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The Chinese Program offers study abroad opportunities in China and Taiwan forWVU students who have finished at least one year of Chinese language study. We strongly encourage students to participate in a summer or a semester long study abroad program in China or Taiwan to improve Chinese language proficiency, learn about Chinese culture, and experience the modern Chinese society. Thanks to the Johnson endowment for Chinese Studies, generous grants are available to support these programs.

Summer Faculty Led Programs

Prerequisite: CHIN 102

Soochow University, Suzhou, China 

This is a four-week Chinese language and culture immersion program hosted by Soochow University in Suzhou, which is one of the most beautiful cities in China. Students will take Chinese language classes and attend lectures and seminars on various topics of Chinese history, culture and society (e.g., calligraphy, architecture, opera, garden art, Suzhou embroidery, etc.). Site visits and activities within the city, including the world-famous classical gardens and temples will be arranged in the afternoons. Weekend excursions including trips to nearby metropolises, such as Shanghai and Hangzhou will also be arranged. Students will live in two-bed dormitories provided by Soochow University (with bathroom, telephone, TV, and air-conditioning).

Ming Chuan University, Taipei, Taiwan

This is a four-week intensive Chinese language and culture immersion program hosted by Ming Chuan University in Taipei, which is a modern, prosperous and safe city in Taiwan. Students will improve language skills, develop knowledge and appreciation of traditional Chinese culture and civilization, and experience firsthand the dynamic economy and modern trends of Taipei. Ming Chuan University is located in a convenient and lively district in the city where the students will have plenty of chances to practice Chinese with the native speakers. Field trips include National Palace Museum, famous scenic places, Taipei Finance District, Taiwan?s Legislature House, The Presidential Palace, night markets, traditional temples, etc. The students will live in double occupancy hotel rooms at the teaching hotel managed by Ming Chuan University. 

Semester Long Programs

Prerequisite: CHIN 204

Ming Chuan University, Taiwan 

WVU has established an exchange program with Ming Chuan University in Taiwan. This exchange will allow WVU students to spend a semester or a year at Ming Chuan by paying WVU tuition. As Taiwan’s top international university, Ming Chuan University has state-of-the-art facilities. In addition to studying Chinese language, students will enroll in their International College where all courses in areas such as International Business, Mass Communications, Information Management, and Tourism are taught in English. Please contact OIP for application deadlines and procedures.

Ocean University of China (OUC), Qingdao, China: 

Students who have finished two years of Chinese language here at WVU can choose to spend a semester in Ocean University of China as an exchange student. OUC is located in the beautiful coastal city of Qingdao, which has often ranked as one of the top 10 most livable cities in China. The city has mild weather, beautiful beach and convenient transportation system. Qingdao is a major seaport and industrial center of China. It is also the site of the famous Qingdao (Tsingtao) Brewery. In the last ten years, Qingdao has flourished with foreign investment and international trade. Students participating in this program will have the opportunity to learn about Chinese culture, history and economics while studying Chinese language at Ocean University of China.