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Study Abroad

The Sigur Center has compiled the following list of programs to aid students in their search for study abroad programs in Asia. Please note that we do not endorse or recommend any of these programs; the list is simply a resource for students and others. For stories from other students who have studied abroad, please visit the Sigur Center's blog, Asia on E Street. If you're interested in posting about your own study abroad experiences or would like to be put in touch with a former student of a particular program, feel free to contact the Sigur Center at Please note, however, that not all listed programs have had GWU attendees.

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Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies at TsingHua University, through University of California, Berkeley

Location: Beijing, China

Requirements: In addition to application materials, recommendation letters and fees, IUP accepts only students with an intermediate to high level of Chinese language ability. All applicants initially admitted to any IUP program are required to take a 15-minute phone interview in Mandarin conducted by IUP's Head Instructor or Resident Director after sending in their non-refundable deposits.

Description: There are a variety of program options including the Academic Year Program (8 months of instruction), the One Semester Program (4 months of instruction), and the Summer Program (2 months of instruction). The unique feature of IUP programs is that students are provided with highly individualized instruction. The teacher to student ratio is currently 1:2 and course assignments include at least one daily private tutorial, and several small group classes. Each student is given individual attention to language skill areas that need improvement and their progress is closely monitored over their entire course of study. Such individualized instruction has consistently shown positive results over the nearly 40 year history of the program. As students advance during the course of the program, they will have increasingly greater flexibility to choose more specialized materials to assist them in achieving their personal language learning goals. Initial course work however, is designed to provide all students with the tools for building a solid and broad foundation in speaking, listening and reading. While there is a certain amount of flexibility in the program, to allow for special emphasis on various language skills relevant to individual students' interests and career plans, it is assumed that all students need high levels of competence in speaking, listening and reading to meet their academic and professional goals. Those preparing for scholarly or professional careers must be able to speak Chinese fluently with Chinese scholars and professionals as well as to read the materials pertinent to their research interests. Those planning careers in diplomacy or international business, where it is often assumed that the spoken language is of prime importance, must also be able to read ordinary modern language materials fluently, if not classical language materials. Students must be able to read newspapers and must have a ready command of the spoken language in order to move about easily in Chinese society. In order to help students cultivate the habit of using Chinese as much as possible, the Program maintains a total Chinese environment. Students are expected to speak only Chinese within the Program's premises at all times.

Schedule: The Academic-Year Program runs from early to mid September through late May or early June. The Summer Program runs from mid-June to early August. The Semester Program runs from very late August/very early September to early January (Fall Semester) and mid-January to very late May/very early June (Spring Semester).

Application deadline: Academic Year Program: January 11, 2011. Semester Program (Fall 2011 or Spring 2012): January 11, 2011. Summer Program: Rolling Admissions until January 28, 2011. Please note: IUP will review complete summer applications soon after they arrive at the IUP Berkeley office, rather than hold admissions after the summer program deadline (January 28, 2011). Admission is competitive, and it is recommended that you send in all of your summer application materials by the end of 2010 or in early January due to limited space at IUP's language center. IUP admits summer applicants on a "first qualified applicant come, first qualified applicant served" basis. We will review summer applications through the summer deadline, and you may contact IUP Berkeley after the summer deadline to see if we're accepting late summer applications. Rolling admissions is not the policy for IUP's academic year/semester program admissions, however.

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CET Academic Programs

Location: Beijing, Hangzhou and other large cities in China

Requirements: Application forms and fees.

Description: CET hosts programs in major Chinese cities, two of which are described below for Beijing and Hangzhou. CET's Chinese Studies & Service-Learning in Beijing program highlights what many consider to be the most meaningful way to study abroad: immersion into the local environment. Every aspect of the program emphasizes Beijing--the program's core course, 21st Century Beijing, examines Beijing as a reflection of critical issues in contemporary China; students share rooms with Chinese roommates; faculty-led excursions visit local sites; language classes require students to practice their skills out in the local environment; and service-learning placements acquaint students with local organizations and groups. CET's Hangzhou program is partnered with Middlebury College and is called the C.V. Starr-Middlebury School in China. It is a unique Chinese immersion program designed specifically to provide advanced-intermediate and advanced students the kind of challenge and flexibility they need. School in China students follow an individualized curriculum, including a one-on-one tutorial, in part designed by the student. To help integrate them fully into campus life, students live with a Chinese roommate, an arrangement that challenges more than just students' language skills. In addition to arranging excursions and activities, resident staff encourage students to pursue individual co-curricular interests outside the classroom. Finally, the program requires that students speak Chinese at all times. While the Middlebury Language Pledge may be a challenge to maintain, students find that they excel in this environment and are rewarded at the end of the program with substantially increased proficiency in Chinese.

Schedule: Beijing: Summer 2011 classes run June 15 - August 15, 2011. Fall classes run August 31 - December 19, 2011. Hangzhou: currently unavailable. Check the website for the most up to date information.

Application deadline: Beijing: For Summer 2011, the deadline is March 2, 2011. For Fall 2011, the deadline is May 1, 2011. Hangzhou: currently unavailable. Check the website for the most up to date information.

