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 Ohio University Summer Chinese Language and Culture Program
          Modeled after The Handbook for Study Abroad in China at Western Washington University .
                                   General Program Information

This study abroad program is provided by Ohio University at Beijing Language and Culture
University ( at Beijing, China. The goal of this
program is to help Western students to sharpen their Chinese language skills and to increase their
cultural awareness on China. The host institution, Beijing Language and Culture University
(Běijīng Yǔyán Dàxué: 北京语言大学, 北语 Běiyǔ), is located in the Academic District in
Beijing. This is a one-of-the-kind University that specializes in teaching C hinese language and
culture to international students.

This program offers an intensive Chinese language course at the intermediate level for six weeks
in the summer. Upon successful completion of the course students will earn 12 OU credits to
cover the entire 2nd year Chinese language offered at OU.

Director of this program in 2008 is: Dr. Liang Tao, Associate Professor (740-593-9469),
Linguistics Department, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701.


      May-June ?: Full tuition and program fee due
      June 23: Leave US for Beijing, China
      June 24: Arrive in Beijing
      June 26: First day of the intensive Chinese class at BLCU
      August 8: Last day of the summer class
      August 9: Farewell party, official end of the Program (Any student activities beyond this
       day is totally the responsibilities of the students, not OU.
      August 9: Leave China for US (In reality, no one leaves on this day and the majority
       leaves on August 13)

* There will be a weekend trip to Xi’an to visit the Terra Cotta Army. Specific dates will be
arranged later. You will be informed in advance of any date changes.

     Dr. Liang Tao, C/O Ms. Wang Nana <>
     Dept. of International Cooperation and Exchange
     Beijing Language and Culture University
     15 Xueyuan Rd., Haidian District
     Beijing 100083
     P. R. China.
     Tel: 86-10-82303040           Fax: 86-10-82303922
     Emergency Phone Contact: 011-86-10- 1368-336-7452; 011-86-10-137-1811-3801
US Embassy and Consulate :

Embassy and Consulate Contact Information
      U.S. Embassy Beijing
      3 Xiu Shui Bei Jie, Beijing 100600
      Telephone - (86) (10) 6532-3431, 6532-3831
      After hours - (86) (10) 6532-1910
      Fax - (86) (10) 6532-4153, 6532-3178

       U.S. Consulate General Chengdu
       4 Lingshiguan Road, Chengdu 610041
       Telephone - (86) (28) 8558-3992, 8558-9642
       After hours - (86) 13708001422
       Fax - (86) (28) 8558-3520
       Consular Section fax - 8554-6229

       U.S. Consulate General Guangzhou - Tianyu Annex
       5th floor of the Tianyu Garden building,
       # 136-142 Linhe Zhong Lu, Tianhe District, Guangzhou
       Telephone - (86) (20) 8518-7605, or (86) (20) 8121- 8000, ext. 7605
       After hours - (86) (20) 8121-6077
       Fax - (86) (20) 3884-4410

       U.S. Consulate General Shanghai
       1469 Hauihai Zhonglu, Shanghai 2000031
       Telephone - (86) (21) 3217-4650
       After hours - 6433-3936
       Fax - (86) (21) 6433-4122, 6471-1148

       U.S. Consulate General Shenyang
       52 14th Wei Road, Heping District, Shenyang 110003
       Telephone - (86) (24) 2322-1198 / 2322-0848
       After hours - (86) 0-13709889307
       Fax - (86) (24) 2323 -1465

OSAC Country Councils
     OSAC councils have been established in China. For further information contact the
     Regional Security Officer in Beijing at (86) (10) 6532-3831.

