Loyola University’s Vietnam Program

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Description: Loyola University Chicago’s semester program in Vietnam provides students with the opportunity to experience and learn about the social, cultural, political and economic dynamics shaping contemporary Vietnam. Students participating in this program will spend the semester in Ho Chi Minh City while also having an opportunity to see much of the rest of Vietnam and Cambodia as well during academic excursions. The program will also provide opportunities to interact with Vietnamese students through joint activities such as group dinners to unique restaurants, karaoke or traditional Vietnamese cultural events. Information for the Spring 2012 program is not yet available, but to view the Spring 2011 program brochure, click here. Tuition of $15,400 includes 12 to 15 credit hours and various academic excursions. A program fee of $1,045 includes furnished housing in double rooms, weekly group outings in Ho Chi Minh City, on-site program support. Total cost of program is$16,445. Not included: Meals (approx. $10/day or $1,100 in total), round-trip airfare (approx. $1,000-$1,400), required international health insurance (approx. $30/month), required consular and visa fees (approx. $120) and other personal and incidental expenses.

Schedule: For Spring 2011, classes began January 14 and will end May 1, 2011. Information for the Spring 2012 program is not yet available but check the website for the most up to date information.

Application deadline: For Spring 2011, the application deadline was November 1, 2010. Information for the Spring 2012 program is not yet available but check the website for the most up to date information.

More information: http://www.luc.edu/studyabroad/vietnam.shtml


American Institute of Indian Studies

Location: various cities, India

Requirements: Each language program has different requirements. Please check the website for the most up to date information for your language of interest.

Description: AIIS offers intensive, immersion-based training in modern and classical South Asian languages at multiple sites in India. Three types of programs are offered: 1) Summer Programs: 10 weeks, from June to August. 2) Academic Year Programs: 9 months, from September to May. 3) One Semester Programs. Courses regularly include: Bangla (Bengali), Gujarati, Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Pali/Prakrit, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. In addition, instruction may be arranged in other languages: Kannada, Kashmiri, Mughal Persian, Oriya, Sindhi and Tibetan. For more than four decades, AIIS language programs in India have been crucial to most U.S.-based scholars of South Asian area studies in the humanities and social science disciplines. Area experts employed in government, NGOs, and the private sector have also benefitted. More than 3,500 students have completed programs through the Institute. Students who have successfully completed two years of language training and who seek intensive immersion instruction within a target-language environment work toward an advanced-to-superior level of proficiency. In addition, AIIS provides summer and academic year instruction at elementary to advanced levels in many languages, including several that are rarely taught outside of India.

Schedule: The Summer 2011 programs run from June 12 to August 19, 2011. The Academic Year programs run from September 5, 2011 to April 2012. The Fall Semester programs run from September 5 to December 16, 2011.

Application deadline: January 31st; applications for AIIS language programs are available in mid-October and are due in late January; the selection process is finished in late March.

More information: http://aiislanguageprograms.org/ and http://www.indiastudies.org/catalog.cfm?dest=dir&linkon=Section&linkid=79

Middlebury College Language School

Location: Middlebury, Vermont for Chinese and Mills College in Oakland, CA for Japanese.

Requirements: Completed application; application fee; transcipts; two recommendations; 200-word essay. The Chinese school has additional application requirements, please check the website for the most up to date information.

Description: For Asian languages, Middlebury has both Chinese and Japanese programs. In the Chinese School, we choose our faculty from among the most dedicated, hardworking professionals in academia and select our students from a pool of highly qualified, highly motivated learners. As a student in the Chinese School, you’ll meet with your teachers for four hours of daily classroom learning, as well as individual review sessions and drop-in evening office hours. Between times, you’ll join them in organized cocurricular activities – including tai chi, hiking, theater, calligraphy, cooking, and Majiang – each designed to help you build new vocabulary while developing cultural fluency. Whether in class, at poetry club, in the dining hall, or just chatting with friends, you’ll be living the language for eight intensive weeks. When you leave campus at summer’s end, you’ll say goodbye to friends you’re likely to meet again later – as professional colleagues in the Chinese-speaking world. In the Japanese School you’ll experience a program that engages you at your current level while propelling you on to the next. “We’ve created an atmosphere in which students from different levels feel comfortable communicating with each other,” says Director Kazumi Hatasa. “This mutual support gives them the freedom to speak up, ask questions, and help each other learn.” In class, you’ll benefit from a top-notch faculty who will challenge and encourage you at every step, giving you the tools to rapidly improve your language skills. Outside the classroom, you’ll participate in organized cocurricular activities – including soccer, Japanese tea ceremony, calligraphy, and karaoke – each designed to help you build new vocabulary while developing cultural fluency. Whether you’re anticipating travel abroad, preparing to teach Japanese, doing graduate research, or exploring the popular culture of contemporary Japan, a summer in the Japanese School will open the doors to linguistic and cultural fluency.

Schedule: For Chinese: June 17 to August 12, 2011. For Japanese: June 10 to August 5, 2011.

Application deadline: Students are admitted on a rolling basis.

More information: For Chinese, http://www.middlebury.edu/ls/chinese. For Japanese, http://www.middlebury.edu/ls/japanese/dates_fees.


University of British Columbia, Summer Intensive CJK Programs

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Requirements: Check program website for details.

Description: A nine-week program over the summer including eight weeks of intensive first-year language instruction broken up by a one-week break in the middle. Classes meet a minimum of four hours a day for a total of slightly more than 150 hours of instruction. Thus, students have the opportunity to earn the equivalent of one year’s worth of university instruction in one of the three major languages of East Asia. UBC is home to the largest post-secondary Chinese and Japanese language programs in North America.

Schedule: Summer. For exact dates, check program website.

Application deadline: Register early. For exact dates, check program website.

More information: http://www.asia.ubc.ca

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