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Peking University Summer Program

Location: Beijing, China

Requirements: College graduate students and professionals; High school graduates acceptable (2.75 GPA and proof of Chinese level required); Basic knowledge of Chinese phonetic system, characters, and grammar.

Description: The "best accredited program at China's #1 University." Six weeks of intensive Chinese language study at China's most prestigious university - Peking University; Classes are from 8am -12pm every day. Three elective cultural courses in Tai-Chi, Chinese Calligraphy and Tranditional Chinese Painting; Visit the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Tian'anmen Square, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace; Practice language skills with Peking University student language partner and establish international friendship; Earn college credits.

Schedule: July 4 - August 12, 2011.

Application deadline: May 15th, 2011. Please do not delay in making your decision, as space in this program fills up rapidly and is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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CIEE Shanghai

Location: Shanghai, China

Requirements: Overall GPA 2.75; one semester of college-level coursework in Chinese studies recommended; this program is not designed for native Mandarin Chinese speakers.

Description: The summer program is designed for students who wish to immerse themselves in the exciting, rapidly developing economic engine of China that is Shanghai. Students take intensive Chinese language course work in small classes, while also attending a weekly seminar on the historic and modern roles of Shanghai in China's international relations. The summer program encourages beginner through advanced level language students to apply. Learn or improve your Mandarin language through an intensive program for all levels; Chinese language clinic, target language activities, and peer language tutors; courses in Chinese business and journalism; teaching and volunteer opportunities. Participate in cultural activities and excursions to Chinese companies and factories, government agencies, media outlets, museums, and temples; take classes in Chinese calligraphy, martial arts, and music. Live with a Chinese host family or in an on-campus dormitory with a Chinese roommate.

Schedule: 8 weeks from late June - mid-August. Updated program information will be available on their website February 15, 2011.

Application deadline: March 15, 2011.

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Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Location: Shanghai, China

Requirements: A copy of passport; final education certificate; application fee; application form.

Description: Jiao Tong University offers four program options: the Long-Term Chinese Refresher Course, the Summer Course, the Short-Term Chinese Refresher Course and the New Chinese Course. Each course of study integrates the traditional classroom teaching method with oral discussion about different subject matters in order to develop the practical verbal skills of students in communication. Course will prepare students to: use Chinese Pinyin correctly and grasp the pronunciation of Mandarin; understand comprehensively the conversations of daily life and specific topics; use Mandarin to make social communications, express one's purpose clearly, and explain the highlights of a matter; understand the basic grammatical structure of Chinese Mandarin and accumulate a vocabulary of more than 1,500 words and phrases; get informed of the China today and understand Chinese culture; have a basic understanding of Chinese character structure and recognize a certain number of basic Chinese characters.

Schedule: For Summer 2011there are five-week, four-week, and three-week options: July 10 to August 12, 2011 (five weeks, M-F); July 10 to August 5, 2011 (four weeks, M-F); July 10 to July 29, 2011 (three weeks, M-F). Spring semester runs from February to July, with enrolment before Dec.15. while Autumn semester is from September to January of next year, with enrolment before June 15.

Application deadline: Applications are accepted beginning March 1, 2011 and the application deadline is June 10, 2011.

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Valparaiso University, Summer Advanced Chinese Program

Location: Hangzhou, China

Requirements: undergraduate and graduate students who have had at least 2 years of college Chinese study or its equivalent

Description: Built on the success of the past four SACP programs, which have attracted over 60 participants, and subsidized by a grant from the US Department of Education, the 2011 SACP is designed to enable students to complete third-year college Chinese through intense, personalized instruction and integration of language learning with immersion in local Chinese culture and society in a city known for its rich tradition, natural beauty, and modern life.

Schedule: The 2011 SACP consists of two phases: Phase 1: May 23 through June 13, 2011 - This three-and-half-week phase is designed for participants who have completed at least two years of college Chinese or its equivalent but are not yet fully prepared for intensive third year Chinese offered through the 2011 SACP; or who have studied Chinese previously or lived in China for an extended period of time but have experienced a lapse in language proficiency; and Phase 2: June 14 through August 11, 2011 - This 8-week phase is designed to complete the highly-demanding, intensive third-year Chinese with ample ongoing opportunities to travel and interact directly with the local population and culture. Applicants of the 2011 VU's SACP may choose to participate in Phase 1 or Phase 2 or both phases of the program depending on their language skills and needs. Interviews will determine each participant's preparedness to enter Phase 2 directly.

Application deadline: The 2011 SACP will enroll nationwide up to 25 qualified participants. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2011. However, admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis to qualified applicants and will close once the enrollment cap is reached. Therefore, interested applicants should apply early.

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Washington University in Shanghai Chinese Language Program at Fudan University

Location: Shanghai, China

Requirements: 3.0 GPA; Previous study of Chinese language or prior coursework in Asian Studies is recommended. Sophomore, junior or senior standing.

