CET Harbin

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  • Location(s): Harbin, China
  • Program Type(s): Study Abroad, Intensive Language, Research

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Are you a serious student seeking exceptional teachers and peers who are as committed to improving their Chinese as you are? Do you want to live in a city known for its standard local accent and lack of dialect? Then CET Harbin is the program for ... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.2
Based on 8 Reviews
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My Chinese got a lot better. I think it was worthwhile, but it was not easy. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
August 23, 2016 Study Study Study
I really just studied--the downside of this program is that I really didn't have much free time. - Trinity University View Entire Review
September 20, 2014 Harbin
I loved it. - Trinity University View Entire Review
March 09, 2014 Super Intense
SO MUCH language learning. completed the equivalent of one year of language in 8 weeks. If you want to really be forced to learn a language, this program is for you. But if you're less familiar with living in a developing country/area, or don't want to deal with a very intense learning curve, I would choose a lighter program. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I gained a greatly improved handle on Chinese - Trinity University View Entire Review
Past Review Terrific!
I gained a new experience in a different city in China and how amazing it is when you can speak a full conversation with them and understand them. - Trinity University View Entire Review
Chinese! and Yes. - Trinity University View Entire Review
I did this program in conjunction with CET's Beijing Cultural Studies program, so I am delighted that I went to Harbin but in part that's because it was an important part of a whole experience for me. As I said, it's the single best thing I've ever done for my Chinese fluency, but if it was the only program I had done I would ha... - University of Massachusetts Amherst View Entire Review
A lot of the people on my program are Chinese language or East Asian studies majors and plan to work in China or with China for a career. At the moment, I don't, but if I don't get into Biology grad school, it's a possibility. - Carleton College View Entire Review
yes. it prepared me for a global life and especially one geared towards china, with a cultural and linguistic competency required for that. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
This is the best program for language acquisition I have ever joined. - Trinity University View Entire Review
November 03, 2016 Rigorous But Rewarding
I have definitely improved my language skills dramatically. I went to Harbin knowing a lot of vocab, but being very uncomfortable with having a conversation. Now I feel very confident in speaking! - Trinity University View Entire Review
I learned how to properly apply myself and how to speak without worrying about mistakes. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
September 10, 2014 A Summer In Harbin
I learned a lot about living as an outsider in a very foreign country. I definitely improved my Chinese a lot, but another valuable experience was the chance to live a very different lifestyle while in China. It wasn't necessarily always enjoyable, but in the end was eye opening. - Trinity University View Entire Review
In addition to becoming comfortable speaking Mandarin and getting to enjoy the people and culture around me, I learned that improvement comes steadily with hard work and time. A positive attitude helps everywhere, and challenges are best met with a little initiative. I found benefit especially in communicating and socializing wi... - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
Past Review Dongbei
I was able to speak only Chinese in this industrial northeastern city. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
It was life-changing. My language skills opened up a huge door to understand the Chinese people and culture. - Trinity University View Entire Review
I learned about perspectives on America by Chinese youth and young adults, how to respect and act in a culture completely different from American culture, and the experience contributed to my identity as a Chinese American born in the U.S. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I became fluent in Chinese, gained a more nuanced view of Sino-American political relations, acquired a deeper understanding of the Chinese people and their way of thinking and living, realized that I thrive in an international/cross-cultural environment, gained a deeper understanding of my own culture now that I have something ... - Georgetown University View Entire Review
Yes, definitely worthwhile. - Trinity University View Entire Review
More global perspective - Tufts University View Entire Review
Chinese spoken, listening, and reading ability improved a lot. Made a few real Chinese friends who I will keep in touch with after program ended. Other students are from top universities and mostly very dedicated to Chinese language study. Harbin or other second-tier cities will expose you to a side of China you won't see in Bei... - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review

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Are you a serious student seeking exceptional teachers and peers who are as committed to improving their Chinese as you are? Do you want to live in a city known for its standard local accent and lack of dialect? Then CET Harbin is the program for you, with its intensive all-Chinese curriculum and a full-time language pledge. You select the topic for your one-on-one tutorial. How about Sino-Russian Relations, or Food Culture in China? You'll master specialized vocabulary through one-on-two classes and electives that range from Classical to Business Chinese. Advanced students can pursue thesis-level research in Chinese. Classes get you out into the city, too, to a newspaper office or a teahouse. Chinese roommates provide instant insider's information about the city—not to mention teaching you the latest slang. Visit the famed ice festival. Travel the region with new friends. This program is open to students with at least 4 semesters of previous Chinese language classes. 

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Intensive Language
Research
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • Chinese - Mandarin
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  • East Asian Studies
  • Chinese Studies
  • Chinese Language, Literature
  • Asian Studies
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