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China

IES Beijing: Fall, Spring, or Full Year

Beijing is the monumental capital of modern China and the home of the 2008 Summer Olympics. Beautiful parks bedecked with pagodas and 19th century homes with graceful four-walled courtyards still charm visitors from around the world. Founded in 1990, the IES Beijing program offers students two different options. The Language Intensive Program offers students the opportunity to rapidly expand their knowledge of spoken and written Mandarin. Students who have at least one year of college-level Mandarin or the equivalent are eligible to apply. The Contemporary Issues in China Program is ideal for students who want to explore China in-depth, but who have no previous Chinese language experience. Both programs are located on the campus of the Beijing Foreign Studies University. Popularly known as Beiwai, this university is a prestigious teaching and research university with a multilingual, multidisciplinary curriculum. Students combine intensive language study with academic work in Chinese area studies. Area studies seminars are taught in English by the IES Beijing program director and scholars from leading Chinese academic institutions. Where possible, opportunities for research and field work are built into seminars. Students maximize their cultural integration into Chinese society and their progress in Chinese language through field studies, close interaction with Chinese students on campus, and travel to distinct areas in China. Housing is in the foreign student dormitory. Offered through the Institute for the International Education of Students.

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IES Kunming and Southeast Asia: Fall, Spring or Full Year

This program combines coursework, integrated multi-national academic field study, homestays, and service learning or field placement in local organizations. Possible field trips to neighboring countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, Laos or Cambodia.

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CIEE Beijing: Fall, Spring, or Full Year

This program at Peking University offers advanced language students an opportunity to improve their fluency in spoken and written Mandarin Chinese through intensive language training. Peking University's Center for Teaching Chinese to Foreigners offers 20 levels of language courses. Students enroll in these language courses with other international students, many of whom come from other parts of Asia. The Beijing semester or academic year programs require at least two semesters of college-level Chinese language preparation. Offered through the Council on International Educational Exchange.

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Nanjing: Fall, Spring, or Full Year

Established in 1982, this program is appropriate for intermediate and advanced language learners who are interested in furthering their Chinese language skills through a variety of interactions including taking a course which allows them to better understand China, living with Chinese roommates, attending weekly field trips, and traveling around China. All students are required to study Mandarin Chinese, which is offered at intermediate and advanced levels. Students also take a course taught in English called "Contemporary Chinese Studies" which examines the socioeconomic, political, and cultural aspects of Chinese society by exploring Chinese perspectives on a variety of topics. In addition to a series of field trips, as part of this course, students are required to complete an oral history project based on a topic of their choice and involving local interviews. Students who plan to study for an academic year continue their language studies in the spring and enroll in another course focusing on a selected topic in Chinese studies. The program requires one year of college-level Chinese language preparation. Offered through the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE).

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Shanghai: Fall or Spring

Designed for students without previous Chinese language experience, this program, offered by the Institute for the International Education of Students in cooperation with Fudan University, examines Chinese culture and development. Unique field placements and seminars cover topics such as economic development and social change, in addition to elective joint IES-Fudan courses taught in English and a 6-credit Chinese Language course. The joint IES-Fudan courses provide students the unique opportunity to learn in English with Chinese peers. Courses are complemented by two unique field study trips to Hong Kong and Guangzhou or Taiwan.

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Taiwan

Taipei: Fall, Spring, or Full Year

The Council Study Center at National Chengchi University provides students with Mandarin Chinese language training along with a unique perspective on Taiwan's modern realities, balanced by an understanding of its history. This program is appropriate for beginning through advanced language students interested in improving their Chinese while having the opportunity to take non-language courses taught in English which aid in understanding Taiwanese and Chinese culture and society. In addition to language courses, area studies courses are offered in economics, sociology, history, and art. These courses take advantage of their location by encouraging students to explore their local environs through visits to museums, local temples, and other activities and providing a context with which students can understand their in-country experiences. Offered through the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE).

