Chinese FSP

Program Overview

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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Financial Information

Tuition and Fees

The fees charged by the College for a Dartmouth-sponsored off-campus term of study include regular tuition charges for a term at Dartmouth, service fees, as well as the specific costs established for each off-campus study locale. In many programs, the room and board costs tend to be higher than for a term in Hanover. You can view a budget sheet for this program. The cost of transportation to and from the site is the responsibility of the student.

Financial Aid

In order that all qualified Dartmouth undergraduate students may have the opportunity to take part in off-campus programs, the College endeavors to adjust its normal financial aid awards for students already receiving aid. Tuition and expected family contribution for Dartmouth's off-campus programs are the same as for an on-campus term. Assistance is available to meet extra costs associated with off-campus programs, including airfare. Half of any extra cost is met with additional Dartmouth scholarship; loan assistance is offered for the other half. Loan assistance is also offered to replace the employment that would normally be included in an on-campus term. Although financial aid recipients are given aid to cover all of the required costs of the program, students are responsible for purchasing their own plane ticket and, on some programs, meals. Often this means that part of the expected family contribution is used towards these costs rather than for tuition.