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Duke University: Chinese (Study Abroad)

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Beijing, China
Mandarin Chinese
Duke University
Dates of Program: 
June 1, 2018
July 28, 2018



Program Type: 
Summer Study Abroad
Program Level: 
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
Classroom/Study Hours: 
Year 2Year 3Year 4
Credits offered222
Number of Classroom Hours per week202020
Number of Self-Study/Homework Hours per week15-2015-2015-20
Number of Hours With a Language Partner per week4+4+4+

Year 2: A New China: Intermediate Reader of Modern Chinese

Year 3: All Things Considered: Advanced Reader of Modern Chinese

Year 4: The Routledge Advanced Chinese Multimedia Course Crossing Cultural Boundaries


Program Details: 

The 8-week Duke in China summer intensive language program is based at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing. Students will receive two Duke semester credits upon successful completion of the program. 

Duke in China also offers a 10-week Business Chinese and Practicum option for advanced 3rd-year and 4th year students. Please see for more information. 

All Project GO programs provide funding for:

  • Tuition/fees
  • Room and Board
  • Travel to/from study location
  • Books
  • Insurance
  • Visa

The following costs will not be included in Project GO Funding: personal spending money, personal travel, costs for obtaining a passport, medication, and expenses for dependents.

Please Note: Project GO participants planning to travel abroad MUST have a valid U.S. passport in their possession no later than 90 days before anticipated travel date. Many destinations require student visas, which take additional processing time. For further information, visit our FAQs.

Additional Details: 

Admission to the program is highly competitive and adheres to Duke's rigorous standards for language learning.

Program highlights include:

  • Teacher-Student ratio of 1:3
  • Language Pledge
  • Language Partner program
  • Language Practicum (task-based learning activities)
  • Weekend excursions in and around Beijing
  • Mid-term program-sponsored trip to Xi'an or another city 
  • Chinese Language and Society through Films
Application Deadline: 
January 25, 2018
Separate application?: 
No, a separate application is not needed.
How to Apply: 

Students applying to Duke in China please note the following:

1. The "academic reference letter" needs to be written by one of the applicant's Chinese language instructors.

2. Please send in a short, hand-written essay in Chinese addressing the topic of "Why I want to study Chinese" or "my family" (at least 100-150 words).

3. We will schedule a Skype interview with you between Feb. 1 and 9th, 2018.

Yan Li
Email Address: 

Thank you very much.