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China Learning in the Culture - Tier I
Beijing, China; Qingdao, China (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Courses Offered: Click here to view
Eligibility: Please see below for requirements.
Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
Chinese, English
Language Requirements:
Chinese
Program Type:
USF Sponsored
Level of Study:
Undergraduate
Open to:
USF Students Only
Credit Offered:
USF Credit
Program Advisor:
Rene Sanchez
Sponsoring College:
Arts and Sciences
Program Primary Subject:
Languages and Applied Linguistics
Program Description:

Program Overview

Group On Great WallTentative Program Dates: May 12 - July 8, 2014

CLIC is an eight-weeks intensive intermediate Chinese language program geared towards living and interacting in Chinese cultural contexts. The program begins with a pre-departure orientation to be conducted at USF during the preceding spring semester.

The in-country program begins with a one-week study tour in Beijing.  The Beijing tour is followed by a one-week in-country orientation designed to help students orient themselves to their new physical surroundings and cultural environment. The remainder of the program consists of a five-week intensive training session followed by a one-week study tour that takes students to a range of sites of cultural and historical significance in Shandong Province.

The five-weeks of coursework are completed at Qingdao University of China in Qingdao, a city renowned for its natural beauty and breathtaking seaside scenery.  Past local activities have included traditional performances, tours of the Tsing-tao Brewery, visits to the Qingdao Sculpture Museum, the Qingdao History Museum, the Jimo Road Small Goods Market, the Shilaoren scenic area, Buddhist temples at Mt. Lao, and tours of the Haier and Coca Cola plants.

*2 semesters of Chinese study (or the equivalent) is required in order to participate in Tier I.

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Location

Because every place in China is at least a bilingual environment (some version of Mandarin and at least one local dialect), students also need to be trained in the process of adapting to different variations of Mandarin. Thus, our program will be located outside of Beijing or Shanghai, which abound with large foreign enclaves and significant numbers of English language speakers.  The Program will be located in Qingdao, a rapidly growing port city on the southern coast of China's Shandong Province, on the Yellow Sea midway between Beijing and Shanghai. 

mistyseasideQingdao has seen explosive but sustained economic growth and commercial development over the twenty-five year period since China began its Reform and Opening Up policies. Since 1992 when the city was given provincial level status in terms of economic planning and funding, Qingdao has been transformed into one of north China's most important economic, shipping and trade hubs. The city's GDP nearly doubled from 62 billion RMB (7.6 billion USD) in 1995 to more than 115 billion RMB (14.04 billion USD) in 2000 while during the same five-year period retail volume soared from 17.1 billion RMB (2.09 billion USD) to 30.8 billion RMB (3.76 billion USD) and foreign trade skyrocketed from 3.764 billion USD to 10.8 billion USD or 43.2% of the total trade volume for Shandong Province. Qingdao's economy has sustained at least double digit growth rates for more than twenty years and by 2007 the per capita GDP had reached $7,136, among the top tier cities in China.

Amidst this rapid economic and industrial development, through conscious efforts of the municipal government, Qingdao, unlike the majority of developing areas, has been able to successfully preserve the beauty of its miles of golden beaches and breathtaking coastline (Qingdao is an annual leader in the competition for China's Cleanliest City award). This fact coupled with the area's comfortable summer weather has not gone unnoticed as millions of Chinese and international tourists flock to Qingdao's countless resorts and villas each year to escape the unbearable heat and pollution found in inland cities. Qingdao has a relatively pollution-free environment, mild coastal climate (average annual temperature of 25 degrees Celsius), cool ocean breezes from the Yellow Sea, abundant sunshine, and modern city infrastructure.

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Host Institution

Qingdao University
USF has previously collaborated with Qingdao University (QU) on Chinese language programs. Qingdao University is a new comprehensive university, which was formed through the unification of the former Qingdao University, the Shandong Textile Engineering Institute, the Qingdao Medical College and Qingdao Teachers' College in 1993. Comprised of twenty five colleges, Qingdao University is the most rapidly growing university in the area and is also the local university most closely associated with the Qingdao Municipal Government. QU has international exchange programs with more than forty universities, including institutions in the US, Britain, Germany, Japan, Russia, Canada, and Australia.

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Academic Program and Course Information

The program will provide students with 11 USF credits.  

Through coursework and guided interaction in the local community, the curriculum of the USF intermediate language program provides participants with instruction that leads to the following primary goals:Group Pic

1) develop a more solid foundation in modern Chinese language,
2) gain an understanding of modern Chinese cultural expectations,
3) create opportunities for participants to gain invaluable experience in meaningful intercultural interaction in live contexts,
4) assist participants in reaching a level of comfort in Chinese culture.

