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This program offers 12 lectures in total, integrated with 14 or more visits to famous cultural and historic sites as well as international companies in Guangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing, and other cities. Classes, lectures and discussion sessions will make up 78 or more 60-minute sessions of instruction in total.

Program Director: Rose (Shuguang) Wang

Program Dates: May 18 – June 22, 2013

Program Cost

The program fee is $4950 which includes tuition, lodging, administrative fees, orientation and course materials, meals, group land transportation, lectures, field trips, cultural activities, basic accident and hospitalization insurance as legally required for overseas students in China, international phone card with ¥100 value, as well as full-time on-site program leadership and support. Airfare, travel insurance, passport and visa, vaccinations, on-your-own meals, and personal items are not included.  Students normally will need $200-$400 for personal expenses and souvenirs.

Final cost depends on the number of participants, final itinerary and exchange rates.  Loans are available for overseas programs on the same basis as for on-campus programs.  Apply through the Financial Aid Office.

Transportation

Students arrange their own flight itinerary to and from Guangzhou, and must arrive in Guangzhou in time for on-site orientation. Round-trip airfare ranges typically from $1,300 to $1,800. Flights to and from Hong Kong are most economical; a 3 hour bus from the Hong Kong airport to Guangzhou is $30 each way. Students will be picked up from Guangzhou Baiyun Airport or China Hotel Bus Station.

Program Highlights

  • On-site cultural orientation
  • Language courses taught by Wheaton faculty members with lectures by local experts
  • Behind-the-scenes look at a variety of businesses in China
  • Visits to cultural and historical sites in Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Beijing       
  • Worship in local churches
  • Personalized and caring approach conducive to concentrated study
  • Guest house in Guangzhou as home base for lodging and instruction

Application

Online applications must be received no later than February 22nd, 2013. A registration fee of $400 is required with the application, and will apply to the program cost.

All applications are considered on a rolling basis.  Because spaces in the program are expected to fill up quickly, you are advised to apply early.  Once the program is fully enrolled, admission of additional students will be considered on a case by case basis.  A second non-refundable deposit of $1,500 is due on March 15th, 2013. The balance must be paid by April 12th, 2013.

Courses of Study

For students with no prior Chinese language study (4 credits in total):

  • Chinese 100 (No Prerequisite): Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture: students take courses five days a week in the morning. Lectures are offered every afternoon during orientation week and on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons afterwards.  One-hour tutorial sessions are held every Wednesday afternoon.

For students of Chinese language study (6 credits in total chosen from the following courses):
Prerequisite: Completion of at least one year of Chinese.  It is also highly recommended that students enroll in a Chinese course during spring 2013.

  • Chinese 340 (For students of 102/201 and 330, two hours): Intro to Chinese Culture: A course on site during orientation week taught by Wheaton faculty with local guest speakers. Students take courses five days a week in the morning. Lectures are offered every afternoon during orientation week and on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons afterwards. 

  • Chinese 390 (For students of 102/201, four hours): Advanced Chinese in China: students take courses five days a week in the morning. Lectures are offered every afternoon during orientation week and on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons afterwards.  One-hour tutorial sessions are held every Wednesday afternoon.

  • Chinese 480 (For students of 330, four hours): Special Topics in Chinese Language and Culture: students take courses five days a week in the morning. Lectures are offered every afternoon during orientation week and on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons afterwards.  One-hour tutorial sessions are held every Wednesday afternoon.

  • Chinese 350 (For students of 102/201 and 330, four hours): Topics in Business Chinese: students take courses five days a week in the morning. Lectures are offered every afternoon during orientation week and on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons afterwards.  One-hour tutorial sessions are held every Wednesday afternoon.         

Students from institutions other than Wheaton must make arrangements to have these credits transferred.

Home Base for Lodging and Instruction

The first four weeks of the program will be held at guest house located in the northern suburbs of Guangzhou. The Wheaton professors leading the program will also live on site. Classes will be held in the main activity building, and students will enjoy the use of recreational facilities, which include a soccer field, game room, library, music room and movie theater. The lodging facility is in the corporate campus of a foreign-invested company. The company will provide the backdrop for much of the Business Chinese course being offered, and its employees will be among the friends you will make on the trip. The center also has a shuttle to a nearby subway stop from where you can easily access all parts of the city.

Language Pledge 

As a crucial part of the learning process, all students are required to sign a pledge during their first week of orientation on campus.  The pledge states that students will use only Mandarin Chinese as much as they can for the duration of the program in China.  There will be scheduled weekly meetings for “English Hours” for deeper conversation and fellowship.

Sunday Worship

While in Guangzhou students will have two options for Sunday worship. One is exclusively for foreign nationals and the other includes local residents. More information about these options is available from the program director.

While in Shanghai, students will visit a local church.

Field Trips

Professor Condrell has lived in Guangzhou over 20 years and has a number of contacts who are willing to open their doors to Wheaton Students this summer. We will visit a number of businesses to observe different business models and interview the managers and owners. We will also visit a number of not-for-profit organizations and meet the organizers. Finally, we will visit some cultural and historical sites. It is expected that the “off campus” experiences will be a valuable part of what the students take with them from the summer program.

Lectures and Discussions

We will be inviting a number of fascinating people from all walks of life to give lectures. We will also be engaging experienced local teachers to give students contact with a variety of teaching methods and styles.

Free Time

Guangzhou is a safe city to move about. Students will have free time to explore the city and all it has to offer.

Home Stay

The program houses students in a guesthouse, but there will be the chance to live with a Chinese family overnight if students request.

After the Program Ends

At the end of the program most students will depart from either Guangzhou Baiyun Airport or Hong Kong Airport. We understand some students will stay in China beyond this time. Some will choose to travel; others may choose to teach English short term. We encourage students to do either or both, but they will be responsible for making their own arrangements whether for work or travel.

The Wheaton College Community Covenant is in effect for the duration of the summer program.

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