Courses of Study

There will be two tracks: Chinese for Engineers and Health Sciences Chinese. With the guidance of Dr. Chou Chih-ping of Princeton University, we have designed original instructional texts for both tracks.

Chinese for Engineers

Readings, vocabulary lists, written assignments, oral presentations, and research workshops will cover the following topics: traditional and contemporary architectural design, bridges, transportation infrastructure, energy and the environment, and other related fields. In addition to a broad survey of engineering topics in the core curricular materials, individual tutorial sessions will be tailored to the specific research or professional interest of enrolled students.

Health Sciences Chinese

Readings, vocabulary lists, written assignments, oral presentations, and research workshops will cover the following topics: rural health care, health policy and reform, nutrition, prevention and treatment of contagious diseases, clinical practice, and other related fields. In addition to a broad survey of health sciences topics in the core curricular materials, individual tutorial sessions will be tailored to the specific research or professional interest of enrolled students.

Program Structure

The eight-week intensive program is equivalent to the fourth year of college-level Mandarin Chinese. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be awarded eight credits from Johns Hopkins University.

The typical week will be structured as follows:

Class Periods Mon-Thurs Friday Saturday Sunday
8-8:50am
9-9:50am
10 students/class Weekly test Field trip Free
10-10:50am
11-11:50am
5 students/class Group presentation/conference
12-1:00pm Lunch break Lunch break
1:10-2pm or
2:10-3pm
Individual tutorial Individual tutorial
Evenings Instructor office hours Free (film screenings) Free Instructor office hours