Why CET Harbin?
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After several semesters spent studying Chinese in the US, it’s time to refine your skills with specialized classes and individualized instruction. CET Harbin students are experienced, dedicated learners who are striving for fluency and building confidence in their language abilities. With content courses, a self-designed One-on-One Tutorial, accuracy-focused One-on-Two Drill courses, a full-time language pledge, and a local roommate who brings language practice to life at home, it won’t be long before using Chinese is second nature.
Curriculum & Syllabi
CET Harbin offers two tracks: standard and research. The research track is available only to very advanced students with the approval of the Academic Director. Students take a One-on-One Tutorial, a One-on-Two Drill course, and two content electives to meet the recommended 17 credits.
You are placed into this 3-credit course with another student who is at the same Chinese level:
You choose two of these 5-credit content courses:
- HB/LANG 325: Conversation Seminar
- HB/LANG 330: Introduction to Classical Chinese
- HB/LANG 380: Business Chinese
- HB/LANG 410: Selected Readings in Modern Literature
- HB/LANG 413: Introduction to Chinese Newspaper Reading
- HB/LANG 430: Advanced Classical Chinese
- HB/LANG 490: Research Topics for Advanced Learners
Design Your One-on-One
One way to dramatically improve your Chinese language skills is to study a topic that is deeply interesting to you. You design your one-on-one based around a topic of your own choosing and the CET Harbin Academic Director handpicks a professor to guide your studies on that topic for the semester. You will equip yourself with the necessary technical vocabulary needed to delve deep and begin research projects that could develop into a thesis topic or graduate research once you’re back home.
Past One-on-One Topics:
- China’s Feminism, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
- Chinese Ink Painting
- China’s Ethnic Minorities
- Chinese Environmental Conservation
- Chinese-Korean Relations
Practice Your Language Outside The Classroom
Your One-on-Two drill course focuses on getting you out of the classroom to put your Chinese to work in the city. You might practice your new vocabulary by bargaining for fruit at a local market. You might visit a traditional Chinese tea house to understand the culture and language used in that setting. You might even interview passersby about China’s internet development and online transactions. It’s all about fine-tuning your pronunciation and grammar in real world settings.
Give Your Content Courses Context
In your content courses, you’re not just learning vocabulary and grammar. Once your understanding in the course topic is solid, you use it to speak to experts in that field or profession. Your Business Chinese class might interview a bank manager about financial development in China, while your Classical Chinese class might visit a school emphasizing traditional Chinese culture. Language needs context to truly refine your learning, and we’ll make sure you plenty of local context to reinforce your classroom lessons.
Housing & Meals
You and a local roommate share a suite with another CET student and their local roommate. The two furnished bedrooms are connected by a shared bathroom. The same building also houses the CET office, a shared kitchen, an activities room, and a study room, with laundry facilities on the first floor. You live on residence hall floors that house only CET students and local roommates—so you have plenty of Chinese practice, even at home.
Your roommate is a CET-selected student from our host university, the Harbin Institute of Technology. Want to learn where to get the best guobaorou (the original “sweet and sour pork”)? Need to know what mobile apps make life in Harbin easier? Curious where you can study off campus? Sharing a room with a local roommate gives you instant insider’s access to the city. Your roommate may also be able to help you understand your homework so that you’re never lost in the classroom.
Eating in Harbin
For meals, take your pick of the budget-friendly campus cafeterias, try the nearby row of food stalls, or find your favorite neighborhood restaurant. And don’t forget to try disanxian (a potato, eggplant, and pepper dish), laoding feng cake (a unique pastry cake filled with a mung bean paste), and da lie ba bread to get a delicious experience that is unique to northeastern China. Need a home-cooked meal? Have a night in with your roommate and trade cooking tips as you prepare dinner together in the dorm’s shared kitchen.
Life in Harbin
Students come to Harbin for full immersion. In this second-tier Chinese city, you enjoy a population with fewer English-speaking foreigners, a textbook accent, and an entire city that can serve as your language classroom. Learn the names of all the street food vendors. Picnic on the Songhua River and chat with passersby. Visit the mosque in Old Harbin and ask about the architecture.
Activities & Excursions
Spend an evening singing karaoke with your roommate. Shop for souvenirs in the Hongbo underground mall. Take a taijiquan (taichi) class. Visit the Daowai district to eat traditional Harbin foods and explore the Baroque architecture with a uniquely Chinese feel. Explore Stalin Park and learn about the city’s Russian influences. The location of Harbin offers a Chinese experience like no other.
See a New City
Take a break from intensive language study to explore China outside of Harbin’s city limits. You might visit Beidaihe to enjoy the relaxing hot springs and spend a little time on the coastal beach. Make sure to see Laolongtou (“Old Dragon Head”) where the Great Wall meets the sea. Enjoy worry-free travel with CET-hosted experiences that let you unwind while exploring with fellow students and local roommates.
Spring 2022: TBA
All of your classes and program-related learning are included with your tuition.
We arrange for you to live in a dormitory with a local roommate. Your program fees go toward rent, furnishing, and other management costs.
From pre-departure to orientation, from on site to re-entry, CET provides you with the support you need every step of the way.
You’re provided with a comprehensive insurance plan with GeoBlue that even includes medical evacuation coverage.
The activities and excursions that we arrange are included in your program fee. All you need to do is remember to bring your camera!
We guide you step-by-step through the visa process. You’ll need to do the legwork, but we pay the consular fees if you obtain your visa through the service we recommend.
Your textbooks and course supplies are covered and waiting for you in Harbin.
You’ll also receive an official transcript jointly issued by CET and HIT at the end of the term. You also have the option to request a School of Record transcript form the University of Minnesota for an additional fee if necessary.
- Must be 18 or older at the time of program participation.
- Open to students from any US college or university
- GPA: 3.0 or higher preferred, but admissions decisions are made on a case-by-case basis; lower GPAs still encouraged to apply
- Open to students who have completed 4 semesters of Chinese
Complete the application through your online CET account. This is a brief form that asks for basic information and has a few short answer questions about why you want to study abroad.
Use the link in your online account to send a recommendation request to one of your previous language instructors.
This is an online form that your study abroad office fills out to let us know you meet the requirements to study abroad. To send the electronic form request, simply enter the name and email address of your study abroad advisor in the designated fields of of your online account.
Your online CET account has specific instructions for submitting an official transcript.
Though you take an in-depth placement exam on site, the language evaluation form in your online CET account helps staff get a better idea of your abilities before your arrival.
Price Subject to Change:
CET reserves the right to increase quoted charges at any time without prior notification, based on increased instruction costs, exchange rate fluctuation or other cost increases beyond CET’s control.