CSU IP China: Learn Chinese
Program At A Glance
When: Late August to late May
Units: Students are required to take the equivalent of 15 CSU units per semester.
Cost: Students pay the same tuition for CSU IP China as the tuition paid for their home CSU campus. For more information on costs, including accommodations, travel and other expenses, see the Budget Sheet.
Eligibility Requirements: Minimum 3.0 GPA; Students must be enrolled at a CSU campus no later than spring term prior to departure, or eligible to enter from a community college by fall term of the program start date; students must be 18 to 45 years of age; graduate students may participate for undergraduate credit.
Course Prerequisites: Two college-level courses in Mandarin Chinese, or one college-level Mandarin Chinese course and one course with a focus on China (history, society, literature, geography, philosophy, political science, etc.)
The CSU IP China program is affiliated with Peking University (PKU), a major research university located in Beijing. The university, which was founded in 1898, is consistently listed as one of the highest ranked universities in China has the largest university library in Asia. More than 2,500 international students attend PKU.
Students in the CSU IP China: Learn Chinese program take Chinese language and culture courses at PKU’s School of Chinese as a Second Language (SCSL). Chinese language courses are offered at the elementary, intermediate and advanced levels; students take a language placement exam upon arrival to determine their level. All students are required to take conversation, reading and writing courses. Students may also take Listening in Chinese, Writing Chinese Characters, Newspaper Readings, and other special subjects in Chinese economics, history, music, politics and religion. Courses in English are available through the "China Series" program. Students can take 1-2 courses from the Series and should be aware that enrollment is limited.
At the elementary level, students take 20 hour per week of intensive language classes emphasizing grammar, reading, speaking and listening. CSU IP students at the elementary level do not take electives. At the intermediate and advanced levels, special topics and electives are available. Students who score high enough on their language placement test may be permitted to take courses from regular departments at PKU if permission is granted from the department.
For more information about the academic program, students may refer to the CSU IP Academic Bulletin for the previous year. Note that course offerings are subject to change and may not be offered during the year of intended study.
The CSU IP China program is located in Beijing, the capital city of China. Beijing is one of the most populous cities in the world with over 21 million inhabitants. Beijing is the second largest Chinese city by population after Shanghai and is the nation’s political, cultural and education center. PKU’s School of Chinese as a Second Language, where most students take classes, is situated in the western part of campus amidst the foreign student complex known as Shao Yuan. This complex includes dormitories, cafeteria, post office, coffee shop, as well as classrooms and offices.
Upon arrival in Beijing, students are provided with temporary accommodations arranged by CSU IP. During the orientation week, the on-site staff will provide students with housing information and assist them in finding permanent accommodations. Most students live in local apartments, and there may be limited availability in dormitories.