International SOS
        Beijing - (86) (10) 6462-9100
        Shanghai - (86) (21) 6295-0099
        Hong Kong - (852) 2528-9900
        USA - (800) 523-6586
   Passport
    If you already have a passport, please ensure that it is valid until at least 6 months after
    your last day in China. If not, it must be renewed. If you do not have a passport, you
    should obtain one as soon as possible. Your address and contact person in Beijing will be
    as follows:

      To apply for a passport please first go to the official government web site:

      We require you to register your trip with the US embassy in China. This can be done
       online at

      Chinese Visa
       All students should have your passports ready by late February. The program director
       will collect students’ passport numbers to request visa documents from BLCU for your
       visa application. By early May the program director will collect all passports and
       supporting documents and find a visa agency to apply for Chinese visa. Students will be
       required to prepare the following documents:
       1. A valid passport
       2. One passport-size photograph
       3. Official invitation (JW202) from BLCU
       4. Admission Notice from BLCU
       5. Detailed information concerning visa applications may be obtained at the website:
               Consulate General of the PRC at New York .

       It usually takes ten working days to process your application through a visa agency. Once
       you receive your passport, please verify the following:

       1. That there is a visa stamp in your passport
       2. That it is valid for 90 days for entry into China (the number of days pertains only to the
               number of days for which entry to China is valid, not to the length of stay).

It is important that you verify that you have received the proper visa. If you receive an incorrect
visa, you may be fined heavily for each day of your stay in China. Once your passport and visa
have been returned to you, please make a photocopy of the page with the visa stamp and send it
to us so that we may verify that you have received the correct document. In doing this, we hope
to prevent students from being fined for holding incorrect visas while in China.


      Arrival in Beijing Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) will arrange a bus
       to pick up students who arrive in Beijing on the designated date and time. If you travel to
       Beijing separately from the group, you should inform the program director as soon as you
      purchase you air ticket the exact day and time of your arrival in Beijing. In this case,
      BLCU may arrange to pick you up for a nominal fee. Students may arrange for their own
      transportation from the airport to BLCU. It costs approximately 200-300 kuai (a 15 kuai
      toll fee is additional) from Beijing International Airport to BLCU. At the airport, be sure
      to follow the signs to the taxi station to avoid drivers who might come up to you in the
      airport. Also, be sure that when you go to the taxi station you ask the driver to put the
      meter on and also ask for a receipt.

     Travel in Beijing, and other parts of China The OU program in Beijing will organize a
      number of local excursions for the students enrolled in the program. Being an ancient
      capital of China for over 500 years, Beijing has many places of interest and historical
      sites, as well as minority ethnic communities in the city. Transportation for local
      excursions without overnight stay is included in the program fee.


  Every organization needs some regulations in order to function effectively. The
  administration of the Program has tried to minimize these, since we plan to treat you as
  serious and mature adults who do not need a written rule for every occasion. Nevertheless,
  for your own protection, and to support the goals of the Program, some guidelines are
  necessary. We include these here so that you fully understand in advance the intensity of our
  program and what our regulations are.

     Abide by all the laws and regulations of the People’s Republic of China. This includes
      NO discussion of any political issues against the government while participating in this
      program. We do not want any one to get into any trouble while participating in the Ohio
      University Summer Chinese Language and Culture Program at Beijing.

       Note: OU will not take any responsibilities should you break the law or regulations of
      the People’s Republic of China, under any circumstances. You may be subject to arrest or
      deportation should you be involved in, for instance, consequences of intoxication,
      fighting, political involvement, or sexual misconduct. Furthermore, OU is not
      responsible for any unfortunate injuries or even death incurred before, during and/or after
      the program should you endanger yourself by violating the code of conduct as specified
      in this Handbook.

