|Chinese Learning in the Culture - Tier II||
This 10-week summer program in Qingdao, China provides unparalleled language training through coursework, active community engagement, and a 7-week industry-specific internship. The program develops participants’ productive skills in Chinese formal contexts and prepares them linguistically and culturally to be successful in a subsequent internship experience. The advanced language program offers intensive Chinese language instruction in speaking, listening, reading, writing, and culture. Particular emphasis is placed on developing appropriate cultural behavior, abilities to perform effectively in frequently encountered cultural contexts, and interpersonal communicative skills. The program utilizes USF's community-based learning approach that requires participants to interact with locals in the Qingdao area in meaningful ways. Instruction is in Mandarin Chinese. In addition to the academic courses, students will be placed in a Chinese organization that aligns with their academic interest, e.g. those students who are business majors may be placed in a Chinese enterprise, those in the health care fields could be placed in an organization focusing on health issues. Thus, students will gain a vocabulary and a cultural understanding in a field that builds upon their area of expertise and study in the U.S. The primary goals of the program are to provide participants the opportunity to enhance their language skills and cultural understanding through classroom instruction and guided social and cultural experiences in China.
Who Can Participate?
The advanced language program is the second tier in the CLIC program. Tier II is designed for those who have had two-three years of college level Chinese, and is designed to build on CLIC Tier I. Students from USF who have participated in the Tier I program will have priority, although others with 2-3 years of university-level Mandarin skills or equivalent may speak with the faculty director to determine eligibility.
How to Apply
To apply directly to this program, start an application by clicking "Apply Now" at the top of this page. Students are evaluated and accepted on a rolling admissions basis until the program becomes full. Submitting an application is free!
- The application can be started, saved, and completed over time.
- You must submit the Course Approval Form to EA-Registrar@usf.edu in order to complete your online application.
- Financially liability is not enforced until you choose to "commit" after you have been accepted.
The target language of instruction is modern Mandarin Chinese. Thus, due to the diversity of linguistic environments found in China, the program is based in northern China where the languages found outside of the classroom environment are most closely related to standard Mandarin. CLIC is located in Qingdao, a city ideal for language and culture learning, as compared with other large urban centers with hybrid linguistic and cultural environments. A burgeoning metropolis, Qingdao is a rapidly growing port city on the southern coast of China's Shandong Province, located on the coast between Beijing and Shanghai. Qingdao has been able to successfully preserve the beauty of its miles of golden beaches and breathtaking coastline. Qingdao boasts a relatively pollution-free environment, mild coastal climate, cool ocean breezes from the Yellow Sea, abundant sunshine, and modern city infrastructure.