Summer Course

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The aim of the SILC summer school is to provide you with a first-hand economic, cultural & social experience of China.

The Chinese classes, business lectures and industry field trips ensure you have a good understanding of the business communities in China’s rapidly growing economy. You will visit cultural centres in Shanghai and discover the underlying values of Chinese culture and history. During your first week in the summer school, you will be located in Jiading campus, which offers the unique combination of a modern city and a traditional old town. In the second week, you will be accommodated in our Yanchang campus, five stops on the metro from the heart of the world-famous metropolis that is Shanghai.

In the first week you will visit the delightful old quarter of Jiading and also be taken on a full-day visit to Suzhou, known as the Venice of China for its delightful network of canals and old buildings. This is one of China’s most popular cities and a favourite part of our Summer School.

In the second week you will be living close to downtown Shanghai. See the famous Pudong sky-line from the Bund, with its handsome old European-style buildings alongside the Huangpu River. Go for a scenic boat trip on the river or visit the delightful Yuyuan Garden with its traditional Chinese buildings crowded round water features and squares. Take a walk down the famous Nanjing Road, home to the most glamorous shops in China, and visit Xintiandi with its bars, café’s and nightclubs.

Our Summer School is a highly valuable educational experience and, with the support of the Business School and representatives of the business community, offers a fast track to observe the Chinese macro-economic landscape, the local business environment and the unique Chinese enterprise management model. The inspirational lectures guide you on doing business in China and the corporate visits add excitement and meaning to the summer school.

Classes in basic Chinese are a highly-valued part of the school. SILC has invited experienced Chinese teachers and enthusiastic Chinese student volunteers to join you. Chinese will not only be taught but also practiced. A background knowledge of Mandarin will not only assist you in dealing with everyday life in China, but also provide an understanding of Chinese culture and the local community.

We have held the SILC Summer School each year since 2012 and it has been developed in the light of the feedback that we have obtained from students. The Summer School is very highly rated. Students have told us that it is a life-changing experience and we are proud to be able to offer this wonderful opportunity. We have welcomed students from institutions all over the world, such as King’s College London and Bangor University in the UK, Laurentian University in Canada, University of Technology Sydney in Australia and University of Pittsburgh and NC State University in USA.

All the courses are taught in English, except for Chinese language teaching, over the first two-week period. The Chinese language corner is particularly designed for international students to practice Chinese with native speakers.

Admission Criteria

Applicants should submit all the application materials by email.

Applicants must provide all the information required and ensure that all their contact details are up to date as they will be used for the communications about the programme.

The completed application form, together with supporting materials should reach SILC no later than May 10, 2017.

Applications received after this date will only be considered if places are still available.

Levels and prerequisites

All courses offered are equivalent to introductory level university courses. They have no specific pre-requisites.

Proficiency in English

The language of instruction is English so excellent English language is a must (writing AND speaking). If English is your first language or the main language of instruction for education in your country, or if you have studied in English at university for a number of years, please state this on the application form. Otherwise, please provide your IELTS or TOEFL score to the International Office. If you have an alternative qualification, or have studied abroad, please also state this on the application form.

Supporting documentation

Normally students apply through the international office of their university. If you apply independently, we require the international office of your university to confirm that you are academically of good standing. A copy of your passport showing that it is valid and an electronic photo of yourself are also required.

How to apply

The deadline for nomination and application is May 10, 2017

  • STEP 1: Nomination by International Office
    We require students apply through and be nominated to SILC by the international office of their university.
  • STEP 2: Completion of the Application Form
    All students must complete the Application Form for International Students, which is attached to the brochure. Students can also write emails to SILC International Office asking for a blank e-version of the application form.
  • STEP 3: Attach Supporting Documents
    You must attach: a copy of your passport; an electronic photo of yourself; a certificate of English language qualification of yourself if necessary (See ADMISSION CRITERIA).
  • STEP 4: Submit your Application
    You can send the completed application form and other supporting documents by email to SILC International Office.
  • STEP 5: Application Outcome
    You will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application within one week after it has been received by SILC International Office.
  • STEP 6: Email of Offer
    If you have met all specific requirements, you will receive an email of offer.
  • STEP 7: Accept Invitation and Invoice
    You will receive an invitation for China’s visa application and an invoice which informs you how much and when you should pay for the programme.
Program taught in:
  • English
This course is Campus based
Start Date
2 - 3 weeks
- $1,800 - $ 2,775 (depending on duration and living arrangements)
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