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Sichuan University
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As one of the national key universities directly under the State Ministry of Education (MOE) as well as one of the State “211 Project” universities enjoying privileged construction in the Ninth Five-Year Plan period, the present Sichuan University (SCU) was first incorporated with Chengdu University of Science and Technology (CUST), another national key university under the MOE in1994, and West China University of Medical Science (WCUMS), a key university directly subordinated to the State Ministry of Health in 2000. The present Secretary of the Party committee is Prof. Yang Quan-ming, and the President currently in office is Prof. Xie He-ping (academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering).

At present, SCU has the widest coverage of disciplines and the largest scale of operation in West China. There are 15 key disciplines at the national level, 14 “211 Project” key construction disciplines, 29 key disciplines at the provincial and ministerial level, 4 national bases for personnel training in basic disciplines and scientific research, and a teaching base for engineering courses. Besides, it has 12 first-class disciplines to grant Doctor’s degree and Master’s degree, 111 second-class disciplines to grant Doctor’s degree, 178 Master programs, 6 specialized degree programs, and 16 post-doctor stations. The 109 bachelor programs cover the major fields in liberal arts, sciences, engineering, medicine and agriculture. SCU has a current student population of more than 70 thousand. Ever since the birth of New China, it has cultivated over 200 thousand students, and therefore it has been identified by the MOE as the Collegiate Cultural Quality Education Base. 





Introduction to Chinese Language Courses

Chinese language courses for overseas students consists of specialized courses and elective courses, trainings are given in special and comprehensive areas to overseas students in the study of Chinese language.


1. Elementary Class

Elementary Chinese begins with an intensive overall training for students in Mandarin phonetics. Basic grammar is introduced in this class. The listening and speaking class uses topics in situational dialogues to train the students' basic skills of spoken Chinese. Students will acquire knowledge of Chinese culture through Chinese language classes.

Courses for Elementary Class:

Elementary Chinese 1
This course suits students at Elementary Class One, whose Chinese is at a beginning level.
Elementary Chinese 2
This course suits students in Elementary Class Two, who have studied some Chinese but are still at the beginning level.
Elementary Chinese 3
This course suits students in Elementary Class Three, who have studied some Chinese and learned about 1,000 words.
Chinese Listening and Speaking
This course focuses on the skill of listening and speaking, supporting Elementary Chinese course.
Initiation to Chinese Characters
To support Elementary Chinese course, this course studies the structure of Chinese characters and the writing regulations. This course teaches how to count number of strokes and how to use a Chinese dictionary based on radicals. This course will improve students' ability in reading and writing Chinese characters.
Chinese Reading
This course trains students in reading, supporting Elementary Chinese course.
Chinese Through Video
This course fosters students' ability to understand the language through visual means, supporting the course of Elementary Chinese course.
Chinese Listening
This course trains students in understanding the Language
through listening comprehension.
Chinese Speaking
To support other courses, this course guides students to put into practice their language knowledge and skills through oral conversation.
Elementary Chinese Writing
This course supplements other courses by instructing students on how to form paragraphs and develop articles.

2. Intermediate Class

Intermediate Class is designed for students who have finished Elementary Class or an equivalent level. It emphasizes students' understanding and expression of the language, and it also gives an overall training on listening, speaking, reading and writing. This class will also enlarge the students' vocabulary as well as their knowledge of the language.

Intermediate Chinese 1
This course suits students who have studied one year of Chinese with a vocabulary of about 2, 700 words for both daily use and study. Students in this class should learn basic Chinese grammar and have the ability to understand daily conversation.
Intermediate Chinese 2
This courses suits students who have finished Intermediate Chinese 1, with a vocabulary of 3, 700 words.
Chinese Listening and speaking
This course is a part of the whole second year’s study. It trains students through situational dialogue and talking after reading. It also gives overall training on listening and speaking. The students will also have better understanding of Chinese culture and customs.
Chinese Reading
This course gives special training on reading skills to support Intermediate Chinese, improving the students' ability in reading and comprehension.
Basic Chinese Writing
This course introduces basic writing and gives special training with different writing style.

