Located in Harbin, this program focuses on advanced Mandarin language and Chinese culture. Long considered CET's "gem", the Harbin program attracts students who are up to the challenge of true immersion into an environment with few English-speaking foreigners or locals. Students abide by a full-time language pledge and explore Harbin, a location chosen for its standard Mandarin, with Chinese roommates. The curriculum, perfect for students with research interests, includes one-on-two drill classes, small group electives and student-designed independent study classes.
Fall: late August to mid December
Spring: mid February to early June
This program is for high, intermediate, and advanced students in Chinese (normally 2 years of college Chinese or the equivalent). Prior to studying abroad, it is recommended that students take at least one Asian Studies course. Minimum 3.0 GPA; good academic standing.
Founded in 1988, CET's Harbin program features the kind of challenge and flexibility advanced students need. Harbin's history and setting provide an ideal environment for immersion language study. Due to the lack of foreigners, Harbin students must speak Chinese frequently from the time they board the train to Harbin until the time they leave. While appearing to be more difficult than it is, this intensive language pledge ensures rapid progress in one's language skills and strengthens the program's environment. Excursions are an integral part of the program and provide students with a chance to visit the region, practice their Chinese, and further understand the culture and its history.
(1) Students attend a personalized one-on-one course addressing a topic of interest to the student.
(2) One-on-two drill course is conducted as sessions between two students and one professor.
(3 & 4) Two Electives Tutorials are offered to students for 6 credits each. The topics include Business Chinese, Composition, Research Topics, Newspaper Reading and more.
Emory College Study Abroad maintains a list of blanket approved courses. This list specifies how courses taken abroad will transfer back to Emory. PLEASE NOTE: Students may obtain additional approvals for courses that are not currently on this Blanket Approval List. In case you would like to seek approval from other departments, please see the Faculty Representative List.
CET believes that the best language learning can often take place in one's own living quarters. Therefore, all students in Harbin share a living space with a Chinese student at the Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT). Housing is a university-owned guest house. Each suite has a TV, 2 bedrooms, and a shared bath with hot water 24 hours a day. Housing is more modest than dorms in the U.S., though it mirrors Western-style living.
A full description of the program costs and billing procedures is described in the budget sheets. Please click here for Budget Sheet (Spring & Fall).
Students are eligible to carry existing financial aid and scholarships on Emory-approved study abroad programs. Students may also be eligible to apply for the following scholarships: CET Scholarship, Benjamin Gilman, Fund for Education Abroad, Diversity Abroad, NSEP Boren Scholarship. For more information, please click here.
CET has a rolling admission policy, therefore submit your application as early as possible! Your CET application should be complete no later than the Emory College Study Abroad application deadline.