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Language Immersion in China

  1. Program Details

    Immerse yourself in Chinese in the cosmopolitan city of Beijing—at Capital Normal University—studying intensive Chinese language and living with Chinese roommates.

    Location Beijing, China
    Term Summer Session
    Housing Dormitory
    Credit Type Resident Credit
    Sponsor Learning Abroad Center

    Program Eligibility

    GPA 3.0
    Student Type UofM Students
    Student Year Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
    Language Minimum 2 semesters college-level Chinese
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  3. About Language Immersion in China

    This 30-year old program is based in Beijing, China’s cosmopolitan capital city and the home of putonghua, “the common language,” otherwise known as Mandarin. The city offers something for everyone—the Forbidden City and its surrounding traditional hutong neighborhoods for history buffs, glitzy shopping districts for fashionistas, wholesale and flea markets for bargain hunters, galleries and museums for art connoisseurs, athletic events for sports fans. This program challenges students to get out the door and discover their niche in a city that will become a second home.

    The program is located at the main campus of Capital Normal University (CNU). CNU is large university with many amenities including a gymnasium, sports fields, libraries, student centers, and cafeterias.  The campus is located near subway and bus stops, allowing easy and inexpensive access to all of Beijing. 

    This is currently the only program whose credit has been pre-approved by the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures.

    Housing & Meals

    Students reside in a dormitory on CNU’s campus. Program participants share a double room with a Chinese roommate.

    Dorm rooms are simple, but comfortable, with basic furnishings, air conditioning, and attached bathrooms. The building is equipped with wi-fi, and offers shared laundry and kitchen facilities.

    Meals are not included in the program fee.  Students explore the area's numerous eateries, or use their CNU-issued student ID card to access teh many, and very inexpensive, campus cafeterias.

    Sharing a room with a local roommate is frequently cited by students as “one of the best parts of the program.” Many students become good friends with their roommates, and roommates often invite students to their homes for a weekend or holiday.

    Chinese roommates are selected from local Beijing universities. All roommates agree to abide by the full-time language pledge.

    The program facilitates the roommate relationship. Chinese roommates attend excursions, plan activities, and present a lecture series to their peers. Beyond this, the program steps out of the way to allow roommates to develop natural cross-cultural relationships that move beyond the host-guest paradigm.

    Excursions

    During the summer term, most activities are language-based. They provide fun ways to explore Beijing while working in some Chinese language practice. Students explore the city with their Chinese roommates and participate in many out-of-classroom activities.

    For a midsummer break, the program arranges 1 overnight weekend trip to a nearby city.

    Learning Outcomes

    • Augment your cross-cultural understanding through interaction with Chinese students and community members
    • Experience China and international perspectives on the world through direct contact with Chinese nationals and other US students
    • Gain 1 full year of Chinese language instruction in an 8-week intensive summer program
    • Enhance your intentionality through independent, though supported, living and learning opportunities

    Faculty & Staff

    Beijing faculty members are hired independently by CET, our on-site provider. Most instructors come from the host university, Beijing Institute of Education (BIE), and other institutions around the city such as Capital Normal University, Beijing University, Beijing Normal University, and Beijing Language and Culture University.

    Chinese language instructors have graduate degrees in Chinese or Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language. Many have experience teaching at language programs in the US or at other study abroad programs of similar caliber.

    About the Learning Abroad Center

    Learning Abroad Center programs are:

    • Affordable: our programs are cost effective.
    • Academically strong: many programs have strong University of Minnesota departmental support and offer pre-approved courses for many majors.
    • Culturally rich: regardless of the program you choose, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture.
    • Expertly managed: our staff in Minnesota and abroad are trained professionals and are always available to answer your questions from extensive pre-departure advising and online orientations to reentry programming. Your safety and well-being are paramount, and we work hard to ensure you have a rewarding and safe experience abroad.
  4. Program Structure

    Program Type Study Abroad Center
    Program Level Second- and third-year classes are available. Equivalent to the University of Minnesota's levels of 3021/3022 and 3031/3032.
    Courseload

    You will take 2 levels of intensive Chinese for the equivalent of 8–10 US semester credits per summer term.

    Study with other US students at the Capital Normal University's main campus in the cosmopolitan city of Beijing and live with Chinese roommates for a full-time language immersion. This program is designed to finish 1 full year of Chinese language in an 8-week summer program. Second- and third-year Chinese language credit has been pre-approved by the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures.

    Coursework

    Course syllabi are available at CET Beijing: Intensive Language Summer.

    CL211 Intermediate Chinese (equiv. to CHN 3021/3022)

    CL271 Intermediate High Chinese

    CL311 Pre-Advanced Chinese (equiv. to CHN 3031/3032)

    CL411 Advanced Chinese

    Global Identity

    Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience with Your Future is an optional 1-credit online course that helps you process your international experience and apply what you've learned upon your return.  Global Identity gives you the opportunity to work individually with a trained cultural mentor, helping you articulate your newly acquired skills and differentiating you from your peers.

