Asia

China

Beijing
Program Sponsor Institute for the International Education of Students (IES Abroad)
Program Name IES Beijing Language Intensive Program
Program Type Stand-alone
Location Home to more than 15 million people, Beijing is the heart of the country’s cultural and political life. This program is based on the Beijing Foreign Studies University (Bei Wai) campus, one of Beijing’s premier academic universities.
Program Size 20
Languages Chinese and English
Fields of Study Chinese language and culture; social sciences
Academics Grammar classes, small drill sessions and hour-long private tutorials combine for an intensive study of Chinese four hours per day, four days per week. Students typically take one 10-credit Mandarin Chinese language course and two area studies courses. Class sizes are small and the pace is intense. Students agree to a language pledge.
Program Eligibility 3.0 GPA; Chinese 1b or 2
Housing Students live with local host families.
Terms Fall (late Aug. to mid Dec.); spring (mid Jan. to early May)
Comments Students participating in the pre-semester Tibet trip will arrive in early August. This is a program for students who are serious about making accelerated progress in their Chinese proficiency.
Did you know … The people of Beijing are so fond of bikes that Beijing is referred as “bike capital of the world.” Roads feature separate lanes for cyclists.
Hangzhou
Program Sponsor Middlebury College
Program Name C.V. Starr-Middlebury School in China: Hangzhou
Program Type Stand-alone
Location Hangzhou, known as the Garden City for the unusual quantity and quality of its parks and greenery, is about 100 miles from Shanghai. The program is based on the campus of Zhejiang University of Technology (ZUT), which is located near the city center.
Program/University Size 25/27,000
Languages Chinese
Fields of Study Chinese language and culture; traditional Chinese medicine; engineering option
Academics Students enroll in four classes totaling 16 units. Students with the appropriate language skills may take a course at ZUT alongside local students.
Program Eligibility 3.0 GPA; Chinese 51b (111a preferred), with at least a B average in all Chinese coursework, their major, and a B- average overall (students must complete a Chinese language course the semester prior to studying abroad)
Housing Students live in dorms with Chinese students from ZUT.
Terms Fall (late Aug. to mid Dec.); spring (early Feb. to late May)
Comments Students planning to study in Hangzhou during the spring semester have the option to enroll in an intensive January program in Beijing operated by CET.
Did you know … Hangzhou has been one of China’s most prosperous cities for a thousand years. The Grand Canal made Hangzhou a large and relatively wealthy port city on the Yangtze River near the sea.
Hong Kong
Program Sponsor Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
Program Name International Asian Studies Program (IASP)
Program Type Direct enrollment
Location CUHK is located in the Sha Tin district and is the largest campus of all higher education institutions in Hong Kong.
University Size 22,000
Languages English and Chinese
Fields of Study Full curriculum, all STEM majors
Academics Students enroll in four classes totaling 16 units. Students may take courses in all departments.
Program Eligibility 3.0 GPA
Housing Students live with local students in CUHK residence halls. Housing is very limited.
Terms Fall (late Aug. to late Dec.); spring (early Jan. to early May)
Did you know … The “father of fiber optic communications” and winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics is Professor Charles Kao from Hong Kong.

