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  • Locations: Qingdao, China
  • Program Terms: Fall, Year (Fall - Spring)
  • Eligibility: Please see below for requirements.
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirements:
Level of Study:
Open to:
Non-USF Applicants, USF Students Only
Credit Offered:
USF and Transfer Credit
Program Advisor:
Krissy Loveman
Minimum GPA:
Sponsoring College:
Arts and Sciences
Program Primary Subject:
Languages and Applied Linguistics
Program Description:

Program Overview

This intensive, advanced Chinese language program begins with a pre-departure orientation to be conducted at USF during the preceding spring semester. Orientation 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 one-semester period of study at either OUC or QU followed by either a six-month internship in a Chinese organization or a one semester period of advanced research at OUC or QU.

China Scenery

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One of the program options 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. Qingdao 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. 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

QU- 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.

OUC- Ocean University of China (OUC) is a comprehensive university under the direct administration of the Chinese State Ministry of Education. OUC has its primary strengths in oceanography and fisheries sciences. With more than twenty-two colleges and 71 undergraduate programs, OUC offers degrees in science, engineering, agronomy, fisheries, economics, pharmaceutics, business, management, law, and education among other fields. OUC has over 24,400 registered students, including 5,115 doctoral or MA degree candidates, over 11,691 undergraduates and over 1,200 international students. OUC has cooperation and exchange relationships with over 140 universities in more than 20 countries.

Great Wall picture

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Academic Program and Course Information

Program Structure and Schedule (2 semesters, August-July):

1. Pre-departure Orientation; 2. In-country Orientation; 3. Fall Semester Classes; 4. Spring Semester Internship or Research Experience


1) Domain Research (3 hrs each semester); 2) Three Advanced Chinese Language Courses offered at OUC or QU selected in consultation with USF World Languages Faculty; 3) One Major Course in the Target Language (enrolled in general student population) (3 hrs), 4) Internship (or Research program) (9 hrs)


Students can earn a total of 15 USF credits for successful completion of all coursework and can work with USF World Languages faculty to receive transfer credit for an additional three courses from OUC or QU


Chinese 3241, completion of CLIC Tier 2 and acceptance into the program

Detailed Description

After completing Tier II, participants will return to China for their third and capstone immersion experience. The capstone experience begins with pre-departure and in-country orientation sessions and is followed by an academic year of study in China that includes one semester of study in the student’s major area in the general student population followed by a long-term internship in a Chinese organization or a period of extended research in China that requires the use of advanced-level Chinese skills.

The first phase of Tier III is a period of advanced study in which participants solidify their language in a particular field of study. Students simultaneously enroll in regular Chinese language courses offered by OUC or QU and at least one course in their major area offered to the general Chinese student population at their chosen host institution. While students are challenged by being held to the same standards are Chinese undergraduates, they concurrently enroll in a Domain Research course with USF Chinese faculty so that they can get field specific tutoring to scaffold their classroom performance.

One integral part of achieving professional ability in foreign language environments is having practical training in the form of internships. The internship/research component of the capstone experience will engage participants in professional-level activities in China for the period of up to one year and no shorter than four consecutive months beyond Tier II. The capstone portion of the program will be coordinated by USF faculty in consultation with OUC and QU faculty. In creating internship opportunities in China, CLIC will draw on experience gained while developing the US/China Links internship program. The CLIC fundamental approach in developing internships is to work with Chinese organizations to provide participants the unique opportunity to develop deep understandings of the intricacies of their individual professional field in China, how decisions are made in Chinese organizations, and how to successfully interact with Chinese professionals in the course of completing real projects. Thus, internships will be arranged in Chinese organizations rather than international organizations operating in China. CLIC will require all host organizations to invest in CLIC interns in some capacity, whether in the form of a stipend, housing, or training for the intern, in order to create sophisticated learning experiences. Internship locations will depend on student field of study and career goals and will not be limited to the Qingdao area in China.

During the study phase of Tier III, participants will work with USF faculty to design a comprehensive internship plan that details their learning goals and expectations. Once in their internship, participants will remain enrolled in a Chinese Internship course that requires weekly written reports of the learning experience and bi-monthly face-to-face or virtual debriefings. During the capstone experience, participants will maintain a learning portfolio and will be regularly assessed by CLIC faculty. Before completion of the internship, each participant will submit a written report or media project that reflects experience and knowledge gained during the course of the internship and developed in coordination with program faculty. Host company supervisors will provide a written evaluation of participant work performance as well as a certificate of completion. Upon completion of the capstone experience, participants are required to take a video-taped Oral Proficiency Interview and the HSK Chinese proficiency exam to assess outcomes.

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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.

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Program Costs

To be determined.

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Living Arrangements

To be determined.

Beijing Opera costume picture

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Who Can Participate?

To be determined.

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How to apply

Please visit our website and follow our application instructions on our How to Apply page.

In addition, please submit a two-page double-spaced statement of purpose describing your academic goals. Please also provide two letters of recommendation that address your academic performance and level of maturity. Letters of Recommendation should come from at least one individual who is familiar with your academic performance (professor, instructor or academic advisor), as well as someone who can address your ability to adapt to, and engage in, a different culture and environment (professor, instructor, employer, etc.). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the program is filled. The completed application should be submitted to the EA office in person in CGS 101 or by fax or mail at the address listed below. Final admission to the program will be made by Dr. Eric Shepherd. Once you have been admitted to the program, the Education Abroad Office will place a $500 charge on your student account.

You may also mail or fax completed applications to:
Carleen Ben
USF Education Abroad Office
4202 E Fowler Avenue, CGS 101
Tampa, Florida 33620-5550 USA
Fax: 813-974-4613

Upon admission to the program, a $500 charge will be placed on your OASIS account (non-USF students will be emailed with log-in information and a USF ID number).

Please see next section on How and When to Pay for specific payment instructions.

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How and When to Pay

Please click here for further details regarding payment.

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Cancellation and Refund Policies

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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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.

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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.

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.

US citizens will be required to obtain a visa for entry into China. Enrolled students will be provided additional information and assistance in fulfilling the requirements of the PRC consulate. If you are not traveling on a US passport, you will be required to independently ascertain entry requirements to China.

Please click here for more detailed information.

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Financial Aid and Scholarship Funding

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 for further information. Students attending other universities should apply to their home institutions for financial aid. Please inform the Education Abroad Office early if you expect to receive financial aid. Note that it is the student's responsibility to meet program payment deadlines regardless of financial aid disbursement timeframe.

The Education Abroad Office offers Study Abroad Scholarships. These are partial scholarships awarded on a competitive basis to degree-seeking USF students. Please visit our funding page for further information.

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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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Special Terms

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

Students should carefully review the Education Abroad Participant Contract, included in the Education Abroad application process. It describes students' responsibilities with regard to participation, and includes information on insurance, and cancellation and refund policies. Students will be asked to electronically sign this document. To view this document before applying, please click here.

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Contacts for More Information

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

Education Abroad:
Gateway Office
MSC 3301

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This program is currently not accepting applications.