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LEGITIMACY Students should be wary when selecting a study abroad company. They are not all the same. China Study Abroad is registered in both China and Hong Kong. We are also members of NAFSA (Association of International Educators) and ACTFL (American Council of Teaching Foreign Languages). Our programs have been featured in several trusted publications, and for good reason. You can rest assured that by choosing China Study PRICE Abroad, you are traveling to China with an internationally Our program fees are a small price to pay recognized company that has been commended for its for peace of mind, not to mention our professionalism time and time again. many services and activities. China Study EXPERIENCE Abroad takes a smaller fee than any other China Study Abroad has hosted hundreds study abroad agency while exceeding the competition in of students from over 36 countries, factors like apartment quality, course flexibility and number ranging in age from 17 to 77, in 13 cities of group activities/excursions. At China Study Abroad we throughout China. We know China continually check our prices against our competitors to ensure that we provide our program participants with the through and through, and you will benefit from our vast lowest prices available. In fact, we’re so confident that you experience. With China Study Abroad, you can be confident won’t find a better deal anywhere else that we promise to that you have a company and a staff with years of experience refund you 100% of the difference if you find an identical in the service and education industry, fully prepared to deal study abroad package offering equivalent housing and with any problems you might have. In all likelihood, we’ve overcome a similar obstacle dozens of times before. program services. TRANSPARENCY Through our forum, blogs, photos, and video you can learn about past students’ experiences directly from the students themselves. Want to know what the accommodations are like in Kunming? Check out the photographs of the actual housing that you will be staying in! Want to see what our activities are like? Watch the videos of our various excursions and activities! Want to know how it feels to be a participant in the China Study Abroad programs? Read through our student, teacher and volunteer blogs! Have questions about the program? Post your queries in the forum and find your answers! We’re confident that those who join China Study Abroad have very fun and fulfilling experiences, and we’re not afraid to prove it. Check us out at FLEXIBILITY China Study Abroad offers 8 programs to choose from, in over 10 difference cities, 6 different types of housing, classes at 20 different schools, and 4 ways to pay. With starting dates year-round and customizable programs, if YOU can dream it, WE can plan it. China Study Abroad offers more choices so that you can experience China the way that you want. SAFETY On any CSA program safety is a top priority. Every student is covered with comprehensive medical and emergency insurance through our partner InterGlobal Insurance. Day or night, CSA staff are only a phone call away and all youth programs receive 24 hour supervision with a teacher to student ratio no larger than 1:10. LOCAL KNOWLEDGE, WESTERN SERVICE We combine the best of the East and West when assisting our students. Our staff members have an intimate knowledge of the surrounding area, the education system, and the housing market, but they have also been trained to meet the world’s highest standards of customer service. Several of our staff members have spent years working in the service sector for western corporations, even living abroad in western nations before returning home to China. With each of their feet firmly planted in both of these different worlds, our employees are your ideal guides in China. COMMUNITY AWARENESS Every year China Study Abroad contributes to rural schools throughout China. Most recently, our efforts have been concentrated in the impoverished Tibetan region of Qinghai province. As an education company, China Study Abroad recognizes the importance of providing an education to those in need. Education is the key to upwards mobility, everywhere in the world. With this in mind, we’ve developed community schools that provide free basic education to those in need, regardless of age, ethnicity, and gender. Moreover, we encourage our program participants to become involved in our charitable projects by taking them on tours of our community schools, recruiting volunteers, and organizing various fundraising projects such as our charity poker tournament. At China Study Abroad, our ultimate aim is bettering the educational experience for people everywhere. We hope you join us in furthering that goal. STUDENT SATISFACTION At China Study Abroad we take great pride in the satisfaction of our students. Day or night, we guarantee that our employees will do everything in their power to make your studying abroad experience a good one. That means that you will always have someone to help you in any given situation. No lip service. All of our staff are well-trained, fluent in English, and have years of experience working with foreigners.

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comprehensive, affordable,

service-oriented study abroad company founded upon two precepts:
1. The best way to learn Chinese is through immersion in a Chinese environment, and 2. Coming to China should be fun and exciting, not difficult.
The mission of China Study Abroad (CSA) is to take the uncertainty and frustration out of studying in China so that our students can spend their time actually learning the language! We take care of all the necessities before arrival and continue to provide wide-ranging services in China. From the moment we pick you up at the airport to the moment we drop you off for your flight home, you will be our responsibility. Our students are left to learn the language, explore the culture and its people, and enjoy our numerous excursions and activities.

China Study abroad ProvideS Four eSSential ServiCeS
sights around your city, providing an English-speaking guide and a driver. Our excursions go beyond merely sight-seeing: ever wanted to go camping on the Great Wall of China or try eating Scorpion for dinner? Moreover, there’s always the popular CSA social nights such as our Iron Chef competitions, charity poker tournaments, and karaoke nights! Lastly, we also have various cultural events such as lectures from scholars on Chinese culture or lessons in making dumplings! 2. School We guarantee that there will always be fun and edifying After you have carefully chosen your particular school and activities for you to attend if you come to China with CSA. program from our array of learning options, we will take care of all of your school registration. You only have to show up to 4. Service class and learn; everything else is our responsibility. We Lastly, and most importantly, we offer our students 24-hour even purchase your textbooks! And if you are seeking customer service. Whether you are lost at 3 in the morning, intensive one-on-one instruction after class, we will find you need help buying a bicycle, need to go to the hospital, or the perfect tutor to accelerate your language learning. simply want to know the best place to get noodles, we are Anyone that has attended a university knows that it can be there for you! We are also your personal travel agency and a bureaucratic nightmare. Let us do the work so that you can will gladly arrange any travel plans you may have, from be a full time student. buying tickets to a local football match, to booking a trip to Inner Mongolia. We do it all. You can rest assured that there 3. Excursions and Activities will always be someone looking out for you and your best Study hard on the weekdays, and have fun on the weekends! interests when you are studying in China. You’ll be spending CSA offers various activities throughout the studying term. less time getting acclimated to a foreign country and using Our staff will take you on all-inclusive tours of all the exciting your time to actually learn the culture and its language!

1. Accommodations Be it a luxury apartment, dormitories on campus, or a homestay with a Chinese speaking family, we find it for you and have it prepared before your arrival in China. You will arrive in China to a furnished living arrangement so that you can start experiencing China immediately, instead of desperately searching for a place to live.

All iNClUSive PrOgrAmS
Included in all China Study Abroad Programs:
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✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ Tuition and registration fees Pre-arranged, fully-furnished accommodation for the duration of your program (except for Teaching and Volunteer Placement Programs) InterGlobal “Student Care” Health and Travel Insurance All university student fees Textbooks Airport pick up and drop off Personalized and knowledgeable 24-hour customer service from beginning to end Placement tests upon arrival to find the exact Mandarin language befitting your level of study Personal advising for selecting the city, university, housing and program that best suits your needs Academic advising Credit transfer and course approval assistance with your home university Language Partner referral and placement to augment Mandarin learning Experienced Mandarin tutors (for Intensive Program) Access to the China Study Abroad language learning website Acceptance materials Student visa advising Health exam and vaccinations information Informational CD-ROM with “Living in China” package, Chinese dictionary program, Chinese fonts, Chinese homework trainer, Chinese character-input programs, Chinese character recognition tests, and links to online Chinese language and travel resources Travel advising, ticket buying tips, packing list, and travel agency and website referrals ✓ Welcome dinner ✓ Student orientation and reception

While in China
✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ 24-hour customer service CSA networking resources Accommodation management including itemized utilities Continued service and correspondence with the US office Personalized mail and package delivery Travel arrangements – CSA is your personal travel agency while in China, without the service fees! Optional student travel tours arranged by CSA staff without service or guide fees CSA Social Events such as Karaoke Night, Poker Tournaments, Bowling, Bar-hopping nights, Thanksgiving Dinner, Christmas Party, Iron-Chef Competitions and much more! CSA Excursions including guided tours to nearby cultural, historical, and natural sites including, but not limited to, camping trip at the Great Wall, skiing and snowboarding weekend, trips to sporting and music events, museums, temples, Chinese Opera night and banquets introducing Chinese cuisine (Excursions vary based upon student's city of study) Workshops, lectures and seminars concerning Chinese Business, Society and Culture Student Lounge with widescreen high-def television, internet access and study area (only available for Beijing program participants) Free internship and teaching placement for language study participants Volunteering options and placement Job referral and recommendations Featured placement for blogs, video and photography at Official transcripts and reorder assistance Airport drop-off Continued academic advising & credit transfer assistance Access to CSA alumni database, forums, and blogs Membership in the CSA business and alumni network

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FinanCial aSSiStanCe
✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ Exclusive China Study Abroad scholarship opportunities Financial Aid transfer assistance Customizable billing and payment options Financial guide with advice & sample student budgets Airport pick up Welcome Pack including: Mobile Phone with local SIM card, CSA cloth bag, Chinese-English dictionary, Student Orientation Booklet, Taxi Guide Card, Insider's Guidebook, Local Map, CSA Polo, and Classic Chinese DVDs (Welcome Pack contents dependent upon city of study)

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China is a land of hyperbole: the oldest continuous civilization in human history, the world’s largest population, the fastest economic growth rate ever seen, and the third largest country on the planet. Throughout the millennia, describing China has been an effort left to propagandists and poets. Surely, the truth about China remains somewhere in between tales of mass starvation told to fussy eaters and an economic and political behemoth capable of sending trains over the world’s highest mountains, damming raging rivers, controlling the world wide web, and delivering 1.3 billion people into prosperity. It seems almost contradictory that we can really know so little about a country that is so widely covered in the news, oft-mentioned by politicians, and thoroughly dissected in economic and political reports. It becomes increasingly apparent that fully comprehending China necessitates a lengthy stay in this land, if not a lifetime.

China traces its roots back over 5,000 years. Archaeological artifacts with writings similar to Chinese script have been carbon dated back to 1500 BC. It is generally accepted, that China was first unified in 221 BC, under Emperor Qin Shi Huang. Much has been said about the first emperor of China. Legends of his atrocities are always counterpointed by his contributions to China including standardization of the Chinese written language, introducing centralized government, implementing legal code, beginning the Great Wall of China, standardizing currency and measures, and of course unifying China under one government. Today, he is still an iconic figure that is regularly represented in film, television and literature. Many consider the imperial era of China to be the apex of Chinese civilization, with a sphere of cultural, economic and political influence that reached around the globe. At this time, it was the great land of Cathay, written by about Marco Polo, the end point of the Silk Road, the origin of the Confucian system, Daoism, and a written language still used today all around Asia. Chinese culture was so ubiquitous and encompassing that when neighboring invaders such as the Manchurians and Mongolians conquered China, instead of colonizing the Chinese, both successfully assimilated themselves into Chinese culture, becoming the Yuan and Qing Dynasties respectively. Kublai Khan, the founder of the Yuan Dynasty did not vie for control in his ancestral home of Mongolia, more than happy to be the Emperor of China instead. The Machurians, who named their dynasty Qing after the Chinese word for “purity“, strictly enforced all codes of Confucian bureaucracy, making it their mission to “out-Chinese the Chinese.”

The imperial era lasted until 1911. During this 2000 year period, the geographic borders of China dynamically ebbed and flowed, while the Imperial mandate of heaven to rule China was held by over 13 dynasties. Some lasted as long as 300 years, while others only 12. Nonetheless, the Confucian system which posited that the mandate of heaven resided solely with the Emperor went unquestioned until the late 19th century, when a revolutionary thinker by the name of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen proposed to overturn millennia-worth of tradition by creating a Chinese republic. Severely weakened by revolutions at home and foreign encroachment on the coast, the Qing Dynasty crumbled. The transition to popular rule was not easy. China underwent a lasting warlord era as competing interests fought for control. Eventually Sen’s republic rose to power, but peace was not to last, as China was then invaded by Japan at the onset of WWII. This was then followed by brutal civil war between the Kuomingtang (KMT) and the Communist Party of China (CPC). When the smoke cleared in 1949, the CPC retained control over the mainland and the KMT had been relegated to the island of Taiwan off the coast of Fujian Province. On October 1, 1949, the People’s Republic of China was proclaimed under its charismatic leader Mao Zedong. From 1949-1976, mainland China underwent a socialist overhaul. Land, industry, and many forms of private property were collectivized. Confucianism and Feudalism were abolished, while much of the population was moved on to collectives.

These series of reforms were called the Great Leap Forward, which largely devastated the economy and the Chinese population because of famine, natural disasters, and gross mismanagement. With the failure of these campaigns and Mao’s death, Deng Xiaoping took control over the CPC after a lengthy power struggle. Deng’s ascendancy ushered in a period of financial reform in 1976 that de-collectivized the countryside and aimed for decentralizing government control over major industries. Deng proclaimed that the People’s Republic of China would utilize a “socialism with Chinese characteristics” and that “to be rich is glorious.” Slowly but surely over the past 3 decades, China has lived by these mottoes. Today, the story of China is not one of starving children but monumental economic growth and a burgeoning super power fighting for its right to be a global player. Recently accepted into the World Trade Organization, hosting the 2008 Summer Olympics, leading the world in exports, and home of the world’s largest corporation (SinoPec), China is making its presence heard. After a hundred years of relative obscurity, 1.3 billion people are ready to take center stage in the 21st century.

effort throughout Chinese history. Today, the two remnants are simplified Chinese (used in the People’s Republic of China) and traditional Chinese (used in the rest of the Chinese-speaking world). Written Chinese script has had its changes, but has remained relatively consistent compared to its spoken counterpart. Thus, Chinese people from different time periods and geographic areas would still be able to write each other letters, although the grammar and form has gradually changed with time. An educated literacy level is commonly thought to be around 4000 characters, all of which must be memorized. Because of its pictographic and tonal qualities, Chinese is one of world’s most difficult languages. However, the effort is well-worth it as Chinese is spoken by over 1.5 billion people, and with China’s economic ascendancy, Mandarin may soon supplant English as the new lingua franca.

over the past 25 years, China has boasted the world’s fastest growth rate at over 10% a year. With a gross domestic product (GDP) of over $3.25 trillion, China powers the world’s 3rd largest economy behind only the USA and Japan. The per-capita income rises by 8% annually, and its annual exports are at $963 billion. This economic rise has corresponded with a slow loosening of governmental control over free enterprise, as only a third of the economy is now controlled directly by the state. Economic reform and encouragement of private income has also brought about increased foreign investment, which stood at $700 billion in 2006. Everybody wants to break into the Chinese market. With such unrelenting growth, several issues have arisen including environmental problems, natural disasters such as flooding and sandstorms caused by erosion and desertification, as well as an ever-widening gap between rich and poor. And while the GDP is among the highest in the world, the average yearly income of a Chinese citizen is only $2000 USD, 86th in the world. Moreover, several things constrain Chinese growth including poor transportation infrastructure, insufficient energy resources, and mismanaged communications networks. Nonetheless, the state continues to address these key issues by constructing massive projects including hydro-technology, mass highway and rail systems, replanting of forests, as well as efforts to environmentally regulate industry and improve income disparity through education. What remains irrefutable is that economic growth has drastically improved poverty levels and living standards throughout most of China. China’s past remains an ever present reminder of its vast potential, and though the future of China is bright the path is also fraught with potential pitfalls. The present is a time for both celebration and caution, as everyone is watching with eyes peeled, desperate to understand China and its effect on our globalized world. Don’t just sit and watch. Come experience this epic moment in world history firsthand with China Study Abroad!

the word for China, Zhongguo, means “middle kingdom,” reflecting the long-held belief that China was the center of the world. Nationalistic pride aside, one can’t really blame the Chinese for thinking so—China is huge. Encompassing, the Tibetan plateau in the southwest, the Siberian Tundra to the northeast, the Gobi Desert in the northwest, the tropics of southeast Asia due south and the vast Pacific coastline to the east, China is estimated to be 9,640,821 km. The country borders 14 other nations and includes 14,500 km of coastline. China boasts mountain ranges, deserts, alluvial plains, deltas, rain forests, frozen tundras, grassland steppes, and countless rivers. With over 35 UNESCO World Heritage Sites (and counting), the scenery in China is unbeatable.

the official language of China is mandarin, or “Putonghua.” The word Chinese is a bit of misnomer, as there are over 158 different dialects of Chinese; Chinese is more aptly described as a language family. Over the centuries, efforts have been made to standardize the language, with Mandarin being the modern incarnation. Nonetheless, throughout China many children grow up speaking a variant dialect only to learn Mandarin when starting school. Although they are often called “dialects,” these variant forms of Chinese are more aptly described as different languages. In fact, English and French are more closely related than Mandarin and Cantonese. Commonalities between dialects include tonality, which is largely absent in European languages. What does unify these variegated dialects is the written language. Because the writing is non-phonetic, characters can represent the same object or idea in multiple languages. Standardization of this writing has also been a centralized governmental

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Title: People’s Republic of China | Capital: Beijing | Largest City: Shanghai | Government: Socialist Republic Official Language: Mandarin | Population: 1,321,851,888 | Gross Domestic Product (GDP): $3.25 trillion Demographics: 56 native Ethnic Groups | Currency: Yuan (CNY)

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China Study abroad will make your transition in China as easy as possible, allowing you to immediately dive into your studies. That being said, there is still much to learn and explore throughout China. Of course, your student experience will vary greatly depending upon your choice of program and city of study (for more information see the program and city pages included in this catalog). To provide a glimpse of CSa student life we have compiled some basic program statistics below. For more detailed information, please inquire at

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On his off time fro m studying and travel ing, Manuel loves to video games and watch play ing sporting events. He can regularly be fou the CSA student lou nd at nge with his X-Box plugged into the wid HDTV. Moreover, he escreen has led student exc ursions to the Fo One race in Shanghai rmula and the Women’s So ccer World Cup Ma in Tianjin. As CSA’s tch newest staff memb er especially hired Spanish Speakers pro for the gram, expect to see him at all the events the Beijing Olympics during !
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Though originally fro m El Salvador, Manu el spent the last 3 studying engineering years in the United State s. After perusing the website, Manuel dec CSA ided to take a year off to learn Chinese. No he’s in China, he ho w that pes to never leave. He loves the Chinese and their culture and people hopes to build a life here, although once he absolutely must a week fulfill his craving for authentic Mexican foo going downtown to d by eat at Fogoncito’s, which Manuel insist best tacos this sid s has the e of the Pacific.

In CSA, everyone knows Manuel. He has been with the CSA pro gram for nearly a yea r, and also took part in the Summer St udy and Travel program. During the 2 week tra vel portion, he and oth er program participa nts visited Shanghai, Xi’ an, and Guilin. (Fo r details, photos, and videos see the Summ er Study and Travel Pro gram Page: at www. /summer_csa.aspx).

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Amy also joined the volunteering trip to the Tibetan Plateau CSA Community sc and the hool, which was a profoundly moving exp for her. She nearly erience kidnapped one of the Tibetan children at the co-sponsored Golog CSA Orphanage. However, she promised him tha return. Upon complet t she’d ion of her Chinese stu dies, she intends on the volunteering pro joining gram at the CSA Co mmunity school in Go a semester to teach log for music and English.
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Since moving to Ch ina, she has perfor med with the Inter Festival Orchestra national at the Forbidden Cit y Music Hall, don performances at the e solo Ritz Carlton and the Soho Building, as we regularly performed ll as in a French Gypsy Jazz duo at Beijing’s French restaurant, Le finest Bistrot Parisien. She also spends her time music lessons, perfor giving ming “musical therap y” at a local hospital interning at the Empow , and erment and Rights Institute (ERI), an dedicated to human NGO rights in China.

Amy is one of the mo st accomplished stu dents in the CSA program. Her Chinese speaking is fluent and her chara cter recognition is at over 2000 characters. She is also a talent ed violinist and music ian. Before joining the CSA program, she spe nt a summer studyi ng ancient Japanese mu sic in Tokyo on a spe cial grant through Colum bia University. She als o has spent time learnin g the 二胡 (“Er Hu”) traditional Chinese str a inged instrument.

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not only does China Study abroad’s all-inclusive programs include your housing and schooling, but it also helps you fill in your spare time when you aren’t busy studying. nearly every weekend, program participants have a new and fun CSa activity to occupy their time. moreover, what really sets CSa apart from other education companies is the quality and breadth of its wide-ranging activities. In continuing the company’s mission statement of improving global education, CSa offers activities that are both enriching and fun, while also being once-in-a-lifetime and totally unique. CSa staff members take an immense amount of pride in how much fun students have on CSa-run activities, while also having a great time themselves! One might say that activities really are the best perks of the job, (other than getting to work with students from around the world of course!). These all-inclusive activities are always free of charge to program participants, including any transportation, entrance fees, equipment rentals, possible accommodations and guide fees unless otherwise stated. If requesting feedback from a CSa program participant, don’t forget to ask about the fun excursions and events. activities vary depending upon program of study, but we guarantee that no matter your city of choice, students will be taken to see all of the major cultural sites and tourist attractions in the surrounding area.