The USF in China curriculum is designed to take full advantage of the in-country environment and thus addresses aspects of language learning unique to the China specific setting. This set of courses is not designed to replicate coursework that can be offered at USF and should not be substituted for courses that are offered in Tampa. Speaking, listening, social interaction, and culture are the primary targets but practical uses of reading and writing will also be addressed. Our focus is "doing things in Chinese" in live Chinese cultural contexts and the underlying theme of our in-country curriculum is "interacting in Chinese society as an American". Three primary courses form the core of the intermediate program curriculum:

  • CHI 4930: Socializing in China and America (3 credits)
  • CHI 4930: Engaging Chinese Culture (3 credits)
  • CHI 4930: Practical Reading and Writing (2 credits)
  • CHI 1955: Overseas Study in China (3 credits)

These core courses are supplemented by a Language Clinic (see below), a lecture series, and participation in local cultural and social activities.

1) Socializing in China and America (5 days/week, 2 hours, 20 sessions, 40 hours) Team taught in both Chinese and English by Eric Shepherd

Socializing in China and American is the core of the USF Learning in the Culture curriculum. It is both an intermediate language course and an introduction to important elements of Chinese behavioral culture and interaction patterns. Participants explore effective strategies for developing circles of friends in both Chinese and American cultures. Proven techniques for establishing, maintaining, and repairing relationships in both cultures are practiced in a performance format. Emphasis is placed on developing appropriate cultural behaviors and language for formal and professional contexts, performing in frequently encountered cultural contexts, and community-oriented tasks. This course, team-taught by native speakers of both English and Chinese, involves Chinese and American participants in a peer-learning model. One hour of each session is taught in English and focuses on American culture while the other hour is taught in Chinese and focuses on Chinese culture. All participants are expected to serve as cultural advisors when dealing with their own native culture.

Learning Beijing Opera 2) Engaging Chinese Culture (5 days/week, 1 hour, 20 sessions, 20 hours) Team taught in English and Chinese by USF and OUC faculty

Engaging Chinese Culture is an intermediate language course designed to equip students to engage in Chinese discourses about Chinese culture. Coursework revolves around four primary themes, each of which serves as the framework for a week of the program: 1) Achievement Culture, 2) Popular Culture, 3) Folk Culture, and 4) Customs and Etiquette. Issues important to and frequently talked about by Chinese people will be dealt with. Participants are coached in how to participate more effectively in on-going discourses about aspects of Chinese culture, an understanding of which are important to successful interaction with Chinese people. Upon completion of this course participants should be able to engage in informed discussions about China. 

Significant emphasis is placed on first coaching participants about one particular element of Chinese culture and then practical engagement with that element outside the classroom. Two sessions each week (Monday and Wednesday) are lectures in English about various issues related to modern and contemporary Chinese culture. Two sessions each week (Tuesday and Thursday) are conducted in Chinese and are structured coaching sessions on how to deal with the issues introduced in the lecture portion of the course effectively in Chinese. Emphasis during these sessions is on useful vocabulary and structures as well as cultural knowledge about appropriate ways to discuss the given issue. The fifth session each week (typically conducted on Saturdays but subject to times of local activities) is an activity related to the week's theme such as a talk by an expert in the relevant field, a visit to a local cultural or historical site of significance, a local cultural performance, and/or meeting with local professionals. Local Qingdao activities include traditional performances, tours of the Tsing-tao Brewery, visits to the Qingdao Sculpture Museum, the Qingdao History Museum, the Jimo Road Small Goods Market, the Shilaoren scenic area, Buddhist temples at Mt. Lao, and tours of the Haier and Coca Cola plants. During the course of the visits, students will be placed in various contexts that require interaction with locals. 

3) Practical Reading and Writing (3 days/week, 1 hour per session, 12 sessions, 12 hours) Taught in Chinese by Dr. Shepherd

Practical Reading and Writing is a language course designed to facilitate the development of reading and writing skills associated with practical tasks Emphasis is placed on use in context rather than on number of characters learned. Designed at the high beginner, low intermediate level, Practical Reading and Writing is geared towards solidifying content learned in USF's first-year Chinese sequence and is not to be taken in lieu of Chinese I and II coursework. Participants are exposed to simplified characters, develop character recognition skills, and begin basic level reading in practical contexts. Goals include:

  1. reading Chinese menus,
  2. reading Chinese street and store signs,
  3. reading Chinese business cards,
  4. reading Chinese transportation (bus, train, plane) schedules,
  5. reading Chinese maps
  6. writing, using simplified characters, simple self-introductions, letters, emails and memos.

Language Clinic
Staffed by local instructors selected and trained by USF faculty.
The language clinic is a tutorial period staffed by trained language teachers that is available to students every afternoon. Students sign up for personalized instruction in areas of weakness, to get assistance with things from all classes, and to practice content and structures covered in all classes. Language class instructors frequently give assignments or specific tasks for students to work on with Language Clinic instructors.

Community Activities
Students work with instructors to maximize use of out-of-class time by arranging a set of required tasks that help students to interact in the local community. In addition, USF in China staff create opportunities for students to take part in community activities such as promotional events for local companies, local festivals, trade fairs, and holiday events.

Credit Type

Students enrolled in this program will be enrolled in direct USF credit.

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Faculty

Eric Shepherd is the professor leading the Chinese language program at USF.  He has worked in China and developed highly successful Chinese language programs at USF since August 2008.

