Chinese Abroad


Chinese Abroad Overview

Bard College offers a number of study abroad opportunities for students. While some programs have a strong focus on basic language acquisition coupled with an intensive program abroad, other programs allow exploration in advanced liberal arts courses through affiliated or independent institutions.

Contact: Li-Hua Ying (
Pre-Trip Requirements: In order to study abroad and receive full credit, students must apply for an Academic Leave of Absence, which must be approved by the student’s academic adviser, the dean of international studies, and the Executive Committee.

Beginning Chinese Intensive

Contact: Li-Hua Ying (
Next Program: June 2016


The Beginning Chinese Intensive (18 credits) consists of three integral parts:

1. Bard, Annandale: Fall Intensive (4 credits)
2. Bard, Annandale: Spring Intensive (8 credits)
3. Qingdao, China—Qingdao University: Summer Intensive (6 credits)

Every year, an eight-week intensive program, based at Qingdao University, China, takes place after students have successfully completed two semesters of Beginning Chinese at Bard. The summer program begins at the end of May and ends in late July.  It consists of classes and tutorials, homestay and cultural activities, and weekend trips.  At the end of the program, students can choose to return home or visit other parts of China on their own. Financial aid is available to qualified students.

Pre-Trip Course Requirements

Fall Semester

CHI 101: Beginning Chinese I (4 credits)
Cross-listed: Asian Studies

For students with little or no previous knowledge of Chinese. An introduction to modern (Mandarin) Chinese through an intensive drill of its oral and written forms. Emphasis on speaking and basic grammar as well as the formation of the characters. Audio and video materials will be incorporated into the curriculum to expose the class to Chinese daily life and culture. Daily active participation, frequent use of the language lab and one hour per week tutorial with the Chinese tutor are expected. The course is followed by an intensive course (eight hours per week) in the spring semester and a summer intensive program (eight weeks) in Qingdao, China. Divisible.

Spring Semester

CHI 106: Intensive Chinese (8 credits)
Cross-listed: Asian Studies

This course is intended for students who have completed Beginning Chinese 101, and for those who have had the equivalent of one semester’s Beginning Chinese at another institution. We will continue to focus on both the oral and written aspects of the language. Regular work in the language lab and private drill sessions with the tutor are required. An 8-week summer immersion program in Qingdao, China will follow this course. Upon successful completion of the summer program, the students will receive six (6) credits. (Financial aid is available for qualified students to cover part of the cost of the summer program.

Additional Details

Classes and Tutorials

Chinese Language (Required)- Monday to Friday 8:00-12:00
Daily Tutorials (Required) – Monday to Friday for one hour each
Cultural Activities (Required)—3 times during the course of the program
Chinese Calligraphy and Painting (Elective)— Once a week for 1 ½ hour
Taiji and Gongfu (Elective)—once a week Tuesday 3:00-4:30
Chinese music- guzheng (Elective)—once a week for two hours
(note: Of the three Electives, you select at least one and at most two)

Weekend Trips

Several day trips will be arranged to visit local sights, including Laoshan, a Taoist mountain, a tea farm, Qingdao Brewery Museum, and Qingdao City Planning Museum. In general, no activity is scheduled for Sundays, except two extended weekend trips, one to Beijing and the other to Qufu, Confucius hometown, and Taishan, a scenic and historic mountain close to Qufu.


In the middle of the program, usually during the 6th week, each student is paired with a local family and for a whole week, the student lives with the family while coming to the university for classes.

City of Qingdao

Qingdao, also Tsingtao or Ch’ing-tao, (meaning: green island) is in eastern China with a population of approximately two million.  It is a major naval base, an industrial center, and a port on the Yellow Sea.  The most famous industry in Qingdao is its brewery, Tsingtao Beer.  Its electronics and home appliance companies are also among the fastest growing industries in China.  Qingdao is an important marine science and technology research base.  With its beaches, ancient temples outside the city, museums, cultural festivals, restaurants, and beautiful parks, the city is also a tourist attraction. The nearby Laoshan has been a Taoist sacred mountain since 200BC.

Qingdao University

Qingdao University is a public university, consisting of ten colleges: Humanities, Science and Technology, Textile Engineering and Fashion Design, Business, Medicine, Education, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Automatic Engineering, International Studies, and Continuing Education.  It enrolls a total of 20,000 students.

Recommended Programs

Bard College students spend one semester (typically the spring semester of the junior year) in a language intensive program in China. See below for recommended programs.

Associated Colleges in China (ACC)
CET Academic Programs
Princeton in Beijing
School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) – Hopkins-Nanjing Center