Chinese language students at UTAS will be able to experience real life in China, develop their language skills in both the classroom and on the street, and learn first-hand about Chinese society and culture, both modern and historic, and the tremendous changes occurring in China today.
The aims of the UTAS Chinese In-country program are:
IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES
30 Aug Applications due
13 Sep Notice of acceptance
19 Sep Information Meeting
26 Sep Pay deposit
3 Oct Pre-departure workshop
22 Nov Depart for China
24 Nov Orientation in Xi'an
Xi'an and Shaanxi Normal University (SNNU)
With more than 3000 years of history, Xi'an has been the capital of thirteen Chinese imperial dynasties. It is a compelling city that features some of China's most famous and important historic sites, including the Terracotta Warriors, the Stele Forest, the Tang Dynasty city wall, as well as one of the best museums of history in China. Xi'an is also a city in a process of modernization that is striving to maintain and symbolize its grand historical past through its urban development.
Socially, Xi'an is one of China's most diverse cities, being home to a large community of Chinese Muslim Hui people. The Hui Quarter in the centre of the town is a famous tourist attraction and a place frequented by local Xi'an residents for the rich variety of food and fashion.
Xi'an also has modern health facilities, communications technology and is well-located as a starting point for trips to the other many great sites in China, both to the east and the west. Xi'an is a unique combination of the old and new, of different peoples and of diverse experiences.
SNNU is a large and traditional Chinese-style campus, and the College for International Studies, which hosts the Chinese language program, has its own campus building with classrooms, computer rooms, offices and a student lounge. The campus area of the city is typical of Chinese university districts, having a range of eating and entertainment options aimed at the student population. The Chinese language program at SNNU is very cost-effective relative to programs in other major cities such as Beijing and Shanghai and has a strong emphasis on learning language through culture and history, which resonates with the UTAS course objectives.
We recommend that you take a look at these webpages to get a taste of the history of Xi'an and life in the city: Xi'an and the Silk Road (from the website Hua at the University of Maine); The Silkroad Foundation (an education service based in Saratoga); Silkroad Seattle (at the University of Washington); and Google Earth.
-----I was totally impressed with the qualtiy, volume and relevance of the instructional aspects of the program, including more extra-curricular options for reinforcement than I had time to take up.
-----I spent very little on living expenses, mainly ate in student canteen, very good very cheap. On campus supermarket and food shopping also very cheap and good quality. Local restaurants also excellent and cheap as well as travel (bus,train,plane), student card entitled us to half-price travel and visits to historic sites.
On extra-curriculum activities (cultural aspects)
----Visiting the village where people still live in caves or in underground house was just amazing. With just a minimum lifestyle, they had amazing smile on their faces and welcomed us so warmly was just touching.
3. A deposit for administration fees is required to secure a place on the program. You can pay this online or at a cashier.
Financial assistance is available through OS Help. Check the eligibility and conditions and apply if it suits your needs.
Due to recent changes in Federal funding and initiatives such as Asia Bound, specifics about scholarships are not yet available. Please check back after 22 July for updates.
Find out more - contact Dr Jayde Roberts.
Authorised by the Acting Head of School, Humanities
16 May, 2013