University of Oregon

Intensive Chinese Language and Culture in Harbin

Program Overview

Note: This program will not run in summer 2017. It will be offered again in summer 2018.

By participating in this eight-week program, you will be able to rapidly increase your language proficiency in Mandarin and complete one full year of Chinese language credits. In addition, you will be actively engaged in the local community through housing with Chinese nationals, service learning, excursions, and other activities. You will be enrolled in specially arranged classes at the Harbin Institute of Technology, and a University of Oregon faculty member will also be on-site to provide support and academic guidance. The program is designed for students with at least one prior year of college-level Chinese language (or the equivalent) and is also appropriate for advanced Chinese language speakers.

Academic Details

Increase your language proficiency through study and interactive community activities. Enroll in specially designed language courses through Harbin Institute of Technology's (HIT) International College and participate in a variety of community activities. Generally, you will enter this program with either one, two, or three years of prior study in college-level Chinese, resulting in a placement into HIT proficiency levels of 'novice-mid' or higher. You will take pre- and post-program language assessments to help with placement into Harbin courses and measurement of language progression.

To encourage a fully immersive learning experience, you will be required to sign a language pledge pertaining to all on-campus communication while at HIT.

The HIT curriculum will expose you to “hot topic” social issues that are important to understanding the Chinese cultural context. HIT courses will approach topics from multiple perspectives, which will allow you to practice your Chinese language skills. 
You will take a placement test to determine which courses to take during the program. For lower level (200/300), you will earn credits for an entire year of language.

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

Housing Description

You are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to live with a host family. Host families are pre-screened to provide a safe and welcoming environment as well as the opportunity to participate in your family’s daily lives and events. Host families provide a single room with a bed and two meals per day.

If you prefer to live on-site, you will be given the option to live in the International Student dorm with a Chinese roommate from Harbin Institute of Technology. Part of the accommodation fee for the residence hall will be used to cover the costs of your roommate, who will also serve as a tutor.

Additional Requirements

B average in Chinese language courses

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearPriority DeadlineFinal DeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Summer201802/15/201803/15/2018TBDTBD

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.