University Mandarin Program
Go Abroad China’s unique study in China College Program is facilitated in partnership with some of China’s top universities, with the support of professional and expereinced Chinese language teachers in Beijing, Shanghai Jiaotong, Fudan University and Nanjing. When you choose the GAC study chinese language in China program for a semester or more, you will find yourself living and exploring these cities.
GAC's college programs are designed to immerse participants in Mandarin Chinese in a number of ways including formal class instruction, after-class tutoring, language exchange program with an expereinced and native Mandarin Chinese speaker in addition to cultural electives and outdoor excursions. The accelerated teaching methods utilized by our partner Chinese universities enable our participants acquire the tools they need improve their Chinese speaking abilities within a relatively short period of time. For already advanced students, these Chinese classes aim to improve the students’ proficiency with complex Chinese expressions. The GAC Chinese Language immersion program integrates all aspects of the Chinese language including reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar, phonetics, and vocabulary. Each course covers daily situations from culture, society to history so that you get to live the Chinese style and gain an indepth understanding of the culture. Our instructors and teachers are highly experienced and professionally qualified Mandarin native speakers, with a university qualifications in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language. We welcome participants of all levels of life to come and study together! This type of arrangement is best suited for students, graduates or individuals looking to study Mandarin Chinese Languuage in China.
Study in a preferred city of your choice and master the Chinese language through our exciting and comprehensive language immersion program. Choose from a minimum of one week through to a whole year’s course, from beginner or advanced levels. Many have said that Mandarin Beijing programs are the most popular.
As a language student, start by noting down that China in Mandarin is Zhongguo: the rest will follow.
- International recognition for outstanding academic performance.
- Learning Mandarin Chinese, get total immersion in the language and culture.
- Affordable, accredited and quality Chinese language programs.
- Program fee covers tuition, accommodation, visa support documents, textbooks, certificate after completion, welcome pack, culture electives, social activities & guided tours, networking events, total support & complete service pack, etc.
- Accommodation includes homestay or shared apartment with a Chinese roommate.
- College credit transfer available.
- A comprehensive and balanced curriculum integrating all aspects of the Chinese language: Speaking, Listening, Comprehensive Chinese, Extensive & Intensive Reading, Newspaper Reading, Grammar, Classical Chinese, Chinese culture, Chinese affairs and Writing. (Please note that all courses may depend on the participant’s level of Chinese and whether it's intensive or standard).
- The appointed professors and instructors are native Mandarin speakers with degrees in Chinese Teaching and experience spanning many years.
- Classes are available for complete beginners and also to those who have studied Chinese before.
- The Standard Chinese Language program has 20 hours per week, the Intensive Chinese Language is 30 hours per week.
- Short-term program: 4 to 12 weeks.
- Long-term program: a semester or full academic year.
- Language Exchange Program with native speakers.
- Free electives: they may be language and non-language focused. Electives are based on the proficiency level of the student. These electives include Chinese History, Business Chinese, Introduction to Chinese Characters, Mandarin Proficiency, Chinese Film, Chinese Calligraphy & Painting, Chinese Fashion Terms, Chinese songs, HKS lessons, Taichi, Chinese Martial Arts, Chinese Er-hu (all electives are dependant on Mandarin proficiency level and program selected).
How do course credits work?
You could be learning Chinese in Shanghai or whichever city you prefer; all of the Chinese universities that Go Abroad China partner with are accredited directly by the Chinese Ministry of Education.
At the end of each University Learn Chinese program, the university issues an academic transcript. This document lists the courses each student has taken, the number of hours they attended class, and their final grades. Grades are largely based on the final exam, with some weight given to a midterm, homework, and attendance. Most students interested in transferring credit to their home universities will need to get the program approved in advance.
Because the programs are 20 class per week, they are considered full-time study (really, more than full-time study by western university standards!). A four-week program is approximately equal to a one-semester Chinese course at a western university; a semester is several courses and should be awarded 12 to 15 credits in the US (a full semester's worth of classes). Why don’t come to China and study in China?
