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CET Harbin

Harbin, China

If you’re ready for full immersion, come to Harbin.

With few English-speaking foreigners to distract you, no strong dialect, and a textbook accent, the entire city is your language classroom. Chat with shop-owners. Check out the Jewish museum. (Yes, Jewish museum. China issued visas to Jewish refugees before WWII and large numbers of them settled in Harbin.) Stroll through the dazzling ice festival. Warm up afterwards with Korean barbecue or a northern specialty like disanxian (potato, eggplant, and pepper.) Sound more like a local every day.

This might be the only opportunity you have in your life to study Chinese 24/7. Why not choose an environment where you’ll be surrounded by standard Mandarin?

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Local Roommates

Want to learn where to get the best cheap eats? What busses to avoid at rush hour? How to get the best bargains on winter wear? Sharing a room with a local roommate gives you instant insider’s information about the city. More importantly, it gives you someone to share the city with.

Harbin Institute of Technology

The program is based at the Harbin Institute of Technology, a large and prestigious institution of over 40,000 students. The campus has everything you’ll need—cafeterias, grocery stores, a library, study lounges, a swimming pool, sports facilities, and scenic paths for strolling.

Within the city, HIT is a central hub. It has its own subway stop, and right outside the campus gates there are countless restaurants and shops, just waiting to be of service to students.

Housing & Meals

You’ll share a room with a local roommate in an international students’ dormitory right across from the campus’ tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts. (Pick-up games are a great way to make Chinese friends.) Rooms are arranged in suites—two rooms share one bathroom.

For meals, take your pick of campus cafeterias, nearby noodle shops, or neighborhood restaurants offering Chinese, Russian and Korean fare.