Critical Language Scholarship Program | Dalian

Dalian, China

Program Dates:

June 09 - August 07, 2016

Hosting Institution:

Dalian University of Technology

Program Structure

The CLS Program in Dalian provides an intensive 8-week language learning environment designed to cover the equivalent of one academic year of university-level Chinese study. Students in the Dalian program receive a minimum of 20 hours per week of classroom instruction. Students also participate in a variety of excursions to explore the rich culture and history of their host city. These excursions offer students the opportunity to practice their language skills and learn more about the local culture. Additionally, students meet with a language partner several hours each week to practice language skills and engage in learning outside the classroom with native speakers. The CLS Program in Dalian incorporates a language policy that requires scholarship recipients to speak only Chinese during all program activities and with one another and all staff.

The CLS Program in Dalian is hosted by Dalian University of Technology. Classes take place on the Lingshui campus of the university.

Students live with local host families in Dalian, who give them an opportunity to experience life in a Chinese family and develop their language skills outside of class. Students typically eat breakfast and dinner with their host families, giving them an opportunity to practice speaking Chinese, to experience home-cooked Chinese food, and to learn more about day-to-day life in Dalian.

This year, the CLS Program has developed a specialized optional course
focusing on Climate Change and the Environment for CLS Chinese
participants in Dalian. Finalists for the CLS Dalian program will be
given more information in the spring.

Language Levels Offered:

  • Intermediate: Minimum completion of two academic years of college-level Mandarin Chinese, or its equivalent, prior to the start of the program.
  • Advanced: Minimum completion of three academic years of college-level Mandarin Chinese, or its equivalent, prior to the start of the program.