Summer at Xian Int’l Studies University

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    Study at Xian Int’l Studies University
    Chinese Language & Culture: 20 hrs wk
    4 wks: $995 / Quarter: $1895 USD
    Minimum age is 16 yrs

    The Program / Location

    Xian is the capital of Shaanxi Province, and has a population of over 6.7 million. Historically known as “Chang’an” in ancient China, Xian was the main capital for 13 feudal dynasties of the Zhou, Qin, Han, and Tang dynasties from 11th century B.C. – 907 A.D. Full of historical sites, Xian is a well known tourist attraction with millions of visitors per year. The city marks the starting point to the “Silk Road”, and has the Qin Shi Huang Museum of Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses – the 8th wonder of the world – and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda built in the Tang Dynasty. Located where the central and western parts of China join, Xian has an advantageous position and enjoys a moderate climate.

    Xian Int’l Studies University was founded in 1952, and one of the first Universities to offer foreign languages in China. Today, it takes up an area of 550,000 square meters, with multiple classrooms, language labs, computer labs, reading rooms, as well as a large library. 25 schools and faculties offer 34 degree specialties, to over 20,000 students per year (undergrads & postgrads).

    Xian has a long history of having foreign students from all over the world study there. As early as the Tang Dynasty – over 1000 years ago – foreign students from Japan, Korea, and other Asian nations studied in Xian. Today, over the past 20 years, more than 5000 international students have studied at this University.

    Chinese language and culture courses are offered during the Summer, Fall, and Spring terms. Program is taught by faculty there at the University. Students are housed in the newly remodeled campus hotel (double & single rooms available). Airport pick-up available at Xian Xianyang International Airport.

    One semester of previous Chinese language study (Mandarin) required of all students.
    Minimum age is 16.

    Courses – Chinese Studies / Total Immersion

    One semester (or equivalent) of previous Chinese language studies required. Placement test (oral and written) will be given to determine level, and placement into the intermediate or advanced classes.

    LEVEL ONE: Chinese 201 – Intermediate Chinese

    • This level is suitable for those students who have had one semester to one year of college Chinese
      prior to attending, and do not speak Mandarin as a heritage language.

    LEVEL TWO: Chinese 301 – Advanced Chinese

    • Normally suited for students who have had 1 – 2 years of college Chinese prior to attending, or have
      taken 1 year of intensive Chinese suited for heritage speakers.

    TYPICAL COURSE SCEDULE:

    Morning
    8:00 – 8:50 – 1st Lecture
    9:00 – 9:50 – 2nd Lecture
    10:10 – 11:00 – 1st Drill Class
    11:10 – 12:00 – 2nd Drill Class

    * Lectures cover a variety of cultural topics, such as: History of Xian, Folk Customs, China Economy, etc

    Afternoon
    2:00 – 4:30 – Student / Teacher Free Talk Session
    40 minute one to one tutorial session with teacher.
    Each student assigned a time period sometime between: 2:00 – 4:20 pm. Times will vary.

    Evening
    7:00 – 9:00 – Question / Answer Session
    7:00 – 9:00 pm free talk hours. Teachers will be available to answer questions about the day’s lesson or homework,and to provide extra practice and help if needed.

    NOTE: Another special feature of the program is called “Chinese Table” – offered 1 – 2 times per week – whereby students get to practice Chinese with their teachers and get to know them better. For other meals, students are encouraged to explore the eating options (and language environments) both on and off campus.

    NOTE: All students required to agree to (and sign) a “Language Pledge”, whereby they promise to use only Mandarin Chinese for the duration of the program. This is in order to try and maintain the ideal language learning environment (immersion style) for every student in the program.

    Academic Credit

    Summer program: 4 – 8 credits, plus a certificate of completion (transcript) from the University.

    Transcript (certificate) issued by University when completed.

    Quarter term credits earned range from 12 – 14 credits per Quarter.

    Activities

    Field trips to local sights and excursions to nearby places are scheduled. Attendance is optional, but highly recommended. Small fee required to help cover transportation and any facility entrance fees (museums, parks, etc). Other student activities organized as well to help all students get to know each other and their teachers. Schedules and other info provided later by the staff there. Campus facilities available to international students include: table tennis, dining halls, library, gym, and computer room. Close by are supermarkets, banks, and post office.

    Housing

    Housing is provided in the newly remodeled residence – Campus Hotel. Double room. Single rooms limited and cost extra. Housing costs approx $300 USD per month for a double room / approx $500 USD for single room per month. Add housing cost to program balance, or pay housing there upon check-in. Can also arrange own housing if you prefer.

    Meals are taken in campus cafeterias, restaurants, food kiosks, and tea houses. Reasonable cost. Estimate $200 USD per month (4 wks) for food.

    Can also arrange your own housing if you prefer, just let us know.

    Dates and Fees

    * Minimum age is 16 yrs
    * Summer, Fall, and Spring Sessions
    * One Semester (or equivalent) of previous Chinese lessons required.

    SUMMER SESSIONS

    4 weeks June (late) – July (late) $995 USD
    4 weeks July (late) – August (late) $995 USD
    4 weeks September (early) – September (late) $995 USD
    4 weeks March (early) – March (late) $995 USD

    * Note: Housing cost not included in prices. Add on if desired.

    FALL QUARTER: 12 Weeks / Trimester
    * 20 hrs per week – Minimum age 18 yrs

    September (early) – December (early) $1895 USD

    SPRING QUARTER: 12 Weeks / Trimester
    * 20 hrs per week – Minimum age 18 yrs

    March (early) – June (early) $1895 USD

    Requirements

    Minimum age is 16.

    One semester (or equivalent) of previous Chinese language study required.

    Arrival

    Arrive 1 – 3 days prior to start date to check-in and get settled.

    Airport pick-up is available from the Xian Xianyang International Airport.
    Let us know in advance, at least 1 week in advance – email your flight details.
    Small fee may be requested at pick-up time.

    For return to airport, there are airport buses near campus leaving every 20 minutes.
    Small fee for bus.

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