Middlebury's program in China presupposes the student's general academic competence and sufficient ability in all four Chinese language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening).
The curriculum was initially designed for the specific needs of high intermediate and advanced Chinese language students, though in Hangzhou, we've now broadened the curriculum to include the needs of lower intermediate students as well. All students are required to take the One-on-One Content-Based Tutorial and the Area Studies Class pertinent to the host city. In addition, all students choose two elective classes from among those that are offered. All courses are conducted entirely in Chinese. Qualified second-semester students may, with the Director’s approval, audit a course at the host university, and/or pursue a credit-bearing internship.
This program is structured with a management model that includes a Middlebury Director who hires and trains local faculty and a CET Assistant Director who manages all student life issues.