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  • Locations: Nanjing, China
  • Program Terms: Trimester 3
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Deakin applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Deakin Faculty: Faculty of Arts & Education Program Type: Faculty Led Study Tour
Language of Instruction: Chinese Credit Weighting: 2 Credit Points
Credit Type: Undergraduate Housing Options: On Campus
OS Help Available: Yes Scholarships Available: Yes
Program Description:
Chinese In-Country Language Program
Units: AIC287, AIC388 and AIC390


This In-Country Language program is conducted at Nanjing Normal University, China. It is available to students studying the Chinese language at Deakin and provides a 'total immersion' experience. Offering second, third and advanced level students the opportunity to spend six weeks studying the language and culture in the target environment. The program enables students to converse, read and write about more complex topics and to discuss ideas and information. Students also build upon their knowledge of grammar, based on what they have learned previously. By living and interacting with the community around them, students develop confidence and competence using the language in the setting where it is spoken.
Deakin University offers a six-week intensive Chinese language and culture program under the auspices of an agreement between Nanjing Normal University, China, and the Faculty of Arts and Education.

China is an East Asian country. The capital is Beijing. The population is over 1.3 billion, with a relatively young median age of 32.7 years.
Standard Chinese or Mandarin is the official language, while there are also dialects and minority languages.
Ethnic groups which make up China include Han Chinese 92% and other 8%.
The climate is extremely diverse; tropical in the south to sub-arctic in the north.
The west of China is mountainous with high plateaus and deserts. Plains, deltas and hills make up the east.
Nanjing, meaning 'the southern capital', was the capital of six dynasties (from the third century to the start of the fifteenth century). The city is on the Changjiang (Yangzi River), and there are many places of historical and cultural significance.
Nanjing Normal University was formed in 1952, and is accredited by the Ministry of Education as a Chinese language training base for international students.

The program is open to second and third year students studying Chinese language in their bachelor degree, as well as non-Deakin students (by cross-institutional enrolment).
There are three unit options available:
AIC287 – Intensive Chinese In-Country A (non-background speakers)
AIC388 – Intensive Chinese In-Country B (non-background speakers)
AIC390 – Advanced Intensive Chinese In-Country (background speakers)
Refer to 2016 handbook for eligibility requirements for these units

Class structure
The teaching program is six weeks in duration, and classes are conducted five days per week; Monday to Friday. The academic program, which includes language instruction in Standard Chinese, is structured over an average of 3.5 contact hours per day.
The program is designed to further develop students' conversational skills, as well as their written, reading and comprehension skills.
Frequency and length of assignments vary depending on the level the student is enrolled in.

Optional excursions
A number of optional excursions take place during the program, which are designed to complement the academic program and enrich the overall educational experience.

Program dates
Tuesday 15 November – Thursday 22 December 2016

Students are accommodated in the student residences, and are provided with a furnished bedroom (single or twin share) with basic facilities.

For AIC287 and AIC388, accommodation will be arranged for you and you will be pay directly to Nanjing Normal University upon arrival. Accommodation is approximate AUD$30 a day.

For AIC390, accommodation will need to be arranged by individual students.

The In-Country Program units, AIC390, AIC287 and AIC388, attract normal tuition fees.

Students must also cover the following costs:
- Return international airfare and other travel within China.
- Accommodation for the duration of the program.
- Meals: budget around AUD$25 a day.
- Personal expenses and any optional excursions.
- Students may wish to budget for domestic travel in China during the weekends, or before or after the program.

Domestic students may be eligible to apply for an OS-HELP Loan of up to $7635 to help fund their participation in the program. The purpose of OS-HELP is to assist students with a range of expenses, such as airfares and accommodation. Further information on eligibility for OS-Help can be found here. Please note that the OS Help loan can take up to 4 weeks to process and payment deadlines must be met regardless of the status of your loan.

Travel Grants:
The Faculty of Arts and Education offers a number of travel grants to assist students with the cost of overseas course-related travel. Travel Grants for the In-Country Language Program in China are for a maximum of $1000. Please note grants are limited and can only be applied for once you have been offered a place in the program for 2016.
More information on eligibility and how to apply for a travel grant can be found at

Important dates
Applications open: Thursday 26 May 2016
Applications close: Tuesday 16th August  2016
China In-Country Pre-Departure Session: October TBC
Deakin Abroad pre departure: Session Times


* 20 points towards Deakin's Global Citizenship Program

This program is currently not accepting applications.