Description: The program begins with a cultural orientation in Beijing with excursions to nearby historical sites. Students and faculty then move on to Shanghai to begin the academic programming with a 3-week intensive Chinese language course. Students will be placed into the appropriate level of Chinese language and earn 3 credits for this portion of the program. The semester continues with a Chinese language course at the appropriate level (3-5 credits) as well as two content courses (3 credits each) taught in English, and a one-credit Chinese Language Practicum (CLP). As part of the language practicum, one of the content courses will incorporate key concepts and vocabulary introduced in the language classes to reinforce the Chinese language acquisition. Each student will undertake an independent investigation, whereby the student identifies, travels to, writes and reports on a compelling component of Chinese culture and society. Content courses may include: Chinese Culture & Tradition, Modern Chinese Popular Culture, China-US Relations, China's Foreign Policy & Diplomacy, China in the Global Context, Neighborhood Gentrification & Urban Revitalization, The Floating Population & Rural-Urban Migration, Chinese Family in Transition, Chinese Arts. Final course listings to be announced in spring '11. Students earn 13-15 credit hours per semester, including 3 credits each for the 3-week language intensive, 3-5 credits for the semester language course, 3 credits for each content course, and 1 credit for the Chinese Language Practicum (CLP). Because of the heavy demands of Chinese language study, overloading is not encouraged.

Schedule: There are three terms available - Academic Year (late August through late May), Fall (late August through mid December), and Spring (late January through late May).

Application deadline: Academic Year - February 15th; Fall - February 15th; Spring - May 1st.

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Sinoland College

Location: Beijing (Haidian District), China

Requirements: no previous experience in Chinese language is required; application form.

Description: Sinoland College is a language training organization that specialises in Spoken Chinese. Its biggest strength lies in its intensive programme that quickly improves a learner's oral Chinese skills. An absolute beginner is able to speak fluent Chinese after completing our 750-hour program, i.e. 3 hours a day for 250 days. The college is located on the 20th floor of Yingu Building in Haidian District and is only 8 minutes walk from Wudaokou Subway Station. It has 40 modern classrooms. With advance teaching methods, Sinoland College is the place to go if you want to study spoken Chinese in Beijing. We adopt the teaching methods used in Princeton and Harvard Universities in the U.S. and see language learning as skill training. Our class is structured around the 80-20 principle, i.e. students speak for at least 80% of class time. All our teachers have been trained by well-known scholars and professors from the Chinese faculties of Princeton and Harvard Universities. They adhere to the recommended teaching methods and guarantee the quality of each class. We use small-class teaching. The maximum class size is 4 so every student has plenty of opportunities to speak in class, thus guaranteeing the teaching result.

Schedule: Classes run all year with most starting at the beginning of the month. However, is a teacher is available, students are welcome to start at any time.

Application deadline: None

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Kansai Gaidai University

Location: Hirakata City, Japan (near Osaka)

Requirements: No previous work in Japanese or Asian Studies is required, but it is preferred. Applicants should have a strong academic record. Applicant must have at least one year (preferably two years) of experience at a college-level institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale to be considered for admission.

Description: The Curriculum of the Asian Studies Program is twofold; the rigorous Japanese language studies and courses in the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Business/Economics pertinent to Japan and Asia make it possible for participants to approach a wide array of study areas during their stay in Japan. While Japanese language instruction plays a key role in our program, we are by no means a language-training institute. For this reason, the structure of the program may not necessarily accommodate the needs of those students whose primary interest lies solely on acquisition of the Japanese language. Since all courses in the Asian Studies Program, aside from those focusing on the Japanese language, are conducted in English, it is possible for students with no previous Japanese training to pursue an in-depth study of Japan and Asia. Given our primary framework of meeting upper-level undergraduate requirements, students must have at least one year (preferably two years) of college level instruction prior to coming to Kansai Gaidai so as to fully benefit from our Course Offerings and to maintain our high academic standards.

Schedule: There are two terms available - Fall and Spring. For the 2011-12 academic year, Fall semester runs August 31 - December 16, 2011, while Spring semester runs February 1 - May 25, 2012.

Application deadline: For Fall enrollment, applications must be submitted between January 10 - May 15. For Spring enrollment, applications must be submitted between August 1 - November 1. Admission decisions will be notified on a rolling basis.

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Summer Program in Japanese Language and Culture,
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Requirements: At least college sophomore standing; 2 semesters of college Japanese; minimum 3.0 GPA.

Description: The academics consists of an intensive Japanese language program which will meet for 4 hours every morning M-F offered at both the second and third year levels. The language courses will be supplemented with an organized cultural program intended to provide program participants with direct experience of social and cultural life in Tokyo and an opportunity to utilize their language skills. The program will also include a day trip to the town of Kamakura and an overnight trip to Nikko. The students will be housed in homestays in the Tokyo area, arranged by the IES Tokyo Center. Students will eat breakfast and dinner with their homestay families.

Schedule: seven-week summer program based at the IES Tokyo Center in Chiba.

Application deadline: Applications will be accepted beginning December 1 prior to any summer following your freshman year. Application deadline for Summer 2011: February 10, 2011. Notification begins: March 11, 2011.

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Seoul National University, Language Education Institute

Location: Seoul, Korea

Requirements: A high school diploma and valid visa; application form; statement of purpose; resume; transcript; copy of current passport; application fee.