Cultural exCurSionS
All visitors to Beijing must see the Great Wall of China, but very few can claim to have hiked through an entire section and slept on the monument overnight. However, all program participants in Beijing have the opportunity by attending the annual Great Wall camping trip. This is just one example in the gamut of great cultural excursions provided to CSA program participants. Cultural excursions are always guided by a knowledgeable English-speaking tour guide who can explain the significance of China’s impressive national monuments and natural wonders. Moreover, these excursions are always expansive in their breadth. For example, the CSA hutong tour first takes students to the urban planning museum, so that participants can better understand the past, present and future of Beijing’s architecture, before taking them on a tour of the remaining hutongs on a rickshaw, and concluding the excursions with a dinner in a traditional 4-square hutong home with a Chinese family that has lived in the hutongs for generations. Rest assured, CSA staff have gone to great lengths to ensure quality and informativeness for these cultural excursions.

While it would be impossible to describe all of the activities in detail in this small space, for your benefit the actual activity itinerary for Beijing’s Fall program has been included below.

eduCational eventS
Every year, CSA works hard to find additional speakers for its already impressive range of lectures & workshops concerning

everything from Chinese culture, business, society, and arts. These lectures typically take place at the CSA student lounge or at special invitation-only events put on by organizations such as the American Chamber of Commerce. Recent lectures include a speech on Energy consumption and solutions by oil billionaire and corporate raider T. Boone Pickens, economics lectures, human rights lectures, and academically directed discussions on contemporary Chinese cinema. Outside of lectures, CSA also takes students to experience Chinese culture such as trips to the Peking Opera, Chinese Acrobatics Shows, and banquets with traditional Chinese cuisine.

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Thursday, September 13th: Welcome dinner, orientation, and Social night 6:30 p.m. Saturday, September 15th: beijing Planning exhibition hall and hutong tour (including dinner with a local family) 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 18th: amCham event: Cultural Preservation in beijing: Saving the remaing hutongs Saturday, September 22nd: Summer Palace 1:00 p.m. October 1st-7th: the national holiday (recruit volunteers to visit the CSa golog Community School in tibet) Saturday, October 13th: the great Wall hike and Camping (bring your own sleeping bag and picnic lunch) 5:00 p.m. Saturday, October 20th: hiking at the Fragrant mountain 10:00 p.m. Sunday, October 28th: tiananmen Square and Forbidden City 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 3rd: Shopping at the Silk market and WangFuJing night Snack market 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 11th: lama temple and Confucius temple 1:00 p.m. Sunday, November 18th: the temple of heaven and Peking opera 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 8th: Skiing/Snowboarding trip 5:00 p.m. Monday, December 24th: Christmas Party 6:00 p.m. Saturday, January 6th, 2008: acrobatic Show 6:00 p.m. January 2008: Farewell dinner Actual Activities Itinerary for Fall Beijing Program

SoCial aCtivitieS
Of course everyone needs to have a little fun, which is why CSA holds many fun events good for calming the stressedout student such as bar-hopping night, Christmas and Thanksgiving parties, cooking competitions, charity poker tournaments, hiking trips, shopping trips, and of course the annual all-inclusive skiing/snowboarding trip! While these events aren’t as culturally or educationally valuable, CSA thinks that having a lot of fun is a value in and of itself.

volunteer aCtivitieS
Occasionally, program participants will also have opportunities to join one-time only volunteer events. Past events have included tree-planting programs as well as the bi-annual week-long trip to impoverished rural schools to teach English and make donations. Any extra fees on volunteering activities must be borne by program participants. For specifically volunteer-only programs, please see “Volunteer Program” on page 26.

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all China Study abroad accommodations are located within the heart of the university district, minutes away from the major universities and only a short bus or taxi ride away from the others. accommodations always have a western-style kitchen, bathroom and accommodations with 24-hour hot water. unless in university housing, China Study abroad students always have their own room, high-speed internet, and air conditioning. each unit is located in a lively and safe area, with supermarkets, stores, nightlife, fitness clubs, public transportation and restaurants all in walking distance. nearly all accommodations have 24-hour security. Some accommodation options are unavailable in select cities. Please email for more information.

luxury aPartmentS
These modern and spacious apartments come fully furnished. Each apartment has a living and dining room, bathroom and kitchen, and your choice of a single, double, or triple bedroom. The living area includes a lounge, dining area, TV (cable), DVD, desk, chairs, washing machine, highspeed internet access and telephone. The bedroom has a bed and storage area for clothes and personal belongings. The kitchen has a refrigerator, microwave and basic cooking utensils. Students living in luxury apartments have all utilities paid for including high-speed internet, gas, water, electricity. Moreover, luxury apartments have weekly cleaning service included. These units are among the nicest living accommodations in the university district.

the option of living with a Chinese family to maximize your Mandarin-learning efforts while in China. Students that stay with a family are immediately immersed in the language and culture of China. Regularly communicating with a homestay family will exponentially increase one’s language learning rate. All of our families are middle to upper-middle class and have been interviewed for suitability. Many participants are surprised by the outstanding apartment quality of their host family. Moreover, many families are eager to show foreigners around China. Students are often lucky enough to their host family take them on free sightseeing trips. A private bedroom, necessary utilities and at least two meals a day are included in every homestay. All families have standard amenities including a bathroom (often private), kitchen, dining area, TV, DVD, internet, telephone etc. These homestay families are also located within the university district, within walking distance of a student’s university.

Standard aPartmentS

These are all fully-furnished, clean, and comfortable apartments. In each apartment you will have your own bedroom, a living and dining room, bathroom and kitchen. The living room has a sofa, TV, DVD, hi-speed Internet access, washing machine, and telephone. The bedroom has a bed, desk, chair, and storage area for clothes and China Study Abroad requires that all students under the age personal belongings. The kitchen has a sink, fridge, of eighteen live with a homestay family. microwave and stove.

young ProFeSSional homeStay

Family homeStay

Live with a young, professional, Chinese roommate. This Live with a Chinese family. China Study Abroad offers housing option, only offered by China Study Abroad, is ideal

for those who wish to take advantage of total language immersion, but do not want to stay with a Chinese family. This living arrangement is also the best way to quickly make Chinese friends and experience Chinese youth culture. If you choose this option CSA will arrange for your housing and select suitable roommates from a pool of potential candidates. Many young Chinese are also eager to live with a foreigner so they too can learn about another culture and have the opportunity to practice their English. Apartment quality is similar to that of the Standard apartment.

For students looking to live in the most luxurious accommodations possible, China Study Abroad offers the Hotel option. Students are placed in a minimum-three star hotel located minutes away from their school of choice. Each hotel room is fully equipped with modern furniture, bed, fridge, private bathroom, satellite TV, air-conditioning, and telephone (IDD and ISD). Hotel facilities include laundry, daily housekeeping, a swimming pool, fitness gym, and a variety of restaurants. Depending upon location, certain hotels also have bowling alleys, cyber cafes, business centers, arcades, tennis courts, and billiards rooms. Single room and double room occupancy is available. and comfort. For privacy and convenience, single room occupancy is highly recommended. Accommodation starts the day before the program, and ends the day after the program. Extra-night accommodations are subject to availability. CSA makes all accommodation reservations and preparations prior to students’ arrival.

Each dorm room has one or two single beds, desk, chair, telephone, TV, refrigerator, and air conditioning. Electricity and water are included in the accommodation. Students have the option of single or double occupancy. For double univerSity houSing China Study Abroad has carefully selected university occupancy, CSA may assign a roommate or the University accommodation options based on security, location may assign one for you.

What StudentS are Saying...

strongest point “The who is going to of the service, for one China to really work and get down to the business of studying Chinese language, is the fact that all of the accommodations, testing, airport transport, etc., are taken care of before your plane lands. The only thing I had to worry about was studying Chinese, which is why I went.

—Matthew T. McDonald, Summer Program 2007, Beijing

undoubtedly, the best way to learn mandarin is to live and study in China, but studying abroad entails so much more than just university classes. China Study abroad offers a variety of programs to fit your unique educational needs. people looking to learn Chinese span every age group, background, and field of interest, which is why CSa offers a program to fit each individual. moreover, our programs are offered year round, for any time frame, and in over 13 cities. CSa is here to ensure that your studying abroad experience is as rich and diverse as you are. At the core of CSA is our Mandarin language learning program. All students in the standard Mandarin language program will receive 4 hours of teaching, 5 days a week, for the length of their program. Students in the intensive program will receive 6 hours of instruction (in-class and private tutor), 5 days a week. CSA’s Mandarin language programs ensure a strong foundation for complete beginners, vast improvement for intermediates students, and complete fluency for advanced students. CSA has scouted China for the finest language teaching institutions, and most of our programs offer certificates of completion, transcripts, as well as transferable college credits. Many universities have been teaching foreign students for over a decade. Also, these universities have full-scale language teaching departments, which offer classes for all levels of Chinese proficiency. Each university and school has its own individual teaching style. Be sure to ask a CSA program advisor to figure out which school and program fits you best. Many of our students join the Mandarin program, while adding additional supplemental programs such as teaching, internship positions, martial arts, volunteering, business classes, or travel. Many of these additional placement programs are included with the standard Mandarin language program. Additional fees may apply for other programs. Please see each page for details. Studying abroad is a cumulative and holistic experience, so why limit yourself? Find the program that has everything you need, and feel free to mix and match programs to find what fits you best. CSA knows that every student is different, which is why flexibility is our top priority. Pick your city, pick your school, pick your program, pick your type of housing, and pick your length of study. In the following pages, you will find some of the many programs CSA offers its students, and if you don’t find what you’re looking for, tell us! We will bend over backwards to satisfy your unique requirements. Studying with CSA means China with choice. China Study Abroad offers numerous study programs to fit your scheduling needs. Whether you are looking to study for 2 weeks or 1 year, CSA has the program for you.

The vast majority of students join the CSA program for one school semester. Universities in China generally run on the semester program, which rotate around the winter and summer holidays and roughly correlate with semester programs worldwide. The fall semester generally begins in mid to late September, extending until mid January, ending before the Lunar New Year. Unlike in western countries, universities do not break for the Christmas or New Year holidays. Spring classes begin in mid-February and extend until early July. In total, each university averages around 20 weeks of instruction, including orientation and placement testing. The semester program is usually most viable for college students looking to study abroad for one school term.


For students that are looking to study during the school year, but cannot commit to semester-long programs that extend into July or January, CSA offers 12-week programs. Many of these programs are also offered by accredited universities. Despite the length, these credits still transfer to almost all universities because of the long hours of instruction. Moreover, these are often accelerated programs, which make up for the brevity with accelerated lessons.
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Short-term ProgramS
No matter your timetable, CSA will accommodate you. For students looking to do programs for 4 weeks or less, CSA offers classes at private Mandarin learning academies in various cities. Please inquire at info@chinastudyabroad. org for more details.

Several universities offer summer programs, that last anywhere from 4 weeks to 12 weeks. We find that the summer programs are very popular, and because of the relative brevity of the programs, students are free to spend time before or after their programs to travel through China. A very popular program is CSA’s study and travel program, which includes 4 weeks of study at an accredited university with 2 weeks of travel throughout China for one low price. Every year, returning students rejoin the CSA Summer Study and Travel program. Simply put, it’s the perfect combination of study and play.

The year-long program language program is essential for students looking to master Mandarin. Extending for 2 semesters, these programs include accommodation during the summer and winter holidays, during which students are free to go home or explore China to the fullest. Students in the year-long program are assured of Chinese fluency at the end of their study, and can boast of consummate knowledge of China. After reaching a fluent Mandarin level, several alumni of the year-long CSA program were fullyprepared to pursue higher degree programs at Chinese universities or entered the Chinese job market. Lastly, the year-long language program is also the best value for the price of all CSA programs.


3 CiTieS
The only way to truly know and understand a city is to live there. In fact, China Study abroad offers students the chance to live and study in three cities during one semester! This is the ideal program for those who wish to understand China’s modern realities in the context of its long and unique history. Students who choose the 3 Cities program study for seven weeks in Beijing, two weeks in Xi’an, and seven weeks in Shanghai at the cities’ most prestigious universities. The curriculum is connected through each city by its central themes of intensive mandarin language as well as understanding of Chinese culture through its history, politics, and economic future. each city offers a unique curriculum as well as the geographical background that reflects the course material. During their time in each city, students will be taken on all-inclusive sightseeing excursions of culturally and historically significant sites. China Study abroad’s 3-Cities program is more than just a class; it’s a learning experience.

beiJing - 7 WeekS
Beijing is the capital of the People’s Republic of China, the country’s political, economic planning and cultural center, the focal point of its communications, and home to over 14 million people. The successful 2008 Olympic Games reflected China’s increasing stature in the modern world. Beijing remains the most popular destination for students studying Mandarin Chinese.

simultaneous courses in intensive Mandarin language and Ancient Chinese History at Northwestern University. The course traces the epic and prolific history of the Chinese civilization, starting with the mythical Yellow Emperor to the beginnings of the Qing -- China’s last imperial dynasty.

Shanghai - 7 WeekS
Energy, excess, and glamour converge in China’s most cosmopolitan city. Home of the historic Bund, traditional temples, the coveted French Concession, and the proud pioneer of futuristic architecture, Shanghai has it all. For the final seven weeks students will live and study in China’s exciting financial center and experience the future of China.

For the Beijing portion, students will take two simultaneous courses in intensive Mandarin language and Modern Chinese History and Politics at China’s most prestigious school Peking University. The course traces the history of the People’s Republic of China, from the communist revolution to the reforms of the 1980s and China’s current economic boom. For the Shanghai portion, students will take two simultaneous courses in intensive Mandarin xi’an - 2 WeekS language and Chinese Business at Jiaotong Home of the world famous, life-size Terracotta University. The course will fully immerse Army, Xi’an was the cradle of ancient Chinese students in the complex workings of the Chinese civilization dating back to 4,000 BC, and the economy, such as regulatory governmental capital city for 11 dynasties dating back to controls, energy use, environmental pitfalls, the 9th century. It is from here that caravans transparency of law, overheating of the started on the Silk Road to Europe, changing economy, globalization, the merging of the the Western world forever. Today Xi’an is a Hong Kong market, and the financial future of bustling city the size of New York and a great the world’s soon-to-be third largest economy. place to study for those wishing to experience For an exact itinerary, detailed activity the ancient alongside the modern. lists, and further information, please see For the Xi’an portion, students will take two
Schools Beijing Xi’an PKU Duration Semester Class Hours Daily 4 hrs. Mandarin, 1.5 hrs. Chinese Society Starting Dates Sept. 3, Mar. 3 Sept. 3, Mar. 3 Sept. 3, Mar. 3 Chinese Levels All All Accomodations Hotel Hotel Placement Services n/a n/a

Application deadlines Aug. 15, Feb. 15 Aug. 15, Feb. 15 Aug. 15, Feb. 15

North- western Semester Daily 4 hrs. Mandarin, 1.5 hrs. Chinese Society University Jiaotong Daily 4 hrs. Mandarin, Semester University 1.5 hrs. Chinese Society






China Study abroad’s teaching program is a great option for students who want to earn a salary while living and studying in China. CSa guarantees teaching placements that, at a minimum, comfortably cover living expenses. In a globalized world, increasing numbers of Chinese people recognize that knowledge of the english language is essential to upward mobility. private english teaching schools are desperate for native speakers to teach this growing market. applicants that apply for a full-time year-long program or longer receive free accommodation. applicants must be at least 18 years of age and be native english speakers without a strong regional accent. Higher salaries are awarded to those with teaching certification and classroom experience. Teaching positions range from part-time oneon-one tutoring to full-time class teaching. All students in CSA Mandarin language programs are offered free teaching placement. Past students have taken part-time teaching work during weekends, off-time, and holidays to supplement their expenses. Other students spend a semester studying full-time, after which they take on full-time teaching positions. Those applying to the teaching program separate from Mandarin language programs are required to pay a $500 USD fee, which offers guaranteed full-time teaching placement as well as all the other benefits of the CSA program, including airport pick up and drop off, welcome pack, orientation, and 24-hour emergency service. Applicants for full-time teaching programs must commit for longer than 3 months.

and training. Many have standardized curricula and lesson plans they require for all classes, but others may be less strict, allowing for individual teaching styles. Regardless, teaching requires an extended amount of patience and people skills. However, English teachers often have full-time native Chinese teaching aides to CSA employees will do their best to find help out with classes as well as the occasional teaching positions that fit your unique skill-set translation problem. and requirements. Wages are dependent on teaching experience, level of education and the When applying, please make sure to detail individual schools, but typically vary between your work experience, teaching preferences, $14-28 USD an hour. Full-time teachers typically and time-commitment. Many CSA students work 30-40 hours a week. However, part-time have found teaching English to be an invaluable positions are still well-paid and working hours experience, not only for monetary reasons can be as little as 5-10 hours a week. but also for getting to know Chinese people on an interpersonal level. The CSA teaching Class sizes depend upon the school, ranging program also offers people of all income levels from 5-30. Some teachers teach night classes the opportunity of an exciting experience in to adults, while others teach children during China without significant financial cost to the day. All schools provide teaching materials themselves.
Duration Beijing Shanghai Kunming 4 months or longer 4 months or longer 4 months or longer Class Hours 30-40 hours a week 30-40 hours a week 30-40 hours a week Starting Dates Anytime Anytime Anytime Chinese Levels All All All Accommodations All (For students in teaching-only programs,
housing must be arranged separately.)

All (For students in teaching-only programs,
housing must be arranged separately.)

All (For students in teaching-only programs,
housing must be arranged separately.)


mArTiAl ArTS
While it is a myth that all Chinese people “know Kung-Fu”, China is still the birth place of martial arts and the progenitor of many styles that have spread worldwide such as Kung-Fu, Wushu, Tai-Chi, Tai-ji Quan, and their cousins Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Jiu-jitsu and much more. For thousands of years, the martial arts have been a mainstay of Chinese culture. The folklore around martial arts in China is legendary, as the most famous Chinese literature such as “Journey to the West” and “Romance of the Three Kingdoms” involves weapon wielding warriors. In fact, China’s greatest cultural hero may very well be Huo Yuanjia, portrayed by Jet Li in “Fearless,” who defended Chinese honor during the age of foreign dominance by defeating fighters in the ring from around the world including an American boxing champion and a Russian wrestling champion. Another great martial arts hero includes Wong Fei Hong, also played on the screen by Jet Li as well as Jackie Chan. Wong’s martial arts exploits and skill are so legendary that over 113 movies and television series have included him as the protagonist. Simply put, the martial arts are an entrenched part of Chinese culture and tradition. With the additional popularity of Chinese-made martial arts action flicks starring Chinese superstars such as Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jet Li, these folk tale legends have found their way around the world, making arcane styles and schools of martial arts iconic such as Wu-Tang, Shao-Lin and Kung-Fu. Before the industrial boom of the late 20th century, the martial arts were China’s greatest export, outside of tea and silk of course. Nonetheless, for decades, people have traveled from all over the world to study martial arts at the source. Through CSA, you too can learn from the masters. Any Kung-Fu flick junkie will tell you that the martial arts are not just about hand to hand combat or playing with nunchuks, classical Chinese forms of martial arts encompass a broad spectrum of mental and physical discipline. Learning martial arts is about training the body and spirit. It’s a philosophical as well as physical exercise. Serious martial arts students learn not only how to physically best an opponent, but also how to discipline and control oneself. CSA offers martial arts programs with all different styles, for all different levels, fitting any schedule. For those looking to train with the best, we offer programs at China’s best martial arts schools such as the Beijing Sport University, where Jet Li learned his craft. At these intensive martial arts programs, students study with a master 2.5 hours a day, 5 days a week. Classes are offered in styles such as wushu, taijiquan, and chongquan, at all different levels. Certain classes focus on form and technique for competition, while others deal with more sparring and combat. Students looking for a part-time hobby during time off from studying are placed in private martial arts academies, where classes can be taught in evenings, afternoons and weekends depending upon your schedule. For more information, please inquire at info@
Starting Dates July 1, Mar. 1 & Sept. 10 Anytime

Cities Sports University Martial Arts Academy Beijing, Shanghai and Kunming Beijing, Shanghai and Kunming

Duration 9 weeks/ 1 Semester Any length

Class Hours 12.5 hours a week 2-5 hours a week

Chinese Levels All All

Accommodations All All


high SChOOl
at China Study abroad we believe that the benefits of a global education should not be limited to university students. With this in mind, CSa now offers programs tailored to high school students between the ages of 13 and 17. Speaking mandarin is an essential tool for people looking to succeed in a globalized world. enrolling in the CSa high school program gives ambitious, young students a leg up in learning an incredibly difficult, but increasingly essential skill. Because high school students are limited by their school schedule, CSA offers flexible program start dates and program lengths during the fall and spring semesters as well as numerous summer programs. We offer a wide assortment of courses to fit everyone’s needs. They range from being as short as one week for students looking to whet their linguistic palate during school holidays, to year-long programs for students taking a gap year, and everything in between. Many high school students join CSA during their summer holidays, for their first-time experiences of living abroad and taking university-level courses. admissions boards everywhere. By enrolling in the CSA high school program, students can even get a head start on their college careers because most language programs include transferable university credit and official transcripts, depending upon the duration of study.

