Academic Year & Semester 2011-2012
Please note this is a reprint from the AIFS 2011-2012 Academic Year and Semester catalog, published in August,
2010. Dates, Itineraries and courses are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, visit us online at
Remember: Every AIFS Program is guaranteed in U.S Dollars and includes:
• Tuition with transcript provided by outstanding host universities, facilitating academic credit transfer.
• Housing In many countries, you will have the option of living in a homestay, independently or in a residence hall. *
• Meal plan Whether it’s restaurant vouchers, meals in the student cafeteria or home cooked meals from your host family, you will get to
taste the local flavor with an included meal plan *
• AIFS organized social/cultural activities and field trips help you learn more about your location and complement your academic
• On-site experienced Resident Director and support staff for guidance on issues relating to academics, language,
cultural differences, health and more.
• Comprehensive insurance and assistance package including 24/7 emergency support.
• AIFS support services Financial aid transfer, academic advice, visa assistance.
• Optional AIFS Flight Package (round-trip flights and airport transfers) for an additional fee. In some locations, the AIFS Flight
Package includes a 3-day stopover in London en route to campus. See page www.aifsabroad.com for details.
• Scholarships Each year, AIFS awards up to $600,000 in scholarships.
*Check programs for specific arrangements
Plus, look for these available features in each chapter...
Summer Program available
Internship opportunities Volunteer opportunities
(visit www.aifsabroad.com for details)
Homestay experience Intensive foreign language program Honors courses
Since 1964, over 1.5 million students have changed the way they see their world with AIFS.
...Now it is your turn.
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fall or spring semester
Traditional and Internship Programs
Chinese culture and philosophy
economic development in China
international relations and Chinese
All-inclusive program fee
Traditional Program $13,495
Beijing Language With Optional AIFS Flight Package from $14,515 (see page 35)
Internship Program $11,495
and Culture University With Optional AIFS Flight Package from $12,515 (see page 35)
For the Nanjing University program, see page 40.
✓ Tuition—up to 18 semester credits (subject to course and program
Open to college Deadlines selection)
fall 2011–May 1 ✓ Housing—double rooms in university residences
juniors and seniors
minimum 2.5 GPA
spring 2012–October 1 ✓ Meal allowance—to subsidize three meals per day Monday
through Friday at the university cafeteria when on campus
no previous Mandarin Choose from 2
✓ Cultural activities such as: guided visits to Tiananmen Square,
language required unique programs! Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, the Hutongs, Summer Palace, the
Great Wall, the Beijing Urban Exhibition Center and an Acrobat show
✓ Excursions included for students on the Traditional Program only:
Spend a semester in the capital of the Peo- › Nanjing, Suzhou and Shanghai (7 days)
ple’s Republic of China, the country’s political, › Tianjin (2 days)
economic planning and cultural center, and
› Xi’an (3 days)
home to around 16 million people.
✓ Comprehensive insurance and assistance package
China is playing a crucial role in global eco-
nomic recovery, prompting President Obama ✓ Services of a pre-departure Student Advisory Center and an on-site
to describe the relationship between the U.S.
and China as most important not just for the ✓ Pre-departure handbook
citizens of those countries but for a new era Please note fee does not include the non-refundable $95 application fee and $250
refundable damage deposit. Students choosing the standard option are responsible for
of global development. making their way to and from campus by the scheduled program dates.
On the Traditional Program, you will earn up
to 18 credits studying Mandarin Lan- Optional Components:
guage offered at three levels and take
courses in English on the history, culture, ✓ AIFS Flight Package - Round trip flights U.S.-Beijing-U.S.
and round trip transfers between the airport and campus overseas. See
business, economic development and inter-
page 35 for details.
national relations of this fascinating country.
On the Internship Program, earn up to 15 ✓ Excursions optional for students on the Internship Program only
credits plus get an extra jump start on your see page 36 for details.
post-grad resumé with a career-building › Nanjing, Suzhou and Shanghai (7 days)
internship. › Tianjin (2 days)
› Xi’an (3 days)
Tour the local wonders including the Great
Wall and Temple of Heaven and Tianan-
men Square. Explore more of China on ex- “Really helpful for students wanting
cursions to Nanjing, Suzhou, Shanghai, to know more about China and truly
Tianjin and Xi’an.*
experience the culture.”
