Live. Learn. Leap. Into Chinese and life.
The Academy provides a “World of Difference” when it comes to Language Learning. So different in fact, that it eclipses the experience of actually living in the country where a language is rooted. Your days are filled with absorbing both language and culture, while using Chinese in practical, functional and logical ways as you simply live and enjoy your summer on campus.
Our Academy places you in a sphere of reality that literally envelops your senses in Chinese. You live and grow in this world with the support of a peer community. You are a willing participant, facing every challenge and obstacle in a group effort to succeed. Add in the catalytic effect that our Teachers and Staff provide and you end up in a world specially designed for learning language, with the integrated tools that accelerate your personal success. The benefits of the Academy go beyond simply living in a place where the language is spoken.
It is something quite special. Something you won’t find in Beijing. You’ll grasp cultural and literary fluency in a short span of time. And the result is a confidence that stays with you for the rest of your life.
I am a Student Ambassador for my school now. I’m the one who conducts tours for incoming Chinese and Taiwanese Students and Parents.- Student Inspired Statement
Background information follows on what the days are like at the Academy, as well as highlights specific to your month long journey in the Chinese program. We cannot possibly provide all of the highlights on this web site. So we encourage you to ask questions of our staff if need be. We’re happy to help and answer any questions you may have.
Get Excited About Participating in Chinese Culture!
We’d be hard pressed to cover every special event we’ve got planned for you, but here’s a quick tease on some of the activities that might surprise you:
- Ever try starting your day with morning Tai Chi instead of coffee?
- Enjoy afternoon tea ceremonies or practice Chinese fan dancing.
- On any given day you might be whisked away to attend a local cultural event.
- No summer is complete without experiencing the local restaurants and savoring the Chinese cuisine available in your geographic area.
- Ever have a desire to cook Chinese dishes instead of just eating them?
- How about meeting academic scholars and historians who have a deep and passionate knowledge of the Chinese culture?
When opportunities are available near your local Academy, we find a way to engage you and your language group with the local community, as well as bring that community to you.
Each day has a set schedule. Yet no day is the same.
For four weeks, all programming, events, activities, field trips, meetings and meals will be in Chinese. From morning assembly until lights out, you’ll be wrapped in Chinese with a group at your level of language competency. The curriculum is organized by themes that help you navigate life in this new environment. And it remains consistent for your entire month in the program. To familiarize yourself with a typical day at the Academy, click the link below.
Contact us if you have questions:
Our year-round Staff is always available to answer questions. If you have anything you’d like to know that we have not answered here, please go to our contact page and get in touch with us.