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CIEE Beijing's Central University of Nationalities
The CIEE Study Center at the Central University of Nationalities opened in spring 2007. It offers students an opportunity to learn about China through the lens of the construction of the Chinese identity and China’s ethnic traditions, policies, and transitions. The program takes full advantage of CUN’s campus environment which enrolls and supports China’s 56 national minority populations including Tibetan and Uyghur (Muslim) minority groups. Students should consider continuing on to the CIEE Study Center at Peking University to continue their language study in the second semester should they remain in Beijing for a full academic year.
Students attend language classes Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for a total of eight hours per week for 12 weeks. The three required core courses take place three times per week for three hours each. The general area studies class format is a seminar setting where students are expected to come prepared and discuss issues learned in their assigned readings.
CIEE Language Commitment
As students gain proficiency in Chinese, resident staff encourage them to use their language skills in everyday settings. The more students participate, the more a community that contributes to Chinese language proficiency and understanding of Chinese culture and modern society develops.
Grades are determined by two monthly exams (80%), homework and quizzes (10%), and attendance and participation (10%). Letter grades of A, B, C, D, and F are given with pluses and minuses.
What You'll Learn
The goal of the program is for participants to gain understanding and insight into the rich diversity of Chinese society by focusing on the Chinese ethnic minorities and the construction of Chinese identity. This program is ideal for students majoring in the social sciences with an interest in multi-ethnic issues and policy, and modern life in Beijing. This goal is achieved through three specially designed core courses, Chinese language coursework, Chinese peer tutors, group excursions, and directed individual exploration throughout the greater Beijing area.
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