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Thailand

Khon Kaen Development and Globalization Program: Fall or Spring

An English-language program designed for those who plan to work in some capacity that will benefit society and the environment, or are considering joining the Peace Corps or another community-based volunteer program upon graduation. The CIEE Study Center in Khon Kaen focuses on the complexities concerning development, globalization,and global citizenship. Coursework includes development, the environment and social research methods. Offered by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE).

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Khon Kaen Community Health Program: Fall or Spring

The Community Public Health program in Thailand provides an attractive English-language option for students interested in studying community health issues and public health policy in an Asian context, coupled with learning Thai as a second language. Thailand, a country known for its innovative public health system, provides a near perfect environment for students interested in an intensive and integrated immersion experience to examine issues of public health and social services on both a regional and national level through academic lectures from public health faculty coupled with site visits to communities, NGOs, and Ministry of Public Health projects. Offered by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE).

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India

Delhi: Fall, Spring, or Full Year

The winding streets and bazaars of Old Delhi and the magnificent twelfth century monuments built by the Moghul rulers illustrate the city's long history and tradition. The stately governmental buildings and wide boulevards of British New Delhi have been the home of the Indian capital since 1911. This is a city where streets are shared by modern cars, scooters, rickshaws, motorcycles, cows and even elephants; where men in turbans and dhotis share sidewalks with men in modern business suits and women in jeans walk alongside women in saris. The program, offered through the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES), requires no foreign language, and offers introductory-level courses in Hindi, as well as courses in anthropology, art history, economics, environmental studies, film studies, history, literature, political science, public health, religion, sociology, urban studies, and internships. Students also enroll in two courses at Jawaharlal Nehru University. Housing is in a group residence with an RA.

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Japan

Nagoya: Fall, Spring, or Full Year

Nagoya is one of Japan's major cities and an important industrial and cultural center. The IES program there enrolls approximately fifteen students each semester and offers excellent learning opportunities at Nanzan University, one of Japan's leading educational institutions. Nanzan is a distinguished private university situated on a wooded campus on a hill above Nagoya. All students are required to take an intensive Japanese language course plus several Japanese area studies courses taught in English at the Center for Japanese Study, including courses in the humanities and social sciences as well as hands-on instruction in Japanese studio arts. Students with particularly advanced language skills may take seminars taught in Japanese. The equivalent of at least Japanese 101 and 102 are needed for all applicants. Offered through the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES).

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Tokyo: Fall, Spring, or Full Year

Based in the coastal town of Makuhari New City in Chiba Prefecture, the IES Program is just thirty minutes by commuter rail to the heart of Tokyo. It is located just off the campus of Kanda University of International Studies, a private university dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in international studies, foreign languages, intercultural communications, Japanese culture, and linguistics. Students begin each semester with a three-week program of intensive Japanese language instruction. All students, regardless of their Japanese language level at the start of the program, complete a field experience as a participant/observer in a Japanese organization such as a business, school, religious group, athletic association, publishing company, or community organization. Students also complete an associated seminar, and two area studies courses taught in English. There are two program options in Tokyo. No previous Japanese language study is required for the Society and Culture Program. Three semesters are required for the Japanese Language Program. Offered through the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES).

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Meiji Gakuin Exchange: Spring or Full Year

Meiji Gakuin University was founded in 1877, making it one of the oldest private institutions in Japan. It has two campuses, one in the heart of Tokyo (Shirokane), and the other in the suburban setting of Yokohama. The University has a liberal arts curriculum and offers undergraduate studies in the following departments: art studies, English literature, French literature, psychology, sociology, social work, economics, business administration, law, political science, and international studies. The exchange agreement between UR and Meiji Gakuin allows UR students to spend a semester or year at Meiji Gakuin, while their Japanese counterparts study at UR. The program requires at least one year of college-level Japanese (or the equivalent). In addition to Japanese language study, students enroll in a number of elective courses and seminars offered by various faculties and taught in English.

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