* Excursions are included for students on the Traditional Program. Students on the
Internship Program can participate in the excursions for an additional fee. – Jireh Uy, Cal State, Long Beach
Fall Semester Spring Semester
SEPTEMBER 7 – DECEMBER 17, 2011 FEBRUARY 22 – JUNE 2, 2012
Wednesday, September 7 Optional overnight flight from U.S. Wednesday, February 22 Optional overnight flight from U.S.
to Beijing* to Beijing*
Thursday, September 8 Arrive Beijing and transfer to Thursday, February 23 Arrive Beijing and transfer to
Friday, September 9 Orientation to campus, Friday, February 24 Orientation to campus,
to Sunday, September 11 neighborhood and Beijing city. to Sunday, February 26 neighborhood and Beijing city.
Welcome lunch on Friday. Includes Welcome lunch on Friday. Includes
visit to Tiananmen Square and visit to Tiananmen Square and
Forbidden City Forbidden City
Monday, September 12 Classes begin Monday, February 27 Classes begin
Sunday, October 2 Mid-semester break, including Friday, March 16 Weekend excursion to Xi’an
to Saturday, October 8 excursion to Nanjing, Suzhou and to Sunday, March 18 (optional for students on the
Shanghai (optional for students on Internship Program $325)
the Internship Program $1,145) Monday, March 19 Internship placement begins for
Monday, October 10 Classes recommence. Internship students on the Internship Pro-
placement starts for students on gram
the Internship Program Saturday, April 14 Overnight excursion to Tianjin
Saturday, October 29 Overnight excursion to Tianjin to Sunday, April 15 (optional for students on the
to Sunday, October 30 (optional for students on the Internship Program $195)
Internship Program $195) Sunday, April 29 Mid-semester break, including
Friday, November 18 Weekend excursion to Xi’an to Saturday, May 5 excursion to Nanjing, Suzhou and
to Sunday, November 20 (optional for students on the Shanghai (optional for students on
Internship Program $325) the Internship Program $1,145)
Thursday, December 15 Internship placement ends for stu- Monday, May 7 Classes and internship recom-
dents on the Internship Program mence
Friday, December 16 Fall semester ends Thursday, May 31 Internship placement ends for stu-
Saturday, December 17 Optional return flight from Beijing dents on the Internship Program
to U.S.* Friday, June 1 Spring semester ends
Saturday, June 2 Optional return flight from Beijing
Dates and routings are tentative and subject to change. Please note that the flight route may require connections.
*Included for students on the AIFS Flight Package only.
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Program with optional AIFS Flight Package
For your convenience, AIFS will arrange your round-trip airfare
(including all fuel surcharges, taxes and fees), meet you at the
arrival airport(s) and provide transportation to and from the pro-
gram site on scheduled arrival and departure dates. Prices for
this option include: All-inclusive program as specified plus...
Flights Airport transfers
› U.S. to Beijing › Beijing to Campus
› Beijing to U.S. › Campus to Beijing
The prices with airfare listed are subject to change. The flight
and transfer portion of the fee will be confirmed at time of
invoicing. (Program fee is guaranteed.)
Fees by departure city:
Atlanta ................... $14,675 Minneapolis ........... $14,675
Boston ..................... 14,655 New York/Newark .... 14,655
Living Abroad Buffalo ..................... 14,655 Orlando .................... 14,675
Chicago .................... 14,715 Philadelphia.............. 14,675
HOUSINg AND MEAlS Cincinnati ................. 14,715 Phoenix .................... 14,615
Dallas ....................... 14,655 Pittsburgh ................ 14,675
Denver ..................... 14,655 Raleigh/Durham ....... 14,675
You will reside in a double room in a modern university inter- Des Moines ............. 14,675 San Francisco........... 14,515
national student residence. You will receive a meal allowance
Detroit...................... 14,695 Seattle...................... 14,515
for three meals a day, Monday through Friday in the University
cafeterias when on campus. Houston ................... 14,675 St Louis.................... 14,715
Los Angeles ............. 14,515 Washington/Dulles .. 14,695
Please note: the meal allowance gives access to a range of
local food, but if you prefer Western food you will need to Miami....................... 14,675
supplement the allowance.
