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  • Locations: Qingdao, China; Xi'an, China
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Eligibility: Please see below for requirements.
  • Budget Sheets:: Summer
  • Courses Offered
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 03/24/2017
Rolling Admission 05/20/2017 07/30/2017

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
Chinese, English
Language Requirements:
Level of Study:
Open to:
USF Students
Credit Offered:
USF Credit
Sponsoring College:
Arts and Sciences
Program Description:
Ocean University

Chinese Learning in the Culture, Tier II


Program Overview

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. 

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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 in order to complete your online application.
  • Financially liability is not enforced until you choose to "commit" after you have been accepted. 

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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.


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Host Institution

Ocean University in China

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Academic Program and Course Information

The basic program structure comprises an extensive Pre-departure Orientation, one-week In-country Orientation week, eight-week Intensive Study at OUC, language-focused internships, and one-week Study Tour to Xian. Students will earn six credits consisting of:

1) CHI 4930 Presentational Speaking (2 credit hours)

Team-taught in Chinese by USF and OUC faculty, this course allows students to research, prepare and deliver quality oral and written presentations to live Chinese audiences. Students will begin with presentations about themselves before moving on to presentations about places, organizations, and topics of interest in their major field. Instructors work with participants to develop the skills necessary to speak professionally and confidently in Chinese in front of small groups of people. Classes help students learn and rehearse effective techniques for preparing and delivering public presentations that participants will develop and deliver to live audiences on Saturday afternoons.

2) CHI 4930 Chinese Media (2 credit hours)

Taught in Chinese, this course is an advanced language class focused on developing reading skills associated with a range of contemporary Chinese media. Participants engage Chinese newspapers, television programs, internet sites, and journals to explore contemporary Chinese society and culture. The focus of the course is to develop ability to both read modern Chinese in these formats as well as to use the information gained through reading during interaction with Chinese counterparts.

3) FOL 2100 Internship (2 credit hours)

Students work with faculty to arrange a practicum position in a local host company government office, or organization in which they can use their newly developing skills. Participants work at their host practicum site with a primary focus of familiarizing themselves with professional culture and office environments associated with their domain in China. Each week, participants are required to meet formally to present and discuss reports on their experiences. Students will also be taught by faculty to explore effective techniques for managing and maintaining professional relationships in China. All efforts will be made to match students' academic interests to the organization with which they will be interning.  For example, those students who are Business majors will be placed in a local Qingdao business, Engineering students in an Engineering firm or agency, etc.  The primary focus of these internships will be on language acquisition that matches the educational and career interests of the students.  The internship may not be done without the other language courses and offerings.

Credit Type

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

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Course Approval Form

In order to complete your online application, the following form must be filled out and submitted to Please carefully read both pages 1 and 2 of the form for instructions. 

2017 Course Approval Form
CAF Chinese Tier II 201705

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Eric Shepherd is Assistant 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.

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Program Costs

Program Fee: TBA

Students who have started an application will be contacted immediately by email once the program fee is finalized.

Program Fees Include:

  • Tuition
  • Chinese Visa fees
  • Double Occupancy dormitory accommodations (shared with Chinese student)
  • Texts and Materials
  • Welcome and Closing Dinners
  • On-site administration, oversight and instruction by USF and OUC Program Directors
  • Local instruction and tutoring by Chinese native speakers
  • Structured interaction with Chinese students & professionals, within & outside of the classroom
  • One Week Study Tour to Xian
  • Emergency medical and evacuation insurance coverage
  • 24/7 emergency support
  • USF and OUC administrative fees

Program Fee Does NOT Include:

  • Vaccinations
  • International airfare
  • Meals
  • Optional trip cancellation/travel insurance
Payment Schedule:

Upon Commitment - $500 deposit
90 days before departure - 25% of program fee exclusive of tuition is due
60 days before departure - 75% of program fee exclusive of tuition is due
30 days before departure - 100% of program fee exclusive of tuition is due
Tuition is due at the time on-campus tuition is normally due for the term. Please see the Registrar's Calendar.

Post-Commitment Cancellation Policy:

Students who have been accepted and are committed to the program are liable for the following post-commitment cancellation fees. Please read the Financial Terms and Conditions in your application for more details.
  • $100 plus non-recoverable program costs if you cancel at least 91 days prior to departure.*
  • $300 plus non-recoverable program costs if you cancel 61 to 90 days prior to departure.*
  • 100% of the program fee if you cancel 60 days or less prior to departure.*
*Education Abroad will assess on a case-by-case basis the non-recoverable costs of the program for which the student is liable.

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Living Arrangements

Students will stay in moderately furnished and modern hotel rooms.

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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.

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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 10 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 dormitory.

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Medical Insurance

USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance valid for the dates of the program. The insurance is provided by CISI – for more information on the coverage please view the CISI Insurance Policy. Please note that the USF insurance does not include trip cancellation coverage or travel insurance (theft of luggage, costs due to delays in travel time, etc.), pre-existing conditions or on-going medical treatment.

Those who plan to 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.  If not provided through your domestic health insurance carrier, this can be purchased separately through CISI or through another agency. The USF Card Center sells the International Student ID (ISIC) card which has a health insurance benefit in addition to providing student discounts overseas.  For information, call the Card Center at (813) 974-2357 or visit the office located in the Marshall Center on the USF Tampa campus.

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Travel Documentation

U.S. citizens traveling to China on this program must have a passport valid for 6 months beyond the last date of travel (Last Updated: July 2015). A visa is also required for U.S. citizens. The Education Abroad Office will assist students in obtaining visas. For more information, see the Department of State webpage for China.

Non U.S. citizens are responsible for inquiring about passport validity and visa requirements.

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Financial Aid and Scholarship Funding

  • The Education Abroad Office offers Study Abroad Scholarships. These are partial scholarships awarded on a competitive basis to degree-seeking USF students. Please visit here for application information and deadlines. Please note that these scholarships are never guaranteed, and awards can only help pay for a portion of your total costs. We highly encourage you to apply to many other scholarships.
  • Students who are eligible for loans and grants to take classes at USF may be able to use their assistance to study abroad.  USF students should contact the University of South Florida Office of Financial Aid (813) 974-4700 or visit here for further information. 
  • USF's Office of National Scholarships helps students identify and apply for national scholarships for study abroad. Access their website to get started!
  • Bulls in Asia ( is a one-stop resource for USF Students to learn about Asia-related study abroad, scholarships, internships, and post-graduate opportunities:

Students who are Pell Grant recipients are STRONGLY encouraged to go to the Office Of National Scholarships to learn more about the Gilman Scholarship.

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Safety & Health

Participant's safety and well-being are paramount to USF. Please click here for detailed country-specific safety and health information given in our Country Study Report. Make sure to read up on country-specific information on the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.  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. 

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Personal Safety:

Participant's safety and well-being are paramount to USF. Make sure to read up on country-specific information on the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.  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.  

Country Specific Information: 
US Department of State


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

 Travel & Health: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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Cancellation and Refund Policy

Deposit (less $100 non-refundable administrative fee) will be refunded, only as recoverable from the host institution/providers of service, if written notice of cancellation is received prior to the final payment date.  After that date, remaining program fees paid are not refundable.  The purchase of trip cancellation insurance is strongly advised.  If USF must cancel, all program fees will be refunded.

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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

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

Education Abroad:
Gateway Office
MSC 3301 (open for walk-in inquiries!) 

This program is currently not accepting applications.