Study Abroad Programs in China?





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Discus: Parents Forum: 2004 Archive - Part 2: Study Abroad Programs in China?
By Cheers (Cheers) on Wednesday, August 11, 2004 - 12:12 am: Edit

CC parents, can you recommend a good immersive Mandarin program in Beijing?

By Marite (Marite) on Wednesday, August 11, 2004 - 12:20 am: Edit

Princeton-in-Asia, Yale-in-China, CET. The School for International Training may also have an immersion program.

By Upstatedad (Upstatedad) on Wednesday, August 11, 2004 - 04:20 pm: Edit

The Beijing Center is a collaborative island program held at the International university of business and economics. Classes in English but intensive language instruction in Mandarin.

By Carolyn (Carolyn) on Wednesday, August 11, 2004 - 05:07 pm: Edit

Middlebury, Dickinson, St. Olaf, Lewis & Clark all have excellent language-oriented study abroad terms in China.

However, keep in mind that these and most other college-sponsored language-intensive "study abroad" programs are going to require at least one or two years of language study before going.

By Backhandgrip (Backhandgrip) on Wednesday, August 11, 2004 - 06:31 pm: Edit

Marite, you amaze me.

By Cheers (Cheers) on Wednesday, August 11, 2004 - 08:01 pm: Edit

Not true. S, not yet a frosh, is finishing CET program in Beijing--with Yalies et al--and he never had Mandarin.

Do need to find absolute beginner programs, but they do exist.

By Marite (Marite) on Wednesday, August 11, 2004 - 08:34 pm: Edit

Cheers:

Do you mean that the CET program is not a Mandarin immersion program? How disappointing to learn!

By Cheers (Cheers) on Wednesday, August 11, 2004 - 09:23 pm: Edit

No, it is immersive! In fact, I've been telling people that when they say "immersive", they REALLY mean immersive. Long hours for several weeks.

Just letting C know that studnets don't need one or two years of the language to go! CET has programs for the absolute beginner. My posting was to check whether there were any other programs in other cities. But I've since discovered that Beijing is the optimum place to learn because of the consistency of the dialect spoken.

By Upstatedad (Upstatedad) on Thursday, August 12, 2004 - 07:13 pm: Edit

Carolyn is partially correct in saying that many college based programs require two years of Chinese before studying in Beijing. However, TBC(The Beijing Center--a Jesuit college consortium administered through Loyola Marymount) and several others recognize that many students who want to study in China may not have Chinese offered in their colleges. My daughter had no Chinese language instruction before going to Beijing last year, had a tremendous experience, and came home proficient in Mandarin beyond the intermediate college level of instruction. TBC is a great program and has its own website which describes the program in great detail.

By Simfish (Simfish) on Thursday, August 12, 2004 - 09:00 pm: Edit

CET is MIT's program, right?

By Marite (Marite) on Thursday, August 12, 2004 - 09:31 pm: Edit

No, it's based in Washington, DC. It's not tied to any college.

By Cheers (Cheers) on Thursday, August 12, 2004 - 10:04 pm: Edit

Lots of schools access CET. Harvard, Yale, BU, UNC Honors, Vanderbuilt, UT, Georgetown, University of London. There were 77 kids in the CET summer program in Beijing this year.

By Kingkonglives (Kingkonglives) on Thursday, August 12, 2004 - 11:17 pm: Edit

how much do such programs cost?

By Cheers (Cheers) on Thursday, August 12, 2004 - 11:48 pm: Edit

CET is $5k per term not including airfare and incidentals or any additional travel. If he gets a year's worth of credit, it will be a bargain compared to private U. But if he only gets a semester, it's about the same cost as Private U.


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