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Montclair in Beijing
Beijing, China
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-Led Program Language of Instruction: Chinese, English
Language Prerequisite: Chinese, English Housing Options: Hotel
Minimum GPA: 2.75 Academic Area: China Studies, Chinese, Language
Scholarships: Various Scholarships Internship: No
Program Description:

Montclair in Beijing
Summer 2014

Chinese Culture, Language and Literature

Course Dates:
June 16 – August 7, 2014

Travel Dates:
June 12 – July 18, 2014



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Beihang and Beijing Skyline Great Wall

This program immerses students in the bustling crowds of China's two largest cities, Beijing and Shanghai. Students can choose from several courses offered by MSU and our host, Beihang University, to earn 6 MSU credits. All participants will take "Introduction to Chinese Culture" taught by the accompanying MSU faculty member, with coursework either in English or in Chinese depending on the level of previous study. Students choose a second course in either Chinese language (Beginning or Intermediate) or 20th Century Literature in Translation, allowing a broader understanding of contemporary China.

In Beijing, the program is based at Montclair's partner institution, Beihang University. Since its founding, Beihang University has been one of the key universities given priority for development. In the new century and millennium, BUAA was officially listed in China's Action Plan for the Revitalization of Education in the 21st Century. Situated in the capital in the center of Zhongguancun Science Park, next to China' s National Olympic Center, with an area of over 100 hectares, BUAA is China' s first university of aeronautical and astronautical engineering.

Participants will experience the bullet train that connects China's two major cities of Beijing- China's capital city and a center of both culture, business and history and Shanghai--the enormous international business center. They will see the tranquility of Summer Palace, the grandeur of the Great Wall, and the solemnness of the Forbidden City. Moreover, students will have opportunities to blend into the crowds as people lead their everyday life--visiting the most modernized sectors and the enclaves of tradition in Beijing; exploring the 15 subway lines in Beijing that lead to the farthest corners of a fast growing city; and, of course, enjoying Chinese food with uncompromised authenticity.



Tiffany (Taofeng) she is a native Mandarin speaker who teaches first and second year Chinese at Montclair State University. She has also taught Chinese online to Special Operations Forces for the Defense Department, and was at the Chinese Center on Long Island, Hunter College High School, the Columbia University BlueSky program, the Dalton School, and Montclair Kimberly Academy. A graduate of ZheJiang University in Hangzhou, she also received a Masters degree from City College of New York and a certificate in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages from Columbia University.



Academics: All participants will register for one Chinese culture course:
CHIN-203            Introduction to Chinese Culture
CHEN 367            Selected Topics in Chinese: Introduction to Chinese Culture
This seminar will be conducted in English, with reading and writing practice in Chinese for students in CHIN 203. Topics will include an introduction to the major humanities traditions of China through an examination of representative works drawn from literature, aesthetics, philosophy, religion, and historical writing. An introduction to the history of Chinese ethical thought will examine perspectives on human nature, historical writing, religious options, and aesthetic implications, particularly as formulated in the great traditions of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism. Participants will explore Chinese poetry, fiction, prose, and drama and discuss the influence of the West on Chinese literature in modern times with selected works from major poets in the genres of shih, tz'u and  ch'u. Participants registering for the course as CHIN 203 (Prerequisite CHIN 132) will have reading selections in Chinese including original poems, newspaper articles and modern documents, and will analyze structural patterns, practice writing and translation. Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Languages.

Elective Course: All participants choose one of the following courses taught by Beihang University faculty.
CHIN 375            Beginning or Intermediate Chinese Language
CHEN 367            Chinese Literature in Translation: 20th Century Literary Transitions

CHIN 375            Chinese Language
This course is an introduction to study of the Chinese (Mandarin) language, focusing mainly on speaking and comprehension, with secondary emphasis on reading and writing. Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Languages.  Students will receive a credit adjustment for CHIN 101, 112, 121, or 132 at the end of the program.

