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UConn Summer in China: Language and Culture Immersion (Faculty-led)

The Program

UConn-LCIC is a four-week intensive Chinese language and culture immersion program geared towards improving Chinese learners’ linguistic competence and cultural awareness in context. The program consists of a four-week language and culture course in Tianjin. Local tours in Tianjin and a long weekend in Beijing will also be arranged.

The UConn-LCIC is located in Tianjin, China. Tianjin is the third largest city in China and one of the biggest ports in Northern China. It is only an hour’s drive from Beijing, and a 50-minute drive from the seashore. With the completion of the C-Train (Chengji train, which means inter-city express) in 2008, the distance between Beijing and Tianjin is shortened to only 30 minutes. The proximity to Beijing makes Tianjin an excellent base exploring China’s capital city and many other parts of the country while one enjoys the low cost offered in the city.

Tianjin is a center of folk arts and performance, serving as a center of Beijing opera and martial art (Chinese Kong-fu). In addition to the abundant cultural historical heritage and other attractions, Tianjin is also a major site of export and import business.  The TEDA (Tianjin Economic Technological Development Area) developing district is one of the biggest business zones in China.

The hosting institution of UConn-LCIC is New Century Language and Culture Center, affiliated with Tianjin University of Finance and Economics, one of the most prestigious universities of Finance and Economics in China.

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The Academics

The UConn-LCIC program will provide students with 6 UConn credits: CHIN 3293

Through coursework, cultural activities and a guided field trip, the UConn-CLCC curriculum provides participants an opportunity to get immersed in the Chinese speaking, and to encounter Chinese culture on a daily basis. The program aims to assist participants in achieving the following goals:

  • Develop a more solid foundation in modern Chinese language;
  • Gain increased understanding of Chinese cultural expectations;
  • Gain experiences in meaningful intercultural communication in live context;
  • Reach a level of comfort in the Chinese context;
  • Reflect on their own culture from the perspective of another culture.

The UConn-LCIC curriculum consists of two primary components:

CHIN 3293: Intensive intermediate-advanced Chinese (3 credits) (5 days/week, 4 hours /day, four weeks, 80 hours) Taught by faculty of New Century Language and Culture Center and Tianjin University of Finance and Economics

Intensive intermediate-advanced Chinese is the core of UConn-LCIC program. Every day, students have two hours of grammar and vocabulary session, and two hours of oral and written practice session. The course focuses on learners’ comprehensive Chinese skills, including listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

CHIN 3293: Engaging Chinese Culture (3 credit) (5 hours/week, 25 hours, weekend trips in Tianjin and a three-day trip to Beijing taught in both English and Chinese by UConn faculty

Engaging Chinese Culture consists of the following components:

  1. Pre-departure cultural presentation: Every student will present on one of the cities that the program will be visiting;
  2. Two hands-on cultural workshop organized by Tianjin University of Finance and Economics faculty every week. Topics may include but are not limited to calligraphy, brush painting, paper cutting, Peking opera, songs, musical instruments, and Kung-fu or Taiji;
  3. Weekend Tianjin local trip: Students will choose one aspect of Tianjin and make a presentation on it;
  4. 3-day trip to Beijing: Students will work in groups and present on one of the places of interest that trip covers;
  5. Every student needs to choose one aspect of the life in China and write a composition to compare that with the US in Chinese;
  6. Final video project: Every student will decide on a topic on Chinese society and produce a 5-6 minute video to present the issue and interview some Chinese people about it. The video will be in English.

The Experience

UConn-LCIC is designed to take full advantage of the in-country environment and thus addresses aspects of language learning unique to the China specific setting. Speaking, listening, social interaction, and culture are the primary targets but practical uses of reading and writing will also be addressed. Our focus is “doing things in Chinese” in live Chinese cultural contexts and the underlying theme of our in-country curriculum is “interacting in Chinese society as an American.”

There is a 3-day trip to Beijing and weekend trips in Tianjin. These guided study tours aim to furnish students with knowledge about the Chinese culture, history, society, and economy.

For more information or to inquire about this program, contact Dr. Chunsheng Yang ( or 860-486-9240)


Program Cost: See link below for the 2017 budget sheet. The 2018 budget sheet has not been finalized yet but will be updated here when it is ready. Please check back.

Included: Pre-departure orientation and On-site orientation programs; Double occupancy accommodations; texts and materials; 6 UConn academic credits; Welcome and closing dinner; Food and transportation for weekend and weeklong study tours; Emergency Health Insurance, and UConn Study abroad T-shirt. 

The following items are not included in the Program Cost listed above:

  • Passport and visa fees
  • International airfare ($1,500 – $2,000)
  • Most Meals ($450)
  • Personal Spending ($500-$1,000)

Please note that this is a conservative estimate and is not intended to cover costs related to cell phone usage, nor does it provide funds for entertainment (meals in restaurants etc.) or personal spending (gifts and souvenirs, which depending on taste and quality can be expensive).

The program is open to anyone who is interested. However, only students who have two or more years of Chinese at UConn or equivalent will get CHIN 3293 credits. Others will get CHIN 1293 credits.


Budget Sheets: Summer
The Details

  • Location: Tianjin, China
  • Terms: Summer
  • Homepage:

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/20/2018 02/27/2018 05/11/2018 06/09/2018

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area:
Language of instruction: English Prior language study required: 4 semesters
Open to non-UConn students: Yes Required GPA: 2.75