Summer Study in China 2014 Open House
Saturday, February 1, 2014
5:30 – 7:00 PM
Location: China Institute, 125 E. 65th Street, New York, NY 10065
Are you interested in studying abroad in China with China Institute this summer? Do you want to learn more about your teachers and the classes you’d be taking, the host families that you’d be living with, and the places you’d be visiting?
China Institute’s Summer Study in China (SSC) program invites high school students interested in applying for our summer 2014 to an open house. Students and their families will join SSC’s administrators and past participants for an evening of refreshments and conversation. Program leaders will introduce the anticipated offerings for summer 2014 and, along with a number of former students, remain on hand throughout the evening to discuss the program and answer any questions you may have.
SSC gives high school students the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in Chinese language and culture for an unforgettable summer experience.
This event is open to all interested parties. For general inquiries, please contact Miaomiao Wang by e-mail at email@example.com or at 212-744-8181 ext. 145. RSVP by January 31, 2014.
“The China Institute’s summer study in China program has helped me reach my goals of becoming involved in the Chinese world as well as proficiency in the language. Their amazing program had the perfect balance of instruction as well as cultural experiences and because of the program I have been able to advance two years of high school Mandarin study.”
- D.K. (SSC-Beijing, 2013)
“My adventure in China, with the China Institute as my guide, was an experience I will absolutely never forget. The strides I made in my language abilities, and the incredible amount of knowledge I gained about the country, its history, and its culture, are nothing compared to the lessons I learned about tolerance, open mindedness, and risk taking……The China Institute’s program allowed me the freedom to experience these moments and learn these lessons, and through teaching me about a foreign country thousands of miles away, taught me more about myself than I ever imagined possible.”
- I.F. (SSC-East China, 2013)
“My host mother and grandmother taught me to cook Chinese food (I’m now a dumplings expert!) and my grandfather would talk to me every night after dinner about more serious topics, like the ups and downs of life in China. They never spoke English to me even when I didn’t know a word, and helped me improve my Chinese so much.”
- A.V. (SSC-Beijing, 2012)
China Press: Interview with Summer Study in China Participant, Kyle Lui
During the past two summers, our programs kept blogs detailing students’ activities during their time in China. Please feel free to look at the collected posts below, which will give you and your family a much better sense of our programming.
Summer Study in China – Beijing 2013 Blog
Summer Study in China – East China 2013 Blog
Summer Study in China – Beijing 2012 Blog
Summer Study in China – Shanghai 2012 Blog
Examining the Beijing program’s itinerary and a typical day from last summer will provide a clear picture of the program’s structure and a student’s day-to-day life.
Summer Study in China – Beijing 2013
7.5 — Depart from JFK International Airport
7.6 — Arrive at Beijing Capital Airport
Get to know campus & Live in the International Student Dormitory at Beijing Yucai School
7.7 — Placement Test & Orientation
Visit Temple of Heaven
7.8 — Classes Begin (M-F)
7.9 — Welcome Banquet with Host Families
Move to Host Families
7.27 — Two-Day Trip to the Bashang Plateau for Horse Trekking
8.01 — Classes Resume
8.02 — Final Exam
8.03 — Free time with Host Families
8.04 — Depart Beijing
A Typical Day
07:00 AM – 08:00 AM
Wake-Up, Breakfast, Depart for School
08:00 AM – 08:20 AM
08:30 AM – 12:30 AM
12:30 PM – 13:30 PM
13:30 PM – 17:00 PM
Cultural workshops, excursions, community services, free time
17:00 PM – 23:00 PM
Return Home, Dinner, Homework
Communicate with host families
Our Summer Study in China student ambassadors were interviewed by W.E Talk, SinoVision, in April 2013.