Japan

Nagoya
Program Sponsor Institute for the International Education of Students (IES Abroad)
Program Name IES Nagoya
Program Type Direct enrollment
Location Nagoya’s population exceeds 2 million and is an important industrial and cultural center.
Program/University Size
Languages English and Japanese
Fields of Study Japanese language and culture
Academics Students enroll in four to five classes totaling 15–18 units. Students may immerse themselves in Japanese culture full time by taking classes at Nanzan University, or they can enroll in English-taught area studies courses at the university’s Center for Japanese Studies.
Program Eligibility 3.0 GPA; Japanese 1b
Housing Students live with a local host family.
Terms Fall (late Aug. to mid Dec.); spring (early Jan. to late May)
Did you know … Birthplace of the Shogun and home to Toyota Motors, Nagoya is Japan’s fourth-largest city.
Tokyo
Program Sponsor The Council of International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
Program Name Tokyo, Japan Arts and Sciences
Program Type Direct enrollment
Location The program is based at Sophia University, a prestigious, private Jesuit institution located near the heart of Tokyo.
Program/University Size 50/10,000
Languages English
Fields of Study Full curriculum; environmental sciences
Academics Students enroll in four classes totaling 16 units. Sophia University offers one of the largest selections of English-taught electives courses available in Japan. It’s also a very international campus, and English is commonly spoken.
Program Eligibility 3.0 GPA; Japanese 1a or 1b strongly recommended
Housing Students live with a local host family or in student dorms.
Terms Fall (mid Sept. to late Jan.); spring (mid March to late July); Note: This is a spring term only program.
Did you know … Along with New York and London, Tokyo is one of the three world finance “command centers.”
Tokyo
Program Sponsor Institute for the International Education of Students (IES Abroad)
Program Name Tokyo Society and Culture
Program Type Stand-alone and direct enrollment
Location The program is located at Kanda University of International Studies (KUIS), a 30-minute train ride from downtown Tokyo.
University Size 3,700
Languages English and Japanese
Fields of Study Japanese language and culture; social sciences
Academics Students enroll in five to six classes totaling 15–18 units.
Program Eligibility 3.0 GPA
Housing Students live in residence halls or with local host families.
Terms Fall (early Sept. to late Dec.); spring (late March to mid July)
Did you know … The streets in Tokyo have no names, only numbers, and the buildings are numbered by the order in which they were built.
Tokyo
Program Sponsor Pomona College
Program Name International Christian University (ICU)
Program Type Direct enrollment
Location The university is located in west Tokyo and is 30 minutes from the city center.
Program/University Size 6/30,000
Languages English and Korean
Fields of Study Japanese language and culture; social sciences; some computer science
Academics Students enroll in four classes totaling 16 units.
Program Eligibility 3.0 GPA; Japanese 1b; junior class standing
Housing Students live in dorms during the summer session and with local host families or in apartments during the semester.
Terms Summer/fall (early July to late Nov.); Note: This is a summer session or fall semester only program.
Did you know … ICU is one of the most selective universities in Japan.

Nepal

Kathmandu
Program Sponsor Pitzer College
Program Name Pitzer in Nepal
Program Type Cultural immersion
Location This program is affiliated with Tribhuvan University, which is located just over three miles west of Kathmandu.
Program Size 15
Languages English and Nepali
Fields of Study Nepali language and culture; engineering option
Academics Students take four classes totaling 16 units. Engineering majors have the option to take an E102 course that will satisfy the requirements for the Harvey Mudd College E102 course.
Program Eligibility 2.5 GPA
Housing Students live with local host families.
Terms Fall (early Aug. to mid Dec.); spring (early Feb. to mid June)
Did you know … In Nepal, touching anything with your feet is considered an offense.

South Korea

Seoul
Program Sponsor Council of International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
Program Name Seoul Arts and Sciences
Program Type Stand-alone and direct enrollment
Location The program is based at Yonsei University, an urban campus located 20 minutes from downtown Seoul. Several other colleges and universities are also in the area.
University Size 35,000
Languages English and Korean
Fields of Study Full curriculum, all STEM majors
Academics Students enroll in four classes totaling 16 units.
Program Eligibility 3.0 GPA; students with qualifying language skills may take courses taught in Korean
Housing Students live in an international dorm with CIEE and international students.
Terms Fall (mid Aug. to late Dec.); spring (mid Feb. to mid June)
Did you know … Korea’s population is one of the most ethnically and linguistically homogenous in the world. Virtually all Koreans share a common cultural and linguistic heritage, identifying themselves as ethnically Korean and speaking the Korean language.