Description: The Language Education Institute offers two programs: the Five-Week Intensive Korean Language program and the Three-Week Intensive Korean Language program. The five-week option is a short-term Korean language program for students from English speaking countries to learn Korean language and culture in their summer break. Students have opportunities to learn Korean language and experience Korean culture through direct experience. Classes are offered at two levels of proficiency, beginning and intermediate, with an average of twelve students or less in each class. Korean language classes integrate all language skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing along with each separate respective skill based classes of speaking, listening, reading and writing. The program consists of 5 weeks, the total of 100 hours of classes. Students meet four hours a day from Monday to Friday. Summer courses run from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Students may participate in various cultural experience and extracurricular activities. Students live at Seoul Residence, a facility near the SNU campus. A three-week intensive program is highly recommended for adults who want to learn Korean language and make maximum progress in short period. Our highly structured syllabus will have you speaking, listening, reading and writing with confidence in the minimum amount of time. This intensive course includes the total time of 60 class hours.

Schedule: For the 2011 summer 5-week program, classes run from June 27 to July 29, 2011. For the 2012 summer 5-week program, classes run from July 2 to August 3, 2012.

Application deadline: For the 2011 summer 5-week program, the application deadline is May 27, 2011. For the 2012 summer 5-week program, the application deadline is June 1, 2012. For three-week program deadlines, please check the website.

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Yonsei University, Yonsei International Summer School

Location: Seoul, Korea

Requirements: The summer school program is open to all students currently enrolled at an accredited college or university as well as high school seniors who have been accepted to an accredited university. The Fall/Spring program is open to 4-year college or university student with a minimum 2.5 GPA who are currently studying at their home universities as full-time students, and have finished 2 semesters (or the equivalent) before the nomination / application.

Description: Yonsei University has two programs: Yonsei International Summer School and the Fall/Spring academic program. For the 2010 Summer brochure, click here. Yonsei University has hosted the best International Summer School since 1985. YISS is also administered in partnership with the University of California. Each year, key faculty and over 300 students from the UC system take part in the program. YISS offers a wide range of courses in the arts, culture, and humanities, Asian and Korean studies, international politics and economics, global management, science and technology, and environmental studies. During the 2011 YISS, we are going to arrange 400 spaces for summer school students at on-campus housing facilities located very close to the New Millennium Hall, where most classes will be held and the YISS main office is located. Due to a limited number of rooms, we strongly recommend you to apply for the on-campus housing as soon as you receive your admission number from YISS.

Schedule: For Summer 2011, classes run between June 21 - August 6, 2011. For Fall/Spring 2011-12, dates have not yet been updated but classes run from approximately September 1 - December 22 and March 1 - June 20.

Application deadline: The Fall/Spring academic program deadline for 2011-12 school year is April 30, 2011. The Summer program deadline is May 13, 2011.

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Yonsei University, Yonsei Korean Language Institute (KLI)

Location: Seoul, Korea

Requirements: A completed online application form; copy of the student's transcrip or diploma from the last school attended; photocopy of passport; fees.

Description: Yonsei's Korean Language Institute offers two programs: The Special Summer Program and the Regular Program. The Special Summer Program is designed for students who want to take advantage of their summer vacation to learn the Korean language and culture. In the lower levels, emphasis is placed upon conversation, reinforced by writing. Further class hours are spent on practical conversation, listening, reading, composition, and cross-cultural communication. Korean classes are held 5 days a week (from 9:00 to 13:00) for 5 weeks (total 100 class hours). In the afternoon, Students can experience Korean culture through a number of special activities (2 hours a day, 2 days a week). students can experience Korean culture through one of the many special activities. There is an optional 3 day field trip that allows the students to visit historic sites. Through the field trip, students are able to see the ancient culture site, modern industrial facility and correctly understand Korean history. The Regular Program is offered on a year-round basis, so you may choose to begin your studies when it is most convenient for you. Throughout the program, students will learn cultural information needed for the successful application of Korean. KLI classes are small and offer many opportunities for interaction with the teacher and other students in class. Language learning is promoted through a variety of classroom activities and projects. In addition, students use the Language Lab to supplement class work and are also available for independent study.

Schedule: For Summer 2011, classes run between June 23 - September 2, 2011. For Fall 2011, classes run from September 29 - December 8, 2011. For Winter 2011-12, classes run from January 9 - March 21, 2012.

Application deadline: Applicants are accepted on a first-come first-served basis. Applying before the registration deadline does not guarantee enrollment due to the limited number of students we can accommodate. Noting that, the Summer 2011 deadline is May 27, 2011. The Fall 2011 deadline is August 26, 2011. The Winter deadline is December 9, 2011.

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Ewha Womans University, Ewha International Education Institute Co-ed Programs

Location: Seoul, Korea

Requirements: Current undergraduate and graduate school students, admission on a first-come, first-served basis.

Description: International Exchange & Study Abroad Program offers a one or two semester program with courses offered in both Korean and English.

Schedule: To be determined for 2011-12. Please check website for exact dates.

Application deadline: For spring: dorm applications due Dec. 10; applications due Dec. 30; semester begins Mar. 2 and ends June 20. For fall: dorm applications due June 10; applications due June 30; semester begins Sept. 1 and ends Dec. 20. For summer: applications due May 31; classes begin June 25 and end Aug. 3.