3. Advanced Class

Advanced class is a transitional course for students who have learned basic Chinese grammar and wish to study other subject areas in Chinese language or to study Chinese language for a bachelor’s degree. This course will enable the students to have a better understanding of idioms and history of the language, as well as Chinese culture as a whole.

Advanced Chinese
This course is a required and important course for the third year of students. It requires students to enlarge their vocabulary and knowledge of the language in order to improve their ability of comprehension and fast reading. The aim of this course is to enable the student to reach the level of fluency.
Advanced Chinese Conversation
This course trains the students' ability of oral expression in various forms. Large amount of audio materials are used for students to effectively improve their listening and speaking ability. It will enable the students to express themselves freely and to achieve satisfying results in conversation.
Chinese Writing
To combine with exercises of writing in various kinds of styles, this course will enable the students to master the skill of writing and to express themselves freely in written language.


Chinese Calligraphy
This course will introduce the origins of Chinese calligraphy and give students the basic training for calligraphy. It will also enable the students to appreciate Chinese calligraphy.
Introduction to the Language of Journalism
This course uses articles from the major newspapers in China, introduces basic expressions and sentence patterns in journalism writing. It will enable the students to understand and master the language features of journalism, and improve their reading comprehension.
Chinese Culture
This course focuses on the following topics: study of Confucian classics, historiography, ancient official position, imperial examinations, family names, graves, astronomy, calendar, drama, dancing, painting, pottery, porcelain and other aspects of Chinese culture.
Sichuan Dialect
This course gives a systematic introduction to Sichuan dialect, its phonetics, vocabulary and grammar. In comparison with Mandarin the students will understand the general features of Sichuan dialect.
Ancient Chinese
This course will enable the students to understand the meaning of classic Chinese words and basic grammar of ancient Chinese through classical reading. This course will enable the students to improve their skills in written language by comparing the differences and similarities between ancient Chinese and modern Chinese.
Chinese Word Processing
This course gives an introduction to the features of Chinese characters, introduces three ways to type Chinese characters on computer: phonetic way, radical way and a combination of both. Students can choose one of the three ways to imput Chinese to the computer according to their own practical situation. Skillfulness is expected.
Phonetics Assisting
This course gives special training in phonetics and corrects the students' mispronunciation.
Taiji Quan/Taiji Jian
This course teaches the National Standard 24 Forms Taiji Quan, based on this, further introduction can be given to 48 Forms Taiji Quan, 88 Forms Taiji Quan, 32 Forms Taiji Quan and 54 Forms Taiji Jian.

The Center for China Studies at Sichuan University

The Center for China Studies at Sichuan University is a program specially designed for international students who wish to learn about Chinese culture. This program offers a wide range of courses to meet the academic needs of students studying abroad. Previous Chinese language study is not required.

Located at the main campus at Sichuan University, a key national research university, and drawing on more than 20 years of experience, the program offers quality courses taught in English, as well as opportunities for home stays with Chinese families, courses with Chinese students, and study tours around the area and to major cities in the country.

The university is situated in a fast developing city with proximity to:
Important cultural and historical sites
Important national infrastructure development projects
International and Chinese business development
Environmental research facilities
A major traditional Chinese medicine hospital
Important Chinese religious sites and institutions
Important Autonomous Minority Regions
Beautiful scenic areas.

Faculty from both Sichuan University and American universities Site director from American university
All the courses and lectures are taught in English
Elective Chinese language class offered at two different levels for different credit hours
A broad and diverse range of courses
A special program coordinator from Sichuan University
Field trips to minority areas and rural villages in the province
Seven days trip to Tibet with lectures
Study tour to Beijing and Xi'an
Home-stay experience with Chinese families
Service learning in your area of interest

Fall semester: September to December
Spring semester: Late February to Late May
Length of the program: 12 weeks of academic instruction in class

Courses meet approximately 3-4 hours per week as appropriate, and have a syllabus detailing the content of the course, as well as all exams, papers, assignments and required books.