Students enrolled in the high school language program are given the option of living in campus dorms or with a family homestay, which includes breakfast and dinner every weekday. As with all CSA programs, students will receive 24-hour customer service, regular supervision, emergency care and insurance, a mobile phone with local SIM card, fun The CSA high school program offers the unique opportunity activities on the weekends, and a welcome pack. for gifted and ambitious high school students to take challenging university-level courses. Many high school Admissions into the high school programs are significantly students are eager for a taste of the college experience more competitive, as applicants need to demonstrate -- CSA gives these students the chance to see what a high-level of maturity and academic ability. For a fun college is like in China! Very few college students have vacation, please check the travel section. Only high school the opportunity to study abroad during college, let alone students prepared to take the early leap into college life while still in high school. This is the perfect program for should apply. Additional requirements such as a personal mature and adventurous high school students looking to essay or recommendation letters may be necessary for add some valuable life experience while impressing college admission, depending upon school and length of study.
Chinese Levels All Accomodations Family Homestay & Dormitory Placement Services n/a Application deadlines Year Round

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Schools BLCU and BMA

Duration 1 week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 12 weeks, Semester, Summer, Year

Class Hours 4 hours daily, 20 hours a week



Fudan University 1 week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks, & Jiaotong 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 12 weeks, University Semester, Summer, Year

4 hours daily, 20 hours a week


Family Homestay & Dormitory


Year Round

yOUTh AdveNTUre CAmP
China Study abroad’s Summer adventure Camps combine the excitement of traveling to two of China’s most famous cities with an intensive mandarin learning program. Students aged 9-16 are welcome to join one of our 3-week programs held each summer. On each program students take mandarin lessons in Beijing for two and a half weeks and then travel to the ancient Chinese capital of Xi’an. In just three weeks students have the opportunity to rapidly develop their language skills in addition to making friends with other young people from around the world. CSa’s Youth adventure Camps are the ideal way for students to receive a comprehensive introduction to the Chinese language, culture and way of life, while also having the time of their lives!

Each summer, China Study Abroad offers 3-week adventure camps in Beijing. During these three weeks, students take part in daily beginning Chinese lessons. These Chinese two-lessons are intensive, emphasizing correct speech and pronunciation, reading and writing, and real-world application. We design the course ourselves to ensure that each student is receiving the best education possible. After their Chinese lessons, students take a fun Introduction to Chinese Culture class that teaches basics in Kung-Fu, Calligraphy, Tai-Chi, Cooking, Chinese Music, Chinese Needlework and Crafts, and Chinese History.

When class is out, the fun begins! Students will be taken on excursions throughout Beijing and its outlying areas such as the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Summer Palace, and the Lama Temple. Other activities include hiking at the Fragrant Mountain, a night at the Peking Opera, a special Peking Duck Dinner, eating scorpion, starfish and other oddities at the Wangfujing night market, a rickshaw ride through the old hutongs, shopping at the Silk Market and the Pearl Market, and of course a camping trip on the Great Wall of China! Also included will be fun activities such as swimming at the local parks, barbecues, and picnic outings. our students. With that in mind, China Study Abroad has not contracted out any of its services, unlike our competitors. All classes will take place at the China Study Abroad Mandarin academy or local universities. As always, our teachers are pre-screened and selected to ensure professionalism and skill. Our camp counselors, who will be with the students 24 hours a day and sleep on-site at the camp dormitories, are experienced and responsible. The student accommodations also include 24-hour security. Students will be given cell phones so that they can be reached 24 hours a day, and China Study Abroad staff will always be available to speak Last, but most definitely not least, on the last 3 days of the with whenever needed. adventure camp, students will be taken to the ancient city of Xi’an to see the Terracotta Warriors and the home of All China Study Abroad participants receive the StudentCare Imperial China for thousands of years! They’ll see the old city Plus! insurance coverage as part of the camp fee. Any walls and the bell towers, the great mausoleum of Qin Shi possible medical emergencies will be promptly addressed Huang, the first emperor of China, and much more. On the and taken care of at international hospitals in Beijing. Our 24tour, they will also receive a guided tour detailing the history hour staff is experienced in dealing with any and all medical of these remarkable archaeological sites and a culture and issues that may arise. If students have any specialized civilization that has lasted the millennia. This is all included medical needs such as daily medication, counselors will see in the camp price along with 3 meals a day. to it that their needs are addressed on a daily basis.


For more detailed information, set itinerary, and program fees While the program is fashioned to be an educational and fun please see experience for students, the main priority is the well-being of .aspx or inquire at

Schools Beijing Xi’an Beijing Mandarin Academy Jiaotong University

Duration 3 weeks 3 weeks

Class Hours Daily 4 hrs. Mandarin, 1.5 hrs. Cultural Class Daily 4 hrs. Mandarin, 1.5 hrs. Cultural Class

Starting Dates June 3, July 3 June 3, July 3

Chinese Levels Beginner* Beginner*

Accomodations Hotel Hotel

Placement Services n/a n/a

Application deadlines May 30 May 30


*Beginner: 0 - 40 hours studied, 0 - 500 characters

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bUSiNeSS PrOgrAm
In just 30 years, China’s market-oriented reforms have unleashed the economic potential of a nation with over a billion people, generating economic growth never before seen in modern history. China’s dramatic transformation has had a profound impact not only on China, but on the world. In addition to lifting hundreds of millions of its citizens out of poverty, China has become the world’s 3rd largest economy with few signs of slowing down. language classes at the local university of their choice, such as Tsinghua University or Peking University, and will also attend business lectures provided by professors specializing in business and economics. These lectures are centered on doing business in China, from which students learn everything from business-focused Mandarin to in-depth analysis of the Chinese economy and marketplace, as well as culturally-specific business However, doing business in China is not simple; there practices. are complicated local customs, language barriers, bureaucracy and many other hurdles which must be This holistic approach includes tours of Chinese factories, overcome. To this end, we have created our dual business corporations, and attendance at business seminars and networking events with business organizations such as the and Mandarin learning program. American Chamber of Commerce in China. After enrolling This course is essential for individual business men and in CSA’s Business and Mandarin program, students will women. Anyone who has done business in China knows be equipped for a future in Chinese business. that knowledge of Mandarin is a great asset, and with our business program we will provide you with an insight into Students enrolled in CSA’s business programs still receive how some of China’s most successful local and foreign CSA’s internship placement services, free of charge. Many students enroll in our business program and then proceed businesses conduct themselves and prosper. to do an internship with a Chinese company afterwards, Students in this program are enrolled in Mandarin rounding out their business experience in China. Much like the international corporations such as Google, Microsoft, and Intel that have invested heavily in China, many students hope to jump on the financial wave by learning Mandarin and conducting business in China. None can afford to overlook China’s huge consumer market and its formidable industries which provide goods for the entire globe.

CourSeS and degree ProgramS
In addition to our dual Mandarin and business program, we also offer business specific courses at certain universities. These class offerings are limited by time and location. One example is our Chinese Economy summer course offered at Fudan University in Shanghai. The main topics include the Chinese stock market, RMB reform, China’s trading partners and laws, marketing in China as well as human resource management in China. The class is taught by the faculty of Fudan University. Spots are limited for these specialized courses. Please contact us at for availability. For those looking for more traditional business degrees or MBAs, we offer joint business and language programs at Tsinghua University and Qingdao University. A high level of Chinese-speaking is required, and the programs are very competitive. Depending upon the program, students may be required to participate in a full application process, including but not limited to, a completed undergraduate degree, curriculum vitae, official university transcript, a recent GMAT score, letters of recommendation, as well as personal essays. Please contact us at for more information.

Schools Beijing Xi’an Shanghai PKU Northwestern University Jiaotong University

Duration Semester Semester Semester

Class Hours Daily 4 hrs. Mandarin, 1.5 hrs. Chinese Society Daily 4 hrs. Mandarin, 1.5 hrs. Chinese Society Daily 4 hrs. Mandarin, 1.5 hrs. Chinese Society

Starting Dates Sept. 3, Mar. 3 Sept. 3, Mar. 3 Sept. 3, Mar. 3

Chinese Levels All All All

Accomo- Placement dations Services Hotel Hotel Hotel n/a n/a n/a

Application deadlines Aug. 15, Feb. 15 Aug. 15, Feb. 15 Aug. 15, Feb. 15

Business is booming in China. as the world’s 3rd largest economy, China has positioned itself as one of the world’s best investments. However, as many corporations have discovered, getting a good return on investment in China is not a simple task. Worries over economic overheating, environmental concerns, intellectual property rights, lack of transparency, tight regulatory control of the economy by the central government, corruption, and over-speculation of the stock market by Chinese investors has many companies wary to plunge into this booming market. While China’s economic gains confirm that the potential rewards outweigh the risks in most cases, the question of how to mitigate those risks remains. To that end, companies have utilized China Study Abroad’s tailor made corporate programs to educate their company employees to make informed decisions about entering the Chinese market. While keeping with a foundation of Mandarin language learning and lectures and workshops on foreign investment, China Study Abroad designs industry and trade specific short and long-term curricula to meet corporate goals. Knowledge is a corporation’s most powerful tool, and China Study Abroad offers companies the inside track on learning how business is done in China. lengths, and start dates that can accommodate any request. Private courses are available now for novice to advanced Mandarin abilities.

CorPorate SPeCiFiC eduCation
To meet corporate needs, China Study Abroad locates industry experts that have operated in the Chinese market for years to give lectures and workshops. Textile manufacturers are taken on tours of Chinese factories, observe delivery methods, and meet factory foremen. Tourism firms are taken on site inspections, discuss with hotel managers, and meet with representatives from Chinese tourism contractors. From production, delivery, quality control to overall infrastructure, every aspect of the industry will be available for analysis. To buttress these industry-specific workshops and information sessions are lectures from mainstays of foreign investment in China. Representatives from venture capitalist firms, heads of start up corporations, corporate consultants well-versed in the complex Chinese laws concerning foreign investment, environmentalists, and human rights advocates will all be available for lectures, questions and networking. Clients will receive a broad-based program of study on conducting business in China on top of their industryspecific needs. China Study Abroad’s corporate program gives clients a unique opportunity to research their market niche, learn industry-specific Mandarin, and develop a fuller comprehension of the Chinese economy before breaking into the Chinese market. Because of the highly specific design of this program and additional time needed to organize workshops catering to client needs, applicants must apply at least two months in advance. For more information and a sample itinerary, please see

To understand the complexities of the Chinese market, it is essential that corporate representatives not only speak Mandarin, but they must utilize industry-specific language. Whether the focus is on finance, media, import/export, IT, tourism or other industry, China Study Abroad uses its expertise to plan a course that achieves any industry sensitive language goal. According to the client’s unique objectives, China Study Abroad is able to place emphasis on different aspects of the four communication macroskills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. The China Study Abroad approach to teaching Mandarin highlights interaction and student involvement, ensuring students not only learn, but also enjoy learning. For more traditional language learning, China Study Abroad also offers enrollment at preeminent universities throughout China. Geographically specific needs can easily be addressed as we offer courses in over thirteen Chinese cities. With individualized corporate attention and differentiated course curriculums based on industry sector, program participants can expect rapid progression in their Mandarin language skills. China Study Abroad offers flexible class hours, program


hK/mACAU & FOreigN-bOrN ChiNeSe
China Study abroad has tailor-made a program to address a growing population of students for whom normative mandarin language classes for beginners are inadequate. These students are advanced beginners; they are either native english speakers with a strong basic understanding of oral mandarin or speak another dialect of Chinese such as the Cantonese, Kejia, or Fujian dialects. To cater to these students’ specific needs, China Study abroad has created the Foreign-Born Chinese program and the Hong Kong/macau/Taiwan program.

Foreign-born ChineSe
This course is designed for students who: 1) were born in a nonChinese-speaking country but were raised in a home where Mandarin was spoken and possess little or no reading and writing skills in Chinese; or 2) were born in a Chinese-speaking country and received zero or limited formal education in that country up to the second grade. The course teaches both pinyin and characters, introduces functional vocabulary, and provides a systematic review of grammar. Courses are specifically designed for advanced beginners who have weak character recognition but already speak fluent conversational Mandarin. Course textbooks and curriculum are specifically designed with targeted students in mind. This accelerated semester-long course will bring students to a Chinese literacy rate that matches their fluent speaking vocabulary. Students will also be prepared to take higher level university Mandarin courses which match their already advanced oral speaking for which they were previously unqualified.
Schools Beijing Mandarin Academy Beijing Duration 1 Semester Class Hours Daily, 4 classes a day Starting Dates September 12, March 3 Chinese Levels Fluent Speaking Mandarin, Character Recognition 0 – 400 words Accommodations Standard Apt., Luxury Apt., Hotel, Family Homestay, Young Professional Homestay Placement Services Internship, Teaching, Volunteer Application deadlines August 20, February 13

hong kong/maCau/taiWan
This course is designed for students who speak a non-Mandarin dialect of Chinese. In particular, this course prepares students looking to take the Putonghua Shuiping Ceshi (PSC) and Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) Tests, which are nationally standardized test that gauge the Mandarin abilities. The PSC is designed specifically with individuals from Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan in mind. Scoring well on these tests is essential to entering China’s top universities or finding employment with Chinese companies. Course curriculum emphasizes phonetics, listening comprehension, conversation, intensive reading, and grammar. The course aim is proficiency in Mandarin speaking, with students eventually achieving an oral vocabulary that matches their advanced writing and reading skills. There is also a 4-week PSC preparatory class available.
Placement Services Internship, Teaching, Volunteer Application deadlines August 20, February 13

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Schools Beijing Mandarin Academy and BLCU Beijing

Duration Semester, 3 weeks

Class Hours Daily, 4-6 classes

Starting Dates September 12, March 3

Chinese Levels Fluent nonMandarin Chinese Dialect, Character Recognition 1500+

Accommodations Standard Apt., Luxury Apt., Hotel, Family Homestay, Young Professional Homestay


vOlUNTeer PrOgrAm
China Study abroad (CSa) is very proud to present its China volunteer program. Whether your interest is in human rights, environmentalism, teaching in rural areas or poverty alleviation, CSa can place you in the correct environment for you to make the most of your passion and individual skill-set. In general, most volunteers are placed in English-teaching positions throughout China. Speaking English is a great commodity in China but is unavailable to the impoverished. However, for those of you with passion for specific projects, and with the resume to match, we would be happy to place you with an organization working in your particular area of interest. We have placed students with various non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and agencies for human rights, environmental conservation, and poverty alleviation. Whether you have a weekend or a summer, we will find the service project that best fits your needs. These positions can be highly competitive, but we do successfully place our students as interns at various NGOs and charitable organizations. Our volunteer programs are very flexible. Many volunteers choose to study in one of the cities serviced by CSA and then take a trip to the more rural areas to volunteer in between semesters, during national holidays, or after they’ve completed their studies. Also, CSA offers various opportunities to volunteer during your stay in China, even if your main priority is learning Mandarin. One such activity is the Beijing tree-planting program. Many of our summer Mandarin students also signed up to volunteer for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. We believe that one of the best ways to improve one’s Chinese is through cross-cultural interaction, which is promoted through service. Those of you looking solely looking to volunteer must fill out an application and pay the application fee. After that, any fees or possible stipends vary depending upon the agency or organization that you are placed with. If you do a dual volunteer and Mandarin learning program with CSA, you will only be responsible for paying the Mandarin learning portion, placement with a volunteer program will be free of charge.

golog Community SChool
Our featured volunteer program is at the CSa Community School in Golog, Qinghai province. Golog is a small town on the Tibetan plateau in 14 hours south of Xining, the capital city of Qinghai, by bus. It is a very remote rural and impoverished area, historically inhabited by ethnic Tibetans. There is also a sizable Hui (Chinese muslim) population, as well as Han Chinese. as of September of 2007, there have been various ethnic clashes between the muslim and traditionally Buddhist Tibetan population. The goal of the CSa Community School is to promote community and cultural understanding through education. To that end, the school provides free classes to all members of the community, regardless of age, ethnicity and class. Headed by famed human rights activist Wenzhuo Hou, the CSa Community School in Golog serves an important role in this volatile population that goes largely ignored by the media and other charitable organizations. Volunteers in the Golog program will be expected to commit a minimum of three months. Their responsibilities will include teaching remedial classes in English, Math, hygiene and health, basic art such as music, crafts and Mandarin at the community school as well as the local CSA-sponsored orphanage, while also working on various human resource tasks. This includes community outreach, field work and research, as well as efforts to seek more funding and support for the program from local and international charitable organizations. Volunteers will be provided with basic food and housing in Golog, but are responsible for their travel fees and any extra living expenses.

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Tapping into the massive potential of China’s growing economic market is a top priority for many of our students. While studying abroad and learning mandarin is an important first step, our more ambitious students are looking to make headway into a career. moreover, many organizations based in China are searching for the next wave of bright recruits. To that end, China Study abroad offers our internship placement program, which acts as a bridge between these two parties. CSA’s vast network within major Chinese cities allows us to place our students in various diverse and exciting positions. For those interested in business, we have placed interns in multinational as well as Chinese companies specializing in software, sales, venture capital, marketing, and more. Dependent upon the student’s level of qualification and experience, these companies may offer paid employment. Even unpaid, interns gain invaluable experience working abroad that stands out on any resume. For those looking to work in the non-profit sector, CSA connects students with numerous internship positions within Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) involved with a broad array of charitable causes such as human rights, environmentalism, public health, non-profit law, and discrimination. These internships are rarely paid, but offer an essential service to the public and a unique experience for interns to better understand Chinese society and the toll of rapid modernization. Internships also vary based upon available work hours. More challenging and lucrative positions often require working full time. Other internships only require a part time commitment, but rest assured that all internships will present their unique challenges. Many internship positions also require a minimum time commitment of 3 months or more. CSA will guarantee interviews for internship positions, but employment is dependent upon the quality of the applicant’s resume/CV, skill-set, and interview. Competition for positions can be fierce, but rest assured that CSA’s Chinese-based staff will do their utmost to find an internship catering to your particular areas of interest, time constraints, Chinese-speaking level, and expertise.

Those seeking direct placement without a language program are required to pay an upfront $500 USD fee, which includes all other benefits of being in the CSA program, including airport pick up and drop off, welcome pack, orientation, and 24-hour emergency service.

Because many internships may require a minimum Chinese proficiency, we suggest that students enroll in a language learning program first in order to satisfy this requirement as well allowing for an adjustment period. Previous students have enrolled in summer or semester language programs before taking on full-time internship positions for another 3 months or longer. Undoubtedly, CSA’s internship program offers an excellent opportunity Students in CSA Mandarin language programs for three for those seeking a well-rounded experience while months or longer are offered free internship placement. studying abroad in China.

Duration Beijing Shanghai Summer, Semester & Year Summer, Semester & Year

Chinese Levels All All

Accommodations All* All* *For students in internship only programs, housing must be arranged separately. *For students in internship only programs, housing must be arranged separately.



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“CSA & its staff members were there from the very start. Whether it was accommodations, visa issues, school registration or setting up weekend trips to experience the sights and sounds of Beijing, CSA handled everything with professional competence and efficiency. Overall, CSA gave me a summer that will never be forgotten.”
— Denise Tam, 25 • Toronto, Canada • Summer Mandarin Program

“CSA was much more than what I expected. I have never seen a study program that has so many options in where you want to study, or live. The staff is great! They are always very helpful, and nice, whether they are working or not. While I was in China, CSA took care of everything for me, and even if I had a question, I would just call one of the staff and get an answer right away. CSA even has fun weekend outings around the city, activities for everyone, and trips to other parts of China. I recommend this program for everyone at all ages!!”
— Liang Cheng, 17 • High School Program • United States

“The simple fact is that CSA is China done easy. CSA is a wonderful and easy place to learn one of the most difficult languages. Coming to China is difficult, and learning to speak Chinese is even more difficult, but with CSA in charge that only the difficult thing that the student has to do is open the and study.”
— Manuel Aguilar, 21 • Summer Study and Travel • San Salvador, El Salvador

“I thought CSA did a good job with providing the accommodation. They were right there when I needed to be picked up from the airport and made me feel comfortable and eager to start my Chinese courses. I stayed with a host family and I couldn’t ask for a better one. I’ve done home stay before and I thought they were quite nice. But my Chinese host family really out did themselves. I definitely have a lovely place to come back to whenever I’m in Beijing.”
- Yorik Thebaud, 18 • Undergraduate • Port Au Prince, Haiti • Summer Mandarin Studies

“CSA was invaluable to me out here. There is no way I could have made it out here without them (especially in the first few weeks). I also made some life-long friends. Would recommend CSA to anyone.”
— Nick Criado-Perez, 26 • Mandarin Intensive Yearlong Program • London, England

“Overall the level of service was good, and the staff members were always cheerful and polite when I had any requests/problems. My apartment was fine: clean, modern and everything worked. I had no complaints with it. Any problems that did occur were quickly rectified by the staff.”
- Richard Sayce, 22 • Professional • Cheshire, United Kingdom • Martial Arts and Mandarin Program

What The Pros Say
“If you want to go to China to study, or just to learn the language, China Study Abroad is a great place to start! They have internships, business classes and volunteer programs available all over China.”
- Student Traveler, Trusted by over 1,000 study abroad offices across the US • April, 2007

“After comparing with my friends that went to China with other organizations, I am sure that CSA is the best one. Other organizations do not offer aid 24 hours to the day nor do they have people guide them. They helped me everything that I needed, and even helped me when my sister came to me to visit for a few days. Their main goal is that the students are doing well and having a good experience. Studying and living in China can be difficult at times, but with the amiable, patient and funny staff, CSA made my experience in China unforgettable.”
— Jessica Pedraza, 20 • Intensive Mandarin Study • Miami, Florida

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“China Study Abroad offers unique and affordable options for total immersion into Chinese culture, language, and way of life.”
- Language Magazine: The Journal of Communication & Education • January, 2007

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TAilOr mAde & grOUP TOUrS
at China Study abroad we understand the individual nature of our students and their needs. Rather than restrict our program participants or try to push them toward courses that would make our job easier, we work with the individual to design an appropriate program. We give you the opportunity of tailoring your time in China to suit your needs and wants. China Study Abroad offers our clients any type of housing, in any city or cities, any language level, any curriculum specific program, at any time, and for any duration. Mix and match from our various programs, locations, accommodation and schools to find the exact study abroad experience that you desire in your time frame. China Study Abroad staff will work tirelessly to meet your specific time, location, financial and learning requirements. Past students have requested to do programs in multiple cities, incorporate travel, and have arrangements made to in a certain location for a time-specific event such as the Qingdao Oktoberfest, the Harbin Ice Festival, and the Women’s World Cup. With our flexibility, expertise and vast resources, students can study in the dual language and business program for a semester in Beijing, intern with a corporation in Shanghai, backpack through Tibet, and volunteer in the rural countryside. China Study Abroad will make all arrangements so that students can concentrate on their cultural and Mandarin learning. Tell us your ideal study abroad experience, and we will make it happen!

