Short Program - Chinese Language Training and Rural China Field Study (College Led)

Yunnan is one of China’s most culturally and naturally diverse provinces – home to tropical jungles and snow-capped peaks as well as 25 of China’s ethnic minority groups.

ASIA2220: Chinese Language Trainng and Rural China Field Study is a three-week intensive program that consists of two parts. The first part is a two-week intensive spoken Chinese-language program designed for beginners and intermediate students.

The second part will begin in a one-week study tour in China's Yunnan Province that will introduce you to multi-ethnic rural China. You will meet with farmers, business people, and local policy makers to learn about development challenges in China’s countryside, including questions related to food security, agricultural modernisation, and environmental protection.

Guided by ANU experts, the tour will take you across the foothills of the Himalayas. You will visit Lijiang, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Haba, and Shangrila, Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, and experience a village homestay.

The program will be open to students with no prior training in Chinese language or Chinese affairs.

In-country activity for this program was held from 26 November – 15 December 2023.

Learning Language Locally: China

Students undertaking this course will pursue intensive Chinese language study at an ANU partner institution in China. This is a short-term (three weeks) in-country course where students will learn in China. Students undertaking this course will engage in intensive Chinese language study (Mandarin) at an ANU partner university in China.

The course is offered for a range of Chinese language proficiency levels and aims to provide:

1. Introductory course to new language learners;

2. An opportunity for improvement for continuing language learners;

3. Extended instruction for advanced language learners.

Students enrolled in this course will not only have the opportunity to learn the language, but also to develop their awareness of the Chinese culture and  society. Entry into this course is available through a competitive application process. 

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