TSU students will have the exciting opportunity to spend two weeks in China during the summer to develop their language skills and learn firsthand about Chinese culture. Participants will spend one week in Beijing at Beijing Jiaotong University—one of China’s premier universities—studying Chinese and visiting cultural sites in Beijing; participants will then travel by high-speed rail to Shanghai for several days, and then return to Beijing. Students who wish to receive credit can, on successful completion of the program, receive three or six university credits at TSU. Most in-country costs will be supported by Confucius Institute Headquarters and Beijing Jiaotong University, and the TSU Confucius Institute will provide additional financial support. In order to be eligible for the trip, students should take at least one semester of Chinese language through the TSU Department of Foreign Languages, or, in the alternative, sign up for a Confucius Institute Continuing Education course in spring 2017.
Further details about the application procedures are given below.
Please note that some of the information provided here is tentative and may be subject to change. Please bookmark this page and in the future check here for updates.
Schedule for 2017 (for reference)
Flight to China
Depart: Mon, May 22(1:00am,you need to arrive at the airport at the night of May21), George Bush Airport (IAH)
Arrive: Tue, May 22, Beijing International Airport (PEK)
Depart: Sun, June 4, Beijing International Airport (PEK)
Arrive: Sun, June 4, George Bush Airport (IAH)
Itinerary in China
Our planned schedule in China is as follows:
|Day||Date||Course Schedule and Activities (Classroom: Building 14 Room 5204)|
|Morning ||Lunch ||Afternoon ||Evening |
|1||5/22||Depart from Houston, 1:00 A.M.|
|2||5/23||Arrival in Beijing, CA996, 04:50 T3, Check in||16:00 Meet with language partners||18:00-19:30 Welcome Dinner at Hongguoyuan Hotel|
|3||5/24||7:00- 8:00 Breakfast buffet at Hongguoyuan Hotel||8:30 - 11:30 Chinese language comprehensive course||14:00 - 16:00 Visit BJTU's history museum, and state key lab of rail traffic control & safety.||16:30 - 19:00 Learn to make dumplings|
16:00 - 18:00 Visit National Stadium (birds Nest) and National Aquatics Center (Water Cube)
|4||5/25||7:00 - 8:00 Breakfast buffet at Hongguoyuan Hotel||8:30 - 11:30 Spoken Chinese course||14:00 - 16:00 Visit CI Headquarters||
|5||5/26||7:00 - 8:00 Breakfast buffet at Hongguoyuan Hotel||8:30 - 11:30 Chinese Society and Culture Course||13:00 - 17:00 Visit Tian'anmen Square, the Forbidden City, and Jingshan Park||18:00 - 20:00 Visit Wangfujing Street |
|6||5/27||7:00 - 8:00 Breakfast buffet at Hongguoyuan Hotel||8:30 - 11:30 Chinese language comprehensive course||13:00 - 17:00 Visit Temple of Heaven, and Shopping at the Hongqiao Pearl Market ||18:00 - 20:00 Dinner/ Watch Kungfu show |
|7||5/28||7:00 - 8:00 Breakfast buffet at Hongguoyuan Hotel||8:30 - 11:30 Spoken Chinese Course||13:00 - 17:00 Visit Summer Palace||18:00 - 20:00 Visit Peking University & Tsinghua University |
|8||5/29||7:00 - 8:00 Breakfast buffet at Hongguoyuan Hotel||8:30 - 11:30 Chinese Society and Culture Course||14:00 - 16:50 Chinese Calligraphy Course||18:00 - 20:00 Visit Hutongs at Nanluoguxiang and Houhai|
|9||5/30||7:00 - 8:00 Breakfast buffet at Hongguoyuan Hotel||9:00 - 16:00 visit the Great wall||18:00 - 20:00 Watch Acrobatic Performance|
|10||5/31||7:00 - 8:00 Breakfast buffet at Hongguoyuan Hotel||8:30 - 11:30 Chinese Language Comprehensive Course||13:00 - 17:00 Visit National Museum of China||18:00 - 20:00 Dinner/ Visit Qianmen Street |
|11||6/1||7:00 - 8:00 Breakfast buffet at Hongguoyuan Hotel||8:30 - 11:30 Spoken Chinese Course/ HSK test||17:00 Leave for Shanghai by Train (Hard Sleeper) |
|12||6/2||8:00 - 13:30 Visit Nanjing Street||14:00 - 17:30 Visit Yu Garden and Old Temple of Town God||19:00- 21:00 Visit the Bund, and Pudong|
|13||6/3||Visit Zhujiajiao Town||Zhujiajiao Town||Zhujiajiao Town|
|14||6/4||9:00 - 11:30 Visit Tianzifang||14:00 Return to Beijing by high-speed train|
TSU University Credit
Students who wish to receive TSU university credit may sign up for either one or two TSU courses offered in Summer Session 1, namely “Chinese” (3 credits), “Topics in World History” (3 credits), or both. Upon successful completion of these courses, students will receive TSU university credit.
Confucius Institute Headquarters and our partner university, Beijing Jiaotong University, will provide financial support for in-country costs, including instruction, room, board, and most travel expenses. Expected student costs may include the following:
- Roundtrip airfare, PRC visa fees, approximately $2400.
- Incidentals, including personal expenses, gifts, etc. not included
The TSU Confucius Institute will provide additional financial support, including some merit-based scholarships to qualified students.
The China Study Trip is open to TSU students who meet the following requirements:
- Good standing: Participants must be in good standing at TSU.
- Confucius Institute courses: To be eligible for this program, students must have taken at least one course offered through the TSU Confucius Institute prior to our summer departure for China. These courses include Chinese language courses (Chinese 131 and Chinese 132). In the alternative, students who have not yet taken one of the above TSU Confucius Institute courses may still sign up for a Confucius Institute course that will be offered in spring 2016 through Continuing Education. For information on our courses, please visit our webpage Courses for Spring 2016; details about the Continuing Education course will be available in February 2016. Please also feel free to contact Confucius Institute staff.
Application forms and instructions can be downloaded through the following link:
TSU Confucius Institute China Study Trip Application Form
On clicking the above link, a second window will open with the application form in PDF format. Please then save the form as a file on your computer, then print and complete the form. (Please note that the form in PDF format may not display properly on some web browsers, but it will display and print properly when saved to your computer and opened with Adobe Reader.)
As the application instructions explain, your application should include the following:
- Cover sheet (completed).
- Current transcript from TSU including courses in progress (unofficial copies are acceptable).
- Personal statement (1–2 pages) addressing the following: : (i) your motivations for joining the program and your potential contributions; (ii) your long term career goals; (iii) any experiences traveling abroad (and to China or East Asia in particular); and (iv) your Chinese language proficiency and background.
- Resume or CV including education, work history, volunteer history, community service, etc.
- Two recommendations, mailed or emailed directly to the Confucius Institute (please use the recommendation form on page 2 of the application form). At least one recommender must be a TSU faculty member.
January 20, 2017: $200 trip deposite is due.
March , 2017:Second Deposit Due.
April, 2017: Trip Meetings .
May 2, 2017: Trip Payments are due in full..
Please make all payments to Mr. Bryant Chambliss, TSU Confucius Institute, MLK 302.