Language and Culture in China
Program Information | Costs |Orientation | Contact
||Sophomore, Junior, Senior
|Languages of Instruction
||Mandarin Chinese, English
||Estimated program costs can be found here
Know the following program information, which you will provide on the online application:
Program Name: Language and Culture in China
Early application is strongly encouraged, as space is limited and the program will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Complete applications include an essay and unofficial transcript. A non-refundable application fee of $50 will be billed to your student account upon submission of an online application.
- Learn about one of the world’s rising global powers, add an international component to your resume and prepare for your professional future by acquiring first-hand experience with Chinese language and culture.
- Live on campus at Ocean University in Qingdao, a beach city on the Yellow Sea.
- Travel to Shanghai, Beijing an Xi’an to broaden your interactions with Chinese culture.
- Study Mandarin Chinese from beginning level to advanced level depending on proficiency.
Receive an introduction to life in China in Shanghai during the first five days of the program.
The next four weeks take place in Qingdao. Live in an individual room and choose to take meals on or off campus at Ocean University. Morning language classes are followed by excursions, Tai Chi, cooking class or additional language practice. During free time:
- Visit markets while observing and participating in daily life
- Spend time with classmates, Chinese and international university students
- Experience local cuisine by cooking together
- Head to the beach to explore the coastline
The last eight days of the program take place in Beijing and Xi’an. Visit historic sites such as the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, the Terracotta Warriors and hike Mount Hua.
Earn 6 credits in FST 1399, CHIN 1399 Chinese Language in China.
- The program is open to all majors
- Participate in Mandarin courses from beginning level to advanced level depending on proficiency
- No previous language study is required for beginner classes
- Students with prior language study will be given a placement test in China
Participants MUST have a passport, valid for at least six months after their return to the United States.
Estimated program costs can be found here.
A non-refundable application fee of $50 will be billed to your student account upon submission of an online application. A deposit of $400 will be billed to your student account upon your confirmation of participation. The remainder of the program fee will be billed through Student Accounts Receivable.
Financial aid may be applied toward the cost of the program if you are enrolled as a full-time student. There are also study abroad scholarships for University of Minnesota students.
At least two pre-departure orientations will be held. Pre-departure orientations will include information about financial aid, classwork and travel tips. A general study abroad handbook will be emailed prior to departure.
Familiarize yourself on financing, health and safety and policies to consider when studying abroad.
Contact the program leader, Zhuangyi Liu for program or itinerary questions. For application or registration questions, contact Arianna Austin in the International Education Office.