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Hallym University, Hallym International School Korean Language & Culture Summer Program

Location: Chuncheon, South Korea

Requirements: Any student currently enrolled in a university or a high school graduate wishing to join the program is eligible for admission. All applicants must be capable of using English.

Description: The Hallym International Summer Program 2011 is an exciting four and a half-week program for international participants and Hallym University students. The program is designed to offer participants the opportunity to experience cultural enrichment through special lectures, group projects, field trips, and more. For international participants, this program will be a chance to not only learn Korean language and gain hands-on experience with Korean culture, but also earn up to six academic credits. This year we are opening selections of elective courses designed to offer participants the chance to explore Korea focusing on their particular interests and form valuable relationships with other students who share similar passions. Participants will be accommodated in a dormitory room shared with one other person. Acceptance to the Hallym International Summer Program (HIS) automatically includes accommodation in the dormitory rooms.

Schedule: July 4 - July 29, 2011.

Application deadline: The early application deadline is March 4, 2011. The regular application deadline is May 20, 2011.

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Kyung Hee University, Institute of International Education (IIE), Korean Language Program

Location: Seoul, South Korea

Requirements: Foreigners and non-native Koreans (18 years +); application form; copy of passport or foreign ID; four passport-sized pictures.

Description: In 1993, the IIE initiated its Korean Language Programs and was selected as an official institute for teaching Korean to foreign students. These students came to study in Korea on an invitational scholarship offered by our government since 1996. Every year about 1,200 people from over 50 different countries attend the IIE. Our school helps foreign students become accustomed nationally to both a different language and life style. Furthermore, through the provision of a "volunteer system" our foreign students are provided better opportunities to adjust comfortably with the help of 1:1 Korean volunteers. The Regular Program is a 16-week semester program with 15-21 class hours per week. The Korean Language education course aims to fulfill international students' interest in the Korean Language as well as in the culture. For students who want to learn Korean Culture, this program includes Elective Courses as follows: Korean Movie, Chinese Characters, Korean Music and Taekwondo. In addition, the department of the foreign studies has Conversation course, Advanced-level English course and teacher training courses for people who want to have competitiveness for the globalized world.

Schedule: Winter 2010-11: December 9, 2010 to February 28, 2011. Spring 2011: April 4, 2011 to June 15, 2011. Summer 2011: June 22 to August 31, 2011. Fall 2011: September 26 to December 2, 2011.

Application deadline: Winter 2010-11: November 11, 2010. Spring 2011: March 6, 2011. Summer 2011: May 22, 2011. Fall 2011: August 28, 2011.

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Korea University, Korean Language and Culture Center, Institute of Foreign Language Studies

Location: Seoul, Korea

Requirements: Application form, registration certificate or graduation certificate, copy of a valid passport and two passport photographs. No prior Korean language study required.

Description: There are two programs: the Intensive Summer Language Program and the Regular Program. The Intensive Summer Language Program is designed for adult learners who wish to learn the Korean language and culture during summer holidays. The program runs in July for four weeks. Korean language classes are 4 hours (9am to 1pm, Monday to Friday) per day and students are afforded the opportunity to go on field trips and extracurricular activities including visiting King Sejong's Grave, Ceramic Village, Everland, Samulnori, and Taek-kyeon. The Regular Program offers four terms (spring, summer, fall, and winter) year-round for high school students over 15 years of age and those with further education. Students are placed into level one to six depending on their Korean language proficiency. Those who complete level 6 are eligible to join the Advanced Research Class. Each term runs for ten weeks with 200 class hours. Class meets five days a week, with 20 class hours per week (9am to 1pm, Monday to Friday). Ten hours are spent on learning new vocabulary and grammar and practicing them in actual communication situations, while the other ten hours are dedicated to specific language skills: four hours for intensive oral communication training, and two hours for reading, writing, and listening respectively. Students can choose from KU dormitory, boarding houses, and others.

Schedule: Winter term: January 10 - March 24, 2011. Spring term: April 11 - June 22, 2011. Summer term: July 11 - September 21, 2011. Fall term: October 10 - December 16, 2011.

Application deadline: Winter term deadline: December 10th, 2011. Spring term deadline: March 18, 2011. Summer term deadline: June 17, 2011. Fall term deadline: September 16, 2011.

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University of North Korean Studies

Location: Seoul, South Korea

Requirements: NA

Description: Program information is not yet available. Please check the website for the most up to date information.

Schedule: NA

Application deadline: NA

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Websites about studying abroad in Taiwan:

Study Abroad Taiwan

Foundation for International Cooperation in Higher Education of Taiwan

Ministry of Education (MOE) Huayu Enrichment Scholarship (HES)

The Ministry of Education (MOE) in the Republic of China (Taiwan) provides the Huayu Enrichment Scholarship (HES) for foreign Mandarin/Chinese learners including beginners to study at any accredited Mandarin center in a university or college in Taiwan. Award Value: A fixed monthly stipend of NT$25,000 (about US$862, rate: 29.) No other stipend.