     Language Pledge Only Chinese will be spoken, especially with other members of the
      group, roommates, teachers and staff. This is the Program's most importa nt regulation
      and constitutes the very backbone of its philosophy. The purpose of the Language Pledge
      is to help you become immersed in the language and to encourage you not only to speak
      Chinese but to think in Chinese as well. When English is spoken by students, full
      immersion into the language is not possible and the learning process is hindered. Only in
      the case of dire emergency, or if you must speak to someone who doesn't understand
    Chinese, should you consider reverting to English. Failure to adhere to this regulation
    will result in the following disciplinary action:
        o First offense: oral warning
        o Second offense: written warning
        o Third offense: one full grade reduction for courses taken in that term
        o Fourth offense: expulsion from the program

    Students who are not able to observe this rule faithfully should not participate in our
    Program. The OU Summer Chinese Language and Culture Program is entitled with the
    decision to the expulsion of any student who does not conform to the Language Pledge.

   Honor Code Any form of academic dishonesty, cheating, falsification, misrepresentation,
    forgery, or plagiarism is a serious offense in any academic community. At the OU
    Summer Chinese Language and Culture Program, such dishonesty will normally result in
    removal from the course, expulsion from the Program, or both. It is essential, therefore,
    that every student understands the standards of academic honesty. Plagiarism is a
    violation of intellectual honesty. The practice of intellectual honesty is the foundation of
    an academic community. Effective evaluation of student work and helpful instruction can
    take place only in an environment where intellectual honesty is respected. Plagiarism
    represents a failure to acknowledge the source of ideas or language gained from ano ther
    person when used in any paper, exercise, or project submitted in a course. In all cases, the
    Program Director reserves the right to the following practice: reduction in final grade,
    filing of judicial referral upon return to campus, or ultimately expulsion, to those whose
    academic work or social conduct warrants such an action.

   Attendance and Class Preparation Only the most serious circumstances should prevent
    you from completing daily class preparations and attending every class. Our instructors
    have been advised that you are an extremely hardworking group, so they will expect you
    to be serious and conscientious students. We intend to enforce the regulations concerning
    attendance and class preparation strictly. Please note that students planning on tra veling
    for longer than one weekend may not do so during the program as this would require
    cutting classes. Any travel that would require missing classes will not be allowed.

   Missing class will affect your final grades and your eligibility in this program! Cutting
    classes for three times will result in one full grade reduction for the courses you are
    taking. Cutting classes five times will result in expulsion from this program. Absence
    due to illness is permitted but a doctor’s note has to be provided.

   Sexual Misconduct is strictly forbidden! No overnight stays of the opposite gender in the
    dorms! The practice is not acceptable culturally or morally in China, and such
    misconducts will result in expulsion from the program!

   Illegal Drugs Will Not Be Tolerated Possession of illegal drugs may result in official
    action by Chinese authorities. The right of "habeas corpus" does not apply abroad and
    pre-trial detention can last several months. Also, Chinese officials may conduct searches
    at customs entry and exit points for drugs and other contraband. Anyone found with
       contraband is subject to punishment as specified in Chinese law, and neither the OU
       Summer Chinese Language and Culture Program nor the US Embassy can interfere with
       the work of the Chinese legal system. For this reason, this OU Program strictly forbids
       drug use among students enrolled in our program. If the program director and/or
       instructors find a student using or carrying any drugs, including marijuana, within the
       dormitory or anywhere on campus, the student will be immediately expelled from the
       Program. The OU Program reserves the right to dismiss from the program any student
       who violates the laws of the host country, including those that relate to use, possession, or
       distribution of drugs.

      NO Intoxication Will Be Allowe d! China does not have an official drinking age;
       however, the OU Program does not encourage underage drinking. If you consume
       alcoholic beverages, please use good judgment and never overdo it, especially at night.
       No intoxication will be tolerated, and the program director reserves the right to
       expel anyone with excessive drinking practice.

      Curfe w. Students are expected to return to their dorm everyday including weekends,
       before 2 a.m.! If participants need to stay out later, they are required to obtain permission
       from the Director of the Program. Please remember that all public transportations stop
       before midnight, and it is not safe to wander around in the middle of the night. All
       classes start at 8 am.

      Any group going out at night must have a phone with them for emergency contacts.

      Notify the Program Director Whenever You Leave Beijing for any reason. We may
       provide you with assistance in an emergency. This has to be strictly enforced!

