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  • Locations: Qingdao, China; Shanghai, China
  • Program Terms: May Session
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.0 Language of Instruction: English, Mandarin
Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior Internships or Service Learning Available: No
Housing: Dormitory, Hotel/Hostel Type of Program: Faculty Led
Program Description:
Language Culture China

Language & Culture in China

Program Highlights

  • Immerse in Chinese language and culture  
  • Experience and understand the Eastern wisdom and Chinese ideology
  • Study Mandarin Chinese from beginning level to advanced level depending on proficiency
  • Travel to Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Qingdao, and Beijing to gain knowledge of Chinese civilization and its people
  • Stay on campus at Ocean University in Qingdao, a beach city on the Yellow Sea

Program Overview

Cities visited: Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Qingdao, and Beijing
2019 Estimated Program Fee: $5,152

During the six weeks, you will study one of the oldest living languages and experience the unique culture. Through different cities and having direct contact with local people, you will get a glimpse of Chinese mindsets and Eastern philosophies. Emphasis will be placed on language application and the learning of the social norms, as well as communication skills. Apply what you’ve learned from textbooks while you take in the authentic surroundings.

The first week will be spent in the largest city of China—Shanghai with excursions to the high Tech city Hangzhou and garden city Suzhou. You will start the trip by exploring the contemporary and historical sites. Then the following four weeks you’ll spend in Qingdao with language classes and cultural activities such as Tai Chi, classical Chinese music, Chinese cooking and more. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to work together with Chinese college students on assigned projects. The final week will be spent in the capital city of China—Beijing.There you will visit the Great Wall, the Forbidden City,  the Temple of Heaven and many other places that you may have seen from movies, TV or books. This “life-changing” trip will broaden your vision and change your way of thinking.



  • Minimum GPA: 2.0
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior status  (You may apply during freshman year to participate upon completion of freshman year)

Course Information:

Earn 6 credits in CHIN 1399 Chinese Language and Culture in China. This course fulfills the Global Perspectives Liberal Education Requirement.

Course Topics Include:

  • Mandarin language courses from beginning level to advanced level depending on proficiency
  • Chinese politics, history, geography, and education
  • Basic principles of religions in China, such as Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism and their influence to the Chinese mindsets and lifestyle
  • Culture, music, literature, customs, and food

Program Leader:

Weiqing Zhang is an associate professor in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Her expertise in Chinese language, literature and her life experiences in China will help you quickly get acquainted with this mysterious old and yet vigorous country during your time abroad.

Program Costs

Final Estimated Cost | May Session 2019
Estimated Program Fee: $5,152
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $2,850
Estimated Total Cost: $8,002

Final cost estimates posted closer to program departure. Costs vary each year.
*Estimated out-of-pocket costs are dependent on items such as current airfare costs and individual spending habits.

If you do not see a cost estimate for the semester/term you intend to go abroad, the cost has not yet been determined. Please note cost estimates and fees may change depending on international economic factors. UMD Study Abroad delays the posting of final fees until enrollments, inflation, and exchange rates are determined in order to provide students with the most accurate pricing. We strive to post final fees by October 1 for Spring programs, March 1 for May/Summer programs, and May 1 for Fall and Academic year programs.

What's included in the program fee?

  • Personalized advising
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Tuition
  • Housing (shared dormitory rooms)
  • Local transportation
  • Field trips and entry fees
  • CISI international travel, health and security coverage
  • Visa entry assistance
  • Faculty leader support
  • Re-entry support

View the breakdown of costs for Language and Culture in China. These estimated costs do not include the application fee. Financial aid only applies to students who take at least 6 credits total during May and Summer session combined. Credits taken on study abroad programs cannot be used in tuition banding. Apply for scholarships.

Travel Documents

A passport valid for 6 months beyond the end of the program is required. Additionally, a Chinese visa is required for participation in the program. Assistance with the visa application will be given by the Study Abroad office.


Know the following program information, which you will provide on the online application:

Center Name: UMD Study Abroad
Education Abroad Term: May Session
Country: China
Program Name: Short-term: Language & Culture in China

Apply early as space is limited and the program will fill first-come, first-serve. An essay and an unofficial transcript are required. A $50 non-refundable application fee will be billed to your One Stop account upon submission of an online application.

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After you apply

  1. You'll get an email confirmation with a link to your application checklist
  2. Follow instructions to submit your application checklist items on time
  3. Your UMD study abroad program coordinator will review your app and monitor your checklist progress
  4. The program leader will confirm your acceptance
  5. Once accepted you must complete the confirmation checklist to confirm your participation
  6. Once we receive your confirmation, your account will be billed

If you decide you cannot participate, you must login to the online application system and submit a "Cancel Request."

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This program is currently not accepting applications.