The Study China Programme offers students a unique opportunity to experience Chinese life, culture, language and business.
The Study China Programme is managed by The University of Manchester and funded by the Government department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
This distinctive three week programme offers the opportunity to interact with Chinese students, academic staff, local families and businesses, providing profound access to this fascinating country. Throughout the programme you will be immersed in a vibrant campus environment at a leading Chinese University, ensuring that your Study China experience is truly unforgettable.
You will complete an intensive Chinese Mandarin course designed to develop your written and spoken language skills. We welcome applications from students with any level of language experience, from absolute beginners with no prior experience to fluent speakers. You will be placed in a tiered class depending on your ability.
Your Study China experience will not be confined to classroom learning.Through a curriculum of workshops, trips and excursions you will be introduced to the real China.
How much will it cost?
What is funded on your behalf by the UK government:
- Tuition for all classes
- Accommodation for the duration of the programme
- Organised trips and excursions
What you need to fund:
- Flights and personal spending money
- You may be eligible to apply for financial assistance, please read over the Finance and Bursaries page for further information.
Why should I apply?
- Enhance your CV – transferable skills that you will acquire during the programme will give you a competitive edge when applying for future employment
- Global experience - employers actively seek out candidates with global experience in countries such as China.
- Open up new opportunities – learning a language will open up many different work and study opportunities enabling you to establish strong links with leading Chinese universities and peers from UK universities
- Pursuing a future career in China - Study China alumni are eligible to apply for scholarships to return to China.
Summer 2014 host universities:
- Nanjing University
- Shandong University
- East China Normal University
Start date: Sunday 10 August
Finish date: Saturday 30 August
How do I apply?
The application process for the summer 2014 programme will open at midday on Wednesday 2 April.
For guidance on how to submit an application please see the How to Apply page.
Once accepted onto the programme you will commit to a structured programme of study focusing on developing knowledge and understanding of China and the Chinese language.The good news is that you do not need any previous knowledge of Chinese to benefit from the programme and your experience will not be limited to just classroom learning. There is an extensive programme of cultural classes, days out and social occasions to look forward to, ensuring that your experience of China is truly lived as well as taught
What does the Programme offer?
Each programme includes a Chinese university accredited Chinese language course and academic module along with cultural classes, visits and excursions. All academic modules are the equivalent of a level 4, first year undergraduate course. You will need to check with your own institution that credits are transferable as regulations will differ.
You will receive 40 hours of language tuition in a tiered class to match your language level. So whether you are a total beginner, intermediate or advanced speaker there will be a class to suit your ability. The language tuition you receive will place emphasis on developing your oral communication ability, with an oral and written examination at the end of the programme.The language course is designed to meet the requirements of HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi), an internationally recognised Chinese language proficiency test.
Please note: You will not receive the HSK qualification on completion of 40 hours of language classes. In order to complete the HSK qualification you would need to register to complete the examination at a Confucius Institute in the UK.
Chinese host universities offer a range of academic modules, previous modules from Easter 2014 included the following subject areas:
- Contemporary Chinese Society
- Chinese Culture and National Identity
- Media China: Social Control vs. Social Change
Academic modules for summer 2014 will be available for selection once you have been offered a confirmed place on the programme. In the interest of fairness to all students, allocation of modules will be processed on a first come, first served basis. Therefore students submitting an early application will have the first choice of module selections.
Each academic module provides a total of 18 contact hours and can be made up of lectures, guest lectures by business practitioners, company/field visits and project work.
You will be introduced to Chinese culture through a variety of classes which may include Tai Chi, calligraphy or traditional music.
Visits and Excursions:
Previous trips have included visits to the Beijing Opera, a night cruise on the Huangpu River, acrobatics displays, visits to the tea museum, silk factory and other local points of interest. These provide insight to everyday life in your temporary home, and allow you to develop a deeper understanding of the local and national culture.
Internship Programme (optional):
Study China is able to offer 15 funded internships placement to students who complete the summer Study China Programme 2014.
Placements will be provided by ZAST internships (Zhejiang Association of Science and Technology Internships)
Where placements will be located:
All placements will be with companies based in Hangzhou, which is in the province of Zhejiang. Hangzhou is situated 200 miles outside of Shanghai.
Professional sectors / companies available:
Hangzhou Hangyan Co Ltd
Position 1: Science and engineering related
Position 2: Business and marketing related
Hangzhou Hangyang Co Ltd, with more than 1,500 employees, serves customers in technology, energy, petrochemical and industrial markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of products, services and solutions. Providing large, medium and small size air separation units as well as petrochemical equipment.