If your group has a pre-designed program and itinerary in mind, China Study abroad staff will work tirelessly to accommodate your specifications. past group programs have included participants that required translators, detailed travel plans, conventions, and particular curriculum. China Study abroad is capable of designing programs to fit those of traveling musical groups, scholars interested in Chinese history, corporations, and Chinese cultural hobbyists of all kinds. Let China Study abroad design your group’s China experience. China Study Abroad will design your group’s accommodations, travel plans, transportation, meeting centers, lectures, workshops, activities, excursions, research trips and site inspections. Let China Study Abroad’s vast resources, experience in the industry, and skilled staff benefit your group. We can meet any time, financial and size requirement. (Minimum group size seven people). Along with your particular design, group participants still benefit from all the benefits of studying with China Study Abroad such as insurance, 24-hour service, CSA welcome

pack, and free internship and teaching placement services. We ensure that all tailor-made programs will meet China Study Abroad’s high standards. If we can’t do it right, we won’t do it at all. Because of the highly specific design of this program and additional time needed to organize and design program details, clients must apply at least two months in advance. For more information and a sample itinerary, please see and group .aspx.
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Schools All Cities All

Duration Any length

Class Hours Any length

Starting Dates Any time

Chinese Levels All levels

Accomodations Any

Placement Services All

Application deadlines Any time


AddiTiONAl TrAvel
For those looking to do additional sightseeing through China before or after completing a CSa program, or just looking to do some traveling, CSa offers discounted guided tours. Listed below are just a few of the many tours offered. The minimum group requirement is four passengers. Tour guides are available in english and Spanish. For more information, additional destinations, travel itineraries, updated prices, or customized tour packages, please visit: or inquire at Tour Fee: $1199/dbl & up (2008) Land Only $699 & up (2008)

eSSenTIaL CHIna 8 DaYS

includes: airfare from los angeles, deluxe hotel, meals (as specified), tours admission fee, transportation, and english-speaking tour guide. excludes: airport tax ($295), Chinese visa fee ($130) & service tips.

stretches over 3,000 miles and is the only man-made structure visible from the Moon. A walk along the undulating wall offers unforgettable and spectacular vistas. En route back to Beijing, visit the Ming Tombs, burial sites for 13 of the 16 Ming Dynasty Emperors. The underground palaces house the lavish wealth of the Emperors. (B/L/D)

DAY 5 Beijing- Shanghai: Morning at leisure. Fly to
Shanghai, China’s largest city and the so-called “Paris of the East.” Upon arrival, we will tour the Bund- the famous riverfront promenade, the tranquil Yu Garden, and the Temple of the Jade Buddha. (B/D)

DAY 1 USA-Beijing: Fly transpacific from your hometown city.

DAY 2 Beijing: Upon arrival in historic Beijing, you will be transferred to hotel.
Rest of the day free at leisure.

DAY 3 Beijing-Tiananmen Square: We will start exploring the Imperial wonders of this majestic city with a visit to the golden-roofed Forbidden City, a huge compound of palaces, pavilions, and courtyards, where the Emperors of Ming & Qing Dynasties lived. Nearby is the awesome Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world. Afternoon visit to the beautiful Imperial Summer Palaces, where lovely pagodas, temples & galleries are situated around Kunming Lake. (B/L/D) DAY 4 Beijing-The Great Wall: Today we tour the
landmark of China-The Great Wall. Built to thwart the barbarian invasions two thousand years ago, the Great Wall

DAY 6 Shanghai-Tongli-Suzhou: Morning visit to the ancient town on the water, Tongli. Dated back 1,000 years ago, the charming town was built amidst crisscrossing rivers and lakes. Timelessly, the simplicity and antiquity of the architecture remains all the more attractive. Continue to tour Suzhou, Garden City of China viewing beautiful pavilions and bridges. (B/D) DAY 7 Suzhou-Shanghai: Return to Shanghai in the morning, rest of the day free at leisure to adventure this lively metropolis. You can walk around Old Town where shops lined up along the narrow and winding alleys sell authentic arts and crafts. (B) DAY 8 Shanghai-USA: Enjoy the morning free time for last minute shopping or personal activity. Transfer to Airport in the afternoon to fly home. (B)


AddiTiONAl TrAvel (CONTiNUed)
Tour Fee: $1969/dbl (Apr-Oct 2008)

Tourists ride camels at Mingsha Shan (Singing Sand Dunes) in Dunhuang, China.


includes: airfare from beijing/Shanghai–urumqi-dunghuang-beijing/Shanghai, hotel (4*), meals, tours, transportation, and english-speaking local tour guide. ture to silk road with a flight to the remote Chinese Turkestan, now known as Uygur Autonomous Region. Upon arrival in Urumqi, the capital city of Xinjiang, you will be greeted by a local professional tour guide. Transfer to hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure. (B/D)

DAY 5 Dunhuang: Morning tour to the magnificent art treasures of Mogao Caves. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, its grottoes, totaling over 500 caves, contain 2,415 colored statues and 45,000 square meters of murals, which show an uninterrupted history of Buddhist art over a period of more than 1,000 years. Rest of the day free at leisure to explore. (B/L/D)

DAY 6 Dunhuang-Beijing/Shanghai-Home: TransDAY 1 Beijing-Urumqi: We begin our exciting adven- fer to airport for your flight home or to next destination. (B)

Tour Fee: $1295/dbl (Jan/Feb/Mar/Nov/Dec) $1395/dbl (Apr/May/Oct) $1495/dbl (Jun/Jul/Aug/Sep)

The Yangtze River is China’s longest river (and the third largest in the world). The aptly named “River of Heaven” gracefully DAY 3 Urumqi-Turpan: Follow the steps of Marco Polo winds 4,000 miles through the majestic gorges, the cloud-covto arrive in the fascinating Turpan, the oasis known as Fi- ered mountains, thick green valleys, the Three Gorges Dam and ery Land. Turpan lies 505 feet below sea level, and produces towns of ancient and modern. Cruising the fabled River provides some of the world’s most spectacular grapes by means of a window into the soul and spirit of China. a vast underground network of canals that are fed by the melting snow from nearby mountains. Visit the exotic ba- DAY 1 Beijing/Shanghai - Chongqing - Embark zaar to shop for eye-catching handmade shawls, Cossack Victoria Cruise: Fly to Chongqing and transfer to pier to arts and crafts, plentiful delicious sweet treats await you board the luxurious Victoria Cruise ship adventuring down the mighty Yangtze River for the next three nights. there. (B/L/D)

DAY 2 Urumqi: Morning excursion to the pristine Lake of Heaven. Located in the shadow of the Tian Shan range, and surrounded by grassy meadows, dense forests and jagged mountain, the lake water is as blue as sapphire. Cruise on the lake and enjoy the coolness of the high altitude and the beautiful scenery. Afternoon, visit Xinjiang Museum- known for its well-preserved mummies and numerous collections of ancient artifacts. (B/L/D)

includes: round trip air inclusive from beijing or Shanghai, to cruise embarkation & disembarkation port cities, victoria Cruise ship (5*), tours, transportation, meals, one night hotel in beijing or Shanghai (4-5*), and english-speaking local tour guide.

DAY 4 Turpan-Urumqi-Dunhuang: Motorcoach re- DAY 2 Yangtze River Cruise: Depends on the local
turn to Urumqi and fly to Dunhuang. Located on the edge of the desert with spectacular sand dunes as street landmarks, Dunhuang has endured more than 2000 years and still holds a bright spot in the desert. Take a camel ride around the city and climb up 250- meter high sand dunes of Singing Sand Mountain, where you can enjoy bird’s eye view of the desert and experience the roaring sound of moving sands when sliding downhill. (B/L/D)

river conditions, today we either visit Fengdu, or Shibaozhai. Nicknamed as “Ghost City”, Fengdu has numerous statues of devils and ghosts that roam the afterworld. Shibaozhai is famous for its 12-story tall wooden pagoda, which was built 400 years ago without using a single nail. (B/L/D) On board activities include a wide variety of informative lectures, painting demonstrations, acupuncture demonstrations, Tai Chi, Chinese or western massages and facials, as
(RIGHT, BOTTOM) Registan Square in Samarkand, on the ancient silk road - Uzbekistan.


well as lessons in Mandarin language, calligraphy and silk kite making. Nightly entertainment includes traditional fashion shows, colorful cultural presentations, and traditional Chinese music. Or, enjoy feature films, HBO and BBC broadcasting in your own cabin.

DAY 3 Yangtze River Cruise: Today we will navigate through the most exciting journey on Yangtze River: the famous Three Gorges. First is the shortest, narrowest and yet most visually dramatic Qutang Gorge. Continue to pass Wu Gorge, known for its serene beauty. Before passing through the longest and deepest of the three: Xiling Gorge, take a detour to beautiful Lesser Gorges via smaller vessels. Tonight we sail through the Three Gorges ship locks. (B/L/D) DAY 4 Yangtze River Cruise-Yichang-Beijing/ Shanghai: Morning excursion tour to Three Gorges Dam
Site. The Dam construction is the largest of its kind in the world, and once completed in 2009, will change the landscape of the Yangtze River Valley forever. Our river journey ends in Yichang, transfer to airport for flight to Beijing/ Shanghai. Airport to hotel transfer is provided upon arrival. (B/L) home or your next destination. (B)
Tibet prayers praying around a temple in winter morning, taken in Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture.

DAY 3 Lhasa: Today is free to explore this holy city. (B)

DAY 4 Lhasa-Hometown: Transfer to airport for flight DAY 5 Beijing/Shanghai: Transfer to airport for flight home or your next destination. (B)

Tour Fee: $695/person/dbl & up ( Land Only) includes: hotel (4*), tours, transportation, meals and english-speaking local tour guide.


Tour Fee: $795.00/person/dbl includes: round trip air inclusive from beijing or Shanghai, hotel (5*), tours, transportation, meals and englishspeaking local tour guide.


DAY 1 Arrive Lhasa: Fly to Lhasa, the capital city of
mystical Buddhist kingdom of Tibet. The rest of the day is free to adjust to the altitude of one of the world’s highest plateaus-about 12,000 ft. above sea level. (D)

DAY 1 Beijing/Shanghai to Guilin: Fly to picturesque Guilin from Beijing or Shanghai. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by local professional tour guide. Transfer to hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure.

DAY 2 Lhasa: Today’s highlight is the tour of Potala Palace, former living quarters of the Dalai Lama and the center of the Tibetan government., Its massive 1,000 room structure towers over this mountain city. Also visit one of Tibet’s oldest shrines, Jokhang Temple and the famous Barkhor Market where you may shop local authentic items. Afternoon tour of Summer Palace, built by the seventh Dalai Lama in the 18th century. (B/L/D)

DAY 2 Guilin: Located on the banks of the Li River, Guilin is renown for its unique limestone landscape and serene natural beauty. Take a scenic cruise down the meandering Li River; continue to tour the famous Reed Flute Cave to see some unusual stalactite and stalagmite formations. (B/L/D)

DAY 3 Guilin: Transfer to airport for flight to next destination. (B)

***Land Service Only: $400.00/person/dbl

A truly remArkAble sight would be to look down at beijing from the sky above over the last 2,000 years. One would witness imperial palaces and fortresses being built and destroyed time and time again. in the 15th century and late 17th, one would see the largest city in the world, its empire reaching over the entire eastern globe, even sending emissaries to the Americas. Conquering armies would breach the city walls, first on horseback and later in tanks, only to be repelled, sometimes hundreds of years later, by liberating armies waving flags of yellow, purple, black and eventually a bright red. looking slightly north, one would see a wall of stone slowly grow and expand like a two-headed snake over the mountain ridges, ever widening beyond the peripheral horizons. As these visions fade into memory, they are replaced by sky scrapers dotting the landscape. City walls that repelled invaders for millennia are demolished, making room for highways. Millions of bicycles are replaced by taxi cabs, scooters, air-conditioned double-decker buses, and subway lines. Businessmen, who only a decade ago dressed in government-issued garb, wear suits and ties with matching briefcases as they enter corporate office buildings over 70 stories high.


Tradition meets modernity in China's capital.
Millions of construction workers from other provinces will engulf the city to prepare for the world’s greatest sporting event. The entire city will collectively hold its breath in dual hope and anxiety, as another army of foreigners infiltrates their city in the summer of 2008, but this time through the gates of its newly renovated international airport and the largest terminal in the world. An entire city built for royalty, forbidden to the general public for centuries, will be flooded by millions of visitors traipsing through the courtyard. Children will play upon the stone tortoises and dragons that once stood guard for the imperial court. Beijing is big in its politics, its population, its acreage, its projects, and its reach. It is the great city of Cambuluc written about by Marco Polo, located along the upper tip of the North China Plain. From Beijing, dynasties have lorded over nations thousands of miles away in every direction. To live and study in Beijing is to understand a culture and society whose history extends back into ancient times, flourishing a millennium before Hannibal sacked Rome, Charlemagne united France, or Jesus preached to crowds in the streets of Jerusalem. To comprehend Beijing is to witness 1.5 billion people on the cusp of international power, welcoming change with open arms while still cognizant of an illustrious past. Beijingers will tell you that the city’s true greatness still lies ahead -- hope floats in this city, even higher than the oft-publicized smog. Only in Beijing can one ride a high-speed subway overlooking an imperial palace, party in a world-class night club housed in a 17th century traditional Chinese courtyard, or eat a gourmet dinner of Peking duck roasted the same way for centuries, followed by cappuccino and dessert at a chic lounge designed by the world’s most innovative architects. Beijing is a city where history meets modernity. Students and travelers lucky enough to make the journey to Beijing will experience another milestone in a civilization’s great history. There’s a reason Beijing is our most popular destination -- come and find out why.

Studying in Beijing
Peking University
Peking University is the most renowned and prestigious university in China. Established in 1898, the university is known within china as ‘Bei Da’. Each year over two thousand overseas students from more than sixty countries attend classes at Peking University. While some enroll in undergraduate and graduate degree programs, most foreign students come to the university for the Chinese Language Development Program. Peking University’s Chinese Language Center offers twenty levels of instruction from total beginner to advanced. The curriculum follows standards articulated by the National Committee on the Teaching of Chinese as a Second Language and offers certification at various levels through the HSK. Upon completing the program, students receive an official transcript from the University.

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tsinghUa University
Tsinghua University is one of the most famous universities in China and was built on the site of “Tsinghua Yuan” -- a former royal garden of the Qing Dynasty. As a comprehensive multi-disciplinary university, Tsinghua University is recognized as a world-class institution for both education and research, with strong disciplines in science, engineering, management and humanities. Tsinghua University welcomes international students who may enroll under various undergraduate, Masters and Doctoral programs. Many take part in the Chinese language programs offered by the University. As of Autumn of 2005, over 1,700 foreign students were enrolled at Tsinghua University, coming from 75 countries and majoring in science and technology, humanities, economics, management, law, arts and many other areas.

Beijing LangUage and CULtUre University
Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) is the only university in China whose mission statement is to teach the Chinese language and culture to foreign students. Since its inception in the 1970s it has become the most popular institution for foreign students wishing to study in China, annually attracting over 9,000 international students from over 110 countries. The university also attracts the same number of Chinese students a year; this mesh of local and foreign students provides a great atmosphere in which to learn Mandarin and Chinese culture. The university has also gained the reputation of being a world leader in the field of teaching Mandarin as a foreign language, providing text books and teaching methods used world-wide.


When riding the blAzingly fAst mAglev trAin away from shanghai’s gleaming Pudong international Airport, it becomes apparent that China has arrived as a world superpower, and much like the 267.8 mph train that opened in 2003, shanghai is the city that propels China forward. One need only look at the prolific skyscrapers of the Pudong district with its Oriental Pearl tower and Jin mao tower, two of the world’s tallest man-made structures, the busiest cargo port in the world, or donghai bridge, the longest sea-crossing bridge in the world, to know that shanghai is among the world’s most modern cities. A far cry from the ancient imperial histories of Beijing or Xi’an, Shanghai is representative of a new China. Located where the Yangtze River Delta and the Pacific meet, Shanghai, which literally translates as “on the sea,” was historically a small fishing village. Today, Shanghai is the most populated city in the world’s most populated country. The seeds of modern day China were planted in Shanghai: birthplace of Dr. Sun

Energy, excess, and glamour converge in China’s most cosmopolitan city.
Yat-Sen, the founder of modern China, location of the first congress of the Chinese Communist Party in 1921, and hometown of basketball superstar and China’s unofficial international ambassador, Yao Ming. During the late Qing dynasty, Shanghai’s strategic location as the gateway to the rich interior of the Yangtze River, an area which produces the vast amounts of food necessary to feed all of China, made it the envy of international powers looking to trade with China. With Beijing’s power weakening in the mid 19th century, Shanghai became the playground of foreign imperialists, who brought with them industry, western finance, and modernization, the vestiges of which can still be seen in the architecture of the Bund and the French Concession. By the time of the Kuomintang Republic, Shanghai was the world’s third greatest financial center behind only New York and London. With the Communist takeover in 1949, Shanghai became largely impoverished due to heavy taxation from the central government as well as the purging of “bourgeois elements.” After the economic reforms ushered in during the late 20th century, Shanghai has led China’s economic resurgence with a GDP that dwarfs that of every other region except for Hong Kong. Shanghai is also a center of politics and culture. Former Chinese president Jiang Zemin was first the mayor of Shanghai, and the city was the breeding ground of the right-leaning “Shanghai-clique” which was fiercely critical of the Cultural Revolution and highly influential in the recent reforms. And even with its modernist tendencies, Shanghai is a bastion of traditional culture with its famous schools of the arts such as the Songjiang School, the Huating School, and the Shanghai School. However, Shanghai’s most famous cultural school still may be the Chin Woo Athletic School of Wushu created by China’s most famous modern martial arts hero Huo Yuanjia. Despite its cosmopolitan character, Shanghai will seduce you with its intimacy. Whether a scenic view of the historic Bund from a boat ride along the Huangpu river or the flavor explosion of Shanghai’s famous xiao long bao, (“little dragon buns”), Shanghai will leave a lasting impression. To live and study in Shanghai is to have your fingers on the pulse of modern China. More than anything, one comes away with a greater understanding of the nation’s recent past and bright future. As Shanghai races into the 21st century, the rest of the country is hitching along on her coattails. We hope you come along for the ride. Don’t blink or you might miss it.

Studying in SHAngHAi
shanghai jiaotong University (sjtU)
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Founded in 1896, Shanghai Jiaotong University, better known as SJTU, is one of the oldest universities in China. Throughout its century-long history, SJTU has produced a number of important figures, made significant contributions to the development of science and technology, and was even once known as the “Eastern MIT.” The Chinese language department at SJTU offers a variety of courses for all levels. Located outside of metropolitan Shanghai, the large and scenic campus is abundant with both greenery and excitement. Due to its location, number and flexibility of language courses, and large population of foreign students, SJTU is a popular choice with students looking to learn mandarin in Shanghai.

FUdan University
Named by the father of modern Chinese academics after a line from the Confucian Classics, Fudan University is regarded as one of the finest learning institutions in all of China. In the 1950s, Fudan became one of the first Chinese universities to enroll international students. Since that time, Fudan has accepted and trained over 10,000 foreign students from 100 different countries and regions worldwide. Presently there are over 1,800 long-term international students in Fudan, half of whom are actively pursuing degrees, 600 short-term students attending each year, and a number of general scholars and visiting scholars. With its rich history of academic excellence and openness to foreign students, Fudan University is an excellent place to pursue mandarin studies.


