Classes are taught at a major university, Beijing Normal University, for ten weeks. In addition to its course offerings, Dartmouth-at-BNU gives students the experience of a culture and political climate radically different from their own. Throughout the term and in conjunction with course offerings, trips are taken to places of historical or cultural interest in Beijing and vicinity. The participants travel for 11-13 days at the end of the term on a study trip to other parts of China (conditions permitting).
Dartmouth-at-BNU offers students three course credits: two credits for language classes at either the second-year level (Chinese 22, 23), at the third-year level (Chinese 31, 32), or at the fourth-year level (Chinese 41, 42) [advanced classes require a minimum of eight students], depending on the student's level of proficiency; and one credit for the Chinese 11 non-language course taught by the Dartmouth professor in residence. Whereas Chinese 11 meets four hours per week, the language classes entail a minimum of three hours every morning (Monday-Friday) and are supplemented by afternoon tutorials.
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