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International Exchange Program

Introduction of Overseas Cooperation Projects:

Since 1998, the Language Center has cooperated with a number of universities to start Chinese language courses.  These universities include Northwestern University’s Department of Linguistics, University of Chicago’s Department of East Asian Students, the College of William and Mary’s Department of East Asian Languages and Literature, Syracuse University, James Madison University, Ferris University for Women in Japan, and Niigata University in Japan.  In addition, the Center has also been involved in the promotion of learning Mandarin in Hong Kong and Macao, and offers Mandarin summer training classes at the Hong Kong Baptist University.

The University of Chicago, a leading American university, is known for its long history of Chinese language teaching, as well as its leading reputation for East Asia and China research.  Currently, we are cooperating with the University of Chicago’s East Asian Department’s Chinese Language Center, and are facilitating Chinese language courses for both undergraduate and graduate students.  The Tsinghua University-University of Chicago Summer Chinese Language Program has been held since 2008, and has seen three successful sessions.  This program is a collaboration between Tsinghua University and the University of Chicago, with teachers hailing from both schools.  The duration of the program is eight weeks, with three Chinese levels (beginner, intermediate, and advanced), and students are required to study and research Chinese culture and society, turning in a final paper at the end of the course.  Attending students will receive course credits from the University of Chicago.

Northwestern University, another leading university in America, has seen rapid developments in Chinese language courses.  Currently, we are cooperating with Northwestern University’s Asian and African Language Department to facilitate Chinese language courses for undergraduate and graduate students.  The program started in 2001, and has seen nine successful sessions.  This program is a collaboration between Tsinghua University and the Northwestern University, with teachers hailing from both schools.  The duration of the program is eight weeks, with levels ranging from beginner, intermediate, to advanced.  In addition to the Chinese language classes, Northwestern University professors will come to Beijing to teach an English class on China’s History, as well as China’s Economy, allowing students to learn more about Chinese society and culture.  Attending students will receive course credits from Northwestern University.

The College of William and Mary, which is second historically only to Harvard University, is among one of the best public schools in America.  We will be cooperating with its Center for East Asian Languages and Literature, and will soon see the inaugural class of exchange students at Tsinghua University.  We will also be cooperating closely with the College of William and Mary’s School of Law among other disciplines.  The program consists of beginner, intermediate and advanced Chinese levels, which are supplemented by additional opportunities to research and study Chinese culture and society.  The duration of the program is eight weeks, the teachers hail from Tsinghua University and participating students receive course credit from the College of William and Mary.

James Madison University is a public university in the United States.  We will be cooperating with the school’s Economics and Management Department.  The teachers will primarily be from Tsinghua, with the duration of the program lasting for five weeks.  The program will consists of beginner, intermediate, and advanced Chinese levels.  The Center has organized opportunities for students to also study and experience Chinese society and culture.  Participating students will receive course credit from James Madison University. 

The London School of Economics is one of Great Britain’s most prestigious universities, and has been cooperating with Tsinghua University in setting up a Confucius Institute specializing in business.  Since the Confucius Institute for Business has been established, the London School of Economics has aggressively promoted Chinese language teaching, and we have been cooperating with them to set up Chinese language courses over summer.  The course will attract primarily LSE professors, graduate students, and undergraduate students, and will focus on teaching Business Chinese as well as Chinese culture.  The course will consist of Chinese classes (beginner, intermediate, or advanced), along with classes on modern Chinese history.  The program will also include visits to Beijing tourist attractions, opportunities to interview local Beijing residents, as well as the chance to hold discussions with Tsinghua students.  The program will range from three to eight weeks in duration.

Ferris University is a leading private women’s university in Japan, and aims to train the next generation of female leaders.  We have cooperated with this university since the 1990’s, and students from both universities have the opportunity to go on exchange.   The program is organized by the Chinese Language Center, but receives the endorsement and sponsorship of Ferris University’s International Students Division.  Since the launch of the joint cooperation program between the two schools in the 1990’s, there have been over ten successful summer sessions.  The program is sponsored by the Foreign Cultural Exchange Center at Tsinghua University, with full-time teachers teaching elementary and intermediate courses.  In addition to Chinese language course, teachers are also involved in taking the students to visit Beijing’s historical landmarks, in order to better understand Chinese society and culture.

Niigata University in Japan, is one of the first universities to collaborate with Tsinghua University in setting up a joint program.  Niigata University’s Department of International Studies is responsible for coordinating the overseas exchange program for undergraduate and graduate students at the university.  Since the 1990’s, Tsinghua University and Niigata University have cooperated in setting up summer school courses, seeing over ten successful summer sessions.  The program is sponsored by the Chinese Foreign Cultural Exchange Center at Tsinghua University, with Tsinghua University professors teaching the courses.  The duration of the program is four weeks, and the program consists of elementary and intermediate Chinese course levels.  In addition to Chinese language courses, Japanese teachers will also lead students to visit Beijing’s historical landmarks to better understand Chinese society and culture.  Participating students will receive course credit from Niigata University.