On overnight excursions Internship Program
Housing on excursions is in double occupancy tourist hotels Atlanta ................... $12,675 Minneapolis ........... $12,675
with most meals included. Boston ..................... 12,655 New York/Newark .... 12,655
Excursions are included for students on the Traditional Program Buffalo ..................... 12,655 Orlando .................... 12,675
only. Students on the Internship Program can participate on the Chicago .................... 12,715 Philadelphia.............. 12,675
excursions for an additional fee. See page 36 for details.
Cincinnati ................. 12,715 Phoenix .................... 12,615
INTERNET ACCESS Dallas ....................... 12,655 Pittsburgh ................ 12,675
Denver ..................... 12,655 Raleigh/Durham ....... 12,675
Internet access is available in the dormitories to students
bringing their own laptops. Des Moines ............. 12,675 San Francisco........... 12,515
Detroit...................... 12,695 Seattle...................... 12,515
AIFS SUPPORT STAFF Houston ................... 12,675 St Louis.................... 12,715
AIFS provides a full-time Resident Director highly familiar with Los Angeles ............. 12,515 Washington/Dulles .. 12,695
Beijing, the university and student support, exclusively to Miami....................... 12,675
assist AIFS students on this program. The Resident Director
helps organize the cultural activities and excursions. A bi- Please note fee does not include the non-refundable $95 application fee and $250 refund-
lingual Director of Residence Life lives in the student housing able damage deposit.
and facilitates interaction with the university local students and
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Beyond the Classroom Finally, in Shanghai, take a guided sightseeing tour of old
Shanghai where you will visit the Yu Garden, the Bund and
Nanjing Road, the famous shopping street. The next day tour
Shanghai Urban Exhibition Center and visit the permanent
Learning does not begin or end in the classroom. To help you
buildings from the 2010 World Expo. Finish off the day with
get a true taste of Chinese culture, a wealth of cultural activi-
an evening River Boat Cruise. On your last day visit Shanghai
ties and excursions are included in your program fee.
Pudong and the Oriental Pearl T.V. Tower plus free time to
The Resident Director organizes a variety of activities which explore Shanghai on your own.
usually include the following:
• Tiananmen Square Tianjin (2 days)
• Forbidden City
Included in program fee for students on the Traditional Program
• Temple of Heaven
Depart Beijing via high-speed train and arrive in this historic
city which blends Western and Eastern culture. Visit the old
• Summer Palace financial district, the famous river walk and new Tianjin Eco-
• Great Wall of China City, a forward-looking project for environmentally conscious
living in cooperation with Singapore. Enjoy free time to explore
• Beijing Urban Exhibition Center Tianjin on your own.
• Peking Duck restaurant
• Acrobat show Xi’an (3 days)
Included in program fee for students on the Traditional Program
Get to know Xi’an, a former capital of the Chinese Empire
Cultural Excursions for almost a thousand years and one of China’s oldest settle-
Please note: all excursions are included in the program fee for Enjoy guided visits to the Shaanxi Museum, Big Goose Pa-
students on the Traditional Program only. Students on the Intern- goda, Great Mosque, Terracotta Warriors and City Wall, plus an
ship Program can participate on the excursions for an additional evening Tang Dynasty Cultural Show with dinner.
fee as follows: Excursions include accommodations, travel, sightseeing and meals as specified in
• Nanjing, Suzhou and Shangai (7 days - $1,145) the itinerary. Dates and itineraries are subject to change.
• Tianjin (2 days - $195)
• Xi’an (3 days - $325)
Nanjing, Suzhou and Shanghai (7 days)
Included in program fee for students on the Traditional Program
Your Resident Director,
Tour more of China on a week long excursion. Visit Nanjing, a
former capital, with its famous museums and parks; Suzhou Colin Speakman
with its beautiful gardens; and Shanghai, the symbol of China’s phone: (011 86) 1371 895 9988
economic progress and site of the 2010 World Expo.
In Nanjing visit Zhan Garden, Taiping Rebellion Museum,
Confucius Temple area, the Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum at the
foot of Purple Mountain, and the famous Nanjing Massacre Nihao! I’ve worked for AIFS for over 20 years, planning and delivering
Museum. Enjoy a welcome dinner on the evening you arrive. programs in many countries and have established programs specifi-
cally in China since 2004. I’m here to help you develop understanding
Next head to Suzhou, “Heaven on Earth” where you visit and confidence during your time studying abroad.
the Humble Administrator’s Garden, the Tiger Hill Tower and
I graduated from the London School of Economics, undertook post-
graduate certificates and diplomas in education and received an MA in
Education Management as well as qualifications from the Chartered
Institute of Marketing. I have taught at Richmond University and vari-
ous institutions of Higher Education. In my spare time I am a keen
economist and regularly contribute articles on economic affairs for
China Daily – China’s largest English language newspaper.
