Asia

China

Beijing

Program Sponsor: IES

Program Name: Beijing Contemporary Issues in China
Program Eligibility: 3 .0 GPA, HMC good standing. No language requirement
Language of Instruction: Chinese (Mandarin) and English
Curriculum: Liberal Arts

Description

Beijing is a modern Asian boom-town striving to preserve the cultural landscape of its’ glorious past. Through the new high-rises and financial institutions lays the remnants of Old Beijing, beautiful parks sprayed with pagodas, 19th century homes, and plenty of dumpling and noodle stands lining the streets. The program is located on the campus of the prestigious Beijing Foreign Studies University (Bei Wai), where students will hone their language skills and learn about modern China.

Academics

This program allows students to take an in-depth look at the enourmous changes happening in China today and to explore its’ history, economics, and culture. Students typically take one 10-credit Mandarin Chinese language course and two area studies courses. Students agree to a language pledge. Internships are available.

Housing

Students live in residence halls with a Chinese roommate or with a Chinese family.

Program Sponsor: IES

Program Name: Beijing Intensive Language
Program Eligibility: 3.0 GPA, HMC good standing. Requires two semesters of Chinese. Students without this pre-requisite can attend the IES Beijing summer program to hone their language skills.
Language of Instruction: Chinese (Mandarin) and English
Curriculum: Liberal Arts

Description

Beijing is a modern Asian boom-town striving to preserve the cultural landscape of its’ glorious past. Through the new high-rises and financial institutions lays the remnants of Old Beijing, beautiful parks sprayed with pagodas, 19th century homes, and plenty of dumpling and noodle stands lining the streets. The program is located on the campus of the prestigious Beijing Foreign Studies University (Bei Wai), where students will hone their language skills and learn about modern China.

Academics

Grammar classes, small drill sessions, and hour-long private tutorials combine for an intensive study of Chinese four hours daily, four days a week.  Class sizes are small and the pace is intense.  Students agree to a language pledge. This is a program for students who are serious about making accelerated progress in their Chinese proficiency.

Housing

Students live in homestays that are located within a short walk or bus ride to the Center

Dates

Fall semester:  late-August to mid-December, Spring semester:  mid-Jan to mid-May

Beijing

Program Sponsor: Pitzer College

Program Name: Pitzer Beijing
Language of Instruction: English
Program Eligibility: 2.5 GPA, HMC good standing
Curriculum: Liberal Arts, Engineering option

Description

Beijing, the capital of China since the Yuan dynasty in the 13th century, is the heart of the country’s cultural and political life. Home to more than 15 million people, Beijing is where you will find the nation’s central government departments, leading universities, medical schools, and centers of art and media. The program is affiliated with Beijing University, one of the premier institutions of higher education in China, and integrates classroom instruction with active learning experiences in a variety of settings.

Academics

This four part Humanities program format consists of lectures, seminars, fieldwork, and independent study. Engineering majors can participate in this program using the “engineering option”. Students will take an E102 course that will satisfy the requirements for the regular HMC E102 course. They will also have the option of choosing an applied engineering independent study project.

Housing

Students stay with local families.

Hangzhou

Program Sponsor: Middlebury College

Program Name: Middlebury in Hangzhou
Program Eligibility: 3 .0 GPA, HMC good standing. Four to five (preferred) semesters of Chinese required
Language of Instruction: Chinese (Mandarin)
Curriculum: Liberal Arts

Description

Hangzhou, known as the Garden City for the unusual quantity and quality of its parks and greenery, is the capital of Zhejiang province. Located just over 100 miles from Shanghai in eastern China, Hangzhou was China’s capital during the Southern Song dynasty in the 12th and 13th centuries when nomads from the steppe invaded Northern China. Human activity in the area dates back 4,700 years, and the current city has a history of over 2,200 years.

Academics

The School in China’s host in Hangzhou is the Zhejiang University of Technology (ZUT), which has its own attractive and recently landscaped campus in the center of the city. The university enrolls approximately 15,000 Chinese students on its welcoming, vibrant campus. The curriculum was designed for the specific needs of high intermediate and advanced Chinese language students. All students are required to take the One-on-One Content-Based Tutorial and the Area Studies Class pertinent to the host city. In addition, all students choose two elective classes from among those that are offered to total four classes per semester. All courses are conducted entirely in Chinese. Qualified students in their second semester may direct enroll in the university for one of their courses alongside local students, and/or pursue a credit-bearing internship. Spring semester students have the option to enroll in an intensive January program in Beijing operated by CET. The program is ideal for students who are seeking reinforcement of their language skills prior to spending the spring semester in either Beijing, Hangzhou, or Kunming.

