China: Mandarin Language

NANJING, CHINA - This program is beneficial for Chinese language students who have completed some Chinese language courses, but it is not required. It is intended for students who wish to gain a stronger command of their language skills and a fuller understanding of the Chinese culture. The cultural component of the program will be taught by GVSU faculty, and the language classes by staff of the Institute for International Students at Nanjing University, along with Grand Valley faculty.

The goal of the program is to allow students to personally experience the Chinese language and culture. Course materials will include field trips to cultural sites in China, lectures on history, society, and politics, and language classes. The language classes are intended to be supplemental to the GVSU Chinese language curriculum, so that returning students can gain more from future Chinese courses.

Program Highlights: 

·  Learn about the language, society, and culture of China through field trips and courses 

·  Field trips may include temples, mosques, food bazaars, and trips to Beijing, Suzhou, Shanghai, and famous scenic areas in Nanjing

·  Courses will be taught by GVSU faculty and staff members at the Institute for International Students at Nanjing University

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2.0 GPA Required
No Language

Program Dates and Application Deadline

(6 weeks)



Students will register for a total of 6 credits:

CHI 185: Supplementary Elementary Chinese (3 credits) OR

CHI 285: Supplementary Intermediate Chinese (3 credits) OR

CHI 385: Supplementary Advanced Intermediate Chinese (3 credits) AND

CHI 387: Chinese Culture and Society in China (3 credits)

Fulfills General Education Global Perspectives and 1 General Education Issues requirement. Reflection required

Language of Instruction: Mandarin (language instruction) and English (culture class)



Program participants will stay on-campus.

Cost and Scholarships



Program Fee: $4,200


  • Round-trip air fare
  • Group meals
  • Housing
  • Field trips
  • Ground transportation

Other Expenses

  • GVSU tuition (6 credits = $3,282)
  • Personal expenses ($300)
  • Additional meals- ($350)
  • Visa ($150)
  • Passport/Photos ($150)
  • ISIC card ($28 - optional)

TOTAL PROJECTED COST: (Program Fee + Other Expenses): $8,460


Students may fund study abroad by using financial aid, scholarships, grants and personal funds. A study abroad adviser can help you create a funding plan.

FACULTY-LED PROGRAM GRANT (Up to $1,500): All degree-seeking students who apply to their faculty-led program by the priority deadline are automatically considered for a grant of up to $1,500 from the Padnos International Center. Students must have a current FAFSA on file to be eligible. No application required.

James F. and Virginia L. Goode Global Programs Scholarship: The purpose of the scholarship is to reduce the financial pressure on students and their families and make a Grand Valley education accessible to students from all backgrounds. This need-based scholarship will ensure that financial need does not become a barrier to intellectual and personal growth for students planning to study abroad. MyScholarships:

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To contact the Financial Aid office, email with “Study Abroad” in the Subject line. Include your G Number and Total Projected Cost of the program in the e-mail. 

Non-GVSU Students: Non-GVSU students admitted for study abroad are not eligible for Financial Aid from GVSU. Check with your home school’s study abroad and financial aid offices for details on applying for financial aid from your home school toward study abroad program costs. 

Financial Aid FAQs


Prior Chinese language experience is recommended, but not required.

2.0 GPA required.

GVSU is happy to extend this opportunity to Non-GVSU Students.

Additional Information


Field trips may include temples, mosques, food bazaars, and trips to Beijing, Suzhou, Shanghai and famous scenic areas in Nanjing.

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