CET Intensive Chinese Language
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About the Program
The CET Chinese Language program, located in Harbin, China, is designed to provide intensive immersion, while building on existing Chinese language skills to produce dramatic language improvements among students. Tulane students will study Chinese alongside other language students in classes that vary in size from two to six students! This small class size guarantees maximum attention to the development of your language skills. The program is based in Harbin, the best place to study standard Mandarin, as its citizens do not have a strong dialect, and the local accent is about as standard as it gets. While studying on the CET Chinese Language program, students will be able to take advantage of the following:
Located in the northeastern Chinese province of Heilongjiang, Harbin is the eighth most populous city in China. Known worldwide as the Ice City, because of its beautiful ice sculpture festival during the winter, Harbin also has close connections with Russia, and is an important geographical point for Sino-Russian trade. Harbin culture is founded in mainstream Han culture, but is influenced both by Manchu and Russian culture as well. Its proximity to Russia as well as its location as the crossroads of northern China mean that the city offers a range of diverse cuisines, cultural attractions and architecture. Yet, it is still known around the world as the best place to study standard Mandarin!
- 20 hours/week of intensive Chinese
- One-on-one tutorial that you design
- One-on-two & small-group classes
- Full-time Chinese language pledge
- Out-of-classroom learning
- International Student Dormitory with a local roommate
- 3.0 CGPA
- Completion of the equivalent of 4 semesters of Chinese language study with a B average or higher
On this program, you will take a full load of intensive Chinese language classes, covering close to a year-and-a-half of material in one semester. Once you’ve conquered the basics of beginning Chinese, it’s time to kick it up a notch with specialized classes and individualized instruction. In Harbin, you’ll take a one-on-two class—just you, and one other student—that focuses on fluency and accuracy. This is where you correct your mistakes, and finally fix that pesky 2nd tone. You also choose two small-group electives. Learn business Chinese in a class of five students. Read short stories in a class of four. All of your courses are taught by native Chinese speakers, but taken alongside language learners like you!
To engage a topic that you find particularly interesting, CET will work with you to create a one-on-one Chinese language class about that topic. Be creative with your one-on-one! Study biology in Chinese, the education system, or Chinese fairy tales. This is your chance to get a head start on senior thesis research, or simply become an expert in an area of Chinese that appeals to you.
Some Possible One-on-One Topics
- Sino-Russian Relations
- China’s Education System
- Traditional Chinese Medicine
- Classical Chinese Stories
- Urban Development
- Overview of Chinese History
- China’s Environment
- The History of Harbin
- Food Culture in China
- Survey of Modern Literature
Fields of Study
Chinese, Asian Studies
Students on the CET program are immersed in daily Chinese student life. This immersion is achieved through living with a Chinese roommate from one of the local universities, participating in a language pledge to only speak Chinese, and navigating daily life in the language as you interact with local shopkeepers, vendors and citizens of Harbin. While your classmates will be other language learners, you will have access to your instructors, native Chinese speakers who will act as teachers as well as cultural insiders.
On this program, you will share a room with a local roommate in an international students’ dormitory right across from the campus’ tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts. (Pick-up games are a great way to make Chinese friends.) Rooms are arranged in suites—two rooms share one bathroom. For meals, take your pick of campus cafeterias, nearby noodle shops, or neighborhood restaurants offering Chinese, Russian and Korean fare.
CET Chinese Language Program
Tulane Asian Studies Program Webpage
Information about Harbin
Harbin Ice Festival
Contact Past Participants
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