Having lived in both the U.S. and China, I will help you value every min-
ute of your time here in this wonderful city. You will love the extreme
contrasts between the long history and modern buildings in China. I
look forward to welcoming you to the country that has become my
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Beijing Language and Culture
Founded in 1962 by the Education Ministry of China, Beijing
Language and Culture University (BLCU) serves as the national
center for teaching Chinese language and culture to foreigners,
and for training teachers specialized in teaching Chinese as a
BLCU confers degrees at Bachelor, Master and PhD level. Each
year, the University enrolls approximately 10,000 full-time stu-
dents: approximately 6,000 are foreign students from more than
100 countries. BLCU has the largest number of foreign students
in Beijing. The University currently cooperates with more than 50
distinguished institutions in more than 20 countries. The universi-
ty was selected to host the Harvard University program in China
and is the leading Chinese university sponsoring the establish-
ment of Confucius Institutes abroad in cooperation with universi-
ties in many countries. The University is located in the heart of
Beijing’s “university sector” in the North-West section of the
city and is well served by local shopping, restaurants, parks and
the Beijing subway system. The Summer Palace and the Beijing
Olympic Green are in this area of town.
Attendance is mandatory. Students absent from class without Internship Program
prior authorization may receive lower or failing grades.
grades No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course Please note that all students interested in doing an internship
without receiving a letter grade. Pass/fail grade options are not will need to complete an additional application form and submit
available. this, together with a resumé and cover letter to the AIFS College
Student advising The AIFS Resident Director and staff in the Division. More details are available on request from the AIFS
International Education Center are available for student academic Admissions Officer.
advising. Assessment Students take exams in all courses.
Classes meet for intensive 3 week session and subsequent
Traditional Program follow-up. Economic and Business Development of China.
(Internship seminars meet 1 day a week until end of semester;
Assessment Students take exams in all courses. approximately 14 weeks)
Classes The Chinese language and Chinese culture courses Course load Earn up to 15 credits. All students take all courses
meet for an intensive 3-week session and then continue with on the special Internship Program, and receive 6 credits for Inter-
course-related language partner meetings and cultural activities national Internship (placement, seminars and project), 3 credits
respectively throughout the semester. for each of Mandarin Chinese for beginners, Chinese Culture and
Economic and Business Development of China (these courses
The Economic and Business Development of China course and are taught throughout the semester).
the internship seminars meet throughout the semester on the
academic study day. Transcripts are issued by Beijing Language and Culture University.
Course load Between 12 and 18 credits are available. All
students take beginner, intermediate or advanced Mandarin (6
credits) and at least 2 of the 4 other courses.
Transcripts are issued by Beijing Language and Culture University.
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MANDARIN lANgUAgE COURSES COURSES TAUgHT IN ENglISH
Chinese 101 (6) Social Science 303 (3)
Mandarin Chinese for Beginners/lower Intermediate Chinese Culture and Philosophy
For students who have little or no prior experience in learning This course will examine many aspects of Chinese life from a
Chinese and those who have learned PinYin and mastered a cultural and philosophical perspective including education, art,
small vocabulary, but cannot communicate in fluent and com- architecture, religion, and codes of behavior, and examine the
plete sentences. Course covers useful expressions, situational influences from different periods, including 20th century changes
conversations and basic sentence structure, and recognition of and the reforms since 1978. The challenges of the current pace
Chinese characters. Course aims to take students to a vocabu- of change in China are considered. The course comprises both
lary of over a thousand words and develop ability to participate classroom and field studies using the range of co-curricula cul-
in continuous conversation related to daily topics. The course tural visits included in the overall program. The course meets for
meets for approximately 100 hours. 45 hours.
