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Chinese Language and Culture (Faculty-Led)
Beijing, China
Program Terms: Summer II
Budget Sheets Summer II
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer II 2017 02/28/2017** Rolling Admission 08/15/2017 08/31/2017

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
 Language of Instruction:
 Minimum GPA:
 Class Standing:
Undergraduate Freshman, Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate Senior, Undergraduate Sophomore
 Number of Credits:
 Program Specialist:
Yumi Takahashi-Ede
 Language experience required:
 Areas of Study:
Arts & Sciences, Chinese
 Program Length:
Short-Term, Summer
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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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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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

To access the complete program budget published at the top of this page, click here. Students should bring a copy of the program budget when they meet with their financial aid advisor to discuss funding for study abroad.

Students applying for this program may be eligible for the Haenicke Institute for Global Education Study Abroad Scholarship. Scholarships for this study abroad course are generously provided by WMU's Confucius Institute.
Students may also apply for scholarships at the Department of World Languages and Literatures and the College of Arts and Sciences.

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, they 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.

Please note: Disbursement of financial aid may not coincide with the start date of the program abroad so plan ahead.  Some out-of-pocket costs may occur prior to financial aid disbursement for the semester, such as the commitment fee, passport, airfare, immunizations, visa or residence permit fees (if applicable).  These costs vary by program and WMU Study Abroad Specialists are available to answer questions about the program budget.

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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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Mandatory Pre-Departure Meetings with the Faculty Director
  • End of spring semester
  • Before the end of May
  • At the end of July
Exact dates/times of those meetings will be announced later.

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 - 11:00pm on 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 ??
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

(Students for long term program arrive)
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


Program faculty director:
Professor Xiaojun Wang
World Languages and Literatures
(269) 387-6242

WMU Study Abroad
Yumi Takahashi-Ede
Study Abroad Specialist
2425E Ellsworth Hall
Phone: (269) 387-5890

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