Middlebury School in China: Kunming

Middlebury College & CET

The Middlebury School in China is the gold standard of Chinese language programs. Whether you choose an MiC program in Beijing, Kunming, or Hangzhou, you get the best of the best—Middlebury’s excellence in language teaching, and CET’s 30+ years of experience in China. You’ll apply through Middlebury and receive a transcript from Middlebury, but the program is open to students from all schools.

Local Roommates

Living with a local roommate is about more than just sharing a room. Your roommate can show you where to get the best mixian (rice noodles), the quickest way to get to Xi Shan for a hike, how to use Chinese social media. And since roommates uphold the same language pledge that you do, you can be sure that it won’t be long before Chinese slang is rolling off your tongue.

Rejuvenate in Kunming

Himalayas to the west. Tropical rainforests to the south. This is China like you’ve never imagined it before. Kunming, the “City of Eternal Spring,” is perfect for nature-lovers and travelers seeking cultural (and culinary!) diversity. A semester in Kunming will transform your Chinese, but it will also prepare you for China’s large international cities…when you’re ready for them.
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Spring 02/13/2019 06/02/2019 16 Weeks 16 4 Semesters of Chinese October 1
Fall 08/28/2019 12/15/2019 16 Weeks 16 4 Semesters of Chinese March 15
Academic Year 08/28/2019 TBA 32 Weeks 32 4 Semesters of Chinese March 15

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Daily Life in Kunming

Spend the day at the Stone Forest. Plan a lake-side barbecue with friends. Join a soccer team. Explore the local coffee culture. There are plenty of things to do in Kunming (and most are outside).

Yunnan University

The program is based at Yunnan University. YU’s lovely campus has everything you need—a library, sports facilities, stores, cafés. The campus is also a public transportation hub, making it easy to explore downtown Kunming and beautiful Yunnan Province.

Housing & Meals

You’ll share a room with a local roommate in YU’s international student dormitory. For meals, try the YU cafeteria, or take your pick of nearby restaurants.

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Chinese and the City

You’ll take a Kunming Impressions class that focuses on the city you call home for the semester. Some assignments have you reading about the city, and others get you out the door exploring it. You’ll interview locals about political issues, education policies, conservation efforts, or social concerns. You’ll visit a tea shop to learn about the tea industry. It won’t be long before you are a Kunming expert, with the Chinese skills to prove it.

One-on-One Tutorial

You tell us about what in China interests you, and we create a one-on-one Chinese language class about that topic. Be creative with your one-on-one! This is your chance to get a head start on senior thesis research, or simply learn the kind of Chinese that appeals to you.

Some Possible One-on-One Topics

Sino-US Economic Relations
Chinese Women Writers of the 1930s
Clean Energy in China
China’s Floating Population
Gender Studies in China
China’s Ethnic Minorities
Sports Culture in China
Traditional Chinese Medicine
History of China’s Tea Horse Road

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Start to Specialize

At your level, it’s time to give your Chinese the specialized attention it needs. You’ll choose two electives. Classes are small, so you’ll have plenty of individual attention from the instructor as you steer your Chinese in a specific direction: anthropology, business, environmental studies, newspaper reading, Classical Chinese, social issues.

Total Chinese Immersion

As if taking an intensive load of Chinese classes weren’t enough, you’ll also uphold the 24/7 Middlebury Language Pledge. There’s no denying that the Pledge is challenging. But you won’t be in it alone. Students in this program are known for taking the Pledge seriously as a group. (And they are rewarded for their efforts at the end of the semester with excellent Chinese.) And remember, Chinese is not just for getting homework done. You’ll also have the chance to unwind in Chinese with weekly activities and co-curricular classes—try your hand at archery, go birding with YU’s most prominent environmental student organization, or learn calligraphy.