2 months (June to July or July to August, 2013), or 3, 6, 9, 12 months from September 2013 to August, 2014.

Number of Scholarships
5. (For the public)

March 31, 2013


  • Applicants must be American citizens
  • be above the age of 18
  • possess a high school diploma or above
  • excellent academic performance, and be of good moral character
  • Candidates with one of the following qualifications may not apply. (Applicants with other nationalities need to apply to the Division or Taiwan Consulates or Missions in their native countries.)
    a. Overseas Chinese students or a national of the R.O.C.
    b. Are currently as a registered student at a Mandarin Language Center or has been a degree seeking student at any universities or colleges in Taiwan.
    c. as already received a HES or a Taiwan scholarship, in the past.
    d. Is an exchange student to Taiwan, during the scholarship period.
    e. Is currently receiving financial benefits from the Taiwan government or other educational institutions.

Applicants whose official residency is in “Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, or the District of Columbia” should apply to us (the Division in DC).

  • Otherwise, check here for one of our seven (7) Cultural Divisions in the US where you should apply to and contact with.
  • Applicants can find an accredited Mandarin center here where they would like to attend.
  • TECRO plans to notify the accepted/declined candidates the selection in April or May.
    Accepted candidates who withdraw the award can not apply within the following three (3) years.
  • Applicants who have taken or have registered for the Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL) will have higher priority in acceptance. The TOCFL test in DC area is planned to be held in March or April. Please check now or later for the latest information.
  • Please visit http:// for more information first. If needed, please contact Ms. Yu-Mei Li (

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Taiwan-United States Sister Relations Alliance Ambassador Summer Scholarship Program (TUSA)

About the Scholarship

The Taiwan-United States Sister Relations Alliance (TUSA) Summer Scholarship Program is an Ambassador program. A unique program especially designed for students who will be representing their state as well as the United States, acting as ambassadors to Taiwan. Upon returning to the United States, students will be expected to act as ambassadors of good will for both the United States and Taiwan whenever the opportunity presents itself.

TUSA wants to create closer friendships and understanding between the people of the United States and the people of Taiwan. To accomplish our objective, we are offering a unique program to college/university undergraduate/graduate students who are interested in studying Mandarin (Chinese) language and learning about Taiwanese culture.

Area of Study
Chinese Language Learning and Cultural Experience

Renowned National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan

Date of Program
July 1 to August 23, 2013 (8 weeks)

6 credit points

Scholarship Provides
Tuition, domitary, accident insurance, four paid excursions, host family oppotunity, and one-on-one exchange partner

Expected costs
Airfare, meals, and additional spending money

Online application period: Janurary 1st to March 31, 2013

To apply for this scholarship, please clic here.

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National Taiwan University, International Chinese Language Program

Location: Taipei, Taiwan

Requirements: Applicants should have a foundation in Chinese equivalent to at least one year of college-level training and be at least one of the following: a degree candidate at an accredited university or college, a university or college degree holder, a professional whose career requires use of Chinese.

Description: The International Chinese Language Program offers two options: the academic year program and the summer program. The academic year program consists of three quarters of ten to twelve weeks each, and an optional summer term of eight weeks. Students are required to attend a minimum of three consecutive quarters. Each student has twenty hours of class per week. Normally, one class per day is individual, with the remaining classes being in small groups of no more than four students per class. ICLP's Summer Program consists of 8 weeks. Students spend approximately fifteen hours per week in class. Each day students are scheduled two group classes and one individual class. All classes are conducted entirely in Chinese.

Schedule: The academic year program runs from mid-September to early June (3 quarters), 20 hours of class per week (1 one-on-one and 3 group classes every day). The summer program runs from mid-June to mid- August (8 weeks), 15 hours of class per week (1 one-on-on and 2 group classes every day).

Application deadline: Academic Year Program: April 30th. Summer Program: March 31.

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National Chengchi University, Mandarin Studies Program

Location: Taipei, Taiwan

Requirements: Application form, health certificate (specifically for HIV and TB/chest X-ray, current within 6 months), financial statement, and one 1-inch recent photo.

Description: The Mandarin Studies Program offers two options for study abroad: a summer intensive language program and a regular academic year program. The summer program includes three hours of Mandarin Class every morning (total 60 hours), Practical Conversation practices and Cultural Workshops in the afternoons and one amazing Weekend Field Trip to famous Taiwan tourist attraction, Taroko National Park. The regular Mandarin Chinese program offers courses four terms a year. The Spring, Summer, and Fall terms each last 12 weeks with a total of 180 teaching hours; for the Winter term, we provide a 10-week course with 150 teaching hours. Students are expected to attend all 15 class hours each week. All CLC classes are divided into beginning, low-intermediate, intermediate, and advanced levels. Students in each level are further grouped into low, medium and high classes according to their individual Chinese language proficiency. These are non-credit Chinese courses for foreigners and overseas Chinese students.

Schedule: See the website for class schedules and specific dates.

Application deadline: For summer study, the application deadline is April 30 of each year.

