20th century. By examining the most important political, economic, cultural and military interactions between these two nations, it offers a comprehensive review of how the complex U.S.-China relations constantly changed throughout history and how history shaped the current relations that may influence the future of the world.
Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

CHIN 3003 CNAN—CONTEMPORARY CHINESE SOCIETY THROUGH MEDIA (IN CHINESE)

(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, television programs as well as interacting with local people through interview and discussion. Each week students will examine a current topic to understand a social cultural topic on contemporary China.
Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

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COURSES FOR ADVANCED HIGH MANDARIN LANGUAGE STUDENTS (IN CHINESE)

The below courses are sample courses taught in Chinese and are only open to CIEE students who complete or test above the advanced level. Students should confirm with the Resident Director the specific courses offered at Nanjing University each semester. The CIEE academic calendar is approximately two weeks shorter than the calendar for Nanjing University, so students directly enrolled in the below courses may need to schedule early final exams with assistance from the Resident Director.

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. 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. Credit: 4 semester/6 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. 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. Credit: 2 semester/3 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. Credit: 2 semester/3 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. Credit: 2 semester/3 quarter hours.

INDEPENDENT RESEARCH

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

INDR 3001 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. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

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