Learn something new this summer. Spend two weeks learning the Chinese language (Mandarin) online while also getting a flavour of Chinese culture and business.
The levels we teach include absolute beginner and elementary.
The course is made up of daily live, interactive online sessions, as well as self-study videos and materials.
Live sessions take place from Monday to Friday, from 3 pm to 4:30 pm (Beijing time). The self-study materials will be released 24 hours earlier so you can preview the learning content. The course is made up of 15 hours of live sessions, around 20 hours of self-study materials (recorded videos/ exercises/ quizzes), and 4 lectures on topics such as business and economy in China, Chinese culture of urbanization.
There will be plenty of opportunities to practice the language you are learning with your classmates, and with your teachers. We also provide opportunities for students to speak with our native Chinese speaker teachers in our live online sessions, and get useful feedback immediately.
Teaching Material and Style
We create and adapt our own teaching materials to suit students’ needs and learning style. Our teaching style is communicative where the focus is on your use of the language in class, preparing you for real-life situations outside of class. You will be offered not only live lectures but also access to lots of interactive self-study materials.
Why Join Us at this Summer School?
Good for Your SV
Employers and university admissions officers widely report that some knowledge of Mandarin and understanding of Chinese culture is highly attractive and will make you stand out from the crowd.
Tailored to your Level
As part of our unique model of instruction, there are 2 study levels and you will be enrolled into the appropriate level for your needs. All four language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) will be taught with a focus on useable, everyday language that you might expect to use when you visit, live, work or travel in China.
As part of this course, you will have the chance to attend a lecture series on the following topics:
Opportunities to Learn Something Different
Students have the added bonus of attending online lectures delivered by experts from various departments. Extra lectures delivered are on the following topics:
Title: BRI and the future of diplomacy and global trade
Professor Adam Cross, Head of International Relations
Synopsis: The BRI (or 'Belt and Road Initiative') is a massive geopolitical project launched by the Chinese government to expand its area of influence by creating an extensive China-centric infrastructure. This Summer School webinar considers the reasons behind the initiative and some of the potential diplomatic and international business implications for the countries involved.
Title: Doing business with China in a changing worldProfessor Roberto Dona, Associate Dean, International Business School Suzhou
Synopsis: The actual situation in bringing the world into a new reality. New normality or next normality are payoffs used by opinion-makers to forecast the future. How this will impact business operations? Which could be the future trends? What business opportunities? These are the key questions addressed by this summer school seminar focusing the answers in particular on new business creation.
Title: China’s international trade and businessDr Miguel Hidalgo Martinez, Lecturer, Department of China Studies
Synopsis: China is one of the main economies in the world. Its exports, national companies, domestic market and logistics are at the centre of the world economy. Large-scale supply chains of multinational corporations located in Chinese cities feed all regional markets through interconnected first-class logistics networks; whereas Chinese companies are gradually becoming leaders in different industrial sectors through the implementation of innovation and creativity. The dynamic and rich business culture of China is a unique and challenging opportunity for international entrepreneurs. This talk will briefly explore the transformation of the Chinese economy towards becoming the centre of the world economy.
Title: Perception of Space and its Significance in Chinese CultureProfessor Paweł Zygadło, Department of China Studies
Synopsis: Pawel’s research interests include Chinese philosophy, sociocultural psychology, and intercultural communication. His most recent research project, The Concept of Face in Contemporary Chinese Society: Theory and Practice, examines the adaptation and meaning of the notion of Face (lianmian) in 21st-century Chinese society.