      The OU Program Director reserves the right to expel from the program any student with
       the following offensive behavior:
         a. not complying with the aforementioned rules,
         b. physically aggressive or destructive of property,
         c. violating the dignity or rights of others,
         d. disrupting the educational function of the Program, and/or harmful to its operation or
            its relation with the host country and affiliated institutions,
         e. demonstrating inability to participate constructively in the Program.

    The Director is responsible for disciplinary action. The Director may issue a written warning
or place a student on probation if he or she judges that the circumstances do not warrant
immediate dismissal. Expulsion is accompanied by notification to the student's parents. While a
glance at the above might suggest a rather rigid structure, I am sure that you will find that your
lives in China will be relatively free and uncontrolled. Living abroad, in fact, requires
considerable maturity and responsibility on the part of the student.
Document Requirements for the program. Before leaving for China, all students are
required to sign the following documents:
          1) Code of Conduct (inside the OEA packet, which you should have signed by now)
          2) Participation Agreement (inside the OEA packet, should have been signed now)
          3) Handbook Acceptance and Language Pledge


       Medical Insurance All participants of the Program must submit proof of proper medical
        insurance coverage for their stay in Beijing from OEA, in addition to your regular health
        insurance. If you have any questions in this regard, please contact the OU Education
        Abroad Office (740-593-4583). If you have any questions about immunizations, please
        contact the Hudson Health Center (740-593-1660) Please make sure to schedule the
        vaccinations as early as possible since many are administered in a series with three to six
        months between shots. Also, some immunizations may have slight side effects. You
        should bring a copy of your immunization record with you as well as an adequate supply
        of any prescription or non-prescription medications that you might require.

       Any pre-existing medical condition, especially upper respiratory and gastro- intestinal
        problems, may be exacerbated by life in China. If you become ill, you should seek
        medical attention immediately. It is a good idea to find out if you are allergic to penicillin,
        as it is often prescribed in China.

       Please inform the Program Director of any medical conditions or allergies you have.

       Local Clinics and Hospitals for Eme rgencies We believe that you are likely to find
        Chinese medical services adequate for your needs. For minor illnesses such as colds, the
        flu, stomachaches, diarrhea, and sore throats, BLCU has a hospital on campus (just like
        our Hudson Health Center). In case of an emergency, you or the authorities should call
        the OU Program Direction and/or the Director of Department of International
        Cooperation and Exchange at BLCU. Family members who wish to communicate a
        family emergency may reach you at your phone number. They may also call the Director
        of the Dept. of International Cooperation and Exchange at Tel: 011- 86-10-8230-3040,
        Fax: 011-86-10-8230-3922, or the OU Program Director at: 011-86-10-137-1811-3801.

       One of the best hospitals in Beijing, although not close to BLCU, is the Beijing Union
        Medical College Hospital 协和医院 (founded by the Rockefeller Foundation). We hope
        nobody will ever need to go there.

       During orientation you will receive an emergency card with contact information. Please
        carry this card with you at all times while you are abroad.

      Orientation One Quarter before the program (i.e., Spring), students will have to take a 2-
       credit orientation course that will prepare them for the program, with both cultural
       knowledge enhancement and material preparation. When students arrive at Beijing, there
       will be an on-site orientation. In addition, short excursions are made to neighborhood
       restaurants, the post office, the medical center and shopping centers. These activities will
       cover information concerning everything for the program, from educational to personal
       items such as living condition, health care, some safety tips, transportation and travel. Of
       course, there will also be amply opportunities for students to ask questions and bring up
       individual concerns.

      Location: Beijing Language and Culture University is located in the Academic District
       of the city of Beijing, which has many universities surrounded by a large number of big
       and small restaurants, shopping centers, cultural centers and parks of historical
       significance. BLCU is next to a number of bus stops and a light-rail station (五道口
       Wǔdàokǒu), which leads to the major subway system and other busses in Beijing.
       Getting around in Beijing is inexpensive and convenient with additionally the city buses
       and taxis available in the area surrounding the University. All public transportations stop
       by midnight, and it may not be safe to ride a taxi alone at night!

