Language, Art, and Culture Program
July 1, 2019 - July 31, 2019
NOTE: Current dates are approximate. Check back in January for exact dates.
The Shangdong International Summer School reveals what is beautiful and legendary about China. This four-week program is a robust study of Chinese language and culture, which you will undertake with students from all over the world.
The program is divided into four modules that provide a multi-faceted look at China. The Chinese language module will improve your speaking and writing skills through song, drama, calligraphy and social outings in addition to classroom learning. The culture module covers archeological studies and ancient Chinese history, Confucianism, folk customs, and traditional art and music. Your culture studies will also take you on field trips to two UNESCO World Heritage sites – Qufu (Confucius’ hometown) and Mountain Taishan – as well as Qingdao, Weifang (The Kite City), and Beijing.
A third module will cover contemporary China: social issues facing the nation, development of its economy, Chinese law, intellectual property and human rights, and Chinese food and tea culture. Some of the more hands-on aspects of your learning include touring Qingdao Beer Factory or Haier Corporation, visiting a social welfare organization, and volunteering in Jinan. The last module will have you try your hand at Chinese folk art such as flower arranging, paper cutting, and cooking special dishes.
Discover your taste for trying new things, all while earning credits toward your degree! Getting to know China takes a lifetime, but Shangdong International Summer School condenses a true wealth of content and experiences into one trip.