Qiong Wu, teaching assistant for USF Chinese programs

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Program Costs

Program Fee for 2014: $5,330

Included: Visa fees, Pre-departure orientation and On-site orientation programs; Double occupancy accommodations (shared with Chinese student); texts and materials; 11 USF academic credits; Welcome and closing dinner; Food and transportation for 1-week study tour in Shandong province; Emergency Health Insurance, and USF Study abroad T-shirt. 

The following items are not included in the Program Cost listed above:

  • Passport fees 
  • International airfare ($1,500 - $2,000)
  • Most Meals ($450)
  • Personal Spending ($500-$1,000)
Please note that this is a conservative estimate and is not intended to cover costs related to cell phone usage, nor does it provide funds for entertainment (meals in restaurants etc.) or personal spending (gifts and souvenirs, which depending on taste and quality can be expensive).

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Living Arrangements

Throughout the course of the program, US-based participants are paired with Chinese participants as roommates. The roommate arrangement forces participants to encounter aspects of cultural differences that they would otherwise not encounter. It also places students in situations in which they have to face cultural and behavioral differences much more quickly than in other instructional formats. In this format, students face culture shock immediately and can begin the difficult process of adjusting during the first two weeks of the program rather than later.  Roommate conflicts then provide practical experience to rely upon and live contexts within which participants can test out the skills and strategies for relationship management discussed in the Socializing in China and America course.

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Who Can Participate?

This program is open to both USF and non-USF students of all majors who can demonstrate an intermediate level of Chinese.  USF students should have successfully completed both Chinese I and II.

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How and When to Pay

Please click here for further details regarding payment.

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Getting There

You will be responsible for reserving and purchasing your international transportation to Qingdao.  Once the program has reached its minimum enrollment of 15 people, Dr Shepherd will provide students with a suggested flight itinerary and directions for arrival to Qingdao.  Students will be met at the airport and transferred to the Qingdao dormitory.

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Medical Insurance and Travel Documentation

USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance valid for the dates of the program.  Those who will travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage valid outside the U.S.

Please click here for more detailed information.

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Financial Aid and Scholarship Funding

Many funding opportunities are available to USF students who are planning to study abroad. Please see our funding page for further details.

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Safety & Health

Participant's safety and well-being are paramount to USF. Please click here for detailed safety and health information given in our Pre-Departure Guide before you travel.  Also, don't forget to read up on country-specific information on the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.

Participants' safety and wellbeing are paramount to USF.  Because of the added stresses associated with operating in a foreign culture and language, even the safest foreign locations are likely to carry more risk to your safety and health.  For this reason it is vital that you learn as much about the places you will be traveling to; the more you are familiar with the host country's geography, culture and language, the safer you will be.  All participants will be required to attend a general study abroad orientation as well as program-specific orientations.  In addition to these sessions, you should consult the USF Safety Website as well as the websites listed below that provide useful information regarding your host country, and preparation for your international travel.

Personal Safety:

For the typical traveler China is a safe country with low-crime rates and very few reported instances of violence against foreigners.  US citizens are viewed as being wealthy and may be targeted for petty theft.  Increased violence with foreigners is seen near night clubs and other drinking establishments.  As the US State Department website reports:

"Simple arguments can turn into mob scenes and many times have resulted in the American being detained for hours for questioning with no right to an attorney or consular officer at that stage.  Bar fights are often punished by administrative detention in a local jail for up to two weeks, usually followed by deportation."

Particularly in China, it is very important for you to observe the laws of the country, as the US Embassy has little way of assisting US citizens who are detained by the police.

As the US State Department website relates:

"Terrorism is rare in China, although a small number of bombings have occurred in areas throughout China.  Recent bombings have generally been criminal in nature, frequently the result of commercial disputes.  The vast majority of these local incidents related to disputes over land seizures, social issues or environmental problems.  While some incidents have grown to larger scales and involved some violence, these incidents have not been directed against foreigners."

To gain a different perspective on safety, you may want to visit other countries' Foreign Travel Websites. As a point of comparison, we encourage you to see what these sites say about safety in U.S. cities; in general, China is considered to be safer than the U.S.:

Health and Fitness Requirements:

The majority of USF's study abroad programs involve a great deal of walking, and in some cases hiking and trekking. The USF Summer in China program depends largely on walking around the cities.

While Qingdao is comparatively  pollution free, those individuals who have any respiratory conditions (asthma) should consult with their doctors prior to travelling.If you have any concerns regarding your health (mental or physical), please consult your doctor, your program director, and the staff of Education Abroad prior to the program!

Generally, the weather in Qingdao from May-July can be quite warm, humid and even hot in July. As it is affected by monsoons, rain should also be expected. Air conditioning is not readily available in most facilities.

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Special Terms

Students should understand that the program itinerary/schedule is subject to change at the discretion of USF.

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Contacts for More Information

Questions regarding study abroad program enrollment, registration and payment of fees:

Carleen Ben
USF Education Abroad
Phone: (813)-974-4314
Email: cben@usf.edu

Questions pertaining to the academic program or credits:

Professor Eric Shepherd
Department of World Languages
Phone: (813) 974-3259

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This program is currently not accepting applications.