Boston College undergraduates should first consult
the resources of the Office of International Programs. Official
BC programs are in Hong Kong and Beijing. More information can be
found at OIP’s website: http://www.bc.edu/offices/international/programs/progsemesteryear/asia.html
Students can also consult faculty members and departments for advice
on choosing among these and other programs.
MBA students in the Carroll School of Management
have an opportunity to participate in a dual degree and other exchange
programs offerend by the Beijing International Management Center,
Peking University. For more information, consult the CSOM
Below are a few of the more well-developed and
long-standing programs in greater China for study in language and
other subjects. Many of these are designed to accommodate
graduates and independent students as well as undergraduates.
Many universities also run individual programs of their own, some
of which allow participation of outside students.
An excellent way to get an overview is with a
Orient Yourself, An Online Catalogue of Study
Abroad Opportunities in East Asia http://nealrc.osu.edu/studyineastasia/default.cfm
It is exactly what it says it is, and more: you can also find listings
for financial aid sources and useful general links (travel and culture
An overall listing of study abroad programs can
be found on the International Institute for Education's IIE Passport
Lists everything and anything (with heavy site advertising from
CET Academic Programs http://www.cetacademicprograms.com/
CET runs programs in Beijing, Harbin, Nanjing and Hangzhou:
the Beijing programs can accommodate students of all language levels,
while the other sites are designed as immersion experiences for
students with intermediate or advanced Chinese. The latter
present excellent opportunities to see regions of China outside
of the capital.
Inter-University Program for Chinese Language
Studies at Tsinghua (Beijing, China) http://ieas.berkeley.edu/iup/.
An intensive, tutorial-based program that focuses on helping future
professionals and academics achieve advanced language proficiency.
Offers semester, year and summer programs, and requires a minimum
of two years of college Mandarin for admission.
International Chinese Learning Program, National
Taiwan University (Taipei, Taiwan) http://ccms.ntu.edu.tw/~iclp/.
With the Inter-University Program, the place to go for advanced,
intensive language training in small classes. One year of
college Mandarin required for admission here. Numerous course offerings
in classical Chinese and literature, as well as in Taiwanese.
Center for Chinese Language and Culture Studies
(Mandarin Training Center), National Taiwan University (Taipei,
Less intensive than the classes at National Taiwan University; also
offers courses in calligraphy, painting, etc.
Hopkins-Nanjing Center (Nanjing, China) http://sais-jhu.edu/Nanjing/index.html.
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center is jointly administered by Nanjing University
and the Johns Hopkins University, and brings together international
and Chinese students to study Sino-Western relations, with two course
options: a 1 year Certificate in Chinese and American Studies or
a 2 year M.A. in International Studies. M.A. concentratations include
International Economics, International Politics and Comparative
and International Law. College graduates and graduate students who
have a background in Chinese studies and who pass the CAL or HSK
language proficiency test are eligible for admission. A Boston-area
information session is held in the fall.
A good place to start looking for general information
and links is the website of the National Committee on United States-China
Under “Resources” they list several of the major study and teaching
abroad programs; in addition, the NCUSCR currently runs an exchange
program of its own for secondary school teachers. In addition,
a few major programs and resources are highlighted below.
An important note: University career placement
offices still are the safest place to begin a search for internships
and employment abroad. If your school doesn’t have a lot of
experience in or contacts with Asia, see if you can access the resources
of a university that is a major China research center. Teaching
English continues to be an expanding enterprise throughout Asia.
A simple internet search now turns up dozens of competing sites
offering to connect applicants to jobs – be cautious. As with
anything else, use a combination of common sense, word of mouth
and a clear assessment of your own preferences and capabilities
to evaluate these offers. Visa requirements and educational
needs mean that many teaching jobs demand year-long contracts as
a matter of course, so think carefully and seek plenty of advice
before signing up.
Princeton in Asia (PiA) http://www.princeton.edu/~pia/.
Matches college graduates (need not be Princeton alumni) with several
dozen teaching and internship opportunities in Asia each year.
Many are in mainland China, but some are also in Taiwan, Hong Kong
and elsewhere in Southeast and East Asia. PiA provides good
support and some teacher training.
A nonprofit organization based at the Center for International Development
at Harvard University, it offers yearlong and summer teaching jobs
in China. The drawback of going through WorldTeach is that
volunteers are required to pay some of their travel costs.
The upside is that WorldTeach places teachers in middle schools
in Hunan province, and so volunteers get a much different experience
than they would through other programs.
The Council on International Educational Exchange
Also offers an English teaching matching service, with guaranteed
minimum salary and other contract stipulations. CIEE also
runs a bulletin board for English teachers, which can make for useful
browsing and inquiries.
U.S. Commercial Service http://www.buyusa.gov/china/en/intern.html.
The US embassy and consulates in China often have internship opportunities
in the Commercial Service for college students who are already in
Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou on study abroad programs.
Freeman-Asia Award Program http://www.iie.org/programs/freeman-asia/.
This scholarship program provides assistance to undergraduates who
have been accepted into study abroad programs in Asia and who demonstrate
International Institute for Education (IIE) www.iie.org.
IIE administers the Fulbright grants, and here you will find comprehensive
information about Fulbright programs in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong,
Singapore, Mongolia and elsewhere. Also browse under “Students”,
however, for extensive listings of other international travel fellowships