Chinese Summer Language Intensive Program
On campus: June 18 - August 7, 2014
Study Abroad in China: June 16 - August 24, 2014
The Chinese Summer Language Institute offered at the California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) develops students’ language skills, with emphasis on communication in a carefully-planned immersion environment.
Instruction & Activities
The Mandarin Chinese language is taught in context by exposing students to real-life situations and building their confidence in expressing themselves in Chinese. In addition, you will gain understanding and appreciation for the historic, cultural, social and geographic aspects of the Chinese world. Classroom and lab work are supplemented with daily extra-curricular activities, mainly conducted in Chinese. This includes sports, games, calligraphy, music, poetry, movies, discussions, cooking, and guest speakers. There will also be several field trips to connect and meet with members of the local Chinese community.
The seven-week program is rigorous and highly competitive. Motivated undergraduate and graduate students dedicated to learning the language are encouraged to apply. A CSUSB-administered placement test will ensure you are enrolled at the appropriate level.
Beginning CHINESE:Students with no previous language study. Motivated high school sophomores and juniors, with at least a 3.0 GPA, accepted.
Intermediate CHINESE:Prior completion of one year (two college semesters or three quarters) of first-year Chinese language required. Heritage speakers are highly encouraged to apply.
Advanced CHINESE:Prior completion of at least two years (four semesters or six quarters) of Chinese language study.
Study Abroad in Beijing, China:Prior completion of at least two years (four semesters or six quarters) of Chinese language study.
Students in all programs will be required to sign a Language Pledge to use Chinese to the best of their ability at all times.
You will earn 12 to 18 quarter units in Chinese language and Chinese studies. Classroom instruction, lab work, activities such as dance, calligraphy and music, as well as weekly field trips are all important elements of the program. Please note that instruction and required activities take place from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays.
Program Costs$2,200 - Tuition (Undergrad, CA-Res.)
$1,500 - Program Fee (On-Campus) [China: $3,064]
$1,250 - Housing (optional)
$150 - Books
$84 - Parking (optional)
$3,850 - $5,184* TOTAL
*Estimated for Summer 2014; actual costs may differ.
California State University, San Bernardino
Thank you for your interest in applying to our program. The Priority Application Phase deadline is December 31, 2013; the Second Phase Application Deadline is: March 1, 2014; and the final Application Deadline is May 1, 2014. There is a higher chance to receive scholarships for qualified applicants who submit their applications early. Openings will be available for the following classes: first-year (beginning) Chinese and second-year (intermediate).*
The application procedure is a three-step process:
1) Complete and submit a Application.
2) Send two Letters of Recommendation and a Personal Statement. High School students must also provide an Official Transcript.
- Letters of Recommendation -
The letters should be from professionals who can evaluate your ability to benefit from participation in the Chinese Language program and/or who are familiar with your area of studies /future goals. A letter from your Chinese instructor would be particularly helpful. Do not include letters from parents or relatives.
- Statement of Personal Goals -
You will need to answer the following questions (2 page maximum emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org):
a. What do you expect to achieve by participating in the Summer Language
b. How will the program help you apply the knowledge learned once you
c. What makes you an asset to the program?
d. Please include any additional information about yourself that you deem
relevant in our selection process.
If accepted, you will receive a welcome package with instructions about how to prepare for the Summer Chinese program at California State University, San Bernardino. A $250 program deposit ($50 for CA High School Students) will be required by all participants (including those with scholarships) by May 1, 2014.
*Final level availability will be dependent upon actual enrollment numbers.