      Housing: We have requested to reside in Dorm Building #4, double room. Each room is
       equipped with two single beds, pillows and linins, two desks and chairs, a TV, a window
       air-conditioning system, and a bathroom with show. There is a coin operated laundry
       room in the building. There is also a check- in office at the front entrance that is open 24
       hours to make sure of the security of the dorm.

      Inte rnet Access: No wireless Internet access at BLCU, but students can request Internet
       connection to be set up in their dorm rooms or go to the computer labs to use the Internet,
       both for a fee:
       1. Register to use in dormitory (Note: the fees may go up this year)
               Installation fee: RMB50yuan; RMB100yuan/80hrs. (RMB2yuan/extra hr.)
       2. Use Internet in the computer lab:
               Registration fee: RMB15yuan, then RMB2yuan/hr.
               Or: RMB4yuan/hr. without registration.
      Inte rnet Cafe There are a number of Internet Cafes near campus. Some of them have as
       many as 20-30 PC computers. While surfing the net, one can also have a cup of coffee or
       soft drink there. The rate for internet access is about 3-4 yuán RMB per hour.

 Documentation to be turned in to faculty director before departure:
     -Copy of passport and flight itinerary (if not traveling with the group)
     -Confirmation of registration with US embassy abroad

         Phone Numbe r Please make sure that your parents or guardian have the address and
          telephone number of BLCU: Phone: 011-86-10-8230-3040; Fax: 86-10-8230-3922. The
          Program Director's Cell phone number is: 011-86-10-137-1811-3801. The land line
          phone number will be provided as soon as it is available. You will be given your room
          number upon arrival, numbers you should give your parents or guardian. Your telephone
          line is direct, so your parents or guardian do not have to go through a switchboard
          operator in order to reach you. For phone calls to the U.S., we suggest that students
          acquire a calling card either before or after their arrival in Beijing.

   Address in English

         [Your Name]
         Professor Liang Tao, C/O Ms. Wang Nana
         Dept. of International Cooperation and Exchange
         Beijing Language and Culture University
         15 Xueyuan Rd., Haidian Dist.
         Beijing 100083
         People's Republic of China

    Curre ncy
o    Renminbi (RMB), the basic unit of Chinese currency, is also called 元: yuán, which is
      divided into ten 角: jiǎo or 毛: máo, which are in turn divided into ten 分: fēn". The recent
      average rate of exchange has been between 7.05 and 7.10 RMB to the dollar.
o    Currency upon arrival and departure: You cannot secure Chinese currenc y outside of China,
      but you should be able to exchange currency at the airport upon arrival. You can exchange
      Renminbi for U.S., Canadian, or Hong Kong currency upon departure or take it with you if
      you plan to return. Make sure that you keep your exchange receipts because you will be
      asked to show them when you turn in your Chinese currency upon departure.
o    Access to funds in China: If you have an American Express card or an American (or Hong
      Kong) checking account, you can purchase traveler’s checks for up to that company’s limit
      (currently around $1,000 per month) in Beijing. If you have another major credit card, such
      as Visa or MasterCard, you can get cash advances from the Bank of China and selected
      luxury hotels in many major cities. The use of ATM cards is strongly discouraged, since
      most Chinese banks do not recognize the American banking system. Many students have
      had trouble using ATM cards that their banks have insisted will work in China. We
      recommend that you use only American Express, as it is the best known company in China.
o    Money can be sent to you in China in at least two ways. It can be wired through a bank or it
      can be sent as an international money order (available at most post offices in the U.S.). In
      China it normally takes a day or two for wired money to clear but three weeks to a month
      for international money orders. In an emergency, the person sending you money should
      check with Western Union and, if he or she is an account holder, check with American
      Express for possible ways of wiring money more quickly.
o   We recommend bringing adequate funds with you in order to avoid requiring emergency
     funds being sent from the United States. The best way to do this is to bring extra money in
     the form of American Express Travelers Checks (the unused portion may be redeposited
     into an account upon returning to the United States), or bring an American Express Card
     with personal checks. But you can only go to a restricted number of banks to cash them.

