Summer Chinese Language Immersion Program

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2019 Summer Chinese Language Immersion Program

Program Dates: May 28-July 26, 2019

The NYU Shanghai Chinese Language Immersion Program is a 9-week summer program that enables students to learn two semesters of material and earn 8 NYU Shanghai academic credits. Two levels are offered: Intermediate and Advanced

Application Deadline: February 3, 2019

NYU New York, NYU Shanghai, and NYU Abu Dhabi students Login to the application here with your netID and password. Select "Summer 2019."
Visiting students (Non-NYU) from other accredited universities Create an application ID through the online application. Please also send an official undergraduate transcript (in English) to or NYU Shanghai Summer Program 14 East 4th Street, Suite 3003, New York, NY 10012 . 
You will receive an interview invitation once the application and supporting materials are submitted. Please click here to review the interview procedure and criteria.

NOTE: It is not possible to enroll in additional courses while studying in the Immersion Program. If you are interested in  6-week Chinese classes that would allow you to take additional content courses at the same time, click here to review the options. Questions? Email

Through this Summer Chinese Language Immersion Program, you can:

  • Enjoy small intimate class sizes taught by highly experienced, full-time Chinese language faculty.
  • Improve your overall Chinese language competency, cross-cultural communication, self-awareness, and critical thinking.
  • Apply your command of the language to real-life situations by honoring a Language Pledge in which you agree to only speak Chinese for the duration of the program. The pledge encourages an active learning environment and leads to significant learning results. Please note that repeated violations of the pledge could lead to dismissal from the program.
  • Embark on a multi-day trip to explore another city in China accompanied by Chinese language faculty.
  • Participate in weekly field trips in Shanghai, Chinese culture classes, and Friday Dinners with Faculty to try different Chinese cuisines.
  • Earn 8 academic credits that will be recorded on your NYU transcript. Please note that it is your responsibility to work with your university’s academic advisor to determine whether and how a course might count towards your degree requirements.

Intermediate Level Description

The Intermediate Level is designed for students who have completed Elementary Chinese II at NYU Shanghai, NYU New York or the equivalent at another institution. This course consists of in-class instruction, tutorial time and out-of-class language practicums. It is equivalent to two semesters of language study, covering both Intermediate Chinese I and II (CHIN-SHU 201 & 202). By the end of the ninth week, students should be able to:

  • Understand and obtain information from extended and complex conversations.
  • Express and expound on, in extended length, feelings, opinions and viewpoints in inter-personal conversations and in presentations related to social-cultural topics, with a high level of fluency and accuracy in pronunciation and grammar use.
  • Accumulate vocabulary needed for common conversations and formal topic discussions, debates and presentations; develop the ability to decipher meanings of compound words.
  • Comprehend extended passages in form of narrative, exposition and argumentation, search for the detailed information, guess word meanings, express viewpoints, opinions, feelings, etc.
  • Write, in relative length (300-500 characters long) informational narratives, expository and simple argumentative passages with level-appropriate vocabulary and grammatical accuracy, as well as basic syntactical cohesion.
  • Be acquainted with aspects of Chinese culture and society, explain and express opinions and viewpoints on phenomena in Chinese culture and society.

The textbooks used for the Intermediate level are ​Integrated Chinese Level II Part I, Level ​II Part II written by Tao-chung Yao and Yuehua Liu,​ ​ Expanded Third Edition.

Advanced Level Description

The Advanced Level is designed for students who have completed Intermediate Chinese II at NYU Shanghai, NYU New York or the equivalent at another institution. It aims to reinforce and further improve overall language competency, with the focus on studying and employing semi-formal and formal expressions and usages. It is equivalent to two semesters of language study, covering both Advanced Chinese I and II (CHIN-SHU 301 & 302).  By the end of this 9-week program, students should have:

  • Acquired specialized vocabulary (including idioms) and sentence patterns for delivering formal presentations and carrying out formal discussions and debates.
  • Applied formal linguistic expressions in speaking and writing, through knowing equivalences between informal and formal expressions and successfully transferring between these two forms.
  •  Read and understood texts with advanced vocabulary and syntax, made context-based guesses about the meaning of new words or phrases.
  • Enhanced their ability to analyze sentence structures and produce sentences with complex syntactical features.
  • Written expository and argumentative essays using analytical and critical thinking skills regarding Chinese social-cultural phenomena.
  •  Accumulated information and analyzed diverse aspects of Chinese culture and society.

The textbook for the Advanced level is ​The Routledge Advanced Chinese Multimedia Course: Crossing Cultural Boundaries​ written by Kunshan Lee et al. Routledge, Second Edition, 2014.

Interview Procedure & Criteria

What you should know about the Chinese immersion program before application?

It’s a nine-week long program with a multi-day cultural trip. You will be immersed in strict Chinese-speaking only environment both in and out of class time with intensive learning schedule (3 hours class lecture and 30 minutes one-on-one tutoring), therefore you are expected to have good time management strong stress resistance ability. You are expected to participate in various cultural activities to learn Chinese culture with strong motivation and an open mind to different cultures.

What the interview looks like?