Learn more about our Mandarin Language programs in Beijing, Learn Chinese Shanghai and Nanjing etc and learn through our China immersion methods.
University Mandarin Program – Components
The Shanghai, Nanjing, and Beijing Chinese Mandarin Language Programs are organized in partnership with some of China’s top universities, Mandarin School Shanghai; studying abroad for a semester will have you studying at one of the following institutions:
Core Language Classes
Study Chinese in China with courses offered at the following schools:
- Beijing Language and Culture University
- Peking University
- Tsinghua University
- Shanghai Jiao Tong University
- Shanghai Fudan University
- Nanjing University
Getting to know the Chinese locals is an integral part of the Mandarin Language semester abroad programs. If you go with the ‘shared apartment’ type accommodation, it allows for language and cultural integration between the participant and Chinese flatmate and neighbors, marking the beginning of special friendships and to learn outside of your Chinese class, helping to improve cultural and social exchange. Whether you take a Chinese course in Shanghai or any other city, we encourage language exchange because of how fast it will help you learn Chinese fast and get you to live the language.
Go Abroad China offers many different types of accommodation to suit our students’ needs and budget. Clean and comfortable, all of Go Abroad China’s housing areas are carefully selected, safe & secure with 24 hours security. Most apartments are equipped with all amenities; they are located within walking distance of metro/bus lines that can take you throughout the city. All utilities and Wi-Fi are included. Housing is guaranteed for the entire duration of your program.
Accommodation can be with a host family, which is particularly useful for those in the study abroad China programs; learn Chinese in Shanghai and grab this unique opportunity. Other options include a shared apartment with a young Chinese professional, private apartment, student dormitories or a standard three-star hotel. For more information on accommodation, please click Go Abroad China Housing.
Culture Electives, Social Activities, Guided Tours
In addition to providing structured Chinese language classes and other corresponding services, here at Go Abroad China we further offer elective workshops. The electives are designed to broaden students and participants’ Chinese linguistic skills and cultural awareness in the fields of art and history. Our social activities include guided tours and excursions to the Forbidden City, Summer Palace; we also have calligraphy, Chinese painting, Tai chi, martial arts, traditional Chinese medicine, Chinese cooking, volunteering etc. Exciting opportunities to learn Mandarin outside of the classroom are also on offer. Please click Go Abroad China Activities for more details.
Go Abroad China arranges various Business and Networking Events, which students may choose to take part in. Networking provides additional opportunities for our participants to meet influential foreign and Chinese individuals from the business community and get connected with them, exchange important business information and industry knowledge. For those taking a summer internship in China, for example, this is the best elective provided.
Total service pack: Support and Assistance
Go Abroad China has a comprehensive service package that covers everything from pre-departure procedures in a participant’s home country right through to the end of the program selected. Other services include airport pickup, accommodation, visa support documents, 24-hour hotline support, assistance with the core program and many more. All in all, we take care of everything while you focus on studying and experiencing the Chinese culture. For more details, please click on the Go Abroad China Total Service Pack.
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Dates & Fees
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What course levels are available?
Our program participants and students are usually all at different levels when they first join our program. The Chinese language course can accommodate students of all levels, whether you have studied Chinese before or not. Prior to formally beginning your course, you will need to take a placement test to determine your Chinese level and then be placed in the appropriate class for you.
Usually, the Chinese classes are separated into 3 main categories: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels. Within in these large groups, for example, the beginner level might be broken down into two further sub-groups: an absolute beginner group for those who’ve never been exposed to Chinese before and a higher beginner group for those who’ve previously learned some basic Chinese but still not confident enough to converse. All in all, our students all get placed in the classes that suit their level for best results.
Where can I find a campus map of my university?
As soon as you arrive in Beijing, the Go Abroad China team will provide you with a map of your university along with other complimentary materials, help you get around the university campus, as well as getting familiar with your new neighborhood where you will stay for the duration of your program.
Where and when do I get my course textbooks?