One Of the Oldest And mOst influentiAl Cities in China, Xi’an is considered the cradle of Chinese civilization. in its more than 3,100 year history, Xi’an was the capital of 13 dynasties, the eastern terminus of the silk road, the earliest link between China and the West, the economic, political and cultural center of China during the formative Qin, han and tang dynasties, and the focal point of development for both Chinese buddhism and daoism. Unsurprisingly, Xi’an is home to numerous historical sites as well as countless cultural and religious artifacts, most famous of all being Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s legendary Terracotta Warriors, an army of 6,000 life-sized clay warriors standing watch over the Emperor’s mausoleum. Other mustsees include: the immense Ming Dynasty city walls, the most well-preserved ancient city walls in the world, measuring up to 18 meters thick in some places; the Great Mosque, one of the largest in China, incorporating a fascinating blend of Chinese and Muslim influences; and the Muslim Quarter, home to the city’s Muslim minority (the hui), in which one can find numerous smaller mosques, butchers and even an Islamic food market. Outside of these world famous landmarks, Xi’an also has an impressive collection of royal palaces, national parks, museums, temples and shrines. Six of the eight Buddhist Founder’s Temples are located in Xi’an. Hua Shan, one of the five sacred mountains in Taoism, can be found just south of the city in the Qinling mountains.

Xi'an is the historic heart of China and the beginning of the ancient silk road.

Fast forward to the 21st century, in which Xi’an has resurfaced as a cultural, industrial and technological hub, laying claim to a flourishing software industry, a growing community of cutting edge artists, musicians and architects, a plethora of shopping malls, not to mention the world’s largest internet bar counting in at more than 3,000 computers. The birthplace of Qinqiang, the oldest form of Chinese drama which went on to influence many other styles, including Peking Opera, Xi’an is also a focal point for various new art forms. The Chang’an School, a modern school of Chinese traditional arts, finds its home here, as does the contemporary art factory Spinning Town. Known for its underground music scene, Xi’an is also famous for producing Rock Stars. As a city steeped in a rich historical legacy while simultaneously making its footprint in a modern context, Xi’an appeals to both the history buff and the techie, the scholar and the tourist, the artist and the business person. Regardless of your interests, Xi’an is sure to have what you are looking for.

Studying in Xi’An
Xi’an jiaotong University
Xi’an Jiaotong University is one of the nine leading universities in China directly administered by the Ministry of Education. The Xi’an Jiaotong School of Chinese Language Study was founded in 1995. It is famous for a beautiful study environment, advanced teaching facilities, professional academic staff, diversified courses and effective teaching. There have been about 2,000 international students studying Chinese from more than 30 countries since the school was established. After several years’ improvement, the School of Chinese Language Study has become an independent school offering a combination of Chinese teaching and cultural education. There are six different level Chinese classes. There are Preliminary A and B classes, Intermediate A and B classes, and Advanced A and B classes. After one-year study in Preliminary Class, the students will acquire a command of 1500-2000 Chinese words and reach the first level required by HSK test.

northwestern University
Northwestern University is one of China’s leading comprehensive universities. Founded in 1902, it is also one of the oldest institutions of learning in Northwest China. The college offers a wide range of Mandarin language courses suitable for all levels. The university stresses international academic and personnel exchanges. Since the start of China’s opening and reform in 1978, Northwestern University has established cooperation and exchange relations with nearly 30 institutions of higher education and scientific research in the United states, Japan, Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Canada, Australia, Switzerland, and Hong Kong and Taiwan regions, received more than 5,000 visiting scholars and experts, enrolled over 1,000 international students, held more than 20 international academic conferences, and sent abroad more than 500 scholars to pursue advanced studies, give lectures, collaborate in scientific researches, or participate in international conferences. These exchanges have contributed to the rise of the university’s academic level and international renown.
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The "City of Eternal Spring" is the ideal place to explore the countryside of southern China.
the PeOPle Of yunnAn PrOvinCe hAve A sAying: “the mountains are high and the emperor far away.” tucked away in the southwest frontier of China, yunnan was long considered a center of lawlessness and incivility. however, today yunnan is renowned as one of China’s premier tourist destinations, especially for those who enjoy outdoor activities. Located on the Yunnan plateau, the province boasts colossal mountains to the north and dense jungle in the south. The capital of Yunnan Province, Kunming has been laid siege by sultans from the west, Mongols from the north, and Japanese bombers from above. With Burma, Laos, and Vietnam directly south, and Tibet to the west, Yunnan is home to 25 different ethnic minorities, making Kunming one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. Yunnan’s unique topography, plethora of natural beauty, and its rich melting pot of cultures makes it unlike any other place in China. In fact, the only thing that remains relatively homogeneous in Kunming is the weather. Often called the “City of Eternal Spring,” Kunming’s yearly temperature ranges from 10ºC (50ºF) to 21ºC (69ºF). Kunming is, and always has been, a major transportation hub. In 1913, the French completed the Indochina Rail line which connected Kunming all the way to Hanoi in order to exploit Yunnan’s copper resources. The line is still in use today. During World War II, it was the terminus for the famed Burma Road, through which allied forces sent supplies to the Chinese to aid in the fight against Japan. Once the road was blocked by Japanese forces, pilots flew over the peaks of Nepal to airdrop supplies into Kunming. Today, there are direct highways from Kunming to its southern neighbors Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Burma, as well as to its northwest neighbor Tibet. Moreover, renovation of the Stillwell Road is underway, which will be a highway that connects Kunming to India. Needless to say, Kunming is a great jumping off point for world travelers.
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As a smaller city, further away from the well-populated coast, Kunming is very popular with students looking to study in an environment with very little western influence. While Kunming does boast a large international population, most foreign students studying in Yunnan are actually from the Indian Sub-continent and Southeast Asia. Students hoping to mingle with mostly Chinese-speakers are encouraged to study in Kunming. In addition, Kunming’s status as a smaller city further away from more developed areas results in a significantly lower cost of living than in big cities such as Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing. Because of its beautiful scenery, fantastic weather, and small western expatriate community, Kunming is CSA’s third most popular destination behind Shanghai and Beijing. Students looking for something more adventurous should consider studying in Yunnan Province, China’s original “Wild West.”

Studying in yunnAn
yUnnan University
Yunnan University was founded in December 1922. Currently, Yunnan University is among the “National Key Universities” under special development by the Chinese government. Yunnan University has also been included on the list of the universities essential to the “China Western Development” program. The campus of Yunnan University is covered with the green shades of ginkgo and cherry trees under which grow patches of fragrant orchids and narcissuses. The teaching buildings, libraries, and laboratories stand out among a riot of colors from the countless blooming flowers. The beautiful campus was recently featured in acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou’s latest film, “Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles.” Such picturesque surroundings in a salubrious climate are ideal for Mandarin study and other academic pursuits.

imAgine An entire AfternOOn spent studying mandarin after a full morning’s worth of class. now, add a sandy beach, a cool ocean breeze, and an icy, fresh-brewed german lager. sound appealing? if it does, Qingdao is the place for you! Located on the tip of the Shandong peninsula, due west of the Korean peninsula, Qingdao is northern China’s premier ocean resort. The name of this fair city literally translates as “green” or “lush” (qing) island (dao). Students may be more familiar with its western postal name: Tsingtao, which shares the name of city’s most famous export, Tsingtao Beer. Qingdao has come a long way since it was a small fishing port only 100 years ago. Today, the city boasts a booming economy, one of Asia’s busiest seaports with daily ferry crossings to Korea and Japan, a fascinating modern history and cultural background, and of course, great beaches. Like most of China’s northeastern seaboard, Shandong province was the subject of territorial disputes and foreign occupation during the late 19th century. In fact, Shandong’s occupation played a key role in the genesis of modern China. Fearing foreign imperialists, the Qing Dynasty deemed Qingdao a key strategic location and made the fishing town into a fortified naval base. However, before these plans came to fruition, the area was ceded to Germany in 1897. Thus, much of the city’s development was the result of German occupation, which is reflected in the city’s architecture even today. Qingdao’s first streets, many of its standing institutions, the beginnings of the modern harbor, and the world famous brewery were all constructed during the German occupation. Retreating from the Allied Powers, German forces deserted Qingdao at the onset of WWI. Soon after, Japan occupied the territory and remained there after Germany’s defeat, despite promises by the Allied Powers that Shandong would be returned if China joined the Allied Forces. The Chinese citizenry were further incensed when The Treaty of Versailles in 1919 transferred all the German concessions in Shandong directly to Japan. This sparked enormous nationalistic fervor, leading directly to countrywide protests known as the May 4th Movement.


Qingdao is northern China’s premier ocean resort.
Largely considered modern China’s political awakening, the mass revolt and student organizations involved in the movement sowed the seeds of Marxism in China. The May 4th Movement marked the downfall of the feudal Confucian era that had lasted over three thousand years and germinated a new political and cultural ideology that evolved into the China we see today. With Qingdao’s legacy cemented in modern Chinese history, the city is paving its own path into the future. In the past decade, Qingdao has become a manufacturing powerhouse, and with a recently opened special economic zone, multinational companies have flocked to the area, especially from neighboring Japan and Korea. Qingdao has also experienced similar growth in tourism, as the city’s seaside location has made it ideal for large events such as several 2008 Olympic events and the International Beer Festival. Qingdao has it all: an emerging economy, great history, great beer and beaches galore.

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Studying in QingdAO
Qingdao University
Qingdao University (QU), the largest university in Shandong faces the Yellow Sea to its south with Mount Fushan as its background, creating a beautiful academic setting. Yearly, over 700 foreign students come to study at QU, which provides comprehensive Mandarin language courses for students at all levels. QU leads the country in research conducted on Luxun’s works, Pre-Qing Dynasty literature, non-linear excitation computer control systems, super low temperature cornea freezing, nutrition and immunity, and natural pigment extraction. The university also has cooperation with many provincial and municipal enterprises and has established specialty research institutes with electronics companies Haier, Hisense, Blue Goose and Double Star.

oCean University
Ocean University of China (OUC) is a comprehensive university under the direct administration of the State Ministry of Education, which offers courses in Science, Engineering, Agronomy (Fisheries), Economics, Liberal Arts, Pharmaceutics, Management, Law, Education and History, etc. OUC is especially renowned for its disciplines in Oceanography and Fisheries and has been honored as one of China’s “National Key Universities”. Ocean University has language courses running throughout the year and also offers first rate business courses, which are taught in English. OUC offers the unique opportunity for beginning Mandarin students to take language and business classes while living in China.


With its histOry of foreign concessions, international trade and european style architecture, tianjin is fast becoming one of the more popular student destinations in China. tianjin’s urban center is located along the hai he river, which leads directly to the Pacific. As the historic port linking the capital beijing to the open sea, tianjin earned its name which means “the place where the emperor crossed the river”. tianjin’s key status as a port city is not the only thing that recommends this growing city. Although often overshadowed by beijing, which is a mere 100 kilometers away, tianjin is returning to international prominence. From the forced entry of foreign interests to the complex internal conflicts of China, Tianjin has been at the hub of many a dispute. In 1856, Chinese Imperial soldiers boarded a British Ship anchored in Tianjin Harbor and arrested 12 sailors suspected of piracy and opium smuggling. In response, British and French gunships were sent to bombard a garrison near Tianjin, leading to the Second Opium War. After humiliating defeat at the hands of western powers, the Chinese government signed the Tianjin Treaties which opened Tianjin to international trade in 1860 and allowed

Tianjin has a cosmopolitan yet intimate atmosphere.
wholly foreign concessions to operate within the city. European imperialism and a Chinese fiscal crisis incited an uprising in the late 19th century, led by the Society of Righteous and Harmonious Fists, better known as the Boxers. Backed by the Chinese government, the Boxers seized control of Tianjin in 1900, but were defeated by the Eight Nation United Army, concretizing a foreign presence that would remain until the end of World War II. Since China was reintroduced to the world in 1978, Tianjin has undergone many changes. While not at the same rate as its large neighbor Beijing, Tianjin is in the midst of rapid development. Tianjin is a special municipality and does not belong to any province. Set at the northern end of the Grand Canal of China, Tianjin has direct access to both the Yellow and Yangtze Rivers. As the biggest trading port in Northern China, Tianjin has a thriving population of over 10 million people. While not yet a major metropolis, Tianjin still affords many of the comforts an international city. Home to the first modern university in China, and the oldest newspaper, Tianjin has a thriving intellectual and cultural scene. Some of the first museums, theatres and art galleries in China were founded here, and the heavy presence of foreign concessions strongly influenced the music, art and architecture of the area. Take a stroll down Ancient Culture Street to see reconstructions of traditional Tianjin homes, or through Wudadao to look at turn of the century European villas. There are also plenty of venues for shopping, including the Antiques Market with its wide variety of relics from the cultural revolution. While well known for its seafood dishes, Tianjin is best known for three culinary specialties: Guobuli, the local version of steamed buns famous all around China; dough twists, known as Mahua; and rice cakes filled with red bean known as Erduoyan. For those looking for a heartier meal, sampling the Eight Great Bowls will satiate even the most demanding palate.
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Only an hour from Beijing, Tianjin has the positive attributes of a big city, yet retains a small city intimacy. With a relatively small foreign presence, there are ample opportunities for immersion and language practice without distraction. Despite its xenophobic history, residents are famous for being both extremely friendly and patient with foreigners, and openly proffer help and friendship, making Tianjin an ideal place to learn Mandarin.

Studying in tiAnjin
tianjin University
Tianjin University (TU), known as Peiyang University in its early days, was founded on October 2, 1895. It was the first institution of higher learning in the history of modern Chinese education. Peiyang University changed its name to Tianjin University in 1951. In its century long history the university has seen more than a hundred thousand students come through its doors. The university began accepting foreign students in 1954. Since then more than 2,000 students from over 60 countries have studied at TU. In recent years the University has focused on attracting more students from abroad and has seen an average rise of 15% a year over the last 5 five years in its foreign student population. The Chinese language program at present attracts around 200 students a year. The program has become well established and is offered to all levels. The University also offers short term programs during the winter and summer.

nankai University
Nankai University was founded in 1919 by the famous educators of Chinese modern history, Mr. Zhang Boling and Mr. Yan Xiu. Along with Peking University and Tsinghua University, Nankai is sometimes referred to as one of China’s “Ivy league” schools. Nankai provides comprehensive Mandarin language programs for students at all levels, but is better known as a comprehensive university with a complete curriculum that includes the humanities, natural sciences, technology, life sciences, medical sciences and the arts. Nankai offers 68 undergraduate specialties, 158 Masters programs, 98 Doctoral programs, 17 Post-Doctoral research stations and 12 authorized basic specialties. Nankai has been active in structuring disciplines to meet the demands of producing economic development and social progress in the 21st century.

When siPPing A CuP Of the lOCAlly grOWn lOngJing (dragon Well) tea and admiring the scenery on a sunny day, it is easy to see why hangzhou has the reputation as the most beautiful city in China. it is a title that hangzhou more than lives up to with its tranquil mix of hills and lakes, including the famous Xi hu (West lake) which attracts thousands of tourists every year from all over China.


"The sky has the heavens, the Earth has Hangzhou."
A popular Chinese phrase states, “shang you tian tang, xia you su hang,’ which means “the sky has the heavens, and the Earth has Suzhou and Hangzhou.” With its natural majesty and grace, Hangzhou has been muse to many scholars and artists of old. Yet Hangzhou is more than just a pretty face, it is a city with a long and dynamic history stretching back over 2,200 years. Once the capital of the Wuyue Kingdom and the Southern Song Dynasty, Hangzhou has witnessed China evolve from its infancy into the modern day powerhouse that it has become. As one of the seven ancient capitals of China (the others being Beijing, Nanjing, Luoyang, Xi’an, Kaifeng, and Anyang), Hangzhou has earned a special place in the hearts of Chinese people for its contribution to Chinese culture and history. Hangzhou is the capital of Zhejiang province, located on the fertile Yangtze River Delta about 180 kilometers south of Shanghai. With its relatively smaller population and awe inspiring natural beauty, its little wonder that many people favor Hangzhou over its densely populated northern neighbor. It is reputed that Chinese rice was first cultivated only 100 kilometers from the city in the nearby town of Yuyao. Hangzhou is also the birthplace of silk in China. According to legend, one of the emperor’s concubines Yang Gui Hui discovered how to make silk and taught it to the people of Hangzhou. She is also credited with being one of the most beautiful women in ancient China and had an appetite for consuming over 300 lychees a day! Hangzhou is also the economic centre of the region, growing year by year. The electronics giant Toshiba has set up its sole overseas production plant here, and the Wahaha drinks company is headquartered in the city alongside traditional Hangzhou industries such as textiles and silk. From 2004-2006, Hangzhou was voted the number one city in China to do business according to Forbes magazine. Studying in Hangzhou offers a unique experience like no other in China, encompassing centuries of culture and history, stunning scenery, and a thriving economy. Students choosing to study here would be hard-pressed to find another city offering as many delights as Hangzhou.

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Studying in HAngZHOu
Zhejiang University
Under the direct administration of China‘s Ministry of Education, Zhejiang University is a key comprehensive university whose fields of study cover eleven branches of learning, including philosophy, literature, history, education, science, economics, law, management, engineering, agriculture and medicine. Founded in 1897, Zhejiang University is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in China. Long reputed as the “Eastern Cambridge,” Zhejiang University has always been ranked among the top universities in China due to its broad academic strengths in teaching, research and social service. Zhejiang University provides a comprehensive range of Mandarin language courses for all levels, and there are currently over 1,200 foreign students enrolled at the university.

When it COmes tO dAliAn, take every negative stereotype you have about China and throw it out the window. this is dalian – the cleanest, friendliest, most comfortable city in all of China. don’t just take our word for it, every year dalian is voted as China’s number one most “livable city” in the China daily news. Often called the “hong kong of the north,” dalian is widely considered an exemplar of quality city-planning. many cities throughout China have used dalian’s “city model” to make over their own cities with the newfound wealth and investment in infrastructure resultant of China’s explosive economic growth. With dalian’s urban population of only 3 million, reputation for cleanliness, sky-rocketing economy, clear blue skies, and the friendliest and safest city traffic you’ll find this side of tokyo, we’re sure you’ll agree. Dalian is the capital city of Liaoning, a province that makes up what was once known as Manchuria. Through the last few 200 years, this area in particular has been through quite an ordeal. Manchuria was the ancestral homeland of the Qing monarchs, China’s last imperial dynasty, and thus was held in high regard. Towards the end of their reign, Dalian was annexed multiple times through wars of aggression by both Russia and Japan. As the northernmost ice-free harbor on the continent, Dalian has long been an area of strategic importance for all the superpowers of the region, and the area around the city was the battleground for many bloody battles during the early 20th century. During World War II, the Japanese set up a puppet government in Liaoning called Manchukuo to govern over China, with Pu Yi, the last Emperor of China, at its helm. After Japan’s defeat, the area was occupied by Soviet Russia for ten years before being returned to China. From the city’s architecture to its industry, tangible traces of foreign influence can still be felt throughout the city. Dalian was once the terminus of the Orient Express, which ran from Moscow across Siberia, and was also Russia’s most important port-city in Asia. In fact, the city’s name is a transliteration of its original Russian name, Dalny.

Clean, friendly, & comfortable, Dalian is consistently ranked the most "livable city" in all of China.
Today, both Russian and Japanese architecture is featured throughout the city, and keywords from Russia and Japan have made their way into the vernacular of the local dialect. However, the most lasting influence by these occupying powers has been in commercial industry. Under Russian and Japanese rule, Dalian was a major center for shipbuilding and locomotive industries. Its history as an important port for international trade continues today, as it is now China’s largest petroleum port, the terminus for the oil pipelines of northern China, and its seaside areas are dotted with vital chemical, diesel, and oil refineries. With the opening of the northern Dagushan harbor, Dalian is one of the most important energy hubs in all of northern Asia. However, Dalian’s economic might is not limited to its heavy and light industries, as there has been significant foreign investment once it was declared a “special economic zone,” making it ideal for investment by foreign manufacturing companies. Because of Dalian’s special economic status and its location as a worldwide transportation hub, major international companies such as Intel, Samsung, Sanyo, Canon, Pfizer and Toshiba have all opened factories and processing plants in the area. Nonetheless, the heavy economic growth has not brought ruin to this idyllic city, with its broad avenues, armies of street sweepers, wide grassy parks, and sandy beaches. Areas of heavy industry are located far away from the city center, and the mild weather and constant breezes from the nearby water keep Dalian pleasant year-round. Come find out for yourself; you’ll soon agree that Dalian is the most livable city in all of China.