   Spending Money As stated in the previous section, we suggest that you travel to China with
     an adequate supply of money in the form of traveler’s checks. Although tuition, lodging and
     travel costs have been paid before departure for China, participants are responsible for
     paying their meals and all accidental costs, e.g., personal entertainment, shopping, etc.
     Please keep in mind that it is wiser to buy gifts later during your stay in China. Students are
     strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with price ranges, quality of products and
     shops before purchasing items for friends and family. Although it is tempting to start buying
     right away, most students find that they are able to spend money more wisely as they
     become more accustomed to their surroundings. The amount of spending money you should
     bring depends on the amount of shopping and independent travel you wish to do in China.
     Also, with recent economic changes, prices have increased significantly, and may do so
     again. Therefore, it is a good idea to bring more money than you think you will need.

   Food and Meals Students are not required to eat together as a group except for the lunches
     on Tuesdays and Thursdays, when we will dine together with our instructors. Students have
     their choice of either eating in the campus cafeteria or going out to eat at various restaurants.
     The main purpose of this arrangement is to provide opportunities for students to meet local
     Chinese through eating out and to encourage students to experience Chinese culture. Thus,
     unless prevented by medical, moral or religious restrictions, all students are expected to
     experience all aspects of Chinese cuisine, which is a significant aspect of the culture. As of
     this writing, we have found that an average of $5-$10 may be sufficient for three simple
     meals a day, assuming that you stay away from expensive restaurants.

   Drinking water Tab water is UNSAFE so please make sure you never drink directly from
     the faucet! You should always prepare some bottled water in your dorm, and make sure to
     purchase bottled water with a brand you can trust – We’ll show you a few brands once we
     arrive in China.


   Clothing Sturdy, washable, comfortable clothing that can stand strong detergent, mud, rain,
     and dust is best. Aim to stay cool in the summer. Style is not as important as co mfort and
     general tidiness.

    o The average temperature in Beijing is around 35-40o C during the summer. Use your own
      judgment and dress accordingly. Your dorm rooms are equipped with window air-
      conditioning units. Sandals are common for men and women. Also bring sneakers and
           walking shoes, cotton socks, a bathing suit (BLCU has a very nice swimming pool), cool
           pajamas, a light bathrobe, and loose summer trousers.

        o Long underwear and woolen or silk undershirts are available in Chinese stores, but the
          quality varies and sizes are generally smaller than those in the US. Many Americans have
          recommended that you bring polypropylene underwear and socks. When choosing a coat,
          you might consider buying one with an inside zippered pocket for money and valuables,
          since pickpockets on crowded city buses are becoming more numerous, as in all large
          cities in the world. Good sunglasses (not available in China) will protect your eyes from
          glare and the ubiquitous dust and grime, especially if you wear contact lenses. You will
          also need a collapsible umbrella, available very inexpensively in China.

       Toiletries American and many joint-venture products such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, soaps,
           shampoos, and other toiletries are available in Beijing. American tampons can be
           purchased in Walmart, and joint-venture brands are sold in local Chinese stores. It is
           recommended, however, that if you have a strong preference for a specific brand of
           toiletry, bring extra since some students found it difficult to find an adequate supply
           while in China. It is also a good idea to bring your own deodorant, since it is very
           expensive in China. If you wear contact lenses, bring some solution. Bring a pair of
           glasses in case your eyes become too irritated to wear your contacts. It is also wise to
           bring a copy of your eyeglass prescription. When traveling in China, it is a good idea to
           carry a small first-aid kit equipped with aspirin, antibiotic ointment, and Band-Aids.
        o There is no toilet paper supplied anywhere in China. Bring at least one roll for your
           dorm room so you can have time to purchase more in the store. Some students didn’t like
           the kind they could find in China and prefer bringing their own.
        o Hair dryers –The electric current in China is 220. Unless you are willing to bring a
           converter (expensive to buy one in Beijing), you should consider buying an inexpensive
           hair dryer in Beijing.