The company is recognized for its innovative culture, operational excellence and commitment to safety and the environment and is listed in the top 500 powerful enterprises in the National Machine & Industry Ministry, China. Hangyang’s products have been exported to over 30 countries and regions in the world. http://www.hangyanggroup.com/en/
Position 1: Robot team project
Position 2: Business and marketing related
SUPCON Group Co., Ltd. (SUPCON in short), established in 1993, is one of the leading high-tech enterprises in China with focus on research & development, manufacturing, marketing, engineering services and system integration for industrial total solutions with innovative industrial control and information technologies. SUPCON's business widely spread to Asia, Middle East, Africa and Europe. Products and industrial solutions have been popularly employed in process and manufacturing industries, such as chemicals, oil refining, petrochemicals, mining and metals, electric power, pulp and paper and robotics and public business systems, such as intelligent traffic, environment, water treatment, digital medical, building automation and education. The core business of SUPCON is the development of innovative control and information technologies with hardware, software, system integration and total industrial solutions to provide our customers with great values under today's competitive global market. For more information, http://en.supcon.com/index.asp
Zhejiang Foreign Service Corporation
Position 1: Human Resources
With a 28-year professional experience, Zhejiang Foreign Service Corporation (ZFSC) is now a leading human resource company in China and excels in working innovatively and providing service to assist customers in a dramatically changing market. In Zhejiang, ZFSC is an outstanding member of the earliest human resources service providers, with a network of 55 direct suppliers and a feature service “Entrust to One, Served by All" in 100 cities in China.Convenience and efficiency in recruitment is a trend in the development of human resource services, hence agent companies are now responsible for a full range of tasks in HR. To fulfill the needs of our clients, we can provide services including staff recruiting, management of salary and benefit packages, and management of enrolling & resigning process, organization of employee medical examination, etc. For more information, http://www.zfsc.com/English/index.html
Hangzhou Cochang Technology Consulting Co
Position 1: Biomedicine, Life Science, Health
Hangzhou Cochang Technology Consulting Co., Ltd. is specialized to provide professional biomedical health services and other resources management services for integrated health industry, including science and technology park planning, operations management services, the acquisition of high-end talent, organization of international professional academic forum, conferences and exhibitions, professional training, International technology transfer services. We are one of the major shareholder of Zhejiang Wuyi Technology Co., Ltd. (www.51jishu.com), the major sponsor and operational services unit for Hangzhou Tianhe Hi-Tech Park (www.thkjy.com). Also, we served as the organizer and execution units for Bio4P International Forum (www.Bio4P.com) and secretary general of The Strategic Alliance of Innovative IVD Technology, Department of National Technology Transfer Agencies, and Key Technology Intermediaries of Zhejiang Province. For more information, http://www.hzkechang.com/
Zhejiang Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology
Position 1: Archaeology and Biology
Zhejiang Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology is responsible for the protection and research work on the ground and underground cultural relics, especially on Neolithic archeology, porcelain kiln archeology and WU-YUE cultural studies. Liangzhu Ancient City is a large-scale excavation of the last Neolithic jade culture in the Yangtze River Delta of China.
For more information, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liangzhu_culture
Green Zhejiang - NGO
Position 1: Project relating to environmental protection
Position 2: Finance department
Students will be able to work in local communities or in the fund-raising department of Green Zhejiang. Community-oriented activities include garbage recycling and eco-community program. The former aims to foster the awareness of wastes classification. Under the eco-community program, residents will join Green Zhejiang in reducing domestic garbage and improving the recycling rate. By participating in community-level programs, students will be able to work with local people conducting the programs. They are greatly welcomed to come up with fresh ideas to facilitate the existing cooperation between Green Zhejiang and residential communities. The organization also has an eco-farm program underway. Volunteers can practice organic farming, assisting organizers with designing and operation. Green Zhejiang is an ideal place for young people who are eager to turn the planet into a greener place. http://greenzhejiang.org/
Zhejiang Museum of Natural History
Position 1: Humanities
Position 2: Biology
Zhejiang Museum of Natural History is a unique provincial museum mainly focusing on collections, exhibitions and research on specimens of life science and earth science. Its precursor is the West Lake Museum established on a basis of the West Lake Exposition in 1929. It is a non-profit, open and permanent cultural institution invested and managed by the government. The museum has 75 staff members and more than 120,000 objects gathered and collected by the museum alone, or donated by individuals, such as ancient life, mineral, rock, plant, mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian, fish, aquatic invertebrate. For more information, http://english.zmnh.com/
Zhejiang Science and Technology Museum
Position 1: Humanities
Position 2: Science
Position 3: Engineering
Zhejiang Science and Technology Museum is located in Hangzhou City, Zhejiang province and has been opened to the public since 1991. A new extended site opened in 2009 with a floor space of 30,452 square meters and the exhibition area of 10,000 square meters. There are ten permanent exhibition areas, more than 100 exhibits and over 300 items in the museum covering various fields including Life Science, Environmental Science, Material Science, Aviation Technology, Energy Technology, Information Technology. In addition, it has Dome Theater, 4D Theater, lecture halls and academician Hall so that ZJSTM is a comprehensive modern science center of exhibition, education, training, R&D and conferences. The museum receives more than 500 thousand visitors annually. For more information, http://zjstm.org/
A duration of 2 months starting Monday 1 September and finishing Friday 31 October.
You will complete the Study China programme and commence the internship the following week.
Please note, there is no flexibility with these dates, you will need to be available to complete the full duration of the placement.
Where you would live during the internship
You would be accommodated at Zhejiang University in a single en-suite room.
How to apply for an internship
There is a section relating to internships on the Study China application.
Closing date for applying for an internship
Intern applications will only be accepted until Thursday 1 May 2014.
You would be informed by Wednesday 21 May 2014 if you have or have not been offered a place.
Funding for the internships covers all your accommodation costs, associated administration costs for the internship provider, local travel costs to and from work.
You would need to fund your own daily living expenses and your return flight to China.
You must meet the eligibility criteria for the Study China programme. In addition, you can only apply for an internship if:
- You are a postgraduate OR you are about to graduate this summer 2014
- A Northern Irish student studying at a Northern Irish university
- A UK home student studying at an English University
- You are offered a confirmed place on the Study China programme which you then complete in full
- You have submitted your application by Thursday 1 May
- You are available to complete the full 2 month duration of the internship
Due to restrictions put in place by our government funders we are unable to accept applications from EU or overseas students.