Chinese 301 (6) History 304 (3)
Mandarin Chinese Upper Intermediate/lower Advanced Chinese History
This course is for students with a vocabulary of about two This course examines the history of China as one of the world’s
thousand words, who are able to retell longer passages and can oldest civilizations. It reviews the impact of the major dynasties,
conduct conversations about common topics in relatively well- the sources of evidence of ancient times, the Emperors, the
organized paragraphs. The focus is on increasing vocabulary and wars, the lifestyles and different capitals associated with each
expression as well as further mastery of grammar and Chinese major period and the legacies of this rich history. The historical
characters. As the course progresses students should be able background will be reinforced by the many historic sites seen in
to carry on discussions on daily topics at normal speed with the excursions included in the overall program. The course meets for
right intonation, proper diction and sentences and demonstrate 45 hours.
creativity and flexibility in using language. The course meets for
Business/Economics 303 (3)
approximately 100 hours.
Economic and Business Development in China
Chinese 401 (6) The disciplines of economics and international business provide
Mandarin Chinese Advanced/Upper Advanced the focus for this course. Beginning with a global perspective on
This course is for students with a significant vocabulary of four China today, the economic development of China from planned
thousand words. The focus is mastery of grammar and Chinese to market economy is examined as a prelude to business devel-
characters and taking competencies to a high level. Students opment in China. There is a focus on current economic issues
should be able to carry on discussions on a variety of specialized in development, trade and marketing. The relationship between
topics at correct speed and intonation. The course meets for ap- China and the World Trade Organization and China’s role in the
proximately 100 hours. new world economic order are included. The course meets for 45
International Relations 308 (3)
International Relations and Chinese Foreign Policy
The course examines issues in post-1945 international relations
with a focus on Chinese foreign policy. Following an overview of
historical influences on China’s foreign relations, China’s chang-
ing relationships with the Soviet and American superpowers are
examined. China’s role as a revolutionary power is reviewed,
followed by the influences on China’s international economic
relations. China’s national security interests in international affairs
are examined. The course ends with a look at China’s role in the
twenty-first century as an emerging superpower, including the
goal of reuniting of all Chinese territory. The course meets for 45
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Chinese 102 (3) Internship Placement
Mandarin Chinese for beginners
For students who have little or no prior experience in learning
A resumé enhancing unpaid work placement in China’s capital
Chinese and those who have learned some PinYin and a small
vocabulary, but cannot communicate in complete sentences.
Beijing for 10 weeks. No prior knowledge of Mandarin is
Course covers useful expressions, situational conversations and required. Students are placed in organizations with English-
basic sentence structure and focuses on conversational Manda- speaking and Chinese staff.
rin. The course aims to take students to a vocabulary of around After initial program application and review, students will
500 words. The course meets for 45 hours including the intro- receive a supplementary internship placement application form
ductory 3 week session and continuation with language partner and should submit this, together with a resumé and statement
for further development. in support of their chosen field from those available. More de-
Social Science 302 (3) tails are available on request from the AIFS Admissions Officer.
Chinese Culture AIFS arranges its supervised internship placements in Beijing
This course will examine many aspects of Chinese life including in cooperation with CRCC Asia Ltd, its exclusive partner, expe-
historical background, codes of behavior, beliefs and education rienced in successful placement arrangements.
including 20th Century changes, the reforms since 1978, and
current issues in transition. A component will look at the cultural Previous internship placements by CRCC Asia in Beijing have
aspects of working in and doing business in China. The course included the following organizations:
meets for 45 hours including the 3 week session and continua- • PWC
tion with course-related cultural activities.
Business/Economics 303 (3)
Economic and Business Development of China • Novartis
The disciplines of economics and international business provide • Ogilvy
the focus for this course. Beginning with a global perspective on
China today, the economic development of China from planned • Brunswick
to market economy is examined as a prelude to business devel- • Text 100
opment in China. There is a focus on current issues in develop-
ment, trade and marketing. The relationship between China and • Orient Fund Management
the World Trade Organization and China’s role in the new world • Deheng Law Firm
economic order are included. The course meets for 45 hours
throughout the semester. • Law Spirit
Bus/Com/Econ/SocSci 390 (6) • Devere
International Internship • Montpelier China Entrepreneurs
Students intern in organizations based in Beijing for 10 weeks.
They attend campus one day a week including periodic internship
review and discussion of internship project. The overall program
combines workplace learning with classroom-based study. Credit
is awarded only for successful completion of all aspects of the
program. Internships are unpaid and monitored. The students
must submit an internship project which describes and analyses
the workplace, the industry and goals achieved. Students present
on their internship in their final on campus study day. The course
meets for 45 credit hours.
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