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Studying in dAliAn
daLian University oF Foreign LangUages
Dalian University of Foreign Languages (DUFL), located in the center of the city proper, was founded in 1964. It is the only tertiary institution of foreign language studies in the northeast of China. DUFL is an international university with enrollment exceeding 800 international students of various levels and different durations. It has established exchange and cooperative ties with over 60 universities and research institutions. One of the first institutions to offer a BA degree in Chinese, DUFL’s School of Chinese Studies (SCS) is renowned for the quality of its Chinese language programs designed for international students in China. DUFL is also a National HSK Testing Centre.

daLian University oF teChnoLogy
Dalian University of Technology (DUT) is among the universities authorized by the State Ministry of Education in China to enroll overseas students. The university has set up a School of International Cultural Exchanges to take the responsibility for enrollment, education and management of international students. In order to further develop international friendships and promote the cultural and academic exchanges between people all over the world, DUT enrolls overseas students from numerous parts of the globe. There are currently overseas students from more than 20 countries enrolled at DUT, pursuing bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, or enrolled in Chinese language programs.



mOdern buildings OverlOOking AnCient ruins provide a startling and thoughtful juxtaposition in the historical city of nanjing. the capital of Jiangsu, nanjing houses 5.29 million people yet still manages to provide a sense of openness and space with its many parks and lakes. its balmy weather and chic neighborhoods make this a perfect city to explore on foot. Nanjing is perhaps most well known for the atrocities suffered at the hands of the Japanese during WWII, when over 300,000 of the city’s populace were killed in a systematic, brutal and appalling massacre. Yet this city has played a key role in the history of China, both as its occasional capital and the center of numerous conflicts. First established as the capital in AD 229, Nanjing was later razed to the ground by the Sui Dynasty in a power bid. The Tang Dynasty began the reconstruction of the city and renewed its status as the capital, but it was the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty who finished the reconstruction, capping it off with the world’s longest city wall. When the Qing Dynasty took the city in 1864, over 100,000 people died in mass suicide and fighting, yet the infrastructure of the city suffered very little damage. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen would be the last to name this great city capital of China when the Republic of China came to power, though it was a short-lived return to prominence. No longer the capital in name, Nanjing is still a center of culture, commerce and beauty in China. Despite Nanjing’s bloody history, it is an architecturally beautiful city, with much of its ancient sites still standing beside newer counterparts. Located on the Yangtze River Delta basin, there is a natural abundance of resources, from proximity to water sources to a wealth of naturally occurring minerals in Nanjing’s outlying areas. In addition, there are several hot springs located near the city. The wide avenues, lush vegetation and relative abundance of parks, trees and plants within the city give

China's bustling intersection of commerce and cultural heritage.
off a sense of pleasant abundance. Many of the more popular sites, such as the Sun YatSen Mausoleum and the Lingyi temple are located on the looming Zijin mountain, but there are also many interesting sites hidden throughout the city and its surrounding suburbs. Not to be overlooked, some of China’s leading art, theatre and dance groups are based in this city. Be sure to check out the Qianxian dance company, or see a performance of Kunqu, China’s oldest stage art. The de jure capital, Nanjing is one of the largest cities in the East China Region, second only to neighboring Shanghai. A hub for academic and artistic pursuits, Nanjing is also a popular tourist destination and has a growing financial district. The numerous universities and large student body engender a lively night life, but its three hour proximity to Shanghai allows for convenient weekend getaways when looking for a change of venue. For the culturally inclined, the government hosts a series of festivals throughout the year, the most famous being the International Plum Blossom Festival, to which thousands of tourists flock each year to see the largest collection of plum blossoms in the world.

Studying in nAnjing
nanjing University
Nanjing University consists of two campuses, one in Gulou and the other in Pukou with a total area of more than 600 acres. It is one of the top universities in China, with beautiful campuses and modern teaching and research facilities. The university offers a comprehensive Chinese language program for overseas students. As one of the most active universities in China in its international academic exchanges, NU accepts students of all Mandarin levels. Since 1979, it has established links with more than 180 universities and institutions in nearly 30 countries. In the meantime, more than 6,000 international students have studied at this university. Nobel Prize laureates, such as Professors Chen Ning Yang, Tsung Dao Lee, Ilya Prigogine, Sheldon Glashow and Robert Mandel have been conferred Honorary Doctorates, or Honorary Professorship by the university.

nanjing normaL University
Nanjing Normal University (NJNU), on the threshold of its 100th anniversary, is one of the “National Key Universities” under the “211 Project” and is also a provincially renowned institution of higher learning. NJNU is among the earliest universities authorized by the Ministry of Education to open up to the outside world. Since 1978, NJNU has established ties of academic exchange and cooperation with 44 overseas universities and institutes. Since then, over 6,000 overseas students have studied or received in-service training at NJNU, which provides a comprehensive range of Mandarin language courses for students of all levels.
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fOrmer u.s. President riChArd niXOn OnCe sAid, “i have visited more than 80 countries and over 100 cities. i have found that no city can surpass the beauty of guilin. guilin is really a bright pearl in China.” A distant cry from the concrete jungles of beijing and shanghai, guilin is a breathtaking city to behold. With its beautiful natural scenery and picturesque landscapes, guilin has served as a muse for Chinese poets and painters for thousands of years, long before it inspired such praise from President nixon. Guilin, formerly known as Guizhou is situated on the west bank of the Li River in southern China’s Guangxi province. Its name means ‘Forest of Sweet Osmanthus’ due to the abundant Sweet Osmanthus trees that grow throughout the city. In 1981, this ancient city was one of four Chinese cites chosen by the State Council to be designated for preservation of natural scenery, as well as historical and cultural heritage. Guilin is a tourist city, home to 1.34 million people and several of China’s ethnic minority tribes such as the Miao, Zhuang, and Dong. It is much less crowded than the big cities, but Guilin really comes alive during the summer months with the buzz of tourists from all over the world clamoring for a glimpse of Guilin’s magnificent scenery. The town centre itself is surrounded by two rivers and

four lakes. Strolling down the city centre at night during the summer months is a must-see experience. The city refuses to sleep with its night markets selling all kinds of trinkets, gifts and food to tourists and locals alike set against the shadowy backdrop of the hills, mountains and shimmering lakes. The side street food vendors and restaurants all sell their take on the renowned Guilin rice noodles traditionally eaten with horse meat or the

Guilin inspires the mind and fires the soul.
Studying in guilin
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Guangxi Normal University (GXNU) was established on October 12, 1932, as a teachers’ college and has grown to become a fully-accredited, comprehensive university. GXNU offers many basic and applied disciplines of liberal arts, natural sciences and teacher education programs. GXNU is divided into two campuses: Wang Cheng Campus, in the center of the city at the former site of Jingjiang Princes’ Mansion of the Ming Dynasty, and Yu Cai Campus, in the Qixing Hi-Tech Development Zone. Currently, the university consists of 14 colleges and schools, six teaching departments, five instructional centers, an educational technology center, 20 research institutes, two affiliated high schools, and an experimental kindergarten. The university offers over 60 junior college and undergraduate programs, 25 higher vocational programs, and 33 Master’s degree programs. GXNU combines academic excellence with a welcoming atmosphere. Its strong commitment to teaching and learning methods encourages students to develop independence and self-direction while still receiving abundant support from faculty and staff.

zhong zi dumplings made with mung bean and glutinous rice bound in a banana or bamboo leaf. The city is also the starting point for cruises on the Li River, usually headed toward the once sleepy fishing town of Yangshuo, which now derives much of its income from tourists there to see cormorant fishing; an old technique in which trained cormorant birds tied to boats dive into lakes to bring fish for their masters. It is also here that the iconic Elephant Trunk Hill - the scenic image which appears on the back of the 20 Yuan note - Can be found. Guilin has served as inspiration to countless scholars, artists and romantics. Follow in their footsteps and see China through their eyes. What better way to study than with Mother Nature on your doorstep? Be awestruck by one of the most beautiful places in China. From breathtaking mountains, hills, and rivers to caves and miles of unspoiled scenery, let Guilin inspire the mind and fire the soul.

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With A myriAd Of nAmes such as the flower City, five rams City, or China’s southern gateway, guangzhou is more commonly known as Canton in the West. the capital of guangdong province, guangzhou is where Cantonese and mandarin culture, language and foods converge. located on the Pearl river, this port city bustling with life and full of energy is an excellent introduction to mainland China. Guangzhou’s history dates as far back as 214 BC, when the small city of Panyu was built where Guangzhou now stands. Archaeological discoveries suggest that Panyu was involved in international sea trade as early as 206 BC, when Panyu became the capital of the kingdom of Nanyue. It remained a major trade destination throughout all the imperial dynasties, and

Guangzhou is where Cantonese & Mandarin culture, language, and foods converge.
was the starting point for the Silk Road of the Sea during the Tang Dynasty. Even when China shut its doors to all outside contact under Mao Zedong, Guangzhou still held its famous, invitation only, Canton Trade Fair. During the 16th century, Guangzhou hosted a Portuguese settlement and later expelled them to the island of Macao. Despite this, the city maintained a thriving trade with the Portuguese, and by the end of the 17th century, had a port commerce bustling with Dutch, Spanish, Indian and British traders. In the 18th century, Guangzhou was named one of the world’s great trading ports, leading to its distinction as one of the top three cities in the world until the outbreak of the Opium Wars. Guangzhou has also been host to numerous revolutionary movements, including housing the first president of the Republic of China, Sun Yat-Sen during his battles with warlords, and fostering the fledgling Communist movement and its prominent leaders in their early stages. Located only 1 ½ hours by train from Hong Kong, this city’s prime location has made it one of mainland China’s top ranking commercial and manufacturing regions. As one of China’s most affluent cities, Guangzho’s development and public services are new, well funded and convenient. Beneath this veneer of a new and westernizing city lies a commitment and appreciation of the magnificent history to which locals lay claim. Visit the Temple of Six Banyan Trees and stand where the famous poet Su Shi of the Song Dynasty once wrote, or explore the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King, said to rival the Ming tombs of Beijing. For a break from the crowded streets of downtown, visit the island of Shamian, once the foreign concession of Guangzhou, or for a deeper understanding of Western repression, visit the Guangzhou City Museum located in verdant Yuexi park. Guangzhou has a population reaching roughly 8.5 million, making it the third most populated city in China. With so many mouths to feed, Guangzhou is known for its excellent cuisine. Most famous of all is its legendary dim sum, known as yam cha, which can be found throughout the city. The Guangzhou cuisine is not limited to Cantonese food, also offering a veritable smorgasbord of different Chinese, Asian and European restaurants. However, it would be ill advised to stick to restaurants, as the street food is also delicious and provides a wonderful opportunity to chat with the locals.

Studying in guAngZHOu
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Guangzhou University (GU) was founded as a multi-disciplinary institution on July 11, 2000 by merging several tertiary institutions. While the undergraduate program remains the dominant part of its operation, GU is fully committed to consolidating and expanding its postgraduate programs and international students program. GU has so far established cooperative relationships with a wide range of universities and academic institutions in such countries as the USA, Australia, France, Russia, South Korea, Japan, and regions like Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao. GU is now fully committed to the mission of developing itself into a modern, comprehensive and well-known university with a focus on teaching and research. With that in mind, GU has created several language programs, from short term courses to full degree programs.

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South China Normal University (SCNU) is active in international cultural and academic exchange, with its advantage of being close to Hong Kong and Macao as well as its strength in teacher education. Links have been established with over 50 universities in over 20 countries such as the United States, the UK, France, and Japan. Joint research projects are conducted with many companies, government sectors, and the army. Great achievements have been made in cooperation with universities and research institutions in Hong Kong , Macao and Taiwan. SCNU is a renowned location for teaching Chinese as a foreign language. It is also a national base for the training of teachers in high schools and primary schools in Hong Kong and Macao. An astounding 70% of the teachers in the high schools, primary schools and kindergartens of Macao were educated and trained at SCNU.
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in A COuntry AdvAnCing tOWArds mOdernity while holding on to a millennia’s worth of tradition, Chengdu may be the most prototypical Chinese city of all. the capital city of sichuan Province, Chengdu offers far more than just its well-known panda inhabitants. the province was named sichuan, which means “four rivers,” because China’s four most important rivers flow through the province’s landscape. like a bridge connecting the future and past, Chengdu comfortably straddles the two competing forces of tradition and modernity. With a population reaching towards 13 million, Chengdu is the nation’s 4th largest city but still a step behind the more economically advanced coastal cities. However, this landlocked city is emerging as the financial capital of western China with significant investment from HSBC, Citigroup, Standard Chartered, and more. Chengdu is not immune

Chengdu is an exciting blend of China's past and present.
to signs of westernization, such as neon-lit malls and skyscrapers. Yet, Chengdu houses more teahouses than any other city in China, double that of Shanghai despite having half the population. Nonetheless, this beautifully forested city, often shrouded in mist, allows students to experience a traditional Chinese township with the comforts of a major metropolitan city. This factor is not lost on the Chinese, who regularly rank Chengdu among China’s top four most “livable cities.” While the Sichuan Province is held in high regard for its contributions to Chinese culture -- Marco Polo went so far as to call Chengdu “China’s Paris” -- its most famous export is its fiery cuisine. One would be hard pressed to find a major boulevard in any of China’s major cities lacking a Sichuan restaurant. A common saying among the Chinese is, “Shi zai Zhongguo, wei zai Sichuan,” which translates as, “China is the place for food, but Sichuan is the place for flavor.” As the progenitor of the ubiquitous “la” and “ma” Chinese flavors (spicy and numb), Sichuan’s famous dishes include: “gong bao ji ding” (imperial chicken), “hui guo rou” (returned to the wok meat), “ma po dou fu” (pock-marked Grandmother Chen’s spicy tofu), “huo guo” (fiery hot pot soup), “dan dan mien” (carrying pole noodles), and “mayi shang su” (ants climbing a tree noodles). If you think the names are interesting, wait until you try the food! For those less inclined to setting their tongues aflame, Chengdu still has much to offer. Its most famous residents are China’s celebrated Giant Pandas, which inhabit the mountain ranges of Sichuan. Located 10 kilometers north of the city limits, the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base holds nearly 50 pandas and works tirelessly at increasing the nearly extinct population. The center’s recent success was much publicized on YouTube when a record 12 baby pandas were born in 2006. Once in a blue moon, visitors willing to pay extortionate rates are even allowed to take photographs with the lovable giants. Students in the CSA program sometimes travel to Chengdu with the sole purpose of seeing the pandas up close and personal. Studying in Chengdu allows a unique opportunity to see a Chinese city that comfortably integrates modernity with tradition. While Chengdu’s High-tech Industrial Development Zone is highlighted by companies such as Intel, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, and IBM, on every street one can still find traditional wooden houses, hundreds of bicycles, mahjong tables, roosters running wild, temples galore, and not a McDonald’s in sight. Whenever their Eastern neighbors unfairly stereotype them as lazy, the Sichuanese argue that they just enjoy life more in the land of the four rivers.

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Studying in CHengdu
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Sichuan University (SCU) has the widest coverage of disciplines and the largest operating scale in western China. The university enjoys a long history, with glorious traditions, and was one of the earliest institutes of higher learning in China, dating back to its origins as the Sichuan Chinese and Western School, established in 1896. This school’s tradition is directly descended from Jinjiang Shuyuan and Zunjing Shuyuan, both centers of classical learning and set up in 1704 and 1875 respectively. SCU is also a pioneer of modern Chinese higher education. Through the nationwide adjustment of colleges and departments, SCU grew out to be a dominant comprehensive university in literature, historiography, religion, math, biology, etc after the People’s Republic of China was set up. In 1958, it was the only university outside of Beijing that was identified by the Central Government as a university directly under State administration to be used as a model for others.

lHASA, tibet

lhAsA, the PrOvinCiAl And AnCient CAPitAl Of tibet, is one of the most storied cities in all of China. it is the traditional home of tibetan buddhism, and called home by wandering tibetan nomads who have survived millennia traipsing across the “roof of the world” -- the tibetan Plateau. As the highest region in the world, the average elevation of the plateau is 16,000 feet (4,900 meters). lhasa itself is nestled at the basin of the nyainqentanglha mountains. At 3,650 meters (11,975 feet) above sea level, the capital city of the tibetan Autonomous region is one of the highest cities on the planet. Considered the holy center of tibet, thousands of buddhist pilgrims each year find their way to the city to circumambulate the sacred temples, make countless prostrations, light special yak butter candles, and pray. With towering mountains and rocky valleys, sparkling lakes and muddy rivers, and glaciers hovering above grasslands dotted by yurts, the

Lhasa is the spiritual center of Tibetan Buddhism.
Tibetan plateau offers some of the world’s most breathtaking views. Until recently, the scenery was exclusively reserved for Tibetan nomads and the few willing to brave icy mountain passes. With the completion of the QinghaiTibet railway in July 2006, Tibet has been opened up for tourism and economic expansion. The railway itself is a monumental feat of engineering, recording the highest track in the world, the highest railway tunnel, and over half of its track is laid out on permafrost, which must be painstakingly temperature controlled for safety. With its highest point reaching 16,440 feet (5,072 meters), the train is equipped with oxygen masks and its cabins are specially protected from UV rays. For precaution, all passengers must submit health registration cards. Throughout history, various governing entities have vied for power over Tibet. As a result, Lhasa has become a rich repository of religious, political and cultural heritage. At the heart of the city lies the iconic Potala Palace. Once the traditional home of the Dalai Lama, it is now a destination for both pilgrims and tourists. Dating from the 17th century, this magnificent structure rises out of the Marpo Ri Hill overlooking the city. The now partially-converted museum of Tibetan Buddhist shrines, statues and artifacts also offers a spectacular view of the city and surrounding mountains. The nearby Johkang Temple sits at the heart of the Old City. The temple commemorates the first Tibetan Emperor to convert to Buddhism and is surrounded by the narrow, winding path of the Barkhor, a colorful and busy street that passes through the Old City. Just a short trip outside the city reveals more wonders. The nearby Nam-tso Lake (“Heavenly Lake”) is the highest saltwater lake in the world at 4500 meters. A beautiful sight in and of itself, visitors may also ride a yak or explore nearby Buddhist shrines. Several monasteries are within a day’s trip or less from Lhasa, including the famous Drepung Monastery, considered one of the most important monasteries in Tibetan Buddhism and once housing as many as 7,700 monks. More than just a location for those interested in Tibetan history and culture, Lhasa is also a city for those interested in learning Chinese in an environment of change and excitement. Students at Tibet University are also offered the unique opportunity of enrolling in Tibetan language and culture classes. With the large influx of Chinese immigrants and the increased tourism of the last several years, Lhasa is a city in transition – the possibilities for learning and research increase with each moment. Students interested in studying in Tibet must apply far in advance as there are special restrictions and tourists visas must be prepared. Program availability is highly variable; please inquire for current status.

Studying in tiBet
tiBet University
Tibet University (TU) has been actively involved in the scientific research programs of both China and the Tibet Autonomous Region. Many prizes have been rewarded for scientific achievements in the field of Tibetan research, including the collating of folk music, developments in Tibetan Arts, the observation and research of cosmic rays, the development and use of natural resources, and Tibetan demography. The school has had excellent results in developing relations with the outside world. TU has ongoing relations with 10 foreign institutes of higher education. Many teachers have been sent for training abroad and foreign experts and academics have been invited to teach at the school. Foreign students have been admitted for enrollment since 1993. Because of its unique location and commitment to higher learning, TU has excellent conditions for the study of Tibetan language training and customs, available since 1999. Foreign students are also accepted for study in the Tibetan Music and Tibetan Art programs.

