Beijing Language & Culture University

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    Study at Beijing Language & Culture University
    Chinese Language & Culture: 20 hrs / week
    4 wks: 4100 / Quarter: 8900 CNY (RMB Yuan)
    Approx $600 USD / $1300 USD
    Minimum age is 18 yrs

    The Program

    The Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) was founded in 1962. It was first called the Preparatory School for Foreign Students. It is the only university whose main function is to teach Chinese language and culture to foreign students. Over the last 30 years, more than 20,000 foreign students have graduated from BLCU. Every year, about 3000 students from many countries, and more than 1000 Chinese students study here. Minimum age is 18 yrs.

    The Location

    Beijing, also known as Peking, city and capital of China, encircled by Hebei Province, located in the northern part of the country, on the northern edge of the Huabei Pingyuan (North China Plain), approximately 110 km (approximately 70 mi) northwest of the Bo Hai gulf. Beijing, the second largest city in China after Shanghai, is the cultural, political, and intellectual center of the country, as well as a major industrial and commercial metropolis. Initially settled more than 2000 years ago, it has been the capital of China for most of the last 700 years. The climate is seasonal, with hot summers and cold winters. Temperatures can climb higher than 38° C (higher than 100° F) in July and drop lower than -15° C (lower than 5° F) in January.

    Beijing, the capital of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), is not only the political and administrative center of China, but it is also China’s greatest repository of monuments and treasures from the imperial era. The home of over 9.5 million people, the city extends over 6,500 square miles and 10 districts. With a history of 3,000 years, Beijing is extremely rich in historical sites and cultural relics.

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    Courses

    Chinese language: all levels – Elementary through advanced. Six levels.All students will be given a placement test to determine ability and proper placement.

    4 hours per day, M-F, 20 hours per week is included.

    Besides the semester terms, BLCU offers short-term programs (4 – 12 wks). Additional information is provided upon registration.

    2 Week Summer Language & Culture Tour program includes 18 hrs of Chinese Language, 6 hrs of Chinese Culture Workshops, 7 Sightseeing Tours in Beijing, 7 Special Cuisines,and Campus housing (double).

    Six Levels: A-F

    Level A: is for absolute beginners. Course includes study of Chinese pinyin, basic sentence patterns, Chinese characters, and basic grammar.

    Level B: is for students who have some phonetic training, know about 800 Chinese words, and can engage in simple, daily conversation. Course includes reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Focuses on Chinese pinyin, daily conversation, improving listening skills, reading skills, and writing exercises.

    Level C: is for students who know about 1500 Chinese words and basic sentence patterns, as well as able to engage in daily conversation. This course is more extensive in building skills: listening, writing, reading, and speaking enhancement. Build vocabulary, continue to study sentence patterns and grammar, intensify reading exercises, and discriminate the meaning and usage of words.

    Level D: is for students who know at least 2500 Chinese words, and have a systematic knowledge of Chinese grammar, as well as able to converse in daily conversation at a higher level than Level C. Emphasis is put on building listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills. Extensive drills are also used.

    Level E: is for students who know about 3500 Chinese words, and can engage in more complicated discussions, as well as give short speeches.

    Level F: is for students with a vocabulary larger than 4000 Chinese words and can express sophisticated ideas in daily conversation.

    BEGINNING

    This course is for the absolute beginner and other beginner students. This course teaches the core characters, pronunciation, basic grammars and structures, as well as learn radicals. Practical daily topics are covered such as: food, time, dates, hobbies, family, weather, money, etc. Students improve communication and express skills, as well as understand more about Chinese culture.

