Sichuan University in partnership with GlobaLinks Learning Abroad offers a summer program entitled "Mandarin and Minority Culture Studies in the Land of Panda. GlobaLinks Learning Abroad has designed this
short-term program with your individual student goals in mind. It is built around a unique Discovery Model which is delivered by some of the best staff in study abroad, both in the U.S. and overseas, in order to provide you with an individualized experience through discovery in 5 key areas: personal, academic, cultural, social, and career. Learn more about the Discovery Model.
This program is an amazing 6-week summer program where participants will gain unparalleled insight into the study of Tibetan culture while also learning Mandarin language. The Tibet Studies class will expand participant’s knowledge of Tibetan civilization both practically and theoretically. A field component is included which will lead participants to a Tibetan Village so they can better conceptualize and apply what is learned in class.
The Mandarin & Minority Culture Studies in the Land of Pandas Program is offered through Sichuan University, which is located in Chengdu, China.
Chengdu is the capital of the Sichuan Province, home to approximately 10 million people, and is located in southwest China at the western edge of the Sichuan Basin. It is known as one of the most important economic centers and is a major transportation and communication hub in China. Historically, it has played an important role in the political, economical, cultural, and military development of southwest China. Chengdu is regarded as the starting point of the Southern Silk Road and is the gateway to the Tibet Autonomous Region. The surrounding region is famous for its three unique characteristics: beautiful scenery, Bashu Culture, and home of the Giant Pandas.
Learn morea about Chengdu and China.
The language class consists of 48 hours of instruction designed for students with beginner-level language skill. For an additional cost, students can choose to take intermediate (additional 2400 yuan) or advanced (additional 3600 yuan) Mandarin courses. To compliment the language learning experience a lecture series will be conducted each week on Chinese culture, history, politics, economy, Sino-US relations, religion, and law.
The Global Tibet Class consists of 53 hours of instruction to cover a wide variety of topics regarding Tibet.
Excursions to local areas of cultural interest will take place each week and participants will interact with local students through organized activities on and off campus. Some examples include: Sichuan Opera, Leshan Giant Buddha, Panda Breeding and Research Center, local museums and sports.
The program is generally worth 6 U.S. credits, depending on the home university.
GlobaLinks Learning Abroad students attending Sichuan University are invited to live on-campus in student dormitories. Limited single and twin shared accommodation is available with private bathroom and shower. Bedding, desks, chairs, and Internet access is provided. Cafeterias and local restaurants are within close proximity to the dorms.
GlobaLinks Learning Abroad strives to offer the most reasonable abroad fees to Asia. To further enhance the affordability of the semester/year study abroad programs, we encourage you to apply for scholarships through all available scholarship sources. Learn more about our scholarship opportunities.
Some of the unique features of the Tibetan Studies and Mandarin Language program include:
- 48 hour Mandarin language class
- Tibetan Studies Class with field trip to a Tibetan Village
- Weekly lecture series on China studies
- Weekly excursions to places of cultural interest
- Planned activities with local Chinese students
Other Tours and Travel Available
Beyond our included excursions, you will be able to pre-book a wide variety of day, weekend, and week-long tours at a discounted price through our travel partner, STA Travel. These trips provide the ultimate flexibility for you to travel where you want to go, when you want to go, and with whom you want to go. Most trips have open dates, so you can pre-book the trip(s) that interest you, yet choose your dates later on once you’re abroad. This flexibility also means friends that you make from other countries/programs or even your friends and family who are visiting you abroad can also participate. Learn more>
Enhance your Experience
Global Citizens Development Modules
The new Global Citizen Development modules are online learning components designed to help you explore your study abroad destination and experience at a whole new level. These modules are not mandatory, however we strongly encourage your participation as they will introduce you to the opportunities and challenges you may encounter when participating in a study abroad program, as well as expose you to cultural insights and knowledge about your host country to help make your program abroad even more successful and fulfilling. Through the 3 modules, you will refine your skills in cross-cultural observation, adaptation, and communication.
Being Prepared for your Time Abroad
GlobaLinks Learnign Abroad is there to help you through every step of the study abroad process! This includes making sure you are prepared for your time abroad! Due to the short length of the summer programs we are not able to offer our renowned multi-day orientation known as the Bridging Cultures Program. However we do still offer services that are tailored to helping you have the best experience possible. These include one-on-one pre-departure advising and group webinars prior your departure. The goal of the webinar is to help answer any final questions you may have and to fully prepare you for a summer of personal, social, academic, cultural, and professional Discovery!
For any questions about the classes offered through this program please email email@example.com
|Mandarin & Minority Culture Studies in the Land of Pandas Summer 2014|
|Program Fees *||$3,850.00|
|Housing without Meals||included in program fee|
|What's included||See below|
Your Personalized Summer/Short Course Program Includes
Tuition and instruction
Host university activity and insurance fees
24/7 support for students and parents at home and abroad
Pre-departure materials and travel gear
Personal program manager
Facilitation of course selection / credit transfer
HTH Worldwide health insurance protection
Alumni opportunities, including professional ambassador program
International Student Identity Card
Exclusive Career-Building Alumni Institute (add-on option)
Additional Housing Fee (if applicable)
Housing and some meals are typically included in the Summer/Short Course fee. This is noted above if included or the approximate housing range is provided. Housing amenities are generally:
Technology package available
Linen package available
An additional refundable housing deposit may be required for your housing selection. If housing does not include meals you will have access to a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals.
*All fees are subject to change.