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Course and credit options:
Students may enroll in a total of 6-10 credits from the following options:
Students must choose at least two courses. No more than one Chinese language course may be taken on the program. Students must enroll in a minimum of 6 or 7 credits and a maximum of 10 credits.
CHIN 101: Beginner Chinese language, 4 credits
CHIN 102: Beginner Chinese language, 4 credits
CHIN 201: Intermediate Chinese language, 4 credits
CHIN 202: Intermediate Chinese language, 4 credits
CHIN 300: Advanced Chinese language, 4 credits
CHIN 301: Advanced Chinese language, 4 credits
SOCY 391: Seminar in Social and Demographic Issues in China and the U.S., 3 credits
SOCY 691: Seminar in Social and Demographic Issues in China and the U.S., 3 credits (graduate students only)
WRLD 391: Topics in Chinese Culture, 3 credits
Topics include the following (if you are not enrolling in Chinese language, you may choose up to three of these courses; if you are taking a Chinese language course, you may choose up to two of the following):
A Fundamentals Course of the Chinese Calligraphy, 3 credits
Tai Chi, 3 credits
China and the World in the 21st Century, 3 credits
The Principles of Strategy and China's Stratagem in World Politics, 3 credits
Understanding Energy in China, 3 credits
The Political Economy of Reform in Contemporary China, 3 credits
The Chinese Revolution: Western research perspectives, 3 credits
Chinese Intellectual Property Law, 3 credits
Chinese History and Civilization, 3 credits
Fundamentals of Chinese-Western Comparative Philosophy, 3 credits
The Challenge of Early Chinese Thought, 3 credits
Cultural History of Twentieth-Century China, 3 credits
Modern China through Film, 3 credits
The Education Abroad office will enroll students in the course upon receipt of the registration.
The Global Education Office, the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, and the School of World Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in partnership with Renmin (People's) University of China are pleased to announce a 5-week summer program in Beijing, China. This program provides students the opportunity to study Chinese language, culture and society in the capital city and at one of the most prestigious universities in China. The on-site learning opportunity helps students to gain firsthand knowledge on China, its culture, language, and social transition.
The courses on the program at Renmin University are offered by professors of Renmin University and guest professors from world-class universities, including University of Chicago, Stanford University, Toronto University and others. Besides taking rigorous academic courses, students are offered an opportunity to collaborate with local students on small projects and be engaged in cultural excursions.
July 1 - July 31, 2013
Dr. Li Zhang
$2,999 + airfare + tuition
Registration deadline: March 15, 2013
Students will be housed in international student dormitories at Renmin University of China. Rooms include a bed (with a pillow, sheet and blanket), desk, chair, lamp, closet, phone and air conditioning.
Students will participate in cultural excursions while in China. In Beijing, students will visit the Forbidden City, the Great Wall of China, the Summer Palace, the Silk Market et al. Students will travel to Inner Mongolia where they will tour the Mesmerizing Grasslands, participate in camel or horseback riding and a Mongolian dancing party. Students will also visit cities of Pingyao and Tianyuan where they will tour the Hanging Temple and the Qiao Residence. Students will visit most if not all of the above places depending on budgetary restrictions.
The program will be led by Dr. Li Zhang, assistant professor of Sociology. Dr. Zhang has served as the co-director of the Intensive Chinese Language Learning Program of VCU during the summers of 2009-2011. She has rich experience supervising and teaching students overseas. Chinese language and other courses will be taught by professors at People's University or guest professors from other world-class institutions and supervised by Dr. Zhang.
Program cost: $2,999 + airfare + tuition
The program fee is $2,999 and includes the following:
All study visits, tours and group excursions
On-site Program Director support
International Student Identity Card
VCU administrative fees
The following are not included in the program fee. Students are responsible for:
Airfare (including any baggage fees)
VCU tuition and fees
Passport application fee
Chinese visa application fee
Personal expenses during the program estimated at $600
Anything not specifically mentioned above, please budget for those expenses including souvenirs and et al.
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