The Univeristy of Sydney In-Country Chinese Language Programs at
Fudan University and Peking University in China
Opportunities for in-country immersion are integral to the language learning programs offered by the School of Languages and Cultures and students undertaking majors are strongly encouraged to spend time abroad studying in the country of the language they are learning.
The Department of Chinese Studies within the School of Languages and Cultures (SLC), Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, has successfully formed partnerships with two of China’s most prestigious universities: Fudan University in Shanghai and Peking University in Beijing, to establish, develop and deliver a Chinese In-country Study program for undergraduate students at The University of Sydney.
The Program will be managed by the Department of Chinese Studies at the University of Sydney and will be taught by academic staff of the Department of Chinese Language and Literature at Fudan University (DCLL) and the School of Chinese as a Second Language at Peking University (SCSL).
The framework of the program, including the educational design, teaching material selection, program schedules and arrangement of cultural activities, will be set by the Department of Chinese Studies whose academic staff will be present supervising and coordinating the program on site. All teaching will be subject to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences evaluation and continuous improvement over time.
The in-country study programs aim to provide students with opportunities to improve their language skills in the Chinese-speaking environment, enrich their knowledge and understanding of Chinese culture and society at first hand, and motivate them to continue to study Chinese language and culture with added interest and prepare for more advanced language studies upon their return to The University of Sydney.
Students will enrol in one of the following in-country units of study: CHNS2650 or CHNS2651 or CHNS2652 or CHNS2653. The specific unit will depend on whether a student has previously completed in-country study in a previous session.
Each unit will comprise a two-hour pre-departure workshop followed by a four-week intensive immersion at either Fudan University or Peking University where students will be placed in classes that reflect their level of language skills from elementary to advanced levels. The intensive language classes will run for four hours daily Monday through Friday for a total of 20 hours per week (80 face-to-face class hours in total). The Chinese language component includes Chinese Reading and Writing, and Chinese Conversation.
During these four weeks students will also be exposed to a rich cultural experience and will participate in a series of cultural activities including tours to the famous historical sites, appreciation of Chinese drama, calligraphy and painting learning, Tai Chi learning, watching an acrobatic show and a Peking Opera, etc.
Upon successful completion of an in-country unit of study, students will be awarded 6 senior credit points that can be counted toward a major in Chinese Studies.
Eligibility and enrolment procedures
The in-country study programs are open to learners of Chinese as a second language. The Department recommends that students complete at least two semesters of Chinese prior to undertaking the program. In particular, students who have completed CHNS1102 or CHNS 1202, or any senior CHNS language unit of study whose numeric code has 6 as the second digit, eg.
CHNS1102, CHNS1202, CHNS2601, CHNS2602, CHNS2612, CHNS 3601, CHNS3602, CHNS3603, CHNS3604, CHNS3605, CHNS3606, CHNS3611, CHNS3612
Other students’ applications will be assessed case by case.
The Department will run an information session prior to the opening of the registration for each program. Eligible students will receive invitations from the Department to attend the information session.
Generally there are three steps to complete the enrolment procedures:
- Pay the registration fee to the School of Languages and Cultures
- Complete the registration form and obtain the academic approval
- Enrol at Arts Faculty or students’’ home faculties
Further details of the enrolment procedures will be available at the information session.
Program dates in 2014:
- Fudan University Program in Session 112 (24 Nov-19 Dec 2014)
- Peking University Program in Session 107 (30 June-25 July 2014)
- Peking University Program in Session 112 (24 Nov-19 Dec 2014)
Tuition fees and costs
The in-country study programs are offered on a HECS basis. Students will pay for the program in one of the following ways:
- Local students pay HECS.
- International students pay the standard international fees set by the University.
- Non-award students (domestic or international) pay the standard tuition fees set in the Handbook.
Students need to pay their own:
- Program registration fee $200
- International airfares, domestic travel if applied
- Accommodation (100-130 RMB per day per person twin share)
- Internet fee (100-150 RMB per month)
- Visa application fees ($98.50 for a single entry visa)
- Insurance for personal travel if applied
- Other additional self-incurred expenses in China, eg. meals and incidentals.
- Allow for a budget of A$60 – A$100 per week.
The Department of Chinese Studies offers a limited number of scholarships to support students on their in-country studies. Please visit the Departmental website for more details:
Program surveys and pre-departure workshop
As part of the requirements of an in-country unit of study, all students who participate in the program will be required to complete both the pre-departure survey and the post-program survey conducted by the Department of Chinese Studies. Students are also required to attend the pre-departure workshop run by the Department of Chinese Studies. Students will be well informed and advised of the program details and requirements as well as pre-departure preparations.
China Exchange Blog
This blog recounts students’ experiences and their studies during the intensive in-country study programs that have been successfully run by the Department. To catch up on their posts, go to
Ms Xiaowei Zhang
The Department of Chinese Studies
Room 641, Brennan MacCallum Building
Tel: +61 2 9351 4512