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 (http://www.blcu.edu.cn/english/index.asp) 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.
IMPORTANT DATES (tentative)
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.
LOCAL ADDRESS AND EMERGENCY CONTACT PHONE NUMBER IN BEIJING
Dr. Liang Tao, C/O Ms. Wang Nana <email@example.com>
Dept. of International Cooperation and Exchange
Beijing Language and Culture University
15 Xueyuan Rd., Haidian District
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.
Beijing - (86) (10) 6462-9100
Shanghai - (86) (21) 6295-0099
Hong Kong - (852) 2528-9900
USA - (800) 523-6586
DOCUMENTS TO PREPARE FOR TRAVEL
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: http://www.blcu.edu.cn/english/images/bjmap.jpg
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 www.travel.state.gov.
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.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
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.
LIVING IN BEIJING
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
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
FURTHER INFORMATION CONCERNING BEIJING
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
Professor Liang Tao, C/O Ms. Wang Nana
Dept. of International Cooperation and Exchange
Beijing Language and Culture University
15 Xueyuan Rd., Haidian Dist.
People's Republic of China
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.
WHAT TO BRING
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
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.
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
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!)
American Express traveler’s checks
Contact lens solution
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)
A portable alarm clock
China guide books (e.g., Let’s Go… -- you can share a copy)
Passport-sized pictures for IDs-about 5
Towel (available in China, but bring one can help on the first da y)
Small gifts (optional)
ACADEMIC PROGRAM AND COURSE LIST
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
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
FURTHER INFORMATION CONCERNING BEIJING
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.
SUMMARY OF ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN NOW
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,
firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 email@example.com
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 http://www.ohio.edu/educationabroad
Office of Education Abroad
185 Lindley Hall
Athens, OH 45701