       Office Supplies Standard desk supplies like paper, paper clips, pencils and sharpeners, file
         cards, and envelopes can be found in Chinese stationery stores (though supplies are
         irregular). All international post offices provide boxes/packaging services for a small fee,
         and because all the contents of your package must be examined first by a post office official
         before it can be sealed and sent, they prefer that you use their supplies.

       Electrical Appliances
    o   It is very important for you to bring your own CD player to Beijing. Soon after your arrival,
          you will be given an assignment that requires you to listen to CDs. The deadline for this
          assignment is such that you will not have enough time to purchase a player in China.
    o   You should also bring heavy-duty AA batteries if you prefer a certain brand, although they
          are available in China.
    o   The electric current is 220 volts, 50 cycles. Therefore, you will need a supply of converters to
          convert U.S. equipment from 110 volts if you bring a portable stereo. It is also a good idea
          to take adapters with you for your various appliances, since outlets in China are much
          different from outlets in the U.S. You may find these items at RadioShack and most stores
          that specialize in electrical appliances. An alternative is to buy Chinese-made electronics,
     though the quality is less consistent. Walkmans, small cassette players, and various sized
     batteries are all sold in China.
o   Computers: If you bring your own computer, most laptops have adjustable power so you
     should not have trouble with the difference in voltage. Students should, however, check
     their computers to see if converters will be required.

   List of Suggested Items (Students returned from China mentioned that you don't need all the
     items listed below.)

Backpack for traveling
    Razor blades
    CD player
    Shaving cream (I know you can get it from Walmart, among other places)
    Adapter(s) (I think you may need two different types just in case)
Converter(s) (If you have an equipment that requires 120 V only – heavy and expensive!)
    Music players
    American Express traveler’s checks
    Contact lens solution
    Credit cards
    Toothpaste/floss (Again, they are available in China too)
    Pictures of family & U.S.
    Pens (ballpoint, fine point, colored)
    Batteries (They are available in Beijing, unless you need a very special kind)
    Cold medicine
    Good socks
    Insect repellent
    Cough drops
    A portable alarm clock
    China guide books (e.g., Let’s Go… -- you can share a copy)
    Money belt
    Passport-sized pictures for IDs-about 5
    Towel (available in China, but bring one can help on the first da y)
    Small gifts (optional)

   Classes meet four hours daily, five days a week. Students should be aware that the OU
     Summer Chinese Language and Culture Program is highly intensive. In addition to daily
     classes, students should expect to spend at least another three to four hours daily on class
     preparation and self- study, plus one conversation hour in Chinese with your language
     partner. You can spend that hour doing things with your partner while chatting in Chinese.

   Course List for the Summe r 2008  Intermediate Chinese 12 credits

Projected TUITION AND FEES (2008)

   Program cost and Payment Schedule

    Billed by OU:
    Tuition:                          12 credit hours OU tuition
    Program fee:                             $2500
    Administrative fee:                      $ 150

    Program Fee includes: Lodging, round-trip airfare, excursions, and visa

    Total Out-of-Pocket Costs:
    Passport and photos:                     $110
    Board:                                   $210
    Vaccinations (if not current):           $100
    Textbooks and Supplies:                  $ 50
    Incidentals/Personal Expenses:           $120

    Total Student Cost:                      $3240 + OU tuition

   Payment schedule and tuition reimbursement policy
    $500 non-refundable deposit, which will be credited to your tuition later, is due to OU by
     February 15. You may use a personal check, money order or traveler's check, to be made
     payable to Ohio University. The remaining balance must be paid in full on or before June 1.
     Once the airline tickets have been purchased, no fee will be refunded.

