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Modern Language students study abroad to perfect their language skills, to develop cross-cultural skills, and to deepen their understanding of cultures, societies and histories of the people who speak the language they study.

 

In the four months I spent in China I not only improved my language abilities but also gained a greater understanding of Chinese culture and its people. I also completed an independent research project that focused on the development of Kaifeng, helping to improve my research, analytical and language skills.

Molly Hahne '13, Beloit China Exchange: Henan University, Fall 2011

 

Note: Language programs are open to students in all disciplines.  Prerequisites for language are the minimum required for the program, more language study is highly recommended. Students must be enrolled in an appropriate language course the semester or summer before study abroad.

 

China – Henan University in Kaifeng                        

Exchange, fall or academic year

Language: Chinese 

Prereqs: 1 year of Mandarin Chinese (2 years strongly encouraged), course on Chinese history or politics.

Housing: Double rooms equipped with bathrooms in international student dormitories.

Details: Intensive focus on speaking, writing and reading Chinese language with other international students; courses in English may be available to audit or for credit; students engage with the community outside the classroom through the Cities in Transition course, undertaking an independent project using ethnographic research methods.  Students in the course travel to Jinan in October for one week of comparative work.  Kaifeng is one of the historic capitals of China and is noted for its diverse population including a sizeable Muslim population. Known for its ancient monuments and traditional ways, it is reshaping itself as a scientific and commercial center. 

 

China – Shandong University in Jinan          

Exchange, fall or academic year

Language: Chinese 

Prereqs: 1 year of Mandarin Chinese (2 years strongly encouraged), course on Chinese history or politics.

Housing: Double rooms equipped with bathrooms in international student dormitories; students purchase their own meals at cafeterias and restaurants or cook. 

Details: Intensive focus on speaking, writing and reading Chinese language with other international students; students engage with the community outside the classroom in through the Cities in Transition course, undertaking an independent project using ethnographic research methods.  The course begins in Kaifeng before the start of the Jinan fall semester.  Jinan, a cultural and historic city, is the capital of Shandong Province, and is a major commercial center because of its proximity to the coast and Korea. 

 

Hong Kong, China – Lingnan University                   

Exchange, fall, spring, academic year

Language: English

Prereqs: Previous coursework with an Asian focus.

Housing: Shared room in campus student hostel, students provide own meals.

Details: Study at the only Chinese liberal arts college with local and international students; live in a major international commerce center.  Courses include a wide range of social sciences and humanities courses, but no natural sciences.  Students with prior study of Chinese may be able to join Lingnan students in Mandarin courses.  Excellent campus facilities and opportunities to engage in student activities and volunteer work.   Students studying in Hong Kong are strongly recommended to take at least one course focused on the city of Hong Kong and incorporating experiential learning opportunities.

 

Students have the options of a year of study in each location, or they can combine a fall semester of study in Kaifeng or Jinan with a spring semester in Hong Kong.

 

Last Updated: 9/2011