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Chinese Language and Culture in Beijing

Summer B  2012


Program Full

Program Description:

Application Deadline Extended!

As an enhancement to its Chinese Language curriculum, the College of Arts and Humanities has developed a study abroad program for undergraduate students interested in Chinese Language and Culture at UCF.

This program offers students an excellent opportunity of full linguistic and cultural immersion to enhance their Chinese language skills.  For this program, students will be required to register in up to 2 language courses. Chinese courses are available for students at any language level.

The Chinese Language and Culture Program will be hosted by the Beijing International Studies University. The language classes will be taught by Beijing International professors in English.

While abroad, students can expect a formal classroom experience for the language classes. In addition, the program will include a number of visits to local historical and cultural sites. Students should also expect to be evaluated through regular examinations and class participation.

Students will stay in China for 4 weeks. As part of the program students will participate in multiple cultural excursions and a visit to Shanghai.  While abroad, students are expected to speak in Mandarin, remain engaged in the program’s experiences, and try new things.

Students on this program should plan to arrive in Beijing, China by noon on the starting day of the program in order to be in country to transfer to the accommodations.  Please note, check flight schedules carefully before booking.  To arrive by noon on the starting day of this program, fights must depart the USA the day before the start of the program.  Students are encouraged not to purchase their flights until after the application deadline and the applicants have been informed that the program has met its minimum numbers.

Payment Breakdown based upon the minimum number of students:

Payment 1:  $100 (non-refundable)
Payment 2:  $1000
Payment 3:  $825
Payment 4:  $825

Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify and discuss meanings in relationship to the context of the conversation or text including non-verbal clues.
  • Describe non-verbal cues for the country visited.
  • Recognize the appropriate use of language in different cultural contexts (formal, casual, generational).
  • Recognize and describe cultural norms for the country visited.
Program Prerequisites:
Minimum GPA: 2.50 cumulative
Language: ChineseEnglish
Proficiency Level Required: Mandarin
Other Prerequisites: 
Courses[click to expand]:
CHI-1120 Chinese Language and Culture: Mandarin CHI 1120
Academic Institution: Beijing International Studies University
Credit Hours: 4.00

CHI-1121 Chinese Language and Culture: Mandarin CHI 1121
Academic Institution: Beijing International Studies University
Course Prerequisites:

CHI 1120

Credit Hours: 4.00

CHI-2200 Chinese Language and Culture: Mandarin CHI 2200
Academic Institution: Beijing International Studies University
Course Prerequisites:

CHI 1120 & CHI 1121

Credit Hours: 4.00

CHI-2201 Chinese Language and Culture: Mandarin CHI 2201
Academic Institution: Beijing International Studies University
Course Prerequisites:

CHI 2200

Credit Hours: 4.00

Program Components and Costs:
Component: Program Fees

The following services are included as part of the program fee:

  • Tours of Tian An Men Square, the Forbidden City, Qian Men Street, and a visit to the Peking Opera
  • Excursion to the Great Wall
  • Visits to Liu Li Chang, the Temple of Heaven, Hong Qiao Pearl Market, and a Chinese Kong Fu show
  • Trip to the Summer Palace and Xiang Shan Mountain
  • Excursions to the Lama Temple, Bird’s Nest, Water Cube, and the 798 Art Factory
  • Visit to a Shaolin temple
  • Tour of the Beijing Capitol Museum, tour of Bei Hai Park, Hu Tong, nan Luo Gu Xi, and a visit to a Chinese Acrobat show
  • Excursion to Shanghai
  • Chinese Language classes as the Beijing International Studies university
  • Student housing at the Beijing International Studies University
  • Some lunches & dinners
  • Medical insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • Medical insurance including repatriation
  • Administrative fees
  • Visa Fee and administration

The following services are not included as part of the program fee:

  • Round trip air between Orlando, Florida and Beijing, China
  • Passport or Incidentals
  • Meals except as listed above
  • Currency exchange fees
  • Personal travel not associated with the program
  • Tips and gratuities for tour guides and private charter buses
  • UCF tuition
Price (in US Dollars): 2750.00
Requirement: Mandatory
1st payment due:  Pending application approval
2nd payment due: 2012-02-24
3rd payment due: 2012-03-15
4th payment due: 2012-04-16
Study abroad fees are posted to the UCF student account. Payment procedures, types and cashier locations can be found here, on the UCF Registrar's website.
Faculty Program Coordinator:
Name: Dr. Paolo Giordano
Email: paul.giordano@ucf.edu
Office: CNH 523E
Program Dates:
Program Begins: 2012-07-15
Program Ends: 2012-08-11
Program Deadlines:
Last day to apply: 2012-03-09
Last day to withdraw/reconfirm: 2012-03-14
Academic Institution:
Beijing International Studies University 
Additional information:
Program Map
Closest Domestic Consulate
Nearest US Embassy Abroad
US State Department Country Information
Currency Exchange Information
Visa Information:
Visa Required: Yes
Visa Application Date: 2012-03-15
Estimated Cost of the Visa: 190.00
Additional Visa Information
Your visa requirements and cost may vary if you are not a US citizen. Please let OIS staff know if you are not using a US passport to ensure that we can address any differences in the immigration requirements.

Program Cost Disclaimer: The program cost does not cover UCF tuition, airfare (unless a program expressly and specifically includes this), independent travel, or personal expenses. Cost is approximate and may fluctuate due to changes in foreign currency or unforeseen circumstances. UCF reserves the right to alter or cancel the program at any time. In such cases, the university shall not be liable for airfare, transportation costs and/or any other costs incurred by the student. UCF, Office of International Studies will make reasonable efforts to notify students through reasonable means to inform the students to reserve their flights. Students should consult their travel agent about buying travel insurance to defray unanticipated costs in the event travel plans change. UCF will make reasonable efforts to notify students via Knights email when any significant changes are being made to the program. It is entirely within UCF's discretion as to what changes are considered significant.

University of Central Florida
Office of International Studies
4000 Central Florida Blvd, Millican Hall room 107 Orlando, FL 32816
Telephone (407) 882-2300 | Fax (407) 882-0240 | studyabroad@ucf.edu