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Nanjing, China

Program Site: Nanjing University campus in central Nanjing. The study abroad program in which USC students participate is run by CIEE, which has staff and office space at Nanjing University.

Description: Several times the capital of China, Nanjing holds a prominent place in Chinese history and culture. In Nanjing one can experience China’s rapid development and a slower pace of life (compared to Beijing and Shanghai) at the same time. The city prides itself on maintaining the traditional Chinese city atmosphere while welcoming urban development in designated areas.

Academics: The program aims to increase students' proficiency in Mandarin and provide a rich context for learning about China. Students generaly take Readings in Chinese (6 units), Spoken Chinese (6 units), and Contemporary Chinese Studies (3 units). The language courses are offered at intermediate, advanced intermediate, and advanced levels. The Contemporary Chinese Studies course is taught in English. Students who have taken more than four semesters of Mandarin may take Contemporary Chinese Society through Media (taught in Mandarin) instead of Contemporary Chinese Studies.   

Superior-level language students who test above the advanced level take all content language coursework at Nanjing University's Institute for International Students in addition to one CIEE area studies course. Examples of these courses, all of which are taught in Chinese, include Chinese Human Geography (Zhongguo Renwen Dili), Chinese Foreign Trade and Economic Law (Zhongguo Shewai Jingji Fa), International Trade (Guoji Maoyi), Classical Chinese (Gudai Hanyu), Contemporary Chinese Economics (Dangdai Zhongguo Jingji), Contemporary Chinese Foreign Policy (Dangdai Zhongguo Duiwai Zhengce), Critique of Current Events in China (Zhongguo Shishi Pinglun), History of China (Zhongguo Lishi), Ethnic Minorities and Religion (Shaoshu Minzu He Zongjiao), Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature (Zhongguo Xiandangdai Wenxue), History of the Republic of China (Zhonghua Minguo Shi), Modern Chinese History (Zhongguo Jindai Shi), and International Relations Studies (Guoji Guanxi Yanjiu). Most of these courses yield 2 semester credits; some are for 3 credits.

Extracurricular classes in Chinese calligraphy, Taiji, and traditional Chinese painting are held on weekday afternoons.

Course Load and Credit: Students earn a maximum of 15 USC units per semester.

Activities and Other Program Features: A three-day orientation session introduces students to the academic program, Chinese culture, and gives practical information about living in Nanjing. In addition to the extended trip to Southwest China (fall) or Northwest China (spring), CIEE also takes students on a two-day trip to a nearby city such as Wuxi, Suzhou or Hangzhou.

In the spring semester the program includes a week-long field trip to Sichuan or Yunnan Province to provide students exposure to the linguistic, cultural, and culinary diversity within China.

In the fall semester the study abroad program includes a week-long field trip to Xi’an, the western terminus of the Silk Road in Shanxi Province and Gansu Province, the corridor between Inner Mongolia and Tibet that connected China to the ancient Western world.

Accommodation: Students may live with a Chinese host family or in the international student dorm with one Chinese roommate. The homestay option is highly recommended for students who want to live in an entirely Chinese language environment and are motivated to make rapid progress in Chinese language outside of class. Chinese family members speak Chinese only. Studnets have their own bedroom. Most homestays are located within 30 minutes from campus by bus or bike. Homestay families provide breakfast and dinner on weekdays and most weekends. A homestay orientation is offered to students prior to moving in with host families. Students choosing the dorm option will live in a double room with one Chinese roommate studying in the Chinese Department or Institute for International Students. The Chinese roommates are also CIEE peer tutors. Each room contains a bathroom and small closets. dormitory with a Chinese roommate. Meals are not included.

Dates: Fall, Spring or Year. The fall term runs from late-August to mid-December and spring term begins after Lunar New Year and typically ends in early June.

Eligibility: Minimum 3.0 GPA and two semesters of college-level Mandarin Chinese (or the equivalent).

Estimated Semester Cost:
Tuition................................$13,685
Additional Expenses*.............$9,034
Total..................................$22,719

Cost Updated: 04/17/14
Text Updated: 02/11/14

*Additional expenses include estimated costs for airfare, room and board, books and supplies, health insurance, and personal expenses (which can vary greatly from student to student). USC financial aid, scholarships, and tuition remission may be applied to program costs. Please visit the Office of Overseas Studies for more detailed cost information.

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