Grades are sent on official transcripts from Sichuan University to the home universities.

One or two courses per semester are taught by a visiting foreign faculty member from an American university. The content of the course depends on the academic area of the visiting faculty member.

The following courses are offered in rotation. The course information is on the web:

"Intensive Chinese Language" (8-12 credits)
"Non-Intensive Chinese Language" (4 credits)

"The Historical Roots of Chinese Culture" (3 credits)
"Modern Chinese History: 1911-Present" (3 credits)
"China's Classical Literature and the Identity of Chinese Intellectuals" (3 credits)
"Chinese Philosophy and Religion" (3 credits)
Major Historical Events Of China Before The Yuan Dynasty (3 credits)

"Contemporary Chinese Culture and Society" (3 credits)
"Chinese Politics: From Historical Ideas to Contemporary Realities " (3 credits)
"Introduction to the Chinese Economy: 1949-2006" (3 credits)
China's Physical & Cultural Geography (Prehistoric Age - Modern Times) (3 credits)
"Global Management" (Fall 2006 only, taught by American faculty) (3 credits)
"China's Business Environment" (Fall 2006 only, taught by American faculty) (3 credits)

"Hydraulic Engineering in China- 2000 years of Water Resource Management" (3 credits)
"Panda Research and Preservation" (3 credits)
"Sustainable Development and Environment in Sichuan" (3 credits)

"Chinese Arts and Culture" (2 credits)
"Introduction to Chinese Music and Theater (2 credits)
"Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy" (studio) (1 credit)
"Music Instrument Lessons" (studio) (1 credit)

"Taiji Chuan" (1 credit)


Orientation and Local Chengdu-Area Visits and Opportunities
Informational orientation meetings on academics and practical living in Chengdu and SCU
Local-area visits to sites of interest to acquaint students with their environment including:
The Three Kingdoms Museum and Temple
Tang Dynasty poet Du Fu's Residence
Archeology Museum of Sanxingdui
The Panda Research Center
Trips to occasional events of cultural interest
City Tours with Chinese students
Visits to Chinese Students' homes
Student Sports Teams

Home-stay Experience
Free home-stay visits are provided by hospitable Sichuan University faculties during weekends and holidays. Each student will be guaranteed at least one home-stay experiences during their stay. Host families will provide opportunities to visit places of interest or on-going activities in the area.

Service to Sichuan University
Foreign faculty and students are encouraged to participate in informal "English Corner" activities or more formal lectures or social events for the benefit of Sichuan University students and faculty.
Foreign faculty and students can choose to help edit academic papers according to their major at different colleges of Sichuan University
Foreign faculty and students can participate in the international events held in the city

Optional Travel/Study Tours in China
Prior to study in Chengdu, foreign students may choose an organized study tour to selected sites in China. These optional tours may be arranged through Sichuan University through a trusted travel agency.
The following are suggested guidelines for study tours arranged by Sichuan University:
Tour is lead by an English-speaking Chinese guide with good knowledge of the sites.
Optional route or themes can be arranged according to the number of students interested in the following sites and culture.
Historical China: Beijing-Xi'an
Modern Economic China: Shanghai-Guangzhou-Shenzheng
The old Silk Road: Lanzhou-Dunhuang-XinJiang
Tibet and its Culture: Lhasa
Minorities Studies: Kunming-Xishuang Banna
Hydrology Study: Jiu Zhai Gou-The Three Gorges

Tuition at The China Studies Center are $2,500 USD per semester which includes weekend activities and tours in the city.
Tours within the country are a separately charge according to different route and length.
Room at Sichuan University Students dorm is from 20 RMB/day to 40 RMB/day
Visa fees and textbooks costs are on the students.

The International Office at Sichuan University will answer all the questions concerning studying at the university.

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