Nanjing, China’s capital during the Ming dynasty, the Taiping Rebellion, and again during the early years of Nationalist rule, is a provincial city of tree-lined streets, historic sites, and neighborhoods whose pace and atmosphere reflect the traditional Chinese way of life.
About the Program
The China/Taiwan program, offered through Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ affiliation with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), provides students the opportunity to study in one of three sites on mainland China or Taiwan: Beijing, Nanjing or Taipei. Each site has a distinct academic focus and will give students a different perspective on Chinese society. Students participating in this program will study at some of the region’s most prestigious universities, improve their Mandarin Chinese language skills, and gain an understanding of contemporary China.
For all program sites, detailed course lists are available here. In Nanjing (Nanjing University), students will focus on selected subject areas of contemporary Chinese society and culture in addition to developing Mandarin Chinese communication skills. The program offers an integrated curriculum that links the language classes to a Chinese studies course taught in English (Contemporary Chinese Studies) that includes excursions to sites of interest in and around Nanjing.
All three sites in this program will be of particular interest to students majoring in Asian Languages and Cultures. In addition, the Taipei site can accommodate students interested in the social sciences and humanities.
This program is open to juniors and seniors in good social and academic standing who have a minimum GPA of 2.75. In addition, for any of the three locations students must have completed a minimum of two years of college-level Mandarin Chinese or the equivalent and one Chinese area studies course prior to participating in the program. Due to the challenging nature of study abroad, student academic and disciplinary records will be carefully screened.
Students live in the international student dormitory at Nanjing University with another CIEE student as well as a Chinese roommate. Meals may be taken in the campus cafeterias or in restaurants near the dormitory. In some cases, homestay options may be available; see the CGE for more information about costs.
Several excursions are built into the academic curriculum reflecting the weekly topics in the language and area studies courses. Past visits have included a home for the elderly, a population management training institute, special economic zones and various neighborhoods and temples of historical/cultural importance. Classes in calligraphy and taijiquan are offered.
Students will be charged standard HWS tuition and fees, room fees, and a $600 administrative fee. This will cover tuition for a four-course semester, health insurance, housing, and all program-related activities and excursions. Note that no board charge is included. Students should plan to bring their board fee to cover meal expenses throughout the program. While food expenses will vary according to individual tastes, we estimate about $1200-$1500 will be sufficient (Note: costs differ for homestay option).
Additional expenses not covered include airfare, books, local transport and personal expenses (laundry, entertainment, independent travel, etc.). We estimate airfare for this program at $1400-$1600 from the East Coast, local transport from $150—$300 and books from $50—$150. It is difficult to give an accurate estimate of personal expenses because student spending habits differ considerably. We would suggest a minimum of $1500 for Nanjing, above and beyond meal expenses. However, students on a tight budget should be able to manage with less. If you are concerned about finances, we strongly encourage you to talk to the CGE staff who can offer information and advice based on your specific situation.
NOTE: CIEE has supplemental scholarships available to students who have been accepted to the China/Taiwan program. Please see Amy Teel at the CGE for information on how to apply for these scholarships.
HWS students must complete all components of the Global Education application in order to be considered for admission to this program.
- This program is offered every semester.
- All components of the application must be submitted online by the published deadline. Specific deadline dates are set each semester and typically will be in October (for Fall programs) and late February/early March (for Spring programs).
IMPORTANT: The handbook(s) below is/are the most recent handbook(s) published for this program. A new version, with updated information, will be made available each semester. Program participants will receive their updated handbook approximately 2-3 months prior to their program’s start date.
FALL HANDBOOK / SPRING HANDBOOK
Please DO NOT MAKE TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS until you have received final confirmation of the program start/finish dates for the specific semester you are attending. Dates included in versions of the program handbook intended for previous semesters do not necessarily apply to future programs.
NOTE: The information above is subject to change. Please see the CGE for more information.
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