    This course is offered at no additional cost on programs six weeks or longer. The Learning Abroad Center will email out registration instructions, or you may contact a program team member.

    Syllabus for Global Identity (PDF)

  5. Dates & Deadlines

    Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:
    Term Program Dates Application Deadline
    Summer 2021 Jun 9, 2021  –  Aug 8, 2021 Priority deadline: 02/15/2021

    CET offers scholarships for students participating on CET programs.  Applicants for the Language Immersion in China program are eligible for CET's scholarship. CET's scholarship application deadline for summer term is March 1. All materials must be submitted directly to CET's Washington, DC office. Access the CET Scholarship Application through the CET online checklist to which you will have access shortly after submitting your program application.

    In addition, CET is offering an additional $500 scholarship for all Uof M Chinese Flagship students for the Language Immersion in China or CET Harbin summer program. Students must apply by the Learning Abroad Center's February 15 priority application deadline in order to be considered for the CET Flagship scholarship.

    *Program dates are subject to change. Contact the LAC for verification of dates before purchasing your airfare.
    **If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.

    Orientation Dates & Locations

    Orientation will be conducted in 2 parts: an online orientation, which is mandatory for all students, and an in-person, program-specific session. You will receive more information about the online orientation via email. Failure to complete the online orientation will impact your ability to go abroad.

    See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.

     

  6. Fees for Language Immersion in China

    Summer 2020

    Fees or tuition from home institutions may be added to or differ from the University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center fees listed on this page.

    Billing & Payments

    Visit Billing for information about the billing process for application fees, deposits, and program fees.

    Financial Aid & Scholarships

    Visit Financial Information for information on using financial aid and scholarships for study abroad.

    Bridging Loan

    Bridging Loan, a no-interest/no-fees loan that funds the upfront deposit and flights costs, is available for this program for eligible students.

    Cancellation Policy

    Before you apply to or confirm your participation on this program, review the Learning Abroad Center's Cancellation Policy to inform yourself of the timeline and financial obligations for canceling.
  7. Prepare

    Complete pre-application advising.

    Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.

    To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:

    Center Name TC Learning Abroad Ctr
    Program Name Language Immersion in China
    Track Name Intensive Chinese in Beijing
    Country China

    Submit

    University of Minnesota Student—apply

    Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee.

    Complete

    Upon submitting the LAC's online application, you will receive an automated email message indicating you have opened an application.

    At this point, you will be assigned an application checklist to complete the remaining portion of your application. Your application is not considered complete until all items on your application checklist are received.

    • Begin an application on CET's online application portal

      • Submit the Study Abroad Office Recommendation Request form at least two weeks before the application deadline
      • The Faculty Recommendation is not required for University of Minnesota students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. However, CET may request this on a case-by-case basis.

    This is a Learning Abroad Center (LAC) program offered in partnership with CET. You will complete application materials for both the Learning Abroad Center and CET. Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you on the respective online application portals.

    Next Steps

    Next Steps:

    1. When your LAC application is complete, you will receive an email message indicating your application is "under review" by LAC staff. The LAC will complete and submit the CET Study Abroad Office Recommendation Form to notify them that we have nominated* you for the program and allows CET to begin reviewing your application. The LAC does not make program acceptance decisions. *nominated means that you meet basic eligibility requirements for your program.
    2. CET will review your application and notify you of an acceptance decision by email. If accepted, you will be assigned a confirmation (post-acceptance) checklist of new tasks to complete by both the Learning Abroad Center and CET. Log in to both application portals to review the confirmation checklist and submit the required items to confirm your participation in the program.

    You may not participate in this program until you have submitted all of your LAC confirmation checklist items to the Learning Abroad Center.

    If you decide not to continue with the application process, please be advised of our Cancellation Policy, and notify the Learning Abroad Center by submitting a Cancel Request in the application system, or by email.

  8. Program Contact

    For further information or questions about this program, send an email to

    Thuy Doan or call at 612.626.8686.

  9. Contact Program Alum

    Below is a list of students who participated in past program sessions. They are ready and willing to answer your questions about this program. Feel free to contact them during your decision-making process or anytime during your pre-departure preparation to get a student perspective.

    • Maddy Koerner, Asian Languages & Literatures and Biology, Society & Environment major, Flagship student, Summer 2018
    • Matthew Bluhm, Env Sciences Policy & Mgmt and Asian Languages & Literatures major, Soil Sciences minor, Flagship student, Summer 2018
    • Sophia Dooly—Asian Languages & Literatures and History major, Flagship student, Summer 2017
    • Summer C —Global Studies major, Asian Languages and Literatures minor, Summer 2016 
    • Madeline S —Supply Chain and Operations Management major, Asian Languages and Literatures major, Summer 2015
    • David W—Supply Chain and Operations Management major, Asian Languages and Literatures major, Summer 2013