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National Taiwan Normal University, Mandarin Training Center

Location: Taipei, Taiwan

Requirements: Language classes at the MTC are open to international students or Overseas-Chinese who possess at least a high school diploma or its equivalent; Completed Application Form (including photo); Diploma photocopy, of most recently awarded diploma (or an university acceptance letter for graduating high school seniors or university/college transcripts); Financial Statement (from within the past 3 months) showing that the applicant has at least US$ 2,500 or the equivalent to cover his/her studies at the MTC.

Description: Established in 1956, the Mandarin Training Center (MTC) boasts a long history, it is also the largest and most well known language center in Taiwan for students who wish to study Mandarin. Academic semesters are three months long and offer language courses at all levels, with six to ten students per class. MTC also provides a wide variety of course offerings related to Chinese culture, as well as many extra-curricular activities. In order to meet the many needs of students who come from more than 60 different nations across the globe, MTC also provides month-long intensive language classes and two to six week intensive language and culture, culture and the arts, or business Chinese instruction for academic or business groups of over ten students.

Schedule: Fall quarter runs from September 1 to November 30. Winter quarter runs from December 1 to February 28. Spring quarter runs from March 1 to May 31. Summer quarter runs from June 1 to August 31. The two-month Summer Session runs July 1 to August 31.

Application deadline: For Fall quarter: July 31. For Winter quarter: October 31. For Spring quarter: January 31. For Summer quarter: April 30. For the two-month Summer Session: May 31.

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National Sun Yat-sen University, Chinese Language Center

Location: Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Requirements: Chinese language classes at the CLC are open to persons who possess at least high school diploma or its equivalent. Applicants are encouraged to have a good academic record and exhibit sincere interest in learning Chinese.

Description: The programs of CLC operate on the quarter basis, four quarters within one year and three months for each quarter. Each quarter is offered in March, June, September and December. A six-week Summer Intensive Program is also offered in July. Students who have ever learned Chinese will be given the placement test after the enrolment for the program. Classes are made small, with four to ten students, because "The fewer students there are, the more chances of practice students will receive," which is the basic principle for language learning. The classes are conducted 3 hours per day, 15 hours per week. The one-on-one class and the other programs are also designed to meet the students' request. The average length of programs is about 9 months to 1 year, except for the summer intensive program which lasts 6 weeks only.

Schedule: There are four quarters and one summer session. First Quarter 2011: March 9 to May 31, 2011. Second Quarter: June 9 to August 24, 2011. Third Quarter: September 7 to November 25, 2011. Fourth Quarter: December 5, 2011 to February 24, 2012. Summer Session: July 4 to August 12, 2011.

Application deadline: Deadlines for applications from the US are as follows - First quarter: November 30, 2010. Second quarter: February 28, 2011. Third quarter: May 31, 2011. Fourth quarter: August 31, 2011. Summer session: March 31, 2011. For deadlines applying from Taiwan, please check the website for the most up to date information.

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Amerispan Taipei

Location: Taipei, Taiwan

Requirements: None

Description: Learning Chinese abroad in Taipei, Taiwan is one of many language immersion programs offered by AmeriSpan. Classes begin each Monday, are conducted privately one-on-one and last 4 hours a day for a total of 20 hours per week. Our school has three campuses in Taipei. Students can easily transfer between any of the centers. The main campus occupies the third and fourth floors in a modern commercial building located on Roosevelt Road, a main thoroughfare in the southern part of the city. The surrounding area is one of the most popular residential districts in Taipei, particularly among university students. It has an abundance of restaurants, shops, night markets, and nightclubs. Participants include many Japanese, Taiwanese (learning English) and European students. No accommodations or meals are included or arranged. Booking is recommended at International House Taipei. A special rate is available and a shuttle service is run from here to school each morning.

Schedule: Classes begin each Monday and are held by the week.

Application deadline: None

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Taipei Language Institute

Location: In Taiwan: Taipei, Taichung, and Kaohsiung. In mainland China: Dalian, Beijing, Tianjin, Suzhou, Shanghai, and Guangzhou.

Requirements: This program does not require previous Mandarin or Taiwanese study. Applicants from abroad must pay a tuition deposit of $150.

Description: TLI offers separate, flexible programs in Mandarin and Taiwanese that help students achieve their individual language-learning goals. Both individual and group classes are offered. Individual classes are a more personalized, highly intensive form of instruction, these classes are completely flexible with regard to scheduling and curriculum. You can choose to study in both group and individual classes. Regular group classes are offered in terms consisting of three months each. Class size ranges from five to ten students, and the classes are five days a week, three hours a day. Individual and small group classes (of two to four people) can begin at any time during the year, and last for any length desired. Individual courses are: $15/hour (1-5 hours a week) $14/hour (6-9 hours a week) or $13/hour (10 or more hours a week). Group courses of five or more students (15 hours a week) are $785 for 3 months. With 2-4 students, it is $8 per hour per student. (This applies to the Taipei School.)

Schedule: Individual classes can begin at any point. Group classes - see TLI's website for updated class schedule.

