- Chengdu, China
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
- Program Description:
The Chengdu program is ideal for students who are interested in experiencing life in one of the most ancient, culturally fascinating, and authentic places in all of China. Chengdu is also one of the most important economic centers and transportation and communication hubs in the country. The program offers the opportunity to learn Mandarin Chinese, a language which is becoming increasingly popular in the global marketplace. Mandarin is the official/standard dialect used in China, and Chengdu is a great place to practice it outside of class. Studying in China offers you a unique opportunity to experience on of the world's most ancient civilizations while living in one of the world's fastest growing major economies.
Academically, this program offers a high quality educational experience with a focus on either Chinese Language or Chinese Studies. If you choose to focus on intensive language study, you may also take one or two elective courses such as Tai Chi, Chinese culture, history, or Chinese cuisine. The intensive language approach allows you to complete up to one and a half years of Chinese Language coursework in only one semester. Students who would rather focus on Chinese Studies may select from several courses taught in English. Student choosing this second option must take the required Elementary Chinese I course and may take additional elective courses in Chinese History, Literature, government and politics, culture, and society. You may choose to stay for one semester or a full year.
Program fees include tuition,orientation, field trips, entries to some museums and cultural events, and health insurance.
- Setting Description:
- Chengdu, also known as "the city in heaven," is the capital of Sichuan Province: the economic, cultural, and political center of Southwest China. Its irrigation system, built over 2,000 years ago, still works today and other historical sites give the city its ancient flavor. Its famous food and tea culture and relaxed life style make Chengdu very attractive to travelers from around the world. Many teahouses can be found where you can relax in a bamboo chair, have a fine cup of tea, and exchange ideas while watching the bustle outside. Chengdu is also known for its fine cuisine- particularly snacks and spicy foods- and is one of the few places in China where fresh vegetables and fresh fruit are available year-round.
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