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Chinese Language and Culture (Faculty-Led)
Beijing, China
Program Terms: Summer II
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Summer II
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
WMU
 Minimum GPA:
2.0
 Program Specialist:
Sakhi Vyas
 Program Length:
Short-Term
Program Description:
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Program Overview

The Chinese Language and Culture Tour is one of WMU's oldest programs, having run for over 16 years. Our longstanding partnership with the prestigious Beijing Language and Culture Institute (BLCU) helps provide a total immersion experience for both undergraduate and graduate students in contemporary China. Participants study with local Chinese students at BLCU and visit Beijing and the surrounding area for two weeks. Some of the cultural tours may include travel to Confucius' hometown, Tai Mountain, Nanjing and Suzhou. This study tour will provide students insight into Chinese society, tradition and lifestyle, and offers many opportunities to explore China, strengthen language skills and deepen their understanding of Chinese culture. The course will be taught in English. The program is open to all majors and minors without prerequisite.


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Location

With the founding of the People's Republic of China on October 1, 1949, Beijing became the capital of the new republic and has since evolved into a political and cultural center of China, as well as a center of international activity and a key transportation hub. The city is located in northeastern China and is surrounded by mountains on the west, the north and the northeast. The northeastern section of the city is topographically high, while the southwestern part is low. Beijing has a continental monsoon climate with four distinct seasons. Spring and autumn are short, while winter and summer are long.

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Academics

Academic Eligibility
Good Academic Standing; Non-WMU Students Welcome

Academic Program
Participants earn three credit hours in CHIN 4770 or other courses subject to departmental approval. CHIN 4770 can count to satisfy the requirements for Chinese minor or international study minor or other programs. The program includes lectures and demonstrations on Chinese culture, language instruction and drill sections, discussion with Chinese university students and faculty, and visits to many Chinese cities and cultural sites.

Academic Credit
WMU credit will be awarded for courses successfully completed on this program with prior approval of the student's academic advisor, academic advisors in departments outside of the student's major department (if the student plans to take classes outside of his/her major), and the Haenicke Institute for Global Education. This approval is obtained by completing the Course Pre-approval Form available from the HIGE. Students are urged to work closely with academic advisors and HIGE staff to plan a course of study allowing for steady progress toward their degree.

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Cost & Financial Aid

Cost
The program fee includes tuition, administrative fees, health and emergency assistance insurance, housing, on-site orientation, visas, textbooks, airport transfers, transportation and gate tickets for cultural study activities, and banquets and breakfasts. Not included are airfare, passport fees, meals and beverages not specified, and personal expenses. An additional $405 applies to the program fee for graduate students.

Students applying for this program may be eligible for the Haenicke Institute for Global Education Study Abroad Scholarship. Apply online for this scholarship.

Financial Aid
Students eligible for federal or state financial aid may use their awards for studying abroad.  After a student has been accepted to the program, he/she must complete required paperwork with WMU Financial Aid to apply financial aid to the program costs.  It is the student's responsibility to complete the paperwork prior to departure and to maintain compliance with financial aid regulations while studying abroad (i.e., remain enrolled full-time).  Non-WMU students must apply for financial aid through their home university.

Note: program fees are subject to adjustment due to changes in actual exchange rates or other factors. In addition, programs may be modified or canceled in the event of insufficient enrollment. Program dates are subject to slight adjustment by the home/host university.

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Housing

Students will stay at the modern Conference Center at the BLCU campus in single rooms with air-conditioning, telephone, television and private bathroom.

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Itinerary

Tentative itinerary:
Date  Time  Classes
Aug 15   Departure to Beijing, China
Aug 16   Arrival in Beijing; Pick up at the Beijing Capital Airport; Check in at BLCU; Conference Center.

For orderly pickup from the airport, students must plan to arrive between noon - 6pm August 16th.
Aug 17 8-9 p.m.  Welcome to China/ Orientation & Class; Language Class 1Visit a County of Beijing)
Aug 26 8-10 a.m.  Confucian Thought (Directorate of Education of Imperial China)
    Language Class 7: Talking about Plans
  10:15 a.m.  Temple of Confucius; Song Qingling's Residence ??
    (Students for long term program arrive)
Aug 27 8-10 a.m.  Buddhism & Taoism in China
    Language Class 8: Travel in China
  10:15 a.m.  Yonghe Temple/Beihai Park
  Evening  Banquet to welcome students for long term
Aug 28 8-11 a.m.  Beijing Opera and Martial Arts demo (Qianmen & Dashalar)
    Language Class 9: Shopping
  1:30 p.m.  BeijingAlley (hutong)
  Evening  Banquet & Beijing Opera
Aug 29 8-10 a.m.  China's Economic Reform
    Language Class 10: Asking for Directions
  10:15 a.m.  Touring a village outside Beijing-???
    Preparation and Packing
Aug 30 8-10 a.m.  Exams & Presentations
  7 p.m.  Banquet in the evening
Aug 31   Program ends; Departure from BLCU

*Itinerary subject to change

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Additional Resources

Host Institution Information (external links)
Beijing Language and Culture University Homepage

Country Information (external links)
China - Lonely Planet
Beijing - Lonely Planet
Country Specific Information - China
Culturegram - China
StudentsAbroad

Contacts:

Program faculty director:
Professor Xiaojun Wang
World Languages and Literatures
xiaojun.wang@wmich.edu
(269) 387-6242

WMU Study Abroad:
Sakhi Vyas
Study Abroad Specialist
sakhi.vyas@wmich.edu
(269) 387-5890

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This program is currently not accepting applications.