Living with a Chinese roommate is one benefit shared by all School in China students, whether in Beijing, Hangzhou, or Kunming. Challenging coursework and the Language Pledge round out a highly immersive program for the serious student of Mandarin Chinese.
The Middlebury C.V. Starr School in China, in cooperation with CET Academic Programs, offers immersion opportunities in the language and culture in three distinct study abroad locations: Beijing, Hangzhou, and Kunming.
Intended for students with an intermediate to advanced level of Chinese language, the program structure, including housing with Chinese roommates, is designed to expose students to an environment that will build upon their foundation of Chinese while rapidly increasing their knowledge of the language and culture.
Students enrolled in the School in China take all of their courses in Chinese, including content-based electives and the unique one-on-one tutorial. Living with Chinese roommates, students use their language skills in a relaxed environment outside of the classroom. Students in all locations have the opportunity to spend January term in Beijing preceding, following, or in-between the fall or spring semester.
Hangzhou, the oldest site of the School in China, offers a broad-based curriculum in humanities, including history, art and literature, religious studies, foreign relations, and Chinese social issues. The multi-ethnic city of Kunming, located in southwest China, will attract students interested in anthropology, social sciences, and environmental sciences. Finally, as China’s capital and center for political, economic, and cultural life, the program in Beijing is designed for students with interests in political science, economics, and the arts.