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Beijing: IES Abroad- Intensive Language Program 标准

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Founded in 1990, the IES Abroad Beijing Language Intensive Program offers a strong Chinese language program, a for-credit internship option, and fascinating area studies courses taught in English. Designed for students who have already begun studying Chinese, this program gives studeCzech Republicnts the opportunity to rapidly expand their knowledge of written and spoken Chinese.

The program is located on the campus of the Beijing Foreign Studies University (Beijing Waiguoyu Daxue), one of Beijing’s most prestigious academic institutions. The Beijing version of Chinese sets the standard for pronunciation and is thus an ideal location to study the Chinese language. The program combines intensive language study with academic work in area studies and a for-credit internship option. Students may be housed with a Chinese family or with a Chinese roommate and will have the opportunity to participate in a 2-week field trip to remote areas of the country.

The capital city of Beijing is full of contrasts - a modern Asian boom-town that strives to preserve the cultural landscape of its glorious past while all around the glass and steel emblems of its dynamic present flourish. As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing attracts people from all over the country, and IES Beijing students are directly exposed to the numerous challenges being addressed in both the personal and political realms of modern China.

Program Dates
Academic Year, Fall semester (late Aug. to mid Dec.) or Spring semester (early Feb. to late May)

Fields of Study
Intensive Chinese language, Chinese Area Studies, including courses in Liberal Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Eligibility & Application
3.0 CGPA; completion of two semesters of Chinese language study with B average or higher. Prior coursework in Asian Studies is recommended.

Students should submit both the Tulane application and the IES Abroad application to the OSA by the appropriate deadlines. The IES Abroad application can be found on the IES Abroad web site. The IES application may be submitted online; students must be sure to complete all components, including the IES Language Evaluation form.

Academic Program
On this language intensive program, students begin each morning with grammar classes followed by small drill sessions of no more than six students. In all, students study Mandarin four hours daily, four days a week, and supplemented by hour-long private tutorials, earning a total of 10 semester credits. In addition, students can also take an additional two area studies courses that are taught in English by the on-site staff and scholars from leading Chinese academic institutions.

Students enroll in 16 semester credit hours per semester. Because of the heavy demand of Chinese language study, overloading is not encouraged. Students enroll in the language course and two area studies courses (taught in English or Chinese), or one area studies course plus a 3-credit internship tutorial equaling 16 semester credits.

Tulane awards up to 500-level credit for coursework completed on this program.  Credit levels will be determined by language placement and approval by department at Tulane. 

Living Arrangements
Students are housed in either with a Chinese family in a homestay or with Chinese students in a university residence hall.  This language-immersion environment supports rapid language advancement. Both housing options will require a commitment to speaking Chinese as much as possible and adhering to a set of household and residence hall rules and etiquette that may feel restrictive.

Tulane Faculty Liason
Dr. Huimin Xie, Asian Studies (Chinese)

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