China: Mandarin Language

A GVSU Faculty-led Program

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Tell me about this program

Open to: All majors

Nanjing, China — This program is intended for Chinese language students who have completed at least 2 semesters of Chinese, and wish to gain a stronger command of their language skills and also wish to gain 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 of Chinese to personally experience the language and culture they have spent the last two years studying. 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 the returning students can gain more from CHI 301 and CHI 302.

Program Highlights: 

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

·  Fieldtrips may include temples, mosques, food bazaars, Hangzhou 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 


When can I go?

May 2 - June 13, 2018 (6 weeks)


Where will I live?

Program participants will stay on-campus.

Who is eligible to participate?

This program is intended for students who have received a “C” or better in CHI 202, but will accept students who have completed CHI 102 with a “B” or higher.

2.0 GPA required.

GVSU is happy to extend this opportunity to NonGVSU Students.

How do I apply?

To apply for this program, log on to to begin your online application.

APPLICATION DEADLINE (2018 Program): February 1, 2018

Non-GVSU Students are welcome to apply. Please view Non-GVSU Student Information 

What credits will I receive?

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)

Language of Instruction: Mandarin

How much does the program cost?

Total Estimated Cost: $4,200

  • Includes
  • Round-trip air fare
  • Group meals
  • Housing
  • Field trips
  • Ground transportation
Other Expenses
  • GVSU tuition (6 credits = $3,150)
  • Personal expenses ($400)
  • Visa ($150)
  • Passport/Photos ($140)
  • ISIC card ($28 - optional)

Total Projected Cost: $8,068

Financial Aid

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


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:

Visit for additional information on grants and scholarships.

Who can tell me more?

Faculty Director: 

Meghan Cai
Modern Languages & Literatures
D-2-214 Mackinac Hall

Learn more about the faculty director >>> MEET THE DIRECTOR 

All program information including courses, duration of program, dates, and other logistics are subject to change. Programs may be cancelled due to extenuating circumstances.