Program Dates: Summer Session I: Late May – Mid-July
Summer Session II: Mid-July – Mid-August
Summer Session I & II: Late May – Mid-August
Madison College students are able to participate on the University of Wisconsin- Madison Intensive Chinese Language program through a partnership between our institutions. Learn Chinese in Tianjin, China's third largest city! Students on this intensive language program study Mandarin Chinese over the summer, earning up to a full year's worth of language credits in one summer. Designed for students with a range of proficiency in Chinese language--from no previous experience all the way up to advanced learners--this program gives students the opportunity to develop Chinese language skills while experiencing life in one of China's fastest growing cities.
Students can choose Session I or Session II, or stay for both Session I & II. Students who stay for Session I or Session II will earn 6 credits of Chinese, while those who participate in Session I & II will earn 12 credits of Chinese.
Situated on the Hai He river, Tianjin is one of the biggest ports in northern China and is well-known for its seafood, restaurants, and shopping. The city is a center of folk arts and performance, with Tianjin serving as a center for Beijing opera and gongfu martial arts. Located one hour from Beijing, Tianjin is also an excellent base for exploring China's capital city or other parts of the country.
Among the most famous universities in China, Nankai University is a comprehensive institution with an emphasis on the arts and sciences. While this program is not located on Nankai University's campus, program participants study under instructors from Nankai University's College of Chinese Language and Culture (CCLC). Set up specifically to offer Chinese language programs to international students, CCLC began enrolling international students in the early 1950s and since then more than 10,000 international students have studied Chinese at Nankai University.
The program is academically intensive with students earning either six or twelve UW-Madison Chinese language course credits, depending on which session they select. Small classes in beginning, intermediate, and advanced Mandarin Chinese language study are offered, and students benefit from one-on-one tutorials one hour a day, Monday through Friday.
In addition to language courses, students take one non-credit course in Chinese culture, which is designed to introduce students to diverse aspects of Chinese culture while reinforcing their regular language study. Courses are taught by specialists from Nankai University and the Tianjin community, and have included Chinese calligraphy, T'ai-chi, singing, dancing, chess, and er'hu.
For those students who participate in Sessions I & II, there is a one-week break mid-way through the summer in which students are given the opportunity to explore China through personal travel or to stay in Tianjin and familiarize themselves more with the city.
Accommodations and Meals
Housing is included in the program fee. Students live with UW-Madison participants in double occupancy rooms on the Balitai campus of Tianjin Normal University at the International Golden Bridge Hotel. Rooms are air-conditioned with private western bathrooms. Students can select meals from the university cafeteria or restaurants located close to campus.
By the end of the program, you will participate in a talent show where you can demonstrate the performance art and talents learned in the Chinese culture classes. Various workshops are offered during the program as well as cultural experiences such as a tea ceremony. These activities are tentative and can be adjusted each summer. You can also choose from a variety of organized excursions to such places as local museums, factories, parks, and shows. The cost of these activities are not included in the program fee.
A passport is required for U.S. citizens traveling to China. If you need to apply for a passport, it is advised to allow at least 6 weeks for standard processing.
All students are required to attend two pre-departure orientations. These orientations provide information on health and safety, packing and trip planning, flight logistics, and other essential information.
Updated cost information can be found on the UW Madison webpage at: https://www.studyabroad.wisc.edu/programs/program.asp?program_id=154#
For More Information
For more information on this program, please visit the UW Madison Intensive Chinese Language webpage
If you would like to know more about studying abroad through Madison College, please email us
or call 608-246-6201 to schedule an appointment.