At the CET Kunming program, students attend intensive Chinese language classes for about 4 hours/day, with a minimum of 2 hours/day and a maximum of 6 hours/day. Class size ranges from 1 to 15 students, and is typically 3 to 8 students. Classes are usually 50 minutes long, and there is a 10-minute break in between back-to-back classes. Students are expected to complete a minimum of 1 hour of homework for every hour in class. A low-distraction test environment, extra time on exams and assignments, note-takers, exam readers, audio recordings of lectures and readings, and computer-based exams are available for students with documented need. Service dogs may also be permitted on campus provided that prior approval is requested by the student.
Classrooms and staff offices are on the second floor of a classroom building on campus. There is no elevator in this building. Access to upper floors is via a narrow stairwell which may be crowded.
Student housing is about a 50m walk from the classroom building. The student housing building does not have an elevator. Student rooms as well as group activity and study rooms are located on the fifth and sixth floors. Students share double occupancy rooms with a local university student of the same gender. Each room includes a private bathroom. Single rooms may be available for students with documented need. Students have access to a refrigerator and microwave in the common room, but other kitchen facilities are not available. Students typically eat in on-campus cafeterias and local restaurants. Vegetarian and vegan restaurants are available in Kunming.
After class and on weekends, there are mandatory academic activities and optional trips to nearby sites and other cities. Excursions may involve extended travel by bus or train, urban walking, rural hiking, and/or going up and down stairs. Excused absences are available for students with documented need. Public buses tend to be crowded and rarely provide wheelchair accessibility. The Kunming subway provides limited service in the city. Many entrances and exits do not offer elevator or escalator access. Sidewalks are usually uneven and crowded, and typically only major street intersections provide curb cuts and light/sound signals. Traffic tends to be unruly.
There are several health facilities available to students with service available in Chinese or English. Choice of mental health professionals is limited, but counseling services are available in English.
Students have use of on-campus athletic facilities including outdoor basketball, volleyball, and badminton courts, soccer fields, and a gravel track. Private gyms are widely available in the city and students may join at their own expense.
Religious proselytizing is illegal in China. However, worship is not illegal if one attends an established religious organization. There are Buddhist, Taoist, Muslim, and Christian places of worship in Kunming. Limited approvals for class absences due to religious holidays are available, but must be requested from program staff in advance.
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