Course Details

Program dates


Travel dates


Course credits

CHIN 237/337

Total credits: 15


CHIN 103 or equivalent/ CHIN 203 or equivalent

Claudia Liu

Language Instructor of Chinese
MH 218B

Julian Wu

Associate Professor of Chinese Literature and East Asian Studies
MH 217B

This course provides an intensive study of the intermediate and advanced level of Chinese language, and culture, students will develop their Chinese communicative competence in Chinese society/culture, and Chinese people in how to deal with cultural differences in different social culture settings. The pre-departure reading assignments will equip students to take a full advantage of the study tour and classroom activities in Qingdao so that they will not only improve their language skills but also gain a better understanding of Chinese society and culture that they would otherwise not be able to accomplish in regular Western classrooms.


Group photo in Beijing, China at the Great Wall

Program Highlights

  • All 15 credits counted toward Chinese Major or Minor;
  • Participate in summer program hosted by Ocean University of China, at the Olympic sailing center, coastal city Qingdao;
  • Experience intensive language study and culture immersion;
  • Cultural courses and activities: Kung-fu, ink painting, zither, tea art, etc.;
  • Qingdao local cultural trips to visit historical and traditional sites, including Mount Lao;
  • Excursions to historical and traditional sites in Beijing.


Group of students in China practicing kung fu

Expectations of Participants

With or without reasonable accommodations, participants must be able to walk for one hour outside, ride cable cars, and sit for extended periods of time. 

Students will need to obtain a visa for entry to China.

Refrigeration: The Host University can prepare a refrigeration unit for the student to use. 

Students must work with the WWU Disability Access Center, Wilson Library 170, (360) 650-3083, For service eligibility, a complete diagnostic description from a qualified professional is required. Specific accommodations or services are determined on an individual basis and are modified to meet the unique needs of the student and their academic experience. Accommodation policies and procedures are highly individualized and centered on self-advocacy, realistic self-appraisal, and student growth. Each quarter, students need to activate their approved accommodations for each class. Students choose which of their approved accommodations they want to activate for each class.

We strongly recommend that all students traveling on this Global Learning Program are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to maximize the safety of the student cohort. Staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccines remains the most important step to protect yourself and your community. 

Participants are expected to abide by all attendance policies of the program, including those for classes and excursions, and to adhere to the program schedule. Since the programs are academic in nature, parents, friends, partners, and families are not permitted on any part of the Global Learning Program. Personal travel must be outside of the course dates and not conflict with coursework or excursion schedules. Travel plans should be vetted by faculty beforehand to ensure personal plans do not interfere with meeting the learning objectives of the course.


Group of students in China practicing eating hot pot