Textbooks are all included in the Go Abroad China total program fee. The textbooks will be issued to you on your first day at school.
How many students will be in one class?
On average, there are 10-15 students per class. Normally a class size does not exceed 20 students at the most.
What is an average day like?
Most Chinese courses in Beijing, Shanghai will follow a similar model of having for example 4 to 6 hours of Chinese class every day. Additionally; you will get homework that requires about two hours to be completed, and it usually involves practicing Chinese Characters and revision. If however, you have chosen the Intensive Mandarin Program, your class hours will increase from four to six hours per class.
What am I going to learn?
Well, we encourage our students to study as much as possible especially since learning Chinese is a time-intensive process. Practicing Chinese Characters and memorizing your new words will lead to faster, ideal results.
As a general guide, over the course of a semester of study, we expect the average student to learn and master roughly 800 new characters (this amounts to 100-200 characters per month).
To put this into perspective:
- Knowing 200 characters is enough to survive at a basic level on a day to day basis, that is; introduce yourself, give directions to a taxi driver, order basic food and drink
- Knowing 800 characters will allow you to hold a simple conversation in Chinese, for example talking about the weather, your likes and dislikes, shopping and almost effortlessly getting around town.
- Knowing 1 500 characters will allow you to be able to read a newspaper; although you might not recognize every character, you will still be able to grasp the overall meaning of an article.
- Knowing 2500-3500 characters puts you at roughly the same level as a local Chinese high school student. At this stage, you will be able to fully read and understand newspapers and television programs, and converse easily in a wide range of topics.
- Mastering 4500-5500 characters put you around the same level as a local Chinese university student. At this level, you are expected to speak fluently in any situation, be able to do translation and understand & speak as a well-educated “local”.
- Getting to the level of 20 000 – 30 000 characters puts you within a very small group of linguistic academic experts who command a very rare knowledge of all non-standard vocabulary and subtleties contained in Mandarin Chinese. Not many people, foreign and even local ever reach this level, but there is no harm in trying!
Can I receive university/college credit points for work completed on my Mandarin course?
Go Abroad China places the participants and students in internationally accredited universities; therefore most universities outside China accept these credit points. Most of the GAC past participants have successfully transferred the credits that they earned here to their original universities in their own country. Go Abroad China will surely assist you in transferring your credit points too, as long as you comply with each university’s pass rates and points. Still, it is still important to double check with your destination university about credit transferal and requirements.
What is the grading system at the university for the Mandarin Language Program?
Short-term programs that are 3 months or less only have one final exam. Longer-term programs that are a semester or one academic year usually have one mid-term and one final exam. The pass mark is normally 50%, but each professor will also adjust your mark according to your class attendance record, so make sure you attend class every day and participate!
Which topics and lessons will my course cover?
The lessons focus on all parts of the Chinese language: speaking, listening, reading, writing. There is also an emphasis on skills that allow students to take advantage of the local environment and be able to communicate in everyday life. In the classroom, students generally go over vocabulary, practice reading, learn grammar and master Chinese sentence formation and structure, do some speaking exercises with other classmates etc. All these aspects of the study will ensure tour rapid knowledge of Chinese language.
How many hours per week will I be studying?
The Chinese language classes at our partner universities and schools run from Monday to Friday with a total of 20 hours per week for a standard program. Class sessions are 40-50 minutes a period with a short break provided in between. Students taking the GAC’s intensive Mandarin program have an approximately 10 hours (unless you want something more intensive) a week provided in a one-on-one setting with an experienced tutor. Please click GAC One on One Tutoring for details. On top of normal class hours, you will have homework that you need to do most days.
What are the teachers and lecturers like?
The professors are highly experienced native Mandarin speakers, with years of teaching Chinese to Foreigners and are considered as experts and highly capable in their field.
How do I know what level to start at?
Before you formally start your learning, you will need to take a placement test. This is to help the university and your teachers know which class to place you in and your current level of Chinese, regardless of whether you studied Chinese before or not.
How long does it take to be fluent in Chinese?
