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Semester in Beijing

Location

Beijing, China

Program Description

Have you ever thought about to climb Great Wall, to be part of the over 5000 years of history, to explore opportunities in China and many more? Would you like to have a Chinese Business Studies Minor/Asian Studies Minor? JMU Study in China Program might be just for you.

Since the pioneer program in the summer of 2004, JMU Study in China Programs have taken over 200 students and faculty members from JMU, VCU, UVA, GMU, and Princeton universities to China. Among the activities are meeting business leaders and government officials, touring major historical and cultural sites and interacting with Chinese students on their campus.  In the last few years, we visited almost all of the major historic and cultural sites in China, travelled as far as to Urumqi, Hohhot, Shanya, Hong Kong, Macau, Taipei and visited South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Nepal and Japan.

The duration of the programs in 2015 is eleven weeks. Among the activities are meeting business leaders and government officials, touring major historical and cultural sites and interacting with Chinese students on their campus. In the last few years, we visited almost all of the major historic and cultural sites in China, traveled as far as to Urumqi, Hohhot, Shanya, Hong Kong, Macau, Taipei and visited South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Japan.  Participating students could obtain JMU Chinese Business Studies Minor and/or Asian Studies Minor upon their completion of the programs in China. We will continue our effort to bring the best experience for participating students in our programs in the coming years.

The eleven weeks programs from the middle May to early August each year feature a Chinese Business Studies Minor Program/Asian Studies Minor and a flexible program to fit the needs of participating students. Students will take five JMU courses during the program.

This program is open to all majors. Classes are taught by English-speaking Chinese faculty at Chinese universities, such as, Wuhan University, Wuhan University of Technology, Sichuan University, Southwest University of Finance and Economics and Tsinghua University, all are among China’s most beautiful and prestigious universities, and National Chengchi University, one of the best university in Taiwan.  Semester in Beijing courses focus on Chinese language, culture, business, history, politics, and the arts.

Among the program activities, students meet with business leaders and government officials, tour major historical and cultural sites and interact with Chinese students on their campus. Proficiency in the Chinese language is not required for this program; however students do enroll in one language course during the summer semester.

Program Dates

Summer 2015: May 19 - August 2, 2015

Director

Dr. Ping Wang, wangpx@jmu.edu, 540-568-3055

Living in Beijing

Tsinghua University was established in 1911, originally under the name “Tsinghua Xuetang”. The school was renamed "Tsinghua School" in 1912. The university section was founded in 1925. The name “National Tsinghua University” was adopted in 1928.

The faculty greatly valued the interaction between Chinese and Western cultures, the sciences and humanities, the ancient and modern. Tsinghua scholars Wang Guowei, Liang Qichao, Chen Yinque and Zhao Yuanren, renowned as the "Four Tutors" in the Institute of Chinese Classics, advocated this belief and had a profound impact on Tsinghua's later development.

Tsinghua University was forced to move to Kunming and join with Peking University and Nankai University to form the Southwest Associated University due to the Resistance War against the Japanese Invasion in 1937. In 1946 the University was moved back to its original location in Beijing after the war.

After the founding of the People's Republic of China, the University was molded into a polytechnic institute focusing on engineering in the nationwide restructuring of universities and colleges undertaken in 1952. In November 1952, Mr. Jiang Nanxiang became the President of the University. He made significant contributions in leading Tsinghua to become the national center for training engineers and scientists with both professional proficiency and personal integrity.

Since China opened up to the world in 1978, Tsinghua University has developed at a breathtaking pace into a comprehensive research university. At present, the university has 14 schools and 56 departments with faculties in science, engineering, humanities, law, medicine, history, philosophy, economics, management, education and art. The University has now over 25,900 students, including 13,100 undergraduates and 12,800 graduate students. As one of China’s most renowned universities, Tsinghua has become an important institution for fostering talent and scientific research.

The educational philosophy of Tsinghua is to "train students with integrity." Among over 120,000 students who have graduated from Tsinghua since its founding are many outstanding scholars, eminent entrepreneurs and great statesmen remembered and respected by their fellow Chinese citizens.

With the motto of “Self-Discipline and Social Commitment” and the spirit of “Actions Speak Louder than Words”, Tsinghua University is dedicated to the well-being of Chinese society and to world development.

For more information about the Tsinghua University, visit the official web site.

Accommodations

Students stay in the International Dormitories of the host universities in Chongqing, Chengdu, Japan and Beijing, where they have the opportunity to meet students from all over the world, enjoy dining facilities available on campus and ride bicycles to classes.

The dorms do have washers, some of dorms have dryers and others have paid laundry services. Due to the hot summer weather there, it may take no more than a few hours or a day to dry most of your clothes. The dorm will provide a bed sheet for you and regularly wash it at least once a week for you.

Whenever we travel, we still keep our rooms in our host universities, thus you only need to bring some necessary items for two or three days. 

Academics

The Semester in Beijing Chinese Business Studies Minor program is open to all business and non-business majors. Except for Chinese language courses, all of other courses will be taught in English. The goals of this program is to allow students to experience, first hand, tremendous changes and economic growth of the world’s hottest economy, to enjoy incredible natural beauty, to immerse yourself in China’s over 5000 years of history and culture, and to know its people, and more importantly, to bring China into the classroom.

