Chinese Language and Culture In-country Program 2019 - New Colombo Plan Mobility Program grant opportunities


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Presenter:  CDU College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society, Charles Darwin University

Date: Nov 25, 2019 to Dec 20, 2019

Time: 12:00am

Contact person:  Amy Yu, Lecturer / Coordinator - Chinese Language Studies
T: +61 8 8946 7736
E: Amy.Yu@cdu.edu.au

Location:  China

The China In-country program at CDU is a four-week intensive study program which runs during the summer semester, starting on the 25th of November 2019 and finishes on the 20th of December 2019. The program caters for adults over 18 years to 28 years of age.

The program combines an engaging mix of language study and cultural activities and interaction with the local population. Students will have about three hours of language study each weekday morning, a weekly one-to-one session with a Chinese tutor and occasional cultural activities on some afternoons, and some provision for local excursions on weekends.

In the mornings students will attend language classes. Students will be placed in an appropriate level after taking a test at the start of the program. In the afternoons the students will experience cultural activities like Taichi practice, calligraphy appreciation and experience, papercutting, Chinese cooking, tea culture, Chinese traditional dances and Chinese traditional opera appreciation and experience etc.

Students learn not only through classes but also through organised excursions and informal mixing with local people in streets, shops, markets, canteens and so on. It should greatly strengthen students’ ability to use the language and be immersed in the authentic cultural environment, which further assist in their language learning.

This program allows students to complete a full unit of Mandarin Chinese study in little over four intensive weeks, an advantage for those who do not have more time to spare. It can be used for university credit or as a non-award course, open to both domestic and international students.

The in-country study program is through units (LAN211/311) outside CDU's normal six semesters of Chinese study (CHN101 to CHN302). Students enrolling in the program through CDU's units LAN211/311 'In-country Language Study', the accredited HECS-HELP liable units.

Higher education students will receive an official CDU grade on successful completion of this program and will be notified in the normal way at the end of the Summer Semester period.

Funding & Cost
Domestic students who are undertaking this overseas study experience may apply for NCP scholarship or they may be eligible for an OS-HELP loan. This is a loan that is added to students’ HECS debt to help facilitate their overseas study experience. It should be regarded as an investment in their language development and future employability.

Students will only need to pay for their visa, flight, insurance, food, living expenses and accommodation (inexpensive dormitory accommodation) on campus organised by the University. 

2015 In-country program presentation

Application Form

Please scan and send the completed Candidate Information Request Form and evidence of your citizenship (passport details, birth/citizenship certificate) to Amy.Yu@cdu.edu.au for processing by Wednesday, 25 September 2019.

Link to the webpage

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