The interview will be conducted face to face or via skype in Chinese. It will be 30 to 40 minutes in duration and consists of 2 parts.

In part 1, you should give a multi-paragraph self-introduction, highlighting your motivation to learn Chinese and Chinese culture, expectation to join in the program and past Chinese learning experience. You are also expected to answer questions from the interviewer based on your statement.

In part 2, the interview will be focused on your language proficiency through the following tasks.

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level
Read / Read aloud a short passage about 200 characters in 5 minutes Read / Read aloud a short passage about 200 characters in 5 minutes
Answer 2 information-seeking questions according to the passage and answer 1 open question with connected sentences,   Answer 2 information-seeking questions, summarize the main idea, answer 2 open questions with answers in well organized paragraph, 
Free talk about the common topics such as daily routine, school life, weather, asking directions, sports, travel, ...etc,  Discuss topics from personal interests such as shopping standards, childhood, relationships with parents, travel experience...etc to public issues such as city changes, environmental problem and protection, money investment, gender inequality, ...etc 
Complete a role play task with the interviewer to show your ability of using Chinese language in a simple real-life situation. Complete a role play task with the interviewer to show your ability of using Chinese language in a complicated real-life situation

How do we decide a student pass/fail the interview?

The criteria consists of 2 parts: Language performance and non-language aspects.You will be considered PASSING the interview if you meet all the following standards

Language performance
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level
Speaking Content
Be able to talk about familiar topics related to daily activities such as daily routine, school life, weather, asking directions, seeing a doctor,renting an apartment, sports, travel, etc
Be able to handle the semi formal topics from personal interests to general issues.
Function Be able to create with language to ask and answer questions, maintain a conversation and handle a limited number of simple daily situations  Be able to narrate, compare, describe under different topics; state and support opinion in a brief way; deal effectively with a complicated situation in daily life
Text type Be able to response using strings of sentences Be able to  response in connected discourse
Accuracy Your response can be understood with repetition by the speakers being accustomed to dealing with non-native speakers Your response is understood without much difficulty by the speakers being accustomed to dealing with non-native speakers
Listening   Be able to understand the interviewer’s comments or questions without difficulty; use strategies such as repeating or paraphrasing to understand sentences Be able to understand the interviewer’s comments or questions without difficulty; use strategies such as repeating or paraphrasing to understand sentences
Reading   Be able to read fluently within given time; comprehend the main idea of a text;locate important information; evaluate ideas and make connection to yourself. Be able to read fluently within given time; comprehend the main idea of a text; summarize the main idea in an organized way;locate important information; evaluate ideas and make connection yourself.
Non-language aspects
Having a strong motivation to learn Chinese and Chinese culture; 
Having a habit of speaking Chinese so that you are  able to follow the language pledge without difficulty; 
Be active in learning with effective learning strategies, good communication skill so that you are ready to learn Chinese in an intensive pace. 

Tuition & Costs

* Undergraduate Tuition: $3,886 

* Program Administration Fee: $600

* Housing Fee (9 weeks):  To Be Announced 

* Registration And Services Fee: $420

* Books: All books and course materials will be available upon your arrival to Shanghai. Students should not purchase textbooks on their own. A flat fee of $250 will be charged to all students for summer session books . However after the first week of courses, the book fee will be adjusted to reflect the actual book fee for your course(s).

If you have any questions, please email

Financial Assistance

Freeman Asia Scholarship: The Freeman-Asia scholarship is designed to support U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are undergraduate students based in the US, demonstrate financial need, and are planning to study overseas in East or Southeast Asia. The program's goal is to increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its people and cultures. Awards range from $3,000 per student for summer study and $5,000 per semester, to a maximum of $7,000 for a full year abroad. For more details on eligibility and on how to apply, please review the Freeman Asia website.

*This Scholarship is not open to NYU Shanghai Degree Seeking Students


Financial Aid

US citizens/eligible non-citizens (NYU New York and Shanghai Students): Federal financial aid (i.e. federal Direct student/parent loan) is available during the summer session(s) for students enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits, who also have a valid FAFSA on file, and are otherwise eligible.

NYU Shanghai Students: At this time there is no institutional scholarship/grant aid available for summer session(s).

NYU Students from the New York campus: Please visit the financial aid website for additional information regarding financial aid options for summer session(s).

All Other Students (includes Visiting Students): Visiting students or current NYU students who are not eligible for federal financial aid will be able to seek out alternative loans. Students seeking alternative loans are encouraged to relay to their potential lender the number of credits they are taking and the type of student they are (i.e. in a degree or non-degree program at NYU) as lenders have different eligibility criteria.

NYU cannot recommend or endorse any particular private lender. Students are encouraged to research their options carefully.  Please visit the financial aid website for more information about private (non-federal) alternative loans.


Students who decrease or cancel summer session enrollment or who do not attend will have their summer award adjusted or canceled accordingly.  This adjustment in financial aid may result in a balance on your bursar bill. Changes in enrollment affect the cost of attendance and the amount of aid that you are eligible to receive. Your financial aid cannot exceed your estimated cost of attendance.