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@ TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY Program Type Campus Dorms - Econo Double Campus Dorms - Single Campus Dorms - Double Luxury Apartments - Private Luxury Apartments - 2 BR or Suite Luxury Apartments - 3 BR Standard Apartments - Private Standard Apartments - 2 BR or Suite Standard Apartments - 3 BR Hotel - Single Hotel - Double Homestay Apartment with Chinese Roommate 1 semester Standard $4,410 $6,595 $5,230 $9,705 $7,920 $7,275 $8,170 $6,650 $5,995 $10,900 $8,905 $6,610 $7,535 1 semester Intensive $5,550 $7,665 $6,300 $10,775 $8,990 $8,345 $9,240 $7,720 $7,065 $11,970 $9,975 $7,680 $8,605 1 year Standard $9,350 $11,790 $9,335 $17,385 $14,185 $13,020 $14,625 $11,790 $10,745 $19,540 $15,945 $11,810 $13,480 1 year Intensive $11,400 $13,930 $11,475 $19,525 $16,325 $15,160 $16,765 $13,930 $12,885 $21,680 $18,085 $13,950 $15,620

PEkING UNIVERSITY Program Type Campus Dorms - Econo Double Campus Dorms - Single Campus Dorms - Double Luxury Apartments - Private Luxury Apartments - 2 BR or Suite Luxury Apartments - 3 BR Standard Apartments - Private Standard Apartments - 2 BR or Suite Standard Apartments - 3 BR Hotel - Single Hotel - Double Homestay Apartment with Chinese Roommate

1 Semester Standard $4,550  $7,045 $5,680 $10,155 $8,370 $7,725 $8,620 $7,095 $6,465 $11,350 $9,355 $7,050 $7,985

1 Semester Intensive $5,690  $8,115 $6,750 $11,225 $9,440 $8,795 $9,690 $8,165 $7,535 $12,420 $10,425 $8,120 $9,055

1 Year Standard $7,960 $12,690 $10,235 $18,285 $15,085 $13,920 $15,525 $12,690 $11,645 $20,340 $16,485 $12,695 $14,380

1 Year Intensive $10,040 $14,830 $12,375 $20,425 $17,225 $16,060 $17,665 $14,830 $13,785 $22,480 $18,985 $14,835 $16,520

BLCU Program Type Campus Dorms - Econo Double Campus Dorms - Single Campus Dorms - Double Luxury Apartments - Private Luxury Apartments - 2 BR or Suite Luxury Apartments - 3 BR Standard Apartments - Private Standard Apartments - 2 BR or Suite Standard Apartments - 3 BR Hotel - Single Hotel - Double Homestay Apartment with Chinese Roommate

4 Week Standard $2,015 $2,365 $2,025 N/A N/A N/A $3,495 $3,095 $2,795 $3,525 $3,475 $2,465 $3,445

4 Week Intensive $2,230 $2,580 $2,240 N/A N/A N/A $3,710 $3,310 $3,010 $3,740 $3,690 $2,680 $3,660

5 Week Standard $2,150 $2,685 $2,235 N/A N/A N/A $3,695 $3,245 $2,995 $4,095 $3,895 $2,785 $3,545

5 Week Intensive $2,400 $2,955 $2,505 N/A N/A N/A $3,965 $3,515 $3,265 $4,365 $4,165 $3,055 $3,815

6 Week Standard $2,410 $2,935 $2,415 N/A N/A N/A $3,795 $3,345 $3,095 $4,395 $4,195 $3,085 $3,395

6 Week Intensive $2,710 $3,255 $2,735 N/A N/A N/A $4,115 $3,665 $3,415 $4,715 $4,515 $3,405 $3,715

8 Week Standard $3,120 $4,095 $3,400 $5,295 $4,505 $4,270 $4,685 $3,945 $3,640 $6,255 $5,915 $4,585 $4,900

8 Week Intensive $3,520  $4,525 $3,830 $5,825 $5,170 $4,850 $5,115 $4,375 $4,170 $6,685 $6,345 $5,015 $5,330

BLCU Program Type Campus Dorms - Econo Double Campus Dorms - Single Campus Dorms - Double Luxury Apartments - Private Luxury Apartments - 2 BR or Suite Luxury Apartments - 3 BR Standard Apartments - Private Standard Apartments - 2 BR or Suite Standard Apartments - 3 BR Hotel - Single Hotel - Double Homestay Apartment with Chinese Roommate

12 Week Standard $3,490  $4,375 $3,525 $7,295 $5,795 $5,095 $5,670 $4,795 $4,340 $7,665 $6,395 $4,685 $5,880

12 Week Intensive $4,070 $5,020  $4,170  $7,940  $6,440 $5,740  $6,315 $5,440 $4,985 $8,310 $7,040 $5,330 $6,525

Semester Standard $4,540 $5,995 $4,655 $9,260 $7,560 $6,945 $7,795 $6,295 $5,745 $10,395 $8,495 $6,295 $7,190

Semester Intensive $5,680 $7,025 $5,725 $10,330 $8,630 $8,015 $8,865 $7,365 $6,815 $11,465 $9,565 $7,365 $8,260

Year Standard $7,900 $10,555 $8,915 $16,585 $13,535 $12,425 $13,955 $11,255 $10,265 $18,635 $15,215 $11,255 $12,865

Year Intensive $10,000 $12,695 $11,055 $18,725 $15,675 $14,565 $16,095 $13,395 $12,405 $20,775 $17,355 $13,395 $15,005

FUdAN UNIVERSITY Program Type Campus Dorms - Econo Double Campus Dorms - Single Campus Dorms - Double Luxury Apartments - Private Luxury Apartments - 2 BR or Suite Luxury Apartments - 3 BR Standard Apartments - Private Standard Apartments - 2 BR or Suite Standard Apartments - 3 BR Hotel - Single Hotel - Double Homestay Apartment with Chinese Roommate

1 Semester Standard $4,160  $5,435 $4,245 $7,660 $6,390 $6,240 $6,480 $5,425 $5,170 $9,490 $7,980 $5,865 $6,680

1 Semester Intensive $5,300  $6,505 $5,315 $8,730 $7,460 $7,310 $7,550 $6,495 $6,240 $10,560 $9,050 $6,935 $7,750

4 Weeks Standard $2,015 $2,295 $2,025 N/A N/A N/A $3,150 $2,730 $2,550 $3,265 $3,175 $2,365 $2,575

4 Weeks Intensive $2,150 $2,510 $2,240 N/A N/A N/A $3,365 $2,945 $2,765 $3,480 $3,390 $2,580 $2,790

1 Year Standard $7,650 $10,520 $7.745 $14,750 $12,200 $11,995 $12,,225 $10.500 $9,815 $18,230 $15,365 $11,340 $12,700

1 Year Intensive $9,850 $12,660 $9,885 $16,890 $14,340 $14,135 $14,365 $12,640 $11,955 $20,370 $17,505 $13.480 $14,840

JIAOTONG UNIVERSITY Program Type Campus Dorms - Econo Double Campus Dorms - Single Campus Dorms - Double Luxury Apartments - Private Luxury Apartments - 2 BR or Suite Luxury Apartments - 3 BR Standard Apartments - Private Standard Apartments - 2 BR or Suite Standard Apartments - 3 BR Hotel - Single Hotel - Double Homestay Apartment with Chinese Roommate

1 Semester Standard $4,165 $5,630 $4,430 $7,950 $6,525 $6,320 $6,640 $5,710 $5,420 $9,790 $8,185 $6,570 $6,795

1 Semester Intensive $5,705 $6,700 $5,500 $9,050 $7,595 $7,390 $7,710 $6,780 $6,490 $10,860 $9,255 $7,640 $7,865

5 Weeks Standard N/A $3,050 $2,860 N/A N/A N/A $3,490 $3,290 $2,995 $3,970 $3,560 $3,330 $3,445

5 Weeks Intensive N/A $3,320 $3,130 N/A N/A N/A $3,760 $3,560 $3,265 $4,240 $3,830 $3,600 $3,715

1 Year Standard $7,950 $10,890 $8,610 $15,300 $12,590 $12,100 $12,810 $11,040 $10,270 $18,800 $15,750 $12,680 $12,920

1 Year Intensive $9,950 $13,030 $10,750 $17,440 $14,730 $14,240 $14,950 $13,180 $12,410 $20,940 $17,890 $14,820 $15,060

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China Study Abroad’s all inclusive programs offer a wide range of services. Your one time program fee pays for all of the services that extend throughout your stay. Below is a detailed explanation of how your program fees are used by CSA. (For an itemized list of inclusions, please see the “All-Inclusive Programs” on page 5.)

dental  and  emergency  services.  For  the  participant’s  city  of  study,  but  rest  more  information  please  see:  www. assured, that all places of interest in the  Your CSA program advisor will personally surrounding area will be included as well  attend to your needs as soon as we have  as exhibitions such as the Peking Opera  received  your  application.  Each  one  of  PROGRAm ORIENTATION or Chinese Acrobatics. On top of these  our  advisors  has  lengthy  experience  Upon  arrival  in  their  city  of  study,  all  tours,  there  will  also  be  social  events  studying  and  traveling  in  China  and  is  students  on  the  CSA  program  will  including  banquets,  bar  nights,  karaoke  adequately  prepared  to  deal  with  all  of  receive  a  detailed  orientation,  airport  nights,  and  much  more.  Besides  these  your  questions.  Moreover,  our  advisors  pick up, a welcome pack and a welcome  fun events, there will also be educational  are in constant communication with our  dinner. Included in the welcome pack is  lectures  and  workshops  on  different  staff in China in order to gather specific  a local guidebook, local map, orientation  aspects of Chinese life and culture. information regarding your more  detailed  packet,  mobile  phone,  and  directions  questions.  Our  program  advisors  are  in  case  of  emergency.  Participants  will  RETURNING HOmE also capable of addressing any academic  benefit from the considerable knowledge  All program participants are guaranteed  requests,  including  financial  aid,  credit  of the CSA staff. a final airport drop-off, but CSA services  transfer, and transcripts. do not end there. CSA alumni still benefit  24-HOUR SERVICE from  advising  about  credit  transfers,  VISA AdVISING Staff  members  are  available  24  hours- transcripts,  and  future  studying  abroad  The cost of a visa to China is approximately  a-day to attend to your personal needs.  opportunities.  Moreover,  CSA  alumni  $100 USD. This fee is not included in your  CSA  will  be  your  “eyes  and  ears”  in  have  access  to  the  many  benefits  of  total program fee because the amount is  China,  smoothing  your  transition  into  the website  directly  paid  to  the  government  of  the  this  foreign  country  and  allowing  your  including  forums,  blogs,  interactive  People’s  Republic  of  China,  however,  attention to be focused on your studies.  language  learning  software,  and  your  CSA  program  advisor  will  provide  These  services  include  internship,  networking.  Also,  CSA  gladly  provides  step-by-step instructions to ensure your  volunteer,  and  teaching  placement,  any necessary referrals for a participant’s  entrance into China. Also, our CSA staff  as  well  as  access  to  the  CSA  student  future opportunities in China. in China will address and assist with any  lounge  where  available.  Also,  if  you  visa extensions or changes that must be  decide to do any additional touring while  dealt with during your length of stay. in China, CSA staff will be happy to help  you  arrange  your  travel  and  help  you  TUITION ANd FEES purchase  any  necessary  tickets  or  find  Once  you  have  paid  your  program  accommodations. fee,  CSA  takes  care  of  all  necessary  registration,  tuition,  and  campus  fees.  PRE-ARRANGEd HOUSING   CSA  even  pays  for  your  textbooks.  Weeks before you even arrive in China,  Dealing with big university bureaucracy  your  housing  will  be  prepared  for  your  is difficult enough in English, let alone in  immediate  habitation  as  soon  as  you  a foreign language. CSA takes the hassle  arrive  at  the  airport.  Rest  assured  that  out  of  applying  and  paying  for  school.  you will have a comfortable bed waiting  You  just  have  to  attend  class  and  start  for you after your flight, which will be your  learning! bed  for  your  remaining  time  in  China.  Moreover,  your  living  arrangements  HEALTH INSURANCE will  match  the  exact  specifications  of  All  major  universities  in  China  require  your chosen accommodation while also  proof  of  medical  coverage.  Participants  being  a  reasonable  distance  from  your  in  all  CSA  programs  longer  than  4  school of study. weeks are insured by the internationally  recognized  InterGlobal  “Student  Care”  ACTIVITIES Health and Travel Insurance. This wide- Program  participants  will  be  regularly  ranging service includes travel insurance  invited to fun activities, at no additional  in  case  of  losses  during  travel  such  as  costs,  including  excursions  to  local  money, luggage, and documents, as well  spots  of  cultural  and  historic  value.  as  diverse  medical  coverage  including  These  excursions  vary  based  upon 


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schOLarshIP INFOrmatION
One of the primary functions at China Study Abroad is to provide an opportunity for students from all over the world to study and live in China. We understand that studying abroad can sometimes be an experience bestowed mainly upon the more privileged, which is why we guarantee the lowest rates and the same, or typically higher, level of service as our competitors. However, financial difficulties may still arise for some of our potential students. In fear that we may be neglecting those that are academically deserving of this experience but lacking the financial means, China Study Abroad offers a “need-based” scholarship. This grant of $1000 for Summer and Semester programs or $2000 for yearlong programs is available only to applicants of the China Study Abroad program who have excelled academically in the face of financial limitations. To further offset financial burden, China Study Abroad also offers free teacher placement to any scholarship student wishing to find employment. To apply for the China Study Abroad scholarship, one must apply to the China Study Abroad  program, pay the program application fee AND fill out the attached scholarship form including  the  Statement  of  Intent  and  Personal  Essay.  (Please  send  email  submissions  to  admission@ Alongside this application, we request that you have your most recent  official academic transcript, be it high school or college, mailed by your institution to: CHINA STUDY ABROAD BEIJING OFFICE Hua Qing Gardens, Bldg. #18, 2-201 Cheng Fu Road, Wu Dao Kou Haidian District, Beijing, China 100083 Scholarships are highly competitive and will be accepted on a rolling basis. Applications will not  be considered until all forms are received. If the student demonstrates sufficient financial need,  he/she may request an application fee waiver.


schOLarshIP aPPLIcatION
Name: _____________________________________________________________ Date of Birth: ____________ Address: ____________________________________________________________________________________ Phone No.: ____________________________________ E-mail: _______________________________________

Most Recent Academic Institution: __________________________________________________________________ Institution Address: _____________________________________________________________________________ Field of Study: __________________________________ Dates Attended (Month and Year): ___________________ Cumulative GPA: __________

Level of Education Completed: ____________________________________________ Languages Spoken: 1. ___________________ (Native, Fluent, Conversational) 3. ___________________ (Native, Fluent, Conversational)

2. ___________________ (Native, Fluent, Conversational) 4. ___________________ (Native, Fluent, Conversational)

Please answer both essay PromPts and attach them alongside your aPPlication. 1. statement of intent (900 – 1,000 words) What are your specific reasons for wanting to study in China? How have your past experiences helped shape this decision? And, how do you plan to make the most of this experience if you do receive this grant? For students more creatively inclined, China Study Abroad also encourages original video submissions that address the prompt of the statement of intent. These videos should be under ten minutes and uploaded to a video sharing site such as YouTube or Google Video, to which the student can send an online link to the admissions panel. 2. Personal essay (500 – 600 words) Please describe in detail any financial or personal difficulties you have faced in your lifetime that have been a hindrance to your academic and/or social development.

I, __________________________________________, do hereby confirm any and all statements provided in the attached essays and above-answered questions to be true. If at a later date, any falsifications are found, I revoke my right to the scholarship and all application fees. Signature: __________________________________________________________ Date:___________________

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China Study Abroad is committed to providing educational opportunities for Chinese students as well as international students. Each year CSA allocates a portion of its budget and resources to improving education in rural China. CSA’s efforts fall into three major categories: donations, volunteer work, and development.

The largest problem when it comes to  global education is a lack of funding. To  combat this, CSA sends a percentage  of  its  yearly  profits  directly  to  rural  schools  and  orphanages  in  China.  The most recent beneficiaries of the  charity  was  the  Golog  Orphanage  in  Qinghai Province. Recently  founded  in  2004,  the  orphanage takes in children regardless  of  ethnicity,  gender,  and  religious  affiliation. Because of its location on  the Tibetan Plateau, the vast majority  of  students  are  Tibetan  who  were  either abandoned by their parents or  had parents unable to care for them.  The  Golog  Orphanage  was  founded  by  a  Tibetan  from  the  region  who  was also an orphan who raised funds  after immigrating to Europe. Children  of  the  orphanage  are  guaranteed  college  funding  if  admitted,  which  is  not  an  easy  task  for  children  in  this  poverty-stricken area. CSA  has  made  multiple  donations  to  the  orphanage,  including  school  supplies, clothing, toys, and sporting  goods.  While  the  orphanage  is  currently  building  bigger  and  better  facilities,  the  orphanage’s  largest 

needs  remain  facility  upgrades  and  education supplies. Due to its location  on  the  frigid  Tibetan  Plateau,  one  of  the  orphanage’s  most  egregious  expenses is heating costs. Other  schools  that  have  benefitted  from  the  CSA  volunteer  and  charity  trips  include  the  Zixing  Elementary  School  in  Hunan  Province  as  well  as  the Shilin Boarding School of Yunnan  Province.  For  photographs,  videos  and more information please see the  CSA website.


CSA  also  works  with  various  organizations  to  send  volunteers  to  rural  schools  throughout  China.  All  CSA  students  have  the  opportunity  to  volunteer  in  rural  schools  on  the  CSA  Bi-annual  Volunteer  Trip.  (For  more information see “Volunteering”  on  page  26).  CSA  staff  members  also  work  with  these  schools  to  CSA hopes that the Golog Community  develop their volunteering programs,  School is the first of many community  infrastructure, and publicity. centers initiated by the efforts of CSA  and  its  constituents,  galvanizing  its  dEVELOPmENT lofty ideals of a truly global education.  CSA’s primary charitable focus is its  For  more  information  on  the  school  development  of  community  schools  and  updates  from  the  headmaster  in  impoverished  areas.  Our  current  Wenzhou Hou, please check the CSA  project  is  the  CSA  Community  website for her blog.

School  in  Golog,  which  promotes  community  and  cultural  awareness.  As  an  area  of  ongoing  ethnic  and  religious  tension  between  the  Hui  people,  Tibetans  and  Han  Chinese,  Golog  is  in  desperate  need  of  such  a  community  center.  Founded  and  overseen  by  famed  human  rights  activist  Wenzhou  Hou,  the  school  is  in  its  opening  stages.  Funded  entirely by donations from CSA, the  community  school  admits  students  regardless  of  age,  gender,  ethnicity,  and  religion.  The  school  teaches  basic classes in literacy, hygiene, and  arts  while  also  promoting  ideas  of  cross-cultural  collaboration  entirely  free  of  charge.  The  goals  of  the  community  school  are  to  promote  community  awareness  and  provide  upward  mobility  for  community  members  lacking  fundamental  life  and working skills.

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stuDeNt FeeDback
Anna maitland & Abigail ko Liana Sun & Connie Chen

Noah meyerson

Rebecca Wirakesuma

Ye-mong To

mike Antoniuk

matthew T. mcdonald

Lynn Nguy & Jessica martin

Arielle Sadan


“To the China Study Abroad Staff: Thanks for assisting me and helping me adjust to the way of life in Beijing. I really appreciate all your effort to make the students of your program feel comfortable during their stay here.” — Abigail Ko, 22 • Undergraduate • Manila, Philippines • Semester Mandarin Studies “Before starting the CSA program, I had already come to Beijing once for a shorter, month long program organized by another company. My experience up until now with CSA has been much better than my previous one. From the responsiveness and professionalism of CSA staff to the variety of interesting programs that CSA offers, I have been very impressed with the program and would certainly recommend CSA to anyone wanting to optimize their time here in Beijing.” — Noah Meyerson, 24 • Professional • San Diego, U.S.A. • Tsinghua University M.B.A. Program “My experience with CSA was super amazing! Overall I thoroughly enjoyed myself. The coordinators did a wonderful job of making sure new participants felt included and at home. After we got the ball rolling we had no trouble at all at making friends and enjoying ourselves, while learning basics in the Chinese Language.” — Liana Sun, 19 • Santa Monica, California • Summer Study and Travel Program “Of all the different places that I have traveled to and lived in, I was most nervous about coming to China. The combination of not being confident in my Chinese abilities and my concerns about the logistics of life in a foreign country with a foreign bureaucracy was very daunting (not to mention my parents’ enthusiasm about expressing their many concerns about my stay here). So, when my Chinese professor at university told me about how CSA takes care of many of the overwhelming tasks involved with coming to China, I was both excited and relieved. I still think that working with CSA to come to China was the best decision I could have made.” — Rebecca Wirakesuma, 22 • Surabaya, Indonesia “Leaving CSA to take care of finding an apartment, university enrollment, and much of the visa application process allowed me to focus on enjoying my experience in China and improving my Chinese. On top of that, I have met so many friends through CSA’s social gatherings and outings (which include but are not limited to going to the Great Wall, Summer Palace, Chinese Opera, and riding dangerously fast and unsteady rickshaws through Beijing’s alleyways). Probably the biggest advantage of signing up with CSA is the peace of mind that I have—I know that if I get sick, or am in an accident, or there is a problem with school or my visa, the wonderful people at CSA know what to do and will help me to resolve the problem quickly and painlessly!” — Ye-mong To, 24 • Eastbourne, England • Intensive Mandarin Study “I am sad to be leaving China, as the last two weeks passed quickly and there is so much more to see and learn. The CSA staff worked hard at helping me learn Mandarin Chinese, setting up tours, helping me with day-to-day living, but especially with making me feel welcome and seeing the authentic China! My biggest regret is not having more time to learn and visit. Having a one-on-one tutor was priceless as they worked on my phonetics and grammar structure. I would recommend learning and visiting China with CSA to others!” — Mike Antoniuk, 48 Alberta, Canada, Short Term Mandarin Study “The service was great. I always felt that I was a phone call away from the staff. They consistently responded to my needs and questions with haste and the utmost courtesy.” — Matthew T. McDonald, 30 • Graduate Student • Knoxville, U.S.A. • Summer Program “The accommodations were really great, thanks for sorting out duvets, sheets etc., in the apartment, which was in an awesome location, better than I’d expected. Even the hotels along the way traveling through China were so every choice of accommodation throughout had a perfect location, with lots of do locally, and it’s also nice that you position the students in the same or nearby apartment complexes, which made meeting easier and it gives you something to do if you’re bored.” — Jessica Martin, 20 • Undergraduate • London, United Kingdom • Summer Study and Travel Program “My third day, right before school started, I was on the phone with my parents at the welcome dinner, begging them to let me go home, but when they refused over and over again, I insisted I would find a way out of China. Then, Laura, a CSA representative, took me aside and gave me her number. It was all I needed to convince me to stay. That, and of course a big hug from someone I had never met before. That someone turned out to be one of the nicest people I have ever met, and he represented another diverse culture that CSA was able to attract. My summer with CSA was the best of my life, and I hope to come back soon!” — Arielle Sadan, 17 • High School • New York, U.S.A. • High School Program

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aPPLIcatION PrOceDure
China  Study  Abroad  offers  study  abroad  programs  in  13  of  China’s  most  dynamic  cities:  Beijing,  Shanghai,  Xi’an,  Kunming,  Qingdao,  Tianjin,  Hangzhou,  Dalian,  Nanjing,  Guilin, Guangzhou, Chengdu, and Lhasa. No matter where  you choose to study, CSA will provide everything you need  to have an enjoyable and educational experience in China.

Bank transfer, credit card, check, Google Checkout, or PayPal  -- it’s up to you! Combining our online application with our  convenient  payment  options,  applicants  can  provide  all  of  their  information  and  program  fees  at  once,  without  the  need to mail or fax a single document.

With over 12 programs to choose from, you can find the study  abroad  experience  that  fits  you  perfectly.  Study  Mandarin  full time, combine your language studies with an internship,  prepare for a career doing business in China, teach English,  volunteer  your  time  to  help  those  less  fortunate,  train  in  martial  arts,  or  customize  your  own  program.  No  matter  which  you  choose,  you’re  guaranteed  CSA’s  all-inclusive  services.