“Overall, I could not have dreamed of having a better trip. Through my schoolwork and practice with my host family and the local people, my Mandarin proficiency increased so much that I was able to jump a level once I came back to school in New York! I was so blessed to have such a sweet and supportive host family, and I know I will keep in touch with them for years to come.” — S.P. (China Institute ‘13)
“My language classes at China Institute have moved me toward this vision by filling an educational niche that is not available in my suburban community.” — M.B. (China Institute ‘13)
“As if these amazing experiences were not enough, my China Institute Summer Study in Beijing taught me a great deal about myself. It has given me a sense of independence and fearlessness that I know will serve me throughout my life. Living and studying away from home, in such a foreign land, gave me a lot of insight into what it means to be a responsible young adult who can be counted on to behave maturely.” –O.J (China Institute ‘12)
“My six weeks in China were the best six consecutive weeks of my life. I know that my experience is unlike any other I will ever have, and what I learned there will carry with me for the rest of my life.” – D.A. (China Institute ’10)
“In China I had the most amazing six weeks of my life…I came back from China not only more experienced and exposed to Mandarin and to Chinese culture but also a better, more thankful and humble student, sister, daughter and independent person.” – C.P. (China Institute ’10)
“In only six weeks I had accomplished so much: I built a lasting relationship with my host family, I became skilled in the Mandarin language and I explored Beijing, taking in the city’s beautiful temples, parks and markets. That fall, I skipped two full academic years of Chinese, becoming an active participant in the most advanced Chinese class in my school.” – Anonymous (China Institute ’09)
“The China Institute’s Summer Study Abroad program is in a league of its own. I researched a number of study abroad programs, and found the China Institute’s program to be unparalleled in its design. After experiencing the program, I now also know it is unparalleled – in every way. The program has three special features that set it apart from other programs:
First, this program has a home-stay component. Living with a local family enabled me to learn more Chinese than I had originally expected. Practicing the language at home with your host family allows you to learn more natural speech patterns and exposes you to a more expansive vocabulary. I also developed a very close relationship with my host family, and was able to learn much about life in China by hearing their life stories.
The second compelling feature of the program is the city itself. Beijing is a vibrant, international city, and provides a rich learning environment. My daily routine began with a bus ride to the west gate of the Temple of Heaven, which is located a few blocks away from the school. Every day, I stepped off the bus into a sea of commuters. I saw the temple gates to my right and the school neighborhood to my left. Walking to school, I passed the neighborhood shops and usually stopped to get two jian bing (savory crepes) for breakfast. From the time I left my door to the time I started class, I spoke to at least two local residents in Chinese.
Finally, the program is superior because of the students it attracts. The program’s application and selection process is rigorous. As a result, it attracts some of the country’s best and brightest students. My classmates were highly motivated and took their studies very seriously. I also made several close friends through the program that I still stay in touch with today.” – J.H. (China Institute ’08)
“I jumped ahead of the highest level of Chinese class at school meaning that I got more than two years of worth of my school’s Chinese. I want you to know how much it means for me to have participated; I will carry this with me for the rest of my life.” – J.P. (China Institute ’08)
“My experience in Beijing was unforgettable. Not only did my language skills reach a level of fluency, but I made lasting connections with people that still stand today and gained valuable insight into a world other than my own. The experience of living abroad certainly helped shape who I am today.” – B.S. (China Institute ’07)
“The families are so excited to host us! My host father would read the newspaper headlines with me every morning over breakfast, and I watched Chinese drama on TV with my host mother. I was so happy with my experiences from that summer that I later returned to Beijing to participate in School Year Abroad and was even able to live with the same host family.” – A.M. (China Institute ’06)
“After studying at the University of Vermont, the University of Michigan, as well as through private tutoring with a Middlebury Professor, I can say that the quality and intensity of the China Institute program is something that is unparalleled elsewhere. Even when compared to the five-day-a-week college course that I am currently attending at Michigan, the China institute program is superior. The sheer amount of material that was crammed into that 6-week program is astonishing.” Anonymous, (China Institute ’06)
“Since the program in 2006, I have stayed in touch with my host family, have had my host brother over to my home for Thanksgiving dinner, as well as stayed with my host family again in the summer of 2009. The China Institute program, through the host family program, and activities involving the host family, helped me forge a strong and long-lasting relationship with my host family.” – S.B. (China Institute ’06)
“Studying with the China Institute Summer Study program was one of the best summers I have ever had. That summer, my Chinese improved astronomically. The Summer Study program also gave me the confidence to take the Chinese SAT II. It was largely thanks to the China Institute that I scored so well.” – D.K. (China Institute ’06)
Participation in China Institute’s Summer Study in China programs is open to all high school students. To apply to our programs, applicants must be in good academic and disciplinary standing. We look for well- rounded students prepared to master this language and understand the culture inside and outside the classroom.
Admission decisions will be made on a rolling basis. The sooner we receive the application form and fee, the sooner we will be able to schedule your interview. The process of reviewing applications and rendering decisions will start in February.
A complete application packet includes:
Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org;
Please mail to:
Summer Study in China
China Institute in America
125 East 65th Street
New York, NY, 10065-7088
If you have any further question regarding the application process, please feel free to contact Ms. Miaomiao Wang, the Resident Director of Summer Study in China by phone (212-744-8181 ext. 145) or by email (email@example.com).