The Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures offers a foreign study program in the People's Republic of China. Classes are taught at a major university, Beijing Normal University, for ten weeks. In addition to its course offerings, Dartmouth-at-BNU gives students the experience of a culture and political climate radically different from their own. Throughout the term and in conjunction with course offerings, trips are taken to places of historical or cultural interest in Beijing and vicinity. The participants travel for 11-13 days at the end of their studies along China's Silk Road (conditions permitting).
Dartmouth-at-BNU offers students three course credits: two credits for language classes at either the second-year level (Chinese 22, 23), at the third-year level (Chinese 31, 32), or at the fourth-year level (Chinese 41, 42) [advanced classes require a minimum of eight students]; depending on the student's level of proficiency; and one credit for the Chinese 11 non-language course taught by the Dartmouth professor in residence. Whereas Chinese 11 meets four hours per week, the language classes entail a minimum of three hours every morning (Monday-Friday) and are supplemented by afternoon tutorials.
Chinese 11: Special Topics in Chinese Studies
Chinese 22-23: Intermediate Modern Chinese; or
Chinese 31-32, or 41-42: Advanced Modern Chinese
Students live in a foreign student dormitory on the BNU campus. The dormitory provides a reading room with newspapers, periodicals, major Chinese literary journals, dictionaries, and reference books.
Prerequisites(with an average grade of B)
Chinese 3 (or the equivalent)
Chinese 10 (or its equivalent or permission of the director)
Chinese 1, 2, 3 or Chinese 4 (equivalent to 1,2, & 3) for those taking 22 and 23 at BNU
Chinese 23 (or its equivalent) for those taking 31 and 32 at BNU
Chinese 33 (or its equivalent) for students taking 41 and 42 at BNU
(photo courtesy of AMELL Chinese FSP)
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.