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                                                May 19 - July 14, 2013

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       The 8 week Chinese Summer School begins on the beautiful Kingston campus of the University of Rhode Island. Students and faculty live together in a dynamic, supportive Chinese-only community. Kingston is located just minutes from the beaches, 30 miles south of Providence, 75 miles from Boston, and 160 miles from New York City. On June 14, the group will fly together to Hangzhou, China for the second four weeks of the program. Zhejiang University is located in Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province, just 115 miles southwest of Shanghai. Considered by the Chinese to be a small city, Hangzhou has a population of around 7 million! It lies at the southern end of the Grand Canal, which was constructed beginning in the 5th century B.C. and which links the city with Beijing. Hangzhou's most famous feature is West Lake.


      The URI Chinese Summer Summer School offers beginner and intermediate intensive courses in Mandarin Chinese. Participants earn 8 Chinese language credits during the 8-week program. Students can opt to participate in one of the following programs:


Program A: Eight-Week Language Program - URI and China (8 Credits)
Program B: Eight-Week Language Program with China Manufacturing Study Tour (11 Credits)
Program C: Four-Week Language Program - URI Only (4 Credits)
Program D: Four-Week Language Program - China Only (4 Credits
Program E: Four Week Language Program with China Manufacturing Study Tour (7 Credits)



  • CHN 111-112: Intensive Elementary Chinese (8 credits) The fundamentals of Chinese with special emphasis on listening and speaking. First-year grammatical structures.
  • CHN 113-114: Intensive Intermediate Chinese (8 credits) Our Level 2 Program. Practice in listening and speaking. Development of reading and writing skills. Intermediate-level grammatical structures.
  • CHN 215-216: Intensive Conversation and Composition (8 credits) Intermediate level grammar topics will be reviewed and advanced-level grammar structures will be introduced and practiced. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to express yourself in complex situations in both spoken and written language.
  • ISE 240: Manufacturing Processes

Housing and Dining:

       Dormitory accomodations available as a double occupancy in Chinese-only supportive living/learning community. Single room occupancy accommodations available upon request for an additional fee of $500. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are providedĀ and vegetarian accommodations are available.

Cultural Activities:

     Weekend excursions in China, as well as additional excursions to local Hangzhou industry. The teachings of Chinese calligraphy, Tai Chi, etc.


Program Fees: TBA
URI Credits
Breakfast, lunch and dinner
In-country transportation
Tours and cultural activities
Medical insurance


NOTE: All fees are subject to change

Program Deadlines
Application Deadline: April 1, 2013 Final Payment Due: May 20, 2013


*Single rooms are available upon request at an extra charge of $500

**Group airfare R/T from Providence or Boston to Shanghai will be arranged by the URI Chinese Summer School and added to the total program fee.

NOTE: Airfare is non-refundable after April 10. 100% refund of program fees prior to May 1. Cancellation on or after May 2 prorated on a case by case basis.

Program Director URI Faculty-Led Programs Coordinator
Wen Xiong Kelly Watts
Department of Languages Office of International Education
401-874-7025 (401) 874-2019



URI Summer Faculty-Led Programs

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