The UTAS China In-country program offers students an exciting opportunity to develop their language skills and complete parts of their degree in Xi'an, a former capital and one of China's most ancient and spectacular cities.
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 about the tremendous changes occurring in China today.
The aims of the UTAS Chinese In-country program are:
11 Aug - Applications due
22 Aug - Notice of acceptance into In-Country program
29 Aug - Enrol in HMC060 and HMC061
10 Oct - Apply for your China visa
10 Oct - Update meeting
21 Nov - Depart for China
23 Nov - In-Country orientation in Xi'an
16 Jan - Last day of instruction
The China In-Country Program is open to UTAS students who are currently enrolled in 100, 200 and 300-level Chinese language units. If you are eligible, a link to the In-Country Program, with more information, application forms, and pre-travel advice, will be visible on your MyLo home page.
With more than 3000 years of history, Xi'an was 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, and 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 and communications technology, and is well-located as a starting point for trips to many other 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:
"Taking this program has made me more passionate about learning Chinese."
"I often found myself using words and structures from the books subconsciously, which goes to prove that speaking and studying Chinese everyday is a really effective way to learn!"
"This trip was the perfect way to round off my Chinese language degree as it enabled me to truly use the skills that I have learned not only during the 2 months I've spent in China but the skills that I have learnt throughout my degree. If the opportunity arises to do this exchange again I would take it without hesitation and I would strongly suggest that anyone doing a Chinese language degree to do the same. It's an opportunity that should not be passed up.".
Find out more - contact Dr Jayde Roberts.
Authorised by the Acting Head of School, Humanities
1 July, 2014