    Objectives:

    • Learn Chinese Pronunciation, up to 21 initials, 38 finals, 4 tones and neutral tone
    • Learn about 150 elementary words, 25 grammar points, and 8 practical patterns
    • Learn about basic Chinese characters, writing orders, strokes, and structures
    • Learn how to talk about various topics of yourself,and express opinion
    • Learn daily tasks such as introducing oneself, greetings, ordering food, etc.
    • Learn to be more accurate and proficient in communicating and expressions
    • Learn about Chinese culture and society, as well as intercultural awareness

    Materials: Textbooks, and handouts.
    Textbook often used: New Target Chinese Spoken Language 1
    by Beijing Language & Culture University

    Assessment: Attendance, Class Participation, Quizzes, Homework, and Exams

    Note: Being absent for over 15 days can result in no grades given, nor final exam, nor credit.

    ELEMENTARY

    This course is designed for students who have previous Chinese Language Studies and have mastered the basics. This course teaches more chinese characters, words, and grammars, as well as additional topics in daily life such as: education, sports, seasons, health, travel, work, festivals, transport, games, etc. Overall, improves pronunciation, appropriate expressions, as well as more understandings of Chinese culture (press)

    Objectives:

    • Learn to improve the accuracy of phonetic
    • Learn up to 160 elementary words, 16 grammar points, and 8 practical patterns
    • Learn additional knowledge of Chinese characters – strokes, writing orders, and structures
    • Learn to solve basic problems in daily life, express opinion, and talk about various topics
    • Learn to improve accuracy of Chinese communications and expressions

    Learn to improve understanding of Chinese Culture, and intercultural awareness

    Materials: Textbooks, and handouts.
    Textbook often used: New Target Chinese Spoken Language 2
    by Beijing Language & Culture University (press)

    Assessment: Attendance, Class Participation, Quizzes, Homework, and Exams

    Note: Being absent for over 15 days can result in no grades given, nor final exam, nor credit.

    INTERMEDIATE: Low, Intermediate, High (3 separate courses)

    These 3 level intermediate courses are designed to teach students over 1800 common words, an learn complex expressions to talk about abstract topics, and also feel more comfortable in communicating with Chinese people. Comprehensively improving their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills to master the basic communication tasks in real life, as well as more sophisticated communication skills and expression. Talking about a variety of topics such as housing, lifestyle, occupations, travel, and characteristics of a person.

    Objectives:

    • Learn over 850 common words, 140 grammar points, and 80 patterns
    • Learn additional skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing
    • Learn to improve conversation ability on a variety of familiar topics, with accuracy and clarity
    • Learn to solve additional daily tasks, such as expressing suggestions and goodwill
    • Learn additional aspects of Chinese culture and society
    • Learn additional skills of intercultural understanding

    Materials: Textbooks and handouts
    Textbooks often used: New Target Chinese Spoken Language 3, 4, and 5
    by Beijing Language & Culture University (press)

    Assessment: Attendance, Class Participation, Quizzes, Homework, and Exams

    Note: Being absent for over 15 days can result in no grades given, nor final exam, nor credit.

    ADVANCED

    This course is designed for advanced students and higher (superior). Students learn more complex and sophisticated communication skills and expressions to easily converse with confidence. Wide variety of topics are covered in this course, such as : modern life, happiness, economic development, traditional culture and modern, etc. Overall, to comprehensively improve the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, as well as more understanding of Chinese culture and today’s society.

    Objectives:

    • Learn an additional 300 common words, 60 grammar points, and 63 practical patterns
    • Learn to improve listening, speaking, reading and writing skills
    • Learn and master additional daily tasks, such as interviews, travel planning, appointments, etc
    • Learn about China’s complex economic and political environment
    • Learn additional aspects of Chinese culture and modern society

    Materials: Textbooks and handouts
    Textbook: New Target Chinese Spoken Language 6
    by Beijing Language & Culture University (press)

    Assessment: Attendance, Class Participation, Quizzes, Homework, and Exams

    Note: Being absent for over 15 days can result in no grades given, nor final exam, nor credit

    Academic Credit

    4 hours of class are taught daily. 20 hours per week. Thus, students usually earn 12 – 16 semester credits for each semester completed. 10 – 13 Quarter credits. Summer Courses: 4 – 8 credits. Upon completing the program, the student will receive (upon request) an official transcript (Certificate) from the University in China.