Housing

Students live with a Chinese family.

Hong Kong

Program Sponsor: The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

Program Name: International Asian Studies Program (IASP) - Direct Enroll
Language of Instruction: Chinese and English
Program Eligibility: 3.0 GPA, HMC good standing
Curriculum: Liberal Arts, Engineering, Sciences

Description

Hong Kong, a city of almost 7 million people, is a modern, cosmopolitan city mixed with the historical touches of traditional farming and fishing villages. Under the unique principle of “One Country, Two Systems”, Hong Kong enjoys an autonomous position within China and aside from foreign affairs and defense, maintains its capitalistic system, legal and political systems, free trade and freedom of speech. The IASP offers a unique opportunity to live and study in one of the top financial centers in the world without previous knowledge of Chinese. In Hong Kong, where English continues to be the language of business, students take English-taught courses with local students in, for example, economics, engineering and science, social science or other disciplines, or with international students in Chinese civilization and culture.

Academics

Students directly enroll into CUHK and select three English-taught courses from CUHK’s faculties, in addition to one Chinese language course (Cantonese or Putunghua/Mandarin). Students are grouped under a major called IASP (International Asian Studies Programme) where they can take courses from the Faculties of Arts, Business Administration, Engineering, Science and Social Science.

Housing

Participants live with local students in CUHK residence halls. Students cannot be accepted unless housing is available.

India

Hyderabad

Program Sponsor: Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

Program Name: Hyderabad, India – Arts & Sciences
Language of Instruction: English and Hindi
Program Eligibility: 3.0 GPA, HMC good standing
Curriculum: Liberal Arts, Computer Sciences, Math

Description

Hyderabad is the fifth largest cosmopolitan city in India and is at the heart of India’s rapidly developing global economy. This program is designed for students with a desire to understand the complexities and paradoxes of the world’s largest democracy. Students have the opportunity to explore India’s cultural and religious diversity while experiencing the impact of modernity upon tradition. This program is also ideal for a student who would like to do research in the form of a service project, volunteer work or an internship.

Academics

Students take a required Hindi Language course, in addition to three courses, at either the Study in India Program (SIP) or at the University of Hyderabad, the first federally funded university in the southern part of India.

Housing

Students live in shared rooms in a guest house for foreign students on the university campus.

Japan

Nagoya

Program Sponsor: International Education of Students (IES)

Program Name: IES Nagoya
Language of Instruction: English and Japanese
Program Eligibility: 3.0 GPA, HMC good standing.One year of college-level Japanese required.
Curriculum: Liberal Arts

Description

The thriving, modern city of Nagoya is the gateway to the vast beauty and culture of central Japan. Nagoya’s population exceeds 2 million and is an important industrial and cultural center. Students will enjoy scenic areas such as Ise Bay, Nobi Plain, and the Kiso River, as well as a variety of historic attractions.

Academics

Full curriculum totaling 15-18 U.S. credits per semester. Students have the option to either immerse themselves in Japanese culture full-time by taking classes at Nanzan University, a distinguished private university, or they can enroll in English-taught area studies courses at the University’s Center for Japanese Studies.

Housing

Students live with local families or in residence halls with Japanese students.

Tokyo

Program Sponsor: Council of International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

Program Name: Tokyo, Japan – Arts & Sciences
Language of Instruction: English and Japanese
Program Eligibility: 3.0 GPA, HMC good standing. Japanese 1a required.
Curriculum: Liberal Arts

Description

Contemporary Japan is a land of intrigue, a country that has mastered the ability to balance both ancient traditions and ultra-modern convenience. Where else is it possible to participate in a traditional tea ceremony against a backdrop of suburban sprawl, which contains some of the largest corporations in the world? This program is based at Sophia University, a prestigious, private Jesuit institution located near the heart of Tokyo.  Sophia University is a very international campus and though Japanese is spoken in the classrooms, English is commonly spoken around campus.  Sophia is also known for its’ high academic standards.

Academics

Students interested in an intensive language program will take a Japanese language course (either a regular course or a Japanese Intensive course) and two or three other English-taught area studies courses. This program offers one of the largest selections of elective courses, in English, available in Japan.

Housing

Students live with a Japanese host family or in a student dormitory

Comments

This is a spring only program from late March to late July University.

