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Chinese Summer Language Intensive Program

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Applications closed for SLIP 2015!

Check back in December for 2016

On Campus Program Dates: June 24 - August 14, 2015

Study Abroad Dates in China: July 2 - August 28, 2015

Closing Ceremony & Banquet: August 13, 2015

Application Procedures

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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 Target Language Commitment 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]

$1,300 - Housing (optional)

$150 - Books

$90 - Parking (optional)

$3,850 - $5,184* TOTAL

*Estimated for Summer 2015; actual costs may differ.

Chinese Summer Language Intensive Program
California State University, San Bernardino
Application Procedures

Thank you for your interest in applying to our program.  Rolling admissions through May 1, 2015.  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.  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.
  • Official Transcript- All high school level applicants are required to submit an official transcript.
3) The selection committee will begin notification of acceptance on March 15, 2015.

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, 2015.

Phone: 909-537-7135
Fax: 909-537-7091

*Final level availability will be dependent upon actual enrollment numbers.

Target Language Commitment

The Target Language Commitment asks students to use only the language that they are studying (Arabic, Chinese, Korean or Persian) in all program and extra-curricular activities - including within the residences, on field trips, etc.

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