Duke Study in China Program

Summer and Fall 2004



The Duke Study in China Program (DSICP), inaugurated in 1982, is one of the longest-running credit-granting programs in China administered by a U. S. university. Offered in association with Washington University in St. Louis and Wesleyan University, the program offers a summer intensive language program at Capital Normal University (in Beijing) and a fall language and culture program at Zhejiang University (in Hangzhou).   The language courses (Level II to Level V) are offered during the summer and fall with a social science (anthropology/history/political science) course, and a Directed Study course offered during the fall term (with  instruction in English).

The curriculum of the program is designed to create the best learning situation in the environment of the target culture. Besides participating in a highly structured curriculum on weekdays, every weekend in the summer the students will be taken to an historical site for sight- seeing as well as participating in a mid-term long weekend trip to a historical city outside of Beijing. In the fall semester, students will take excursions to places of interest that may suggest topics for their Directed Study projects.  We believe that integration between the learning experiences from the textbooks and the classroom, as well as having an understanding of the local culture and customs are the most effective ways to enhance student motivation. To ensure the quality of the program, the Duke Study in China Program is supervised by Resident Directors, chosen primarily from the faculty associated with the host institutions,  who specialize in teaching Chinese language and/or cultural courses.  Duke University grants academic credit for six semester-course units (the equivalent of one summer term and one semester), upon successful completion of the program OR SEPARATE CREDIT for the summer and fall sessions.  Some highlights of the program are listed below:


   The language classes are divided into lecture, drill sessions, communicative activity- oriented drill sessions, and one-on-one individual sessions

   Language practicum is assigned once a week

   The student and teacher ratio is 3:1 and below  

   Students meet with a Chinese language partner each weekday

   Home-stays with Chinese families are available in the summer session for advanced students

   The Directed Study course includes 6 field trips on cultural and societal changes in contemporary China


The deadline for application to the Fall session of the Duke Study in
China Program has been extended until
March 31, 2004.  For more information
please see our web site at www.duke.edu/APSI."


Inquiries concerning the fall 2004 program should be sent to the following address:


Duke Study in China Program

Asian/Pacific Studies Institute

Duke University, 2111 Campus Drive

Box 90411, Durham, North Carolina   27708-0411

Telephone: (919) 684-2604; Fax: (919) 681-6247


E-mail: china-abroad@duke.edu

Website: www.duke.edu./APSI