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Wheaton in China

The Wheaton in China experience features an immersion study of Chinese language and culture with related lectures, field study, and guided travel.

Program Overview

Wheaton in China program features an immersion study of Chinese language and culture with related lectures and workshops, field trips and guided travel. The program begins with an orientation week on Wheaton’s campus or on site devoted to cross-cultural training and concludes with a post-trip self-assessment and reflection project after students have returned from China. The program offers courses in all levels of Chinese for all majors. Language and cultural courses and electives are taught both by Wheaton faculty and by local experts. Wheaton in China includes visits to cultural and historical sites in various cities. Students have the opportunity to worship in local Chinese churches and participate in service-oriented activities. The program is offered bi-annually May-June.

Wheaton in China 2017

The program is a six-week language and culture program (6 Credits) in Tianjin, China that combines intensive language study with cultural immersion.

  • Sponsoring Department: Foreign Languages
  • Program Leader(s): Rose Wang, Faculty Instructor
  • Term: Summer (offered bi-annually)
  • On-Campus Orientation Dates:  May 8 - 12, 2017
  • Travel Dates:  May 20 - June 17, 2017
  • Post-Trip Project:  June 19 - 23, 2017
  • Estimated Cost:  $4,950.00 (airfare not included)
  • Prerequisites: CHIN 201 or competency equivalent
  • Eligibility: Open to Wheaton and non-Wheaton College students
  • Highlights: This total immersion program based in Tianjin offers visits to cultural and historical sites in Tianjin and Beijing, a one-week homestay, the opportunity to worship in local churches, and fellowship with other international and local Chinese students.

Course Offerings

CHIN 334: Intro to Chinese Culture (2 credit hours)
Instructor: Shuguang (Rose) Wang               
On-Campus: May 8 - 12, 2017
Intro to Chinese Culture is designed to help students gain their initial understanding of Chinese customs and cultural essence prior to their trip to study in China.  This course will introduce common cultural topics. Special emphasis is placed on comparing and examining the different cultures and customs of both the East and the West to help students get a deeper understanding of China and its culture. Reading material with related website links and daily journaling are required.

CHIN 338: Advanced Chinese in China [GP] (4 credit hours) 
Students experience and practice Chinese culture and language as this course incorporates the concept of learning-through-experience and functional language learning.  The goal is to rapidly improve students’ Chinese language ability and to assist them in quickly adapting to the Chinese language environment. Students will be introduced to Chinese culture, as well as the change of contemporary Chinese society and the fast-paced life of Chinese people today. Prerequisite CHIN201/competency equivalent or New Century Language and Culture Center placement.

CHIN 341: Special Topics in Chinese Language and Culture [GP]  
(4 credit hours)
Students at this course level take full advantage of the authentic Chinese language environment. This course focuses on helping students understand the material and comprehend the social culture involved in the Chinese language. This course attaches great importance to the teaching and practicing of the language function while at the same time introducing students to the complex fabric that makes up modern China. Prerequisite CHIN 331/332/337 or New Century Language and Culture Center placement.

Program Fees

The estimated program fee covers tuition, orientation materials, on-campus housing and meals, room and board on the Chinese University campus for three weeks, home-stay for one week, group ground transportation. Students must make their own travel arrangements to Beijing. Students will be responsible for passport and visa, vaccinations, some meals and personal expenses.

Learn More

If you have questions or would like to know more about the Wheaton in China program, contact Rose Wang, Faculty Instructor, for further information.

How to Apply

To apply, visit GoGlobal, Wheaton College's registration system for off-campus study and international travel, research, and internships. Applications must be received no later than January 20, 2017.  A deposit of $400 is required and will be applied toward the total cost of the program.