Courses

CHIN 101: Elementary Chinese
The fundamentals of Mandarin Chinese through listening, speaking, reading and writing. Practice in pronunciation and development of comprehension.
Credits: 3
Offered: Summer

CHIN 102: Elementary Chinese
The fundamentals of Mandarin Chinese through listening, speaking, reading and writing. Practice in pronunciation and development of comprehension. Prerequisite: CHIN 101.
Credits: 3
Offered: Summer

CHIN 231: Intermediate Chinese
A more in-depth study of grammar, vocabulary building, conversation and reading, introduction to composition. Prerequisite: CHIN 102 or permission of the instructor.
Credits: 3
Offered: Summer

CHIN 232: Intermediate Chinese
A thorough review of grammar, vocabulary building, conversation, composition and reading. Prerequisite: CHIN 231 or permission of the instructor.
Credits: 3
Offered: Summer

CHIN 300: Chinese Grammar & Communication
Intensive training in grammatical structures and their applications to oral and written conversation. Instruction is in Chinese. Prerequisite: CHIN 232 or CHIN 212 or permission of the instructor.
Credits: 3
Offered: Summer

CHIN 320: Chinese Oral & Written Communication
Intensive training in the use of modern, everyday Chinese with emphasis on conversation and composition. Readings in Chinese will provide a context for discussion and writing. Prerequisite: CHIN 300.
Credits: 3
Offered: Summer

CHIN 490: Business Chinese or Business & Society of China

Credits: 3
Offered: Summer

HIST 341: An Introduction to Chinese Civilization: From 2200 B.C. to Present
A brief introduction to Chinese civilization for the foreign student who wants to achieve a general knowledge about Chinese history from its very beginning to present day. Students will become acquainted with the dynasties, the main historic periods, important political-social events, and material and cultural achievements. They will gain a deep understanding of Chinese civilization from a comparative point of view between East and West within a global perspective.
Credits: 3
Offered: Summer

IBUS 298-I: Business Environment in China and Southeast Asia
This course will study China's political and economic development during the last ten years including the historical events leading up to those changes, political pressures involved in the process of change and economic issues facing the trading in China. Students will work to understand the cultural, historical, legal and political realities of doing business in China today. Special attention will be given to the present political and economic development in China.
Credits: 3
Offered: Summer

IBUS 298-II: International Business Operations
This course will study China's political and economic development in the last twenty years including historical events leading up to those changes, political pressures involved in the process of changes, economic issues facing the trading in China. Students will learn about the cultural, historical, legal and political realities of doing business in China today.
Credits: 3
Offered: Summer

POSC 371: Topics in Comparative Politics: China Politics and Society
This course introduces students to the politics of the People's Republic of China with emphasis on the events in the period since the Chinese Communist Party established its regime in 1949. It will begin with a brief review of China's political history before 1949 in order to establish the necessary foundation for understanding the significance of subsequent events. We will then analyze the ways in which the communist Party set out to organize China after the revolution, the consequences of these efforts, both achievements and failures, and the debates provoked within the elite and among the general population.
Credits: 3
Offered: Summer

Culture

Course related tours may include: local factories and government agencies; schools and universities; seminars with Chinese students and faculty.

Sightseeing tours include: Wuhan: Yellow Crane Pagoda, East Lake, Provincial Museum, and Moshan. Chengdu: Leshan Giant Buddha, Panda base, etc. Taipei: many places.  Beijing: the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace, and other cultural and historical sites and shopping trips.

Entertainment programs include: Beijing Opera, folk music, sports, concerts, a friendship sport program and a friendship entertainment program.

Cost

Semester in Beijing (Summer 2014)

Tuition and fees for the Summer Semester in Beijing include University tuition for the required number of credit hours (15 credits) based on residency and a supplemental program fee. This combination of fees will cover enrollment in classes, housing, board (most meals), excursion lodging and transportation, admissions and entry fees, books, and other program activities. 

Fees

Virginia Resident

Non-Virginia Resident

Undergraduate Tuition  (15cr)

$4,845

$12,600

Study Abroad Program Fee:

$6,975

$6,975




Semester in Beijing Cost:

$11,820

$19,575

Important Notes:

  • Study Abroad program fees are subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuation.
  • For additional explanation of fees, see our expanded tuition and fees page.
  • Before committing to the program, be sure to consult our deposit and cancellation policies related to fee structure. 

Application Deadline

November 1, 2014 for Summer 2015

Application Process

For priority, students must apply by the deadline. Applications received after November 1 will be accepted on a rolling, space-available basis until the program is full.

Application Materials

A completed Summer, Fall or Spring Semester Abroad Program application consists of the following components:

  • General Applicant Information

  • Essay indicating the reasons for choosing this program and how the choice of courses, program structure, city, or country, relates to your past, present and future academic, career and personal goals.

  • Letter of Recommendation from a current or former JMU instructor or from your academic advisor

  • First-semester transfer students and non-JMU students are required to submit an Official Transcript from their previous or current unversity. 

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Director

Dr. Ping Wang, wangpx@jmu.edu, 540-568-3055