   Financial Aid Anyone holding transferable financial grants must notify the Educa tion
     Abroad Office in writing of the amount of scholarship aid expected this year. Please ask
     your Financial Aid Office to either e- mail us or fax us your tentative award package. It is
     not the Program’s responsibility to solicit this information from the granting institutions.
     Please call the office of Education Abroad at OU for information about payment methods at

Finally, we would like to take a moment to clarify several common misconceptions concerning
     Beijing and to advise you about several potential problems. It is very important that you
     realize ahead of time that you will be entering a different culture and a different social
     milieu; you must not expect to find all the conveniences that American universities provide
     their students. In particular, you must be prepared to deal with the following:

   Computer availability is good in the BLCU library and around campus. For your written
     Chinese assignments, you will be asked to write by hand. This has many pedagogical
   Libraries: BLCU has a library where students can study and can borrow books. Magazines
     are also available for students.
   NO part-time jobs: Generally speaking, these are not available. For both legal and social
     reasons, we discourage this. Moreover, the intensity of the program is such that you would
     not have time for a part-time job.
   Public transportation: Students should expect to use public transportation to travel to places
     in Beijing. Beijing is a huge city. Although it may be a wonderful experience for students to
     ride a bike around the city as most Chinese people do, for your safety you should take
     extreme caution on a bike! Bikes, though not as good quality as American ones, may be
     purchased for approximately $40 U.S. You should expect to pay approximately an
     additional $12 in repairs if you do purchase one (Be prepared to have it stolen!). Traffic
     often gets disorganized with unpredictable speed and directions of automobiles in Beijing.
   While Beijing is considerably safer than many big cities in the US, in recent years there has
     been an alarming rise in the amount of petty theft (purse snatching, pick-pocketing on
     crowded buses and shopping places). OU orientation sessions will include information on
     this problem, with specific suggestions on how to minimize, if not eliminate, the chance that
     you might fall victim to such an occurrence. Please take this advice seriously.
   To avoid complications, make a copy of the pages in your passport that contain personal data
     and information regarding when and where the passport was issued. Make certain your
     passport number is legible. Carry two extra passport photos. This packet will enable you to
     replace your passport quickly. Even before contacting your embassy or consulate for a
     replacement, notify the local police of the loss.


Please attend to the following as soon as possible:

   Obtain a passport and send the number to the Program Director ASAP.
   Make arrangements for payments according to the sched ule outlined above.
   Notify the Director immediately if you wish to make any individual travel plans when in
   If you need make arrangements for financial aids to be transferred to the Institute of
     International Studies, please do so before May.
   Students will bring their textbooks, Workbooks and CDs (NPCR 2) to China, and to purchase
     the series of Book 3 (Textbook, Workbook and CDs) in Beijing.

This concludes the information we want to share with you for now. We ask you to reread all the
     preceding pages carefully and be sure that you have arranged everything on time. Later
     notices will relate to traveling, lodging, miscellaneous information, or, if necessary, items
     missing from your file. Please do not hesitate to contact Prof. Liang Tao (740-593-9469, with questions. Because of the number of matters involved, it is extremely
     important that we keep in close touch between now and the day of departure. A group list
     will be sent to you in our next mailing. Meanwhile, best wishes for a successful quarter.

Liang Tao, Ph.D
   Associate Professor of Chinese & Linguistics
   Coordinator of the Chinese Language Program, Department of Linguistics,
   Director of the OU Summer Chinese Language and Culture Program

Contact Information at OU

       Office of Education Abroad
       185 Lindley Hall
       Ohio University
       Athens, OH 45701
       T: +1.740.593.4583
       F: +1.740.593.9758

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