    Financial Aid

    Yes, you can use your financial aid on this study abroad program. Please have your Financial Aid office e-mail us a “Consortium Agreement” to complete and sign. CSA does not offer any scholarships or financial aid, we can only assist you in using your home school’s financial aid on this program.

    Activities

    BLCU staff assist students in arranging travel plans for other parts of China, such as nearby cities of Datong, Chengde, Tianjin and Beidaihe. Local tours of sights in Beijing are conducted, such as visiting the Great Wall and the once Forbidden City.

    Housing

    On campus residence housing is provided. Double rooms with private bath, TV, phone, laundry, heater and air conditioner.
    Access to internet available. Single room might be available upon request (limited) – and cost extra for single. Dormitory housing costs $13 USD per day for double room, and $18 USD per day for single. Overall, costs approx $400 – $600 per month.

    Meals are available at campus cafeteria. Cost approximately $200 USD per month. Will vary depending on how many meals a day.
    Pay directly there for meals.

    If you prefer to arrange own housing off campus, just let us know.

    Dates and Fees

    * U.S. dollar price can vary due to exchange rates.

    SUMMER SESSIONS: June – August
    * Chinese Language & Culture – 20 hrs (lessons) per week

    2 Weeks June (late) – July (early)
    Language & Culture Tour (inclusive)

    2019 Dates: June 27th – July 10th
    2020 Dates: June 25th – July 8th
    18 hrs Chinese Language, 6 hrs Cultural Workshops, 7 Sightseeing Tours (Beijing), 7 Special Cuisines, and Campus Housing (double).
    6600 CNY (RMB Yuan) / $1000 USD (est)
    4 Weeks June (late) – July (late)
    2019 Dates: June 27th – July 24th
    2020 Dates: June 25th – July 22nd
    4100 CNY (RMB Yuan) / $600 USD (est)
    6 Weeks July – August
    2019 Dates: July 11th – August 21st
    2020 Dates: July 9th – August 19th
    5400 CNY (RMB Yuan) / $800 USD (est)
    8 Weeks June – August
    2019 Dates: June 27th – August 21st
    2020 Dates: June 25th – August 19th
    7300 CNY (RMB Yuan) / $1100 USD (est)
    4 Weeks July – August
    2019 Dates: July 25th – August 21st
    2020 Dates: July 23rd – August 19th
    4100 CNY (RMB Yuan) / $600 USD (est)

    FALL QUARTER (September – December, 12 weeks)

    *Chinese Language 20 hrs (lessons) per week
    2019 Dates: September 11th – December 3rd
    2020 Dates: September 9th – December 1st
    8900 CNY (RMB Yuan) / $1300 USD (est)

    FALL SEMESTER (September – January)

    *Chinese Language 20 hrs (lessons) per week
    September 11th, 2019 – January 7th, 2020
    September 9th, 2020 – January 5th, 2021
    12,200 CNY (RMB Yuan) / $1800 USD (est)

    SPRING SEMESTER (February – June)

    *Chinese Language 20 hrs (lessons) per week
    2019 Dates: February 21st – June 21st
    2020 Dates: February 20th – June 19th
    12,200 CNY (RMB Yuan) / $1800 USD (est)

    SPRING QUARTER (April – June, 12 weeks)

    *Chinese Language 20 hrs (lessons) per week
    2019 Dates: March 28th – June 19th
    2020 Dates: AMarch 26th – June 17th
    8900 CNY (RMB Yuan) / $1300 USD (est)

    ACADEMIC YEAR (September – June)

    *Chinese Language 20 hrs (lessons) per week
    * Fall & Spring Semester Terms
    2019 – 2020: September 11th, 2019 – June 19th, 2020
    2020 – 2021: September 9th, 2020 – June 18th, 2021
    23,800 CNY (RMB Yuan) / $3450 USD (est).

    * U.S. dollar price can vary due to exchange rates.

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    Requirements

    Open to all students and adults worldwide. Minimum age is 18 yrs. Visa required for entry.

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