CHEN 375            Chinese Literature in Translation: 20th Century Literary Transitions
This course will focus on literature from 1919 to 1949. This period has been regarded as a golden age in terms of creativity and social responsibility. Writers explored the creative use of the vernacular language and vocabulary, with many new words borrowed from the west, thought (democracy, science, freedom, politics), and style. The literature also reflects the deep concern about social problems and upheavals that China was  undergoing during that transition period. Students will read English translations of the literature in this period, supplemented by history to get a better understanding of modern China.  English majors may wish to request a credit adjustment for the approved substitution for ENGL 150.

There will be a minimum of five students per elective course- participants should indicate their first and second choices on the pre-enrollment form.

 

Field Trips and Optional Activities
The program will include faculty led field trips each week to The Summer Palace, The Great Wall, The Forbidden City, Hou Hai, the Royal Park, Yuan Ming Yuan, the Bell (Drum Tower, the 798 Art Zone and other places of interest. In Beijing, there will be a full-day field trip each Friday and a half-day trip each Saturday. The program will include three days in Shanghai, with visits to the Bund--a legacy of the colonial and early industrial era, and Pudong--the landmark of China's recent economic "miracle," and a possible trip to Suzhou (less than an hour from Shanghai by train) where students can visit China's most exquisite Ming and Qing gardens.

The Beihang University campus offers recreational facilities such as basketball, tennis, volleyball, as well as a music hall and a museum of aeronautical and astronautical sciences. Students will be paired with Beihang University students for optional activities and informal cross-cultural communication.

Accommodations and Meals

ParticIn Beijing, participants stay in double occupancy rooms in the Beihang University-owned hotel located on campus. Lunch and dinner are available for purchase in the staff cafeteria at a cost of approximately $6 per day. Chinese-style dinners at nearby restaurants range between $9 and $15.  Breakfast is included in the hotel. During the three-day stay in Shanghai, participants will stay in double occupancy rooms in a four-star hotel in the city center. Several group dinners will be included with the program cost.


Esitmated Program Cost: $3,800 + tuition and fees for six credits.
The program costs include:

  • Roundtrip Airfare
  • Double Occupancy Hotel Room with private bath
  • All transfers in China
  • All group excursions, including entrance fees to museums

 


All participants are required to submit
1) Pre-enrollment Form confirming interview and approval by the faculty director;
2) Reference form completed by a faculty member other than the faculty leading that program; and
3) $100 administrative fee.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling admissions basis but the recommended deadline is February 1 to ensure sufficient space.
The minimum GPA is 2.75 and students must be in good academic standing and not be under disciplinary action. Summer programs are open to non-MSU students and high achieving high school seniors who demonstrate special interest. Non-MSU students, new transfer students and high school seniors will need to submit two references forms, an official transcript from their home institution(s) and an additional $100 administration fee. Telephone interviews with the faculty will be accepted for out of state students. After completion of the program, non-MSU students will need to request an MSU transcript for submission to the home institution.

 

Once accepted into the program, the payment schedule for program costs is as follows:

Application fee $100
By February 15 or upon acceptance $1,200
By March 15 $1,300
By April 15 $1,300
Make Checks payable to "Montclair State University"

Program Costs are based on a minimum of 15 students and current exchange rates and are subject to change. A limited number of partial scholarships are available for MSU students with a 3.0 G.P.A. Contact the Global Education Center for further information.

Non-MSU Students Applicants should submit two reference forms and official transcript(s) from the home institution(s) plus a $200 non-MSU administrative fee. Telephone interviews with the faculty will be accepted for out of state students. After completion of the program, non-MSU students will need to request an MSU transcript for submission to the home institution.


For further information:
Contact the Global Education Center simonw@mail.montclair.edu or 973.655.4185.
For information about the program contact Prof. He at 973-655-4283 or het@mail.montclair.edu Visit us on the web at www.montclair.edu/global-education/study-abroad/ .
Beijing 2014 Pre-Enrollment Form



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