If you follow the course from the complete beginner level to the end of the advanced level, it should take you around 3 years to reach the level of a native speaker. Of course, this includes studying during the summer and winter holiday breaks.
However, everyone is different. Some people learn faster than others, and since you take a placement test in the beginner, you don’t have to be confined at that level. It is possible to skip some levels if you are a fast and hardworking learner.
Another thing to remember is that it is not necessary to go through all the levels from beginner to advanced or to speak like a native, a high and reasonable level is usually accepted to live and work in China. Students who complete the beginner level should be able to converse in simple Chinese already.
Which documents will be given to me when I complete the program?
Go Abroad China provides students with a certification upon successful completion of the program. For those who joined the program at one of our partner universities, each university will issue an additional certificate as well.
Can I arrive before my course begins?
Go Abroad China recommends that students arrive on the specified arrival dates for each program, which are selected such that you have a couple of days to settle into your accommodation, start making new friends and explore your local area! However if you need to arrive before the stipulated time, or want to extend your stay after the program officially ends, then this can be arranged for a small additional fee.
What is the advantage of private tutoring?
The intensive Mandarin Program offers one-on-one tutoring, which most students find very helpful in quickly advancing their Mandarin studies. Not everybody wants to learn in a classroom environment, this one-on-one private tutoring style is most suitable for these kinds of students. Over time, we found that students who have difficulty with speaking and listening benefit more out of private tutoring. Furthermore, private tutoring is arranged to fit your individual schedule, making studying more convenient for you. Some students like to schedule their sessions in the afternoon, also choosing a location that they like, for example, at home, at a coffee shop etc.
How can I get a visa?
The Admission Letter from your destination university here in China and JW202 Form are both required to obtain a visa. These documents are provided by Go Abroad China in time for enrollment and when all program fees have been paid in full.
Who will be my private tutor?
We have a selection of private tutors both in Beijing and Shanghai that we have worked with for some years now. We will definitely allocate somebody with teaching experience, is fluent in both English and Chinese, flexible enough to meet your needs and will make learning enjoyable for you.
Please tell me about the One on One tutoring program
The One-on-One language program simply means that you will be appointed your own Chinese tutor to give you Chinese lessons every day. The tutors that our organization provides are highly experienced in teaching Chinese as an additional language to foreigners, and sometimes may even be language teachers at some of the most reputable universities in Beijing and Shanghai.
What is the structure of the one-on-one tutoring?
Your own tutor will formulate a plan especially for you to help you learn Chinese faster and more efficiently. If you are a total beginner at Chinese, your tutor will make sure to focus heavily on the fundamentals of the Mandarin language. Usually, your course plan will include everyday language to help you in the following circumstances: greetings, introducing yourself, shopping, traveling, asking your way around, etc. In the beginning, memorizing vocabulary and phrases will be essential to learning Chinese.
What is the benefit of choosing the One-on-One tutoring style?
- You get more specialized attention from your tutor without distractions from any other people.
- Class time is very flexible; you and your tutor can discuss a suitable time to conduct your lessons according to your schedule.
- One-on-One has time and time again proven to be helpful for people who want to learn Chinese very quickly at a high-intensity level.
- You do not have to go to a normal, traditional classroom to study; your lessons can be at your own home, at a coffee shop, in a park etc. The whole point is to make the learning experience as flexible as possible to help accelerate your learning.
Who can select the One on One tutoring program?
Usually, candidates who are quite busy during the day and need to work or have other commitments can choose to have a private tutor so that their lessons can be planned in accordance with their day-to-day schedules.
This format is also useful to people who do not wish to undergo the usual classroom learning style with other people but instead prefer to have a private tutor focus on the student only.
At Go Abroad China, normally the candidates who have chosen the internship program usually pair it with these private tutoring classes.
Which Books Will I Use?
Your tutor will be responsible to select and recommend the best textbooks with regards to your initial Chinese proficiently, how quickly you wish to learn and alongside any other requirements that you might have.
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Last updated May 17, 2018