Program Sponsor Institute for the International Education of Students(IES)

Program Name: Tokyo Society and Culture
Language of Instruction: English and Japanese
Program Eligibility: 3.0 GPA, HMC good standing. Japanese 1a required
Curriculum: Liberal Arts

Description

Combining the best of a fast-paced, modern city with the quietness of its historical temples and shrines, Tokyo is truly a city of wonderful contrasts. Just a 30 minute commuter train ride from the heart of Tokyo, this program is ideal for students who want to learn the best of modern, fast-paced Tokyo with the convenience and charm of the coast.

Academics

Students enroll in six credits of Japanese language and an additional 9 to 12 credits in liberal arts courses. Students take language courses at Kanda University of International Studies (KUIS), a private university dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in International Studies, Foreign Languages, Intercultural Communication, Japanese Culture, and Linguistics. Additional area studies courses can be taken at the IES Tokyo Center or KUIS.

Housing

Students live in residence halls or with local families

Program Sponsor: Pomona College

Program Name: International Christian University
Language of Instruction: English and Japanese
Program Eligibility: 3.0 GPA, HMC good standing. One year of college-level Japanese.
Curriculum: Liberal Arts, Computer Science

Description

As the capital and economic hub of Japan, Tokyo is a shining example of how old traditions and new high-tech culture meld to create one of the most fascinating cities in the world. This provides a landscape in which, in a single day, one can see a kimono-clad woman talking on a cell phone or an old man selling baked yams from his homemade cart. Students attend ICU, a distinguished liberal arts institution with a superb Japanese language program. Due to ICU’s large number of foreign students and faculty, Japanese and English are used regularly in the classroom and daily campus life.

Academics

Japanese language, Japanese history, area studies and culture are offered. At ICU, students attend the summer session followed by the fall term (Early July to late November only)

Housing

Students live in host institution dormitories, private homes, and student apartments. Students prepare their own meals.

Comments

Limited spots are available and priority goes to Pomona students.

Korea

Seoul

Program Sponsor: Council of International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

Program Name: CIEE Study Center @ Yonsei University
Language of Instruction: English
Program Eligibility: 3.0 GPA, HMC good standing
Curriculum: Liberal Arts, Engineering, Sciences

Description

Korea’s population is one of the most ethnically and linguistically homogenous in the world. In fact, virtually all Koreans share a common cultural and linguistic heritage, identifying themselves as ethnically Korean and speaking the Korean language. Yonsei University is located less than 20 minutes from downtown Seoul in an area where several other colleges and universities are also located.

Academics

Students enroll directly in English-taught courses at the host-university with Korean students. A variety of science, engineering and humanities-related courses are available.

Housing

International House dormitory with other CIEE and International students.

Nepal

Program Sponsor: Pitzer College

Program Name: Pitzer in Nepal
Language of Instruction: English and Nepali
Program Eligibility: 2.5 GPA, HMC good standing. Students must complete Anthropology 16, “Introduction to Nepal” at Pitzer College before going on the program
Curriculum: Liberal Arts, Engineering option

Description

Nestled between India and China, Nepal is the only official Hindu Kingdom in the world. Pitzer in Nepal is affiliated with Tribhuvan University, Nepal’s premier national institution for higher education, and its’ Office of International Relations. The philosophy of this program is a commitment to cultural & community immersion.

Academics

This four part Humanities program format consists of a course in Nepalese Studies, Intensive Nepali Language, seminars, fieldwork, and independent study. Engineering majors can participate in this program using the “engineering option”. Engineering majors will take an E102 course that will satisfy the requirements for the regular HMC E102 course. They will also have the option of choosing an applied engineering directed independent study project.

Housing

Student stay in homestays near Kathmandu, plus a middle-hill village.

Comments

Should conditions in Nepal not allow the program to be held in Nepal, students will study in Darjeeling, India.

Singapore

Kent Ridge

Program Sponsor: National University of Singapore (NUS) – Direct-enroll

Program Name: NUS Non-Graduation Student Program
Language of Instruction: English
Program Eligibility: 3.0 GPA, HMC good standing
Curriculum: Liberal Arts, Engineering, Sciences

Description

As a multi-lingual city where English is the language of business, government, and education, Singapore offers students a chance to live and study in a society rich in Chinese, Indian and Malay influences. Despite its small size, the island-city of almost 5 million people is one of the world’s most prosperous countries and boasts the world’s busiest port. Students attend classes at NUS, a leading global university in Asia. The NUS community has a rich social and cultural diversity, admitting students from over 100 countries.

Academics

Students take a minimum of 3 compulsory modules and 2 reserve modules at NUS in the faculties of arts, humanities, or sciences.

Housing

Students generally live in off-campus apartments

Comments

Students interested in this program should have a very independent nature. Registration may require visiting several different departments throughout the campus as opposed to registering in one location.