China

Mandarin Language Intensive (6-Week)

A 6-week Summer Abroad Program

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Duration
42 Days
Description

Dramatically improve your Mandarin language skills through daily small group classes and full immersion via homestays and independent study projects.

Dates

Jun 28 - Aug 8, 2021


Suggested Ages

16-18

Number of Participants

12


Availability

Open

Begins In

57 Weeks

Land Cost

$8,475


Estimated Flight Cost

$2,080

Beijing

Lashihai

Tiger Leaping Gorge

Kunming

Program Overview

Language in China has always been a dynamic and powerful force.


For anyone interested in exploring and understanding China’s rich history and culture, it’s ever-increasing influence in the world, and what life is like for the 1.4 billion people who live here, learning Chinese is the first step. Our approach to language study is holistic: including group travel, homestays, and Independent Study Projects (ISPs) in addition to formal classroom instruction.

Program Highlights
  • Learn and improve Chinese-language skills through classes, interactions with homestay families, and meetings with local mentors
  • Experience life in two very different communities, one urban, one rural
  • Explore China’s ethnic and ecological diversity in Yunnan Province

Our 4 and 6 week program options divide their time between Kunming (capital city of Yunnan Province) and one of several small villages in rural Yunnan. This is a region renowned for its…

For anyone interested in exploring and understanding China’s rich history and culture, it’s ever-increasing influence in the world, and what life is like for the 1.4 billion people who live here, learning Chinese is the first step. Our approach to language study is holistic: including group travel, homestays, and Independent Study Projects (ISPs) in addition to formal classroom instruction.

Program Highlights
  • Learn and improve Chinese-language skills through classes, interactions with homestay families, and meetings with local mentors
  • Experience life in two very different communities, one urban, one rural
  • Explore China’s ethnic and ecological diversity in Yunnan Province

Our 4 and 6 week program options divide their time between Kunming (capital city of Yunnan Province) and one of several small villages in rural Yunnan. This is a region renowned for its mountainous terrain, natural beauty and ethnic diversity—including Naxi, Tibetan, Yi, Dai, and Miao (Hmong) people. During both urban and rural homestays, students meet for 3–4 hours of formal Mandarin instruction per day, with the option for 1:1 tutoring sessions in the afternoon for hungry learners. Homestay placements reinforce language acquisition, encouraging students to practice new vocabulary with their families in the evenings. 

While in Kunming, students engage in ISPs, learning directly from local mentors about topics ranging from Chinese cooking, calligraphy, traditional Chinese medicine, martial arts, musical instruments and environmental issues. Students also explore local historic and cultural sites such as The Golden Temple, the Bird and Flower Market, and Green Lake Park. During rural homestays, sample activities include organizing pick-up soccer or basketball games with village teenagers, foraging for medicinal plants with expert guides, visiting Buddhist monasteries, and learning about the work of local NGOs.

Mandarin Intensive students return home with a firsthand understanding of China’s diversity and increased confidence in their ability to communicate and navigate in a rapidly changing China.

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Program Components

2/5
Comparative Religion

Introduction to Buddhism, Daoism, Islam, Confucian thought, Marxism, Capitalism.

2/5
Development Studies

Minority issues and status, socio-economic issues, health, land use and environment, tourism, cultural survival.

3/5
Focus Of Inquiry

Language and culture, ancient, imperial and modern history, political studies, development of market economy, gender and ethnicity studies.

5/5
Homestay

10-day homestay in Kunming, cultural center and capital of Yunnan Province, 10-day village homestay in Lashihai with Naxi ethnic minority community.

4/5
Independent Study Project (ISP)

ISPs facilitated in Kunming: Traditional Chinese Medicine, calligraphy, ink painting, martial arts, tea culture, musical instruments, dance, cooking

5/5
Language Study

3-4 hours of daily Mandarin instruction.

3/5
Learning Service

Learning service in cooperation with a rural community. Approximately 5 hours of service credit earned.

2/5
Rugged Travel

Slightly rugged, train and bus travel; village-stay; bike touring.

2/5
Trekking

Short trek at end of course, options for numerous day hikes.