Depending  upon  your  university  of  choice,  we  will  require  that  you  scan  and  email,  or  fax  several  documents  to  us  for  your  university  registration.  These  documents  include  a  passport-sized  photograph,  proof  that  you  are  a  high  school  graduate  (such  as  a  college  transcript,  high  school  or university diploma), a copy of your passport, and in some  cases a teacher recommendation.

Go  to  your  local  Chinese  Embassy  or  Consulate  (listed  at  and  apply  for a student or tourist visa.  CSA will send your university  admission  documents  to  you  and  advise  you  on  all  visa  preparation. It is possible to have your tourist visa changed  to a student visa upon arrival in China. Alternatively, if you  are unable to visit the embassy in person, visa services are  available.  For  more  information  check  out  our  online  visa  information  page  at aspx.

With a selection of over 20 universities and private schools  you  are  sure  to  find  one  that  matches  your  needs  and  interests.  For  more  information,  please  see  the  university  descriptions  in  each  city  page  and/or  contact  us  at  info@  for  help  finding  the  school  most  befitting your language learning needs.

From a shared university dorm to private luxury apartments,  CSA can accommodate every need and taste. We also offer  the option of homestay to maximize your language learning  24  hours  a  day.  Or,  if  you  prefer  not  to  live  with  a  family,  you can choose our young Chinese professional homestay  option. Rest assured that all of our apartments, families and  individual roommates are pre-screened for suitability.

This should be the point where you make sure you have paid  us the full cost of your program. This can be done via bank  transfer, credit card, check, Google checkout, or PayPal.

It  takes  only  minutes  to  fill  out  our  online  application  at  Once  received,  we  can  secure  your  place  at  the  school  of  your  choice  and  reserve  your  housing. If you’d like to send it through fax, please send the  completed application form to 1-888-219-8597. Make sure  to include your contact information so that we can continue  the application process!

The final step is to purchase your ticket. Please make sure  you inform CSA of your travel details, so we can make sure  to have someone to meet you at the airport and make certain  all  other  arrangements  are  in  order.  For  more  information  about finding a ticket to China see our online airfare page at  ( Welcome to China!


chINa stuDy abrOaD aPPLIcatION
NAmE Last: (Surname) _____________________________ First: (Given) _________________________________________ Middle: ___________________________________ Title: __________________ Gender (circle one): Male or Female CHINESE NAmE (If you have one. If not, we will assign one to you.) Characters:_________________________________ Pin Yin: ____________________________________________ PROGRAm City: ______________________________________ University Applying for: ________________________________ Program Selection: ______________________________________________________________________________ Program Duration: ______________________________________________________________________________ Program Start Date: ___________________________ Program End Date: ____________________________________ Program Hours: ______________________________ Standard Intensive: ___________________________________ Program Code: (details) ___________________________________________________________________________ ACCOmmOdATION Accommodation Choice: ________________________ Accommodation Start Date: _____________________________ Accommodation End Date: ______________________ Do You Smoke? (circle one): Yes or No Do you prefer to live in a non-smoking room? (circle one): Yes or No or Doesn't Matter CURRENT AddRESS Street/Apt.#: ____________________________________________________________ District:________________ City: ______________________________________ State/Province: ________________ Country: _______________ Zip/Postal Code: _____________________________ PERmANENT AddRESS: Check if same as CURRENT ADDRESS Street/Apt.#: ____________________________________________________________ District:________________ City: ______________________________________ State/Province: ________________ Country: _______________ Zip/Postal Code: _____________________________ TELEPHONE / FAx / E-mAIL: Home Telephone (with country code): ___________________________ Work Telephone: _________________________ Fax: _________________________ Cell Phone: _________________ E-mail: ________________________________

PERSONAL INFORmATION: (All information will be kept confidential. For more info see our privacy policy.) Date of Birth: __________________ Age Range (circle one): Under 18 | 18-65 | Over 65 City of Birth: ___________________ Marital Status (circle one): Single or Married Native Language: _________________________________________ Nationality (Passport Country): _______________ Country of Birth: Same as Nationality or, if not the same, please fill in: _________________________________________ Passport #: ____________________ Expiration Date: __________________________ ACAdEmIC INFORmATION: Educational Level: ________________________________ Current or Last School: _____________________________ Date you attended/completed most recent academic institution: _____________________________________________ EmPLOYmENT: Occupation: ____________________________________ Current or Last Employer: ____________________________ Date you worked for most recent employer: _____________ mEdICAL CONdITIONS / dIETARY REQUIREmENTS: Please tell us about any allergies, medications, chronic conditions etc.: ________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ Please tell us about any special dietary requirements: Vegetarian, Vegan, Kosher, Muslim, etc.: _______________________ EmERGENCY CONTACT: First Name (Given): ________________________________ Last Name (Surname): _____________________________ Relationship to Applicant: ________________ Occupation: ________________ Home Telephone: __________________ Employer: ____________________________ Work Telephone: __________________ Fax: _____________________ E-mail: ______________________________ Address: _________________________________________________ City: ___________________ State/Province: ___________ Country: __________________ Zip/Postal Code: ________ Will this person also serve as your financial guarantor in China (circle one): Yes or No Name of Financial Guarantor, if different from Emergency Contact: ___________________________________________ Relationship to Applicant: ________________________________ Occupation: _______________________________ Home Telephone: ______________________________________ Employer: _________________________________ Work Telephone: ______________________________________ Fax: _____________________________________ E-mail: ___________________________________ Address: ____________________________________________ City: __________________ State/Province: _____________ Country: _______________ Zip/Postal Code: __________


CURRENT LEVEL OF mANdARIN CHINESE: Have you previously studied the Chinese Mandarin language? (circle one): Yes or No If yes, please state the name of the institution/school: ____________________________________________________ Hours Studied Per Week: _______ Level: _______ Approximately how many Simplified Characters do you know?: ________ Traditional Characters:________________ Other Chinese Dialects Known (circle one): Cantonese | Shanghainese | Other Do you require an official Transcript for credit? (circle one): Yes or No Are you receiving credit for this course from your university? (circle one): Yes or No If yes, how many credit hours? _______ FOR mARTIAL ARTS ONLY: List Preference of form(s) or style(s): _________________________________________________________________ Level and Years of Experience: _____________________________________________________________________ HOW dId YOU HEAR ABOUT US: Method: _____________________________________________________________________________________ Detail: _______________________________________________________________________________________ Have you participated in another China Study Abroad program before? (circle one): Yes or No AddITIONAL COmmENTS: Please include any additional information you feel we should be aware of (i.e. Joint Application-state name of joint applicant; special needs; other requests regarding accommodation etc.): _______________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ APPLICANT SIGNATURE: I declare that: The above information provided and documents given in support of my Application are complete, true and correct. I agree to abide by the laws of the People's Republic of China and agree not to engage in any illegal activities during my academic pursuit in China. I have read and I accept China Study Abroad's Terms and Conditions for Program Participants. I agree to observe and accept all Rules, Regulations and Conditions of the host schools / institutes / organizations. I have read and I accept the Terms and Conditions for Insurance and Medical Membership.

Applicant signature SIGNATURE OF APPLICANT OR PARENT (FOR AGES 17 ANd UNdER) I agree with the declarations stated above (circle one): Yes or No

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PHOTOS ANd VIdEO Choosing where to study is a 
big decision, and it’s hard to know what you’re getting  until you’ve arrived. At you can  see what we’re all about without leaving home! Check  out thousands of photos and videos of our current and  past students to see what life is like in China and the  kind of experiences you can expect if you join one of  our programs.

COmmUNITY  Join  our  Facebook  group,  read  student  blogs  and  post  questions  to  our  forum.  At  CSA we believe in the value of creating a community  of  students,  but  we  don’t  wait  until  you’re  in  China.  Join  Facebook  to  meet  future  classmates  or  find  people  to  room  with,  pose  any  questions  you  may  have to students and staff on our forum, and read the  blogs of past participants to get a better idea of what  life  will  be  like  in  China  through  the  experiences  of  previous students. We also strive to create an alumni  network of past students in case you want to chat with  someone directly or forgot to get someone’s contact  info before heading home! PAYmENT mETHOdS  PayPal,  Google  Checkout, 
Bank  Transfer,  Credit  Card,  Check,  Money  Order,  Western  Union.  If  the  payment  method  exists,  we  probably accept it...

INTERACTIVITY Did  you  camp  out  at  the  Great 
Wall,  eat  a  scorpion  on  a  stick,  or  have  an  amazing  night out and want to share it? You can win prizes like  and iPod Mini or Flip video camera by uploading your  pictures and videos to our website, while at the same  time proving to everyone at home that you really did  try eating snake on a stick.


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Q: I would like to travel to other parts of China while I’m studying, can CSA help? A: Absolutely, we have a travel section on this website and we would be happy to help you to make arrangements for travel  within China. At CSA we pride ourselves on offering our students a wide range of services and help, which we hope will  make their time in China an unforgettable one. As always please feel free to contact us with any questions. Q: What are your admission requirements? A: The general requirements are: • Aged between 18-60 (except for specific programs such as the youth adventure, high school or group/tailor programs) • Have completed high school or equivalent (exceptions are sometimes granted) Q: Can I receive university/college credit for course work completed in your program? A: China Study Abroad program participants can transfer the credits earned in China to their home institutions. All the  universities  &  academies  in  CSA’s  programs  are  preeminent  in  their  fields,  and  have  cooperative  arrangements  with  numerous universities and research institutions around the world. The universities that program participants attend are  internationally  accredited;  therefore  most  international  universities  accept  credit  received  from  these  schools.  Many  of  our students in the past have received credit for their coursework completed here. CSA assists students in obtaining any  information and documentation required supporting their request for course credit. Of course, the final decision to offer  academic credit is up to your university. Program participants are encouraged to check with their home institution’s credit  transfer requirements. Q: Do I receive a diploma or transcript for courses completed? A: Yes. Diplomas and transcripts are available; however, this is dependent on the university and course you choose. Q: What is the best school to study at? Which city should I study in? A: Each city and school has its unique advantages. Students seeking a cosmopolitan feel, with large student populations,  and  the  most  CSA  activities  would  be  best  served  attending  programs  in  Beijing  or  Shanghai.  Those  looking  for  a  completely immersive experience in which they rarely hear any English at all often choose to go to smaller cities such as  Kunming or Xi’an. Q: What happens when I arrive at the airport? A: All students who come to China through our programs are met at the airport by a CSA representative. Once you have  booked your course, CSA takes care of all your needs, including an airport pick up and drop off. Just inform us of your arrival  details and we will be there. More information and detailed orientations are provided during the application process, but  please always feel free to contact us at any time with you questions. Q: My course is booked in a city for which I cannot get a direct flight too, what should I do? A: This is not a problem. Once you book a course, CSA will work closely with you to make sure you arrive at the proper  destination and in good time. Most students, if they are unable to find a direct flight to their chosen city, arrive in Beijing  or  Shanghai and book connections from there. CSA will be happy to help you with travel arrangements should the need arise,  prices vary depending on mode of transport and destination. Q: What kind of visa do I need and where do I apply for one? A: Students coming to China will require a visa. The type of visa will be dependent on the length of your stay in China:  Students studying in China for less than 6 months require an F visa, which is also known as a business visa. Students  studying  in  China  for  more  than  6  months  require  an  X  visa,  also  known  as  a  student  visa.  X  visas  require  a  medical  check-up. Students who don’t have time or are unable to apply for and F or X visa, may apply for an L visa or tourist visa.  Once the student has arrived in China, CSA will help the student convert the visa to one that is more suitable to their  requirements whilst in China.


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Starting in Fall 2010, China Study Abroad is proud to present several study abroad programs throughout Asia with its partner Asia Study Abroad. As the world’s largest continent, Asia contains more than 60% of the world’s population and yet most of it remains unknown to those living in the West. In this increasingly globalized world, several of these countries have become necessary cogs in the world economy and trading systems. These regions will undoubtedly shape the 21st century. Studying and living in Asia is an invaluable experience, providing insight and life skills that will prepare any student for a future in any field. Language and university courses are offered in many of these countries and locations. These inclusive study abroad programs come with the same high level of professionalism and customer service found in CSA. Please see for more details.




Government: Chief Executive Official Languages: English, Chinese  Population: 6,921,700   Density: 6,352 people square km Area: 1,104 square km GDP: US $203.0 billion   Currency: Hong Kong dollar (HKD) Recently  returned  to  the  People’s  Republic of China in 1997 after 100 years  of British colonial rule, Hong Kong is one  of  the  most  cosmopolitan  cities  on  the  planet  and  a  travel  hub  for  all  of  Asia.  With almost 7 million people packed into  one city, Hong Kong boasts the highest  effective  population  density  on  the  planet. It is a global hub of cultural and  economic exchange. In fact, to get a job  at a convenience store in Hong Kong, an  employee must speak English, Cantonese  and  Mandarin.  The  city’s  dramatic  financial turnaround after  WWII made  it one of the economic miracles of Asia  and  is  included  as  one  of  the  “Four  Asian Tigers” for its dramatic economic  growth  rate  in  the  latter  20th  century.  Hong Kong also boasts some of the best  universities in Asia, including Hong Kong  University,  Chinese  University  of  Hong  Kong, and the Hong Kong University of  Science and Technology. The city boasts  the highest GDP in all of China as well as  the most efficient transportation system  in  the  world,  while  also  serving  as  the  entertainment  capital  for  the  rest  of  Asia.

Capital: Taipei  Government: Presidential Republic  Official Language: Mandarin Chinese Population: 22,911,292  Area: 36,188 square km  GDP: US $364,563 billion  Currency: New Taiwan Dollar (NT$)  Once  known  solely  as  a  “banana  republic,”  Taiwan  experienced  an  economic  transformation  during  the  late  20th  century  becoming  one  of  the  “Four  Asian  Tigers,”  alongside  Singapore,  Hong  Kong  and  South  Korea. Known as the “Taiwan Economic  Miracle,”  the  rapid  annual  growth  rate  between  1952  to  1982  averaged  8.7%. When the Kuomingtang (KMT)  government  of  mainland  China  fled  to Taiwan in 1949, they brought along  the mainland’s reserves of gold as well  as the intellectual and business elites,  creating  an  effective  brain  drain  on  China  that  would  prove  very  valuable  in  economic  growth  later  on.  Because  Taiwan  was  spared  the  effects  of  the  cultural revolution on mainland China,  it  is  a  bastion  of  traditional  Chinese  culture  including  calligraphy,  painting,  folk  art  and  Chinese  opera.  Also,  traditional  written  Chinese  characters  are  still  used  and  taught  there  today.  What often goes unsaid about Taiwan  is  that  it  is  a  beautiful  tropical  island,  flushed  with  verdant  forests  and  mountains to the interior.

Capital: Seoul  Government: Presidential Republic  Official Language: Korean Population: 49,024,737  Area: 99,646 square km  GDP: US $897.4 billion  Currency: Won (KRW) Another  member  of  the  “Four  Asian  Tigers,”  South  Korea  didn’t  win  its  complete  independence  until  1945,  when  the  peninsula  was  liberated  from 35 years of Japanese occupation.  Despite  previous  assurances  that  the  peninsula  would  remain  united,  the  Cold War powers divided the country  roughly along the 38th parallel. After a  brutal civil war that claimed hundreds  of thousands of lives, South Korea has  risen  from  the  ashes  of  centuries  of  abuse by foreign powers to become one  of the world’s great economic powers,  including  numerous  wars  against  the  Chinese  and  Japan.  Despite  the  influence  of  its  imperialist  neighbors,  South Korea has a unique culture that  is  still  seen  as  the  great  trendsetter  throughout Asia today. One of Korea’s  greatest  innovations  is  its  phonetic  written script, Hangul, created by King  Sejong  the  Great  in  1446  to  increase  literacy  among  the  common  people  and to promote an independent Korean  identity.  Hangul  script  is  among  the  world’s  most  modern  and  easiest  to  learn. 




Capital: Hanoi  Government: Socialist Republic  Official Language: Vietnamese Population: 87,375,000  Area: 331,690 square km  GDP: US $60,995 million  Currency: Dong (VND) Capital: Tokyo Government: Constitutional Monarchy  and Parliamentary Democracy  Official Language: Japanese Population: 127,433,494  Area: 377,873 square km  GDP: US $4.911 trillion  Currency: Yen (JPY) There is not much left to be said about  the “land of the rising sun” that has not  already been meticulously detailed. This  island nation dominated the Pacific and  Asia throughout the early 20th century,  was  at  the  mercy  of  western  powers  after its defeat in WWII, was the victim  of  the  world’s  only  nuclear  bombings,  and  ultimately  resurrected  itself  to  become the second strongest economy  on  the  globe  with  an  annual  GDP  of  4.911  trillion  dollars.  Japan  is  arguably  the backbone of the Asian economy and  was the first economic “miracle” of Asia.  After nearly colonizing all of Asia in the  early  20th  century,  Japan  now  leads  Asia  by  economic  example  through  its  technological  innovation  and  high  quality products. The country’s leading  export  may  actually  be  its  celebrated  culture  which  includes  ninja,  samurai,  sumo,  karaoke,  video  games,  manga,  and  sushi!  Japan  was  also  the  first  Asian  nation  to  break  into  the  modern  Western  art  world  with  its  great  film  directors Akira Kurosawa, Yasujiro Ozu,  and  Kenji  Mizoguchi  who  paved  the  way  for  a  flourishing  national  cinema  considered among the world’s finest.

Capital: New Delhi Government: Parliamentary Democracy Official Languages: Hindi, English  Population: 1.12 billion  Area: 3,287,590 km  With  an  economic  growth  rate  second  GDP: US $4.164 trillion only  to  China  in  East  Asia,  Vietnam  Currency: Indian Rupee (INR) followed  its  northern  neighbor’s  freemarket  economic  reforms  with  great  Despite  the  Indian  sub-continent  being  success  and  now  finds  itself  listed  the home of ancient civilizations and the  by  Goldman  Sachs  investment  bank  origin of 4 of the world’s major religions,  in  2005  among  the  “Next  Eleven”  India as an inclusive ethnic and cultural  nations prime for investment and future  identity has only existed since the time  growth.  Mostly  known  to  Westerners  of British colonization beginning in 1856.  for  being  the  only  nation  to  defeat  the  This  is  relatively  recent  compared  to  United States in modern military battle,  the  history  of  civilization  on  the  subVietnam  will  soon  be  better  known  for  continent,  which  began  over  9000  its  economic  prowess  and  domination  years ago. Before Western colonization,  of  the  Southeast  Asian  economy.  That  India was a series of separate kingdoms  is  not  to  say  that  the  Vietnamese  are  with  distinct  languages,  cultures,  not proud of their military prowess—the  and  civilizations.  However,  since  the  nation’s two greatest heroes Ngô Quyen  independence  movement  spearheaded  and  Ho  Chi  Minh  successfully  gained  by  Mahatma  Ghandi,  a  distinctive  independence  by  expelling  foreign  Indian  national  identity  took  root,  and  powers  in  the  face  of  overwhelming  upon  gaining  sovereignty  in  1947,  India  odds. After a millennium of subjugation  was  proud  to  declare  itself  the  world’s  by the Chinese, the Vietnamese gained  largest democracy. Ethnic  and religious  independence in 938 AD after defeating  tension as well as rampant poverty still  the Chinese in the battle of Bach Dang  abound  in  modern  India.  However,  an  River.  Ngô  predicted  that  the  Chinese  increasingly  optimistic  view  is  shared  would  send  its  navy  down  the  river  by  the  nation’s  denizens  as  they  look  and  ambushed  the  armada  by  hiding  towards  a  bright  future,  harbingered  thousands  of  wooden  pikes  below  by  one  of  the  world’s  fastest  economic  the  high  tide  of  the  river  and  baiting  growth rates and the world’s 12th largest  the  Chinese  ships  into  the  deathtrap,  economy. India is also the new home of  which immobilized the entire flotilla and  technology, as corporations around the  resulted  in  overwhelming  Vietnamese  world  continually  outsource  their  work  victory.  Similarly,  in  1954  the  Viet  to the capable and educated Indian work  Minh  communist  revolutionary  forces  force.  Aside  from  it’s  bright  economic  defeated the French army at the battle of  outlook, India is also home to several of  Dien Bien Phu by dragging heavy artillery  the  world’s  oldest  and  richest  cultures.  over  mountain  crests  to  bombard  the  This bastion of civilization is among the  French  base  below,  effectively  ending  world’s  most  interesting  and  diverse  over a century of colonial rule. places.

Experience Matters
Terracotta Warrior


Wolong Conservation Area


Tibetian prayer flags


Kunming Flower Market


Banyan Lake Pagodas



Women's World Cup


Russian Street Market


The Forbidden City


Beach Resorts


Water Townships


Dancing on the Bund


Lingyin Temple

Fishing on the Pearl River


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Studying abroad in China is an inexpensive, life-changing opportunity to learn a new language, experience a new culture, and gain new perspective on our changing world. Speed down alleyways on your Beijing bicycle, devour dumplings in the shadow of a Shanghai skyscraper, trek through the lush landscapes of Kunming’s mountain forests, and see a nation transformed. China’s reemergence upon the global stage makes learning Mandarin more essential than ever before. Join CSA in one of thirteen diverse and dynamic cities across the Chinese mainland. A lifetime of experiences await!

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