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  • Locations: Beijing, China
  • See instructions below in Dates/Deadlines section

    Program Terms:
    Summer
  • Program Director: Schedule an Appointment
  • Expenses students are responsible for: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

PLEASE NOTE:
You MUST choose your FIRST PREFERENCE SEMESTER when applying.

DO NOT apply to the same program for different terms. You will be able to indicate your openness to alternate semesters within the application questionnaire.


There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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Program Type: NDI Summer Program Recommended GPA: 2.75
Housing Options: Dormitory Language Prerequisite: 2 semesters of college Chinese
Language of Instruction: Chinese Class Level While Abroad: First Year, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Language Courses Offered: Yes Minimum Credit Load: 6
Program Director: Kyle Sturges Special Opportunities: Cultural Excursions, Field Trips
Eligible Majors: Chinese Program Length: 8 weeks
Program Information:
China Language

Program Dates: June 22 - August 14, 2018

The University of Notre Dame's China Summer Language Program in Beijing is an intensive language program with a rigorous study schedule that allows students to complete a full year Chinese study in eight weeks. In addition to lectures, drills and individual sessions, students will also spend three to four hours on Chinese study by themselves every day. This program, based at Peking University, allows Notre Dame language instructors to partner with those at Peking University and other institutes. Highlights of the program include the following:
  • Small sized language lecture and drill classes
  • One-on-one individual sessions
  • Language partners with students of Peking University
  • Office hours in the evenings
  • Excursions and cultural events
  • Guest lectures on Chinese culture and society
  • Language pledge: speak Chinese only during the program
  • Six credits from the University of Notre Dame and a certificate of summer study from Peking University
For more details about Peking University, one of the top universities in China, please visit their website.

China Language Summer Program Flyer

 

Courses
1st Year Chinese: This course is designed for beginners with little or no prior exposure to the Chinese language by introducing Mandarin vocabulary, grammar, reading and orthography (in both Romanized and character forms). It emphasizes on the ability to communicate and function accurately and appropriately in Modern Chinese. The course consists of two lectures and two drill classes every day, plus an individual session (40 min.) with instructors every afternoon. By the end of this program, students are expected to be able to do fairly sustained conversations, read pretty complex texts, write a fine composition in Chinese characters, recognize about 500 characters and write about 400 characters.

2nd Year Chinese: This course is designed for students who have successfully completed first-year Chinese or its equivalent. It emphasizes on the ability to communicate and function accurately and appropriately in Modern Chinese. The course consists of two lectures and two drill classes every day, plus an individual session (40 min.) with instructors every afternoon. Lectures, drill classes and individual session aside, students are expected to spend three to five hours per day in private study. By the end of this program, students are expected to be able to do fairly sustained conversation, read pretty complex texts, write a fine composition in Chinese characters, recognize about 1,200 characters, write about 1,000 characters, and know common Chinese culture and social customs.

3rd Year Chinese: This course is designed to help students who have studied at least two years of Chinese (or equivalent) to achieve greater proficiency in the oral and written use of the language through reading, listening, speaking and writing. More attention will be given to developing the natural flow of the spoken language, expanding vocabulary and writing short essays in Chinese. The readings cover a variety of current topics related to political and social issues. The course consists of two lectures and two drill classes every day, plus an individual session (40 min.) with instructors every afternoon. Lectures, drill classes and individual session aside, students are expected to spend three to five hours per day in private study. By the end of this program, students are expected to be able to conduct fluent conversation, formal presentation and write essays on complex social or historical topics in formal Chinese.

4th Year Chinese: This course is designed for students who have completed successfully the Third Year Chinese or equivalent. On the basis of their existing Chinese proficiency level, students will receive further training in all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The regular textbook will be supplemented with writings from Chinese newspapers, magazines, internet sources, and films. By the end of this course, students are expected to achieve these goals:
  • Listening: to understand with ease relatively simple conversations on practical and social topics and follow presentations on professional topics of personal interest and individual relevance
  • Speaking: to communicate effectively on practical and social topics; engage in conversations on professional topics of personal interest and individual relevance; present ideas, opinions, arguments, and hypotheses with a level of clarity and precision that is easily understood by native speakers unaccustomed to non-natives
  • Reading: to comprehend authentic materials on non-specialized topics with the help of dictionaries; appreciate the differences between formal and informal styles in syntax as well as vocabulary; extrapolate meanings from context
  • Writing: to produce informal and formal correspondences; present ideas, opinions, arguments, and hypotheses in well-connected paragraphs with a level of clarity and precision that is easily understood by native speakers unaccustomed to non-natives
5th Year Chinese: This course is designed for students who have studied at least four years of Chinese (or equivalent) to develop their abilities to understand and analyze Chinese society and culture, and discuss and present complex ideas on a variety of China-related themes in Mandarin. Materials are drawn from Chinese authentic texts, including modern Chinese literature, films, intellectual history, journalistic and academic writings on contemporary issues and TV broadcasts.

Site Calendar
Summer 2018
  • Arrive in Beijing: Friday June 22, 2018
  • Return to the U.S.: Tuesday August 14, 2018

Housing
Housing is located at the Global Village across the street from the southeast gate of Peking University. Each student lives in his/her own bedroom in a unit with two rooms and one bathroom.

Eligibility
  • In good academic standing and in compliance with community standards
  • Open to ND students and students enrolled at other US universities
  • All accepted students will be required to obtain an X2 Student Visa for this program; other visa types are not valid for participation.
Program Fee
$8600
Qualified and accepted Notre Dame students with a Chinese major/supplemental major/minor may receive $3000 in scholarships, supported by Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures. Students who receive scholarships must agree to do the following: participate in CSLC’s pre- and post-testing, send three hand-written thank-you postcards to donors of the scholarship and complete an on-line blog about their cultural experiences in China.

Additional scholarships may be available to qualified Notre Dame students through the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies. Interested students should apply directly through
the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies.

Other financial assistance for summer study abroad programs is limited to private educational loans or the Federal PLUS (Parent) loan. University Scholarship is not offered for summer study abroad.

Information and application procedures are available on the
Office of Financial Aid website. Please note the April 25th deadline for some summer loan applications.


Program fee covers the following:
  • Six credits of tuition
  • Housing at Peking University
  • All program-sponsored activities
  • Ground transportation to/from Beijing Capital International Airport
  • Internet at the apartments
  • GeoBlue International Insurance coverage for the length of the program
Program fee does NOT include airfare to and from China, pre-departure expenses (e.g., passports, visas, immunizations, etc.), textbooks, meals (estimate $600), phones, and out-of-pocket expenses during the program.

A minimum number of ten students is needed in order to run the program.


Application Instructions
  • Complete the Study Abroad Application Questionnaire
  • Rector reference will be requested by the Study Abroad office
  • Provide ONE FACULTY academic recommendation (Non-ND students only)
  • Provide ONE STUDY ABROAD ADVISOR approval (Non-ND students only)

Passports
If you are considering applying to a study abroad program and do not have a valid passport, or your passport will expire within six months of your anticipated program end date, please take steps to obtain or renew your passport immediately. Passports can take longer than expected to process, and you may need your passport to apply for visas well before your program begins. You can get more information about obtaining and renewing passports here: United States Postal Service




This program is currently not accepting applications.