IFSA/Alliance Intensive Chinese Language

Shanghai, China

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Term
Fall, Spring
Language of Instruction

Chinese

Language Prerequisite

Two semesters of Chinese language study

Finance Options
Scholarships, grants, financial aid, monthly payment plan, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Fall: April 15
  • Spring: November 1
Min. GPA for Consideration:
3.0
Typical Credit Load:
15-18

About Intensive Chinese Language

If you want to make rapid gains in Chinese language, this program is for you! Through 20 hours of instruction per week, a 24/7 language pledge, and your homestay with a Chinese family, your language skills will improve faster than ever before in this carefully designed immersive environment.

Intensive Chinese Language Benefits

  • Impress future employers with your ability to communicate with one of the most widely-spoken and influential languages in the world
  • Through a 24/7 language pledge and 20 hours per week of language instruction, make rapid gains in your language skills—and put them to immediate use while exploring one of China’s most vibrant urban centers
  • Engage with diverse social, economic and geographic realities that exist within China through a one-week field study trip to destinations in southern and western provinces
  • Share meals and participate in activities with your host family to gain an in-depth understanding of Chinese family dynamics and traditions

IFSA-Butler

Your success is our success! Whatever your goals, our approach is carefully designed to help you achieve them.
You will experience challenging, rewarding coursework in the highest quality classes, while receiving the academic support you need.
More than a tourist in a foreign country, you will engage in the community, build competencies, and develop yourself as a citizen of the world.
Our programs and practices reflect the value we place on diverse perspectives and are designed to support a variety of learners.
Round out your classroom experience with hands-on opportunities like internships, directed research, student teaching, community-based learning or volunteering, and cultural excursions.
You will have academic and personal mentors to assist with program choice, application, travel, cultural acclimation, language acquisition, class registration, academic issues, health and safety, and everything in between.

Academics at Intensive Chinese Language

Courses
The Intensive Chinese Language program offers 20 hours per week of Chinese language instruction for students who wish to focus on improving their Chinese language skills. To enroll, students must have completed two semesters of prior Chinese language study. Students also have the option to take one of the 21st Century City elective courses taught in English, bringing their courseload to a total of 18 credits. Not all electives may be offered in a given semester depending on enrollment and faculty availability.

REQUIRED COURSE
ELECTIVE COURSE
  • Exploring Community & Culture in a Global Context (3 U.S. semester credit hours) In addition to required and elective courses, Alliance students may participate in an exciting online course with a global cohort from IFSA locations around the world. Enrolling in this course brings your course load to, or above, 18 U.S. semester credit hours and requires approval from your study abroad advisor. Through a creative online format, this course facilitates active engagement with your host community, exploration of cultural identity and examination of diversity in the context of political, economic and sociocultural structures. Students cover topics such as intercultural communication skills, intercultural learning theories, tools for intercultural analysis and the development of personal strategies for engaging with differences of any kind following the study abroad experience. This course is ideal for students who seek transferable skills and specific competencies for successful work in the global marketplace. The asynchronous course format allows you to take part in online discussions, post responses, review peer contributions, submit your assignments, read materials and watch instructor videos at the time of day (or night) that best suits your personal schedule. Download the course outline or course syllabus to learn more.
Special Curriculum Options
Field Study Trip
The Alliance organizes a one-week field study trip for students during the fall and spring semesters. Destinations may vary but usually include Yunnan or Qinghai province. Through exposure to China's social, economic, and geographic diversity, as well as regional and ethnic inflections to the Chinese language that has been a focus of their studies, students gain a richly textured sense of the many realities that exist within China.
Faculty
Language classes are taught by native Chinese instructors selected, trained, and overseen by the IFSA/Alliance on-site language director. All courses conducted in English are taught by faculty from various higher education and professional institutions, who combine theoretical and practical expertise in their chosen subject area. Field-based learning components such as Internships and Directed Research, if available on your program, have a significant academic framework that is also facilitated by IFSA/Alliance faculty members.
Transcripts
After you return to the U.S., IFSA/Alliance will send a Butler University transcript to your home university and to your permanent address. The transcript reflects the courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost
Subjects offered at Intensive Chinese Language
Asian Studies Chinese Cultural Studies Sociology

Housing & Meals

Housing Type
Host Family
Meals
Most meals included
Details
Homestays provide students with an excellent opportunity to develop a more intimate understanding of Chinese culture and language. Breakfast and dinner are provided on weekdays by the Chinese host family; students are responsible for their own lunches and weekend meals.

The IFSA-Butler Team

IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team and staff who are here to help every student prepare and be ready to achieve their goals at every step of the way.

Program Advisor

Finance Advisor

Resident Director

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Christopher Van Velzer

Resident Director, Shanghai

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Dates and Fees

Spring 2018

Program Dates

Program Start Date
January 17, 2018
Program End Date
May 12, 2018

Program Fees

Tuition
$13,000
Housing
$2,650
Insurance
Included
Total Program Fee
$15,650
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.

Estimated Costs

Airfare
$1,500
Meals
$835
Local Transportation
$825
Visa
$260
Personal Expenses
$700
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs
$4,120

Fall 2018

Program Dates

Program Start Date
August 22, 2018
Program End Date
December 15, 2018

Program Fees

Tuition
$12,900
Housing
$2,750
Insurance
Included
Total Program Fee
$15,650
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.

Estimated Costs

Airfare
$1,500
Meals
$835
Local Transportation
$825
Visa
$260
Personal Expenses
$700
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs
$4,120