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Summer Program in Chinese Language at Peking University

CLERC and Peking University have been offering the annual Peking University Summer Program since 1994, bringing together university students in the pursuit of knowledge and love for Chinese Language and Culture.
September 13, 2010

Plan ahead for one of the best summer intensive Chinese language programs

Summer 2010: July 5th – August 24th  (Study: July 5th – August 13th, Travel: August 13th – August 24th)
Six weeks of intensive Chinese language study at China’s most prestigious university – Peking University
Visit the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Tian’anmen Square, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, and the Bird’s Nest, Water Cube to see Beijing in both tradition and modernity
Immerse yourself in Chinese culture and local life by becoming guests in a Hutong (old alleyway) family, watching Peking Opera, tasting famous Peking duck.
Take a twelve-day language immersion trip to see the wonders of a fascinating country by visiting China’s major historical and cultural sites (Shanghai, Kunming, Lijiang, Shangri-la and more…)
Visit 2010 Shanghai World Expo site 
Earn college credits while studying in China

Language Study (July 5th – August 13th, 2010)

Six weeks of intensive Chinese language study at Peking University (PKU). PKU provides students with the best resources and instructors of Chinese Language education. Classes in Beginning, Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced Chinese meet four hours every morning, Monday through Friday with 10-15 students in each class. Elective cultural classes in Tai-chi, Chinese Calligraphy, and Brush Painting will also be offered.

Students are required to take a placement test at the beginning of the program to determine their class level. Class changes can be made during the first week. The curriculum includes Reading/Writing and Speaking/Listening courses. Each student will be assigned a Peking University student as language partner.

Students will take a final exam at the end of the six weeks. A certificate and transcript will be awarded by Peking University if you have completed the course with a passing grade. Most US universities will allow credit taken at Peking University to be transferred. Check with the Study Abroad Department in your school for specific credit transfer requirements.

Weekend excursions in and around Beijing allows you to see Beijing from a traditional and modern point of view, such as the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Tian’anmen Square, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, etc. You will also participate in organized weekly shows and entertainment. On Wednesday evenings, movies or stage performances, such as Peking Opera, dancing or acrobatics shows are scheduled. Transportation is provided for group activities.
Travel (August 13th – August 24th, 2010)

Practice your Chinese language skills during twelve-day of trip with your language instructors and local guides.

Itinerary for summer 2010:
Beijing – Kunming – Dali – Lijiang – Shangri La – Zhongdian – Shanghai

Summer 2010 Program Fee $ 5,280
Six Weeks in Beijing
Beijing International Airport Meet and Pick-up
Orientation and welcome banquet
Travel Insurance
PKU Student ID and Library Account
PKU Cafeteria Card with 100.00 yuan value (Rechargable)
International Phone Card with 100.00 yuan value
Three Elective Classes (Tai-Chi, Chinese Calligraphy, Chinese Painting)
Weekend Excursions and Field Trips
Cultural Activities
Group Meals with Language Partners
Full-time on-site program leadership and support
12-Day Travel
Local guides
All gratuities
Six-week Study Only Program $ 4,080
Estimate additional costs not included

The estimated costs listed below are intended to help students and parents to budget for additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to individual student’s spending habit.

Round Trip Airfare (Based on US West Coast departure)         $ 1,350
Visa Fees                                                     $ 130
Meals   (six weeks in Beijing, excluded group meals)          $ 400
Personal Expenses                                             $ 400 - $ 800

CIERC reserves the right to adjust its fees in the event of significant change in exchange rates or other factors beyond its control.

About Peking University
Peking University (PKU)

Founded in 1898, Peking University (PKU) was the first national university in modern Chinese history. Peking University has continually played the essential role of a pioneer in the course of China's modernization. The university's traditional emphasis on patriotism, progress, democracy, and science, along with its educational standards of diligence, precision, factualism, and innovation, has been passed down from generation to generation.

The campus, known as "Yan Yuan"?the Garden of Yan?, is situated at Haidian District in the western suburb of Beijing, with fascinating buildings of traditional Chinese architecture style. It stands near to the Yuanmingyuan Garden and the Summer Palace.

There are around 5000 international students from about 80 countries now studying at Peking University.

Founded in 1993, Chinese Language Education and Research Center (CLERC) is a non-profit institution devoted to the research and development of Chinese language teaching & learning in the US and to the promotion of Sino-US cultural and educational exchanges. The board members of CLERC are composed of prominent Chinese language professors and specialists from both the US and China. Its present board members are: Professor Ling-Chi Wang (UC Berkeley), Professor Cecilia Chu (UC Berkeley), Professor Chaofen Sun (Stanford University), Professor Tim Xie (CSU Long Beach), Mr. Jack Xie (Director, Confucius Institute, SFSU), Professor Li Xiaoqi (Peking University), Professor Zhang Pu (Beijing Language University), Professor Jia Yimin (Jinan University), Professor Pan Zhaoming  (Director of CLERC)and Mr. John Zhang (Secretary General of CLERC).

CLERC and Peking University have been offering the annual Peking University Summer Program since 1994, bringing together university students in the pursuit of knowledge and love for Chinese Language and Culture.