Type: Humanitarian & Community Development ,
Take Mandarin Language courses at the University of Yantai in Shandong Province. A typical class size is 25 students, and the teaching staff are professors or lecturers who are accredited and experienced in teaching Mandarin to foreign students. The course is designed to immerse international students in the Chinese language and culture. All areas of the language will be covered in your course: reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar, phonetics and vocabulary.
The Mandarin Course for foreign students has been running at Yantai University for 15 years. A typical class size is 25 students, and the teaching staff are professors or lecturers who are accredited and experienced in teaching Mandarin to foreign students. The course is designed to immerse international students in the Chinese language and culture.
All areas of the language will be covered in your course: reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar, phonetics and vocabulary. These will be taught via a variety of topics which will relate to aspects of Chinese culture, society and history.
Some of the courses currently on offer include: Spoken Chinese, Chinese Comprehension (Pinyin, Grammar and Writing), Reading, Chinese Listening Comprehension
You can choose to do a length of course that suits you, i.e.:
the full course, which lasts for one semester. In China, a semester will vary between 3 months and 4 and a half months in length.
There are two semesters every year and the dates each year are approximately as follows, but may vary in some years very slightly:
1 September until 24 December
1 March until approximately 5 July
You can begin your course at either of these times, regardless of how long you wish to stay, but you must start your programme on one of these two start dates.
Levels of study & course credits:
No matter what your level of Mandarin is, there will be a class to suit you. We can offer beginner, elementary, intermediate or advanced classes. Around 50% of the students on the course are Beginners. The University will assess your level of competency in the language when you arrive and will allocate you accordingly.
Each semester you will also obtain around 20 credits, and these can often be credited to your university course in your home country. [If you wish to take advantage of this option, you must check that your university will recognise this qualification before you leave, as it does vary between institutions.
The course takes place from Monday to Friday, running from approximately 8am to 3:40pm. You will have homework in the evenings, in much the same way as you would during a similar course in most countries, and you will be expected to complete this to the deadline set by your teachers. Your weekends will be free and this will allow some time for relaxing, travelling and sightseeing
National Holidays in China
All projects will break for Chinese National Holidays. The main events are:
Chinese New Year - usually sometime in late January or early February. All projects will break for 1 or 2 weeks for New Year
May Holiday – usually the first week of May. Most projects break for 3-7 days
October Holiday – usually the first week of October. Most projects break for 3-7 days
During your course, you will live at Yantai University Hostel with the other students who are on the course.
You will share your room with another person, either a Travellers Volunteer or another foreign student who is on the course at the same time as you. If you prefer privacy and would like a room to yourself, we can arrange this for you, but there will be a supplementary cost involved.
On this project, your food is not included in the price of the placement. This is in order to give you flexibility in where you choose to eat and also in planning your budget regarding how many times you choose to eat out in restaurants and how much you want to pay.
4 Weeks £1,095
6 Weeks £1,295
8 Weeks £1,495
10 Weeks £1,695
12 Weeks £1,895
Extra Weeks £100
Start DatesThere are 2 semesters each year beginning on 1 September and 1 March respectively. Although you can choose various durations, your programme must begin on either one of these two dates
DurationMinimum of 4 weeks, up to 1 or 2 Semesters Course. Subject to visa requirementsRequirementsMinimum age 17. No qualifications or prior knowledge of Mandarin necessary
►Course Fees and Materials
►Meeting you at Yantai Airport
►Transfer to your accommodation on University campus
►Full pre-departure support
►Local in-country team support and backup
►24-hr emergency support.
►Return transfer to the Airport
What's not includedFlights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Food
Who can do this Project?All projects are open to all nationalities and all ages over 17.
BVOL - BUDGET VOLUNTEERING
Caravelle House, Goring Road,
Telephone 1: 0207 193 6835 (From within the UK) or +44 (0) 207 193 6835 (From outside of the UK)
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