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Summer 2016


During the Chinese Summer School students and faculty will live together in a dynamic, supportive Chinese-only community. The program will take place at Zhejiang University 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 School offers beginner and intermediate intensive courses in Mandarin Chinese. Participants earn 4 Chinese language credits during the 4-week program. Students can opt to participate in one of the following programs:



  • CHN 112: Intensive Elementary Chinese II (4 credits)

The fundamentals of Chinese with special emphasis on listening and speaking.    First-year grammatical structures.

  • CHN 114: Intensive Intermediate Chinese II (4 credits)
    Our Level 2 Program. Practice in listening and speaking. Development of reading and

writing skills. Intermediate-level grammatical structures.

  • CHN 215: Intensive Conversation and Composition I (4 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.

  • CHN 216: Intensive Conversation and Composition II (4 credits)
    Intensive course in further development of spoken and written Chinese. Advanced-low level grammatical structures.

  • CHN 315: Intensive Advanced Composition and Conversation I (4 credits)
    Intensive course in development of spoken and written Chinese. Advanced level discourse structures.

  • CHN 316: Intensive Advanced Composition and Conversation II (4 credits)
    Intensive course in development of spoken and written Chinese. Advanced level discourse structures.


Students who wish to complete the equivalent of two semesters of Chinese in just one summer are encouraged to consider the following:

  • Complete CHN 101, 103, or 205 during URI Summer Session 1 (May 2015), prior to participating in the Chinese Summer School in Hangzhou.

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. Students will be responsible for their own meals.

Cultural Activities:

Cultural activities will include visits to the city of Shanghai, the Tea Museum, Silk Museum, and Farmer's Markets. Students will conduct interviews with Chinese college students and local residents along with attending Chinese culture workshops in the afternoons.


Program Fee: $2600
4 URI Credits Accommodations Visa
In-Country transportation Tours and cultural activities  


NOTE: All fees are subject to change


Program Deadlines
Final Application Deadline: TBA Final Payment Deadline: TBA


Program Director URI Faculty-Led Programs Coordinator
Wayne Wenchao He Kelly Watts

Modern & Classical Languages & Literature

Office of International Education
401-874-4708 (401) 874-2019

This program meets the summer programs eligibility requirements for the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program.



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URI Summer Faculty-Led Programs

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