Application deadline: NA

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Loyola University's Vietnam Program

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Requirements: TBA

Description: Loyola University Chicago's semester program in Vietnam provides students with the opportunity to experience and learn about the social, cultural, political and economic dynamics shaping contemporary Vietnam. Students participating in this program will spend the semester in Ho Chi Minh City while also having an opportunity to see much of the rest of Vietnam and Cambodia as well during academic excursions. The program will also provide opportunities to interact with Vietnamese students through joint activities such as group dinners to unique restaurants, karaoke or traditional Vietnamese cultural events. Information for the Spring 2012 program is not yet available, but to view the Spring 2011 program brochure, click here. Tuition of $15,400 includes 12 to 15 credit hours and various academic excursions. A program fee of $1,045 includes furnished housing in double rooms, weekly group outings in Ho Chi Minh City, on-site program support. Total cost of program is$16,445. Not included: Meals (approx. $10/day or $1,100 in total), round-trip airfare (approx. $1,000-$1,400), required international health insurance (approx. $30/month), required consular and visa fees (approx. $120) and other personal and incidental expenses.

Schedule: For Spring 2011, classes began January 14 and will end May 1, 2011. Information for the Spring 2012 program is not yet available but check the website for the most up to date information.

Application deadline: For Spring 2011, the application deadline was November 1, 2010. Information for the Spring 2012 program is not yet available but check the website for the most up to date information.

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American Institute of Indian Studies

Location: various cities, India

Requirements: Each language program has different requirements. Please check the website for the most up to date information for your language of interest.

Description: AIIS offers intensive, immersion-based training in modern and classical South Asian languages at multiple sites in India. Three types of programs are offered: 1) Summer Programs: 10 weeks, from June to August. 2) Academic Year Programs: 9 months, from September to May. 3) One Semester Programs. Courses regularly include: Bangla (Bengali), Gujarati, Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Pali/Prakrit, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. In addition, instruction may be arranged in other languages: Kannada, Kashmiri, Mughal Persian, Oriya, Sindhi and Tibetan. For more than four decades, AIIS language programs in India have been crucial to most U.S.-based scholars of South Asian area studies in the humanities and social science disciplines. Area experts employed in government, NGOs, and the private sector have also benefitted. More than 3,500 students have completed programs through the Institute. Students who have successfully completed two years of language training and who seek intensive immersion instruction within a target-language environment work toward an advanced-to-superior level of proficiency. In addition, AIIS provides summer and academic year instruction at elementary to advanced levels in many languages, including several that are rarely taught outside of India.

Schedule: The Summer 2011 programs run from June 12 to August 19, 2011. The Academic Year programs run from September 5, 2011 to April 2012. The Fall Semester programs run from September 5 to December 16, 2011.

Application deadline: January 31st; applications for AIIS language programs are available in mid-October and are due in late January; the selection process is finished in late March.

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Middlebury College Language School

Location: Middlebury, Vermont for Chinese and Mills College in Oakland, CA for Japanese.

Requirements: Completed application; application fee; transcipts; two recommendations; 200-word essay. The Chinese school has additional application requirements, please check the website for the most up to date information.

Description: For Asian languages, Middlebury has both Chinese and Japanese programs. In the Chinese School, we choose our faculty from among the most dedicated, hardworking professionals in academia and select our students from a pool of highly qualified, highly motivated learners. As a student in the Chinese School, you'll meet with your teachers for four hours of daily classroom learning, as well as individual review sessions and drop-in evening office hours. Between times, you'll join them in organized cocurricular activities - including tai chi, hiking, theater, calligraphy, cooking, and Majiang - each designed to help you build new vocabulary while developing cultural fluency. Whether in class, at poetry club, in the dining hall, or just chatting with friends, you'll be living the language for eight intensive weeks. When you leave campus at summer's end, you'll say goodbye to friends you're likely to meet again later - as professional colleagues in the Chinese-speaking world. In the Japanese School you'll experience a program that engages you at your current level while propelling you on to the next. "We've created an atmosphere in which students from different levels feel comfortable communicating with each other," says Director Kazumi Hatasa. "This mutual support gives them the freedom to speak up, ask questions, and help each other learn." In class, you'll benefit from a top-notch faculty who will challenge and encourage you at every step, giving you the tools to rapidly improve your language skills. Outside the classroom, you'll participate in organized cocurricular activities - including soccer, Japanese tea ceremony, calligraphy, and karaoke - each designed to help you build new vocabulary while developing cultural fluency. Whether you're anticipating travel abroad, preparing to teach Japanese, doing graduate research, or exploring the popular culture of contemporary Japan, a summer in the Japanese School will open the doors to linguistic and cultural fluency.

Schedule: For Chinese: June 17 to August 12, 2011. For Japanese: June 10 to August 5, 2011.

Application deadline: Students are admitted on a rolling basis.

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University of British Columbia, Summer Intensive CJK Programs

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Requirements: Check program website for details.

Description: A nine-week program over the summer including eight weeks of intensive first-year language instruction broken up by a one-week break in the middle. Classes meet a minimum of four hours a day for a total of slightly more than 150 hours of instruction. Thus, students have the opportunity to earn the equivalent of one year's worth of university instruction in one of the three major languages of East Asia. UBC is home to the largest post-secondary Chinese and Japanese language programs in North America.

Schedule: Summer. For exact dates, check program website.

Application deadline: Register early. For exact dates, check program website.

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