Get an introduction to the Mandarin language through immersion in Chinese daily life. This four-week summer Chinese language program for high school students offers you the opportunity to take introductory language classes during the day, and then put your skills to immediate use by interacting with your host family and friends. With this combination of language lessons and first-hand cultural experience, you’ll be able to improve your Mandarin as you become a part of the community. You’ll also learn about different aspects of Chinese culture through activities like calligraphy, martial arts, and cooking classes.
Things to know about Summer in China
Confucianism is an important part of Chinese culture—it gives people a deep respect for hierarchy and a strong sense of family. It also means that the Chinese tend to avoid conflict in favor of maintaining harmony. Tradition plays a role in everyday life, and you’ll often see ancient temples overlooking modern city streets. Food in China is generally cooked with meat, so vegetarianism isn’t very common. But you’ll likely encounter some delicious homemade meals served with steaming cups of green or oolong tea.