Intensive Chinese Language (All Levels | J-Term)

Rapidly build your Chinese language skills through in-country experiential learning in Kunming, China.

At a Glance





Language of Study


Language Levels

Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced


Dec 28 ‎– Jan 15

Program Base

Kunming, China

Critical Global Issue of Study

Identity & Human Resilience

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Based in Kunming, China, this three-week, intensive course will help you quickly develop and master your Chinese language skills. SIT will conduct placement tests to identify your language level at the start of the program. Taught by native language instructors who have completed ACTFL OPI training and have more than 12 years of experience teaching Chinese language to foreign students, this course will use oral proficiency-based methods and interactive language teaching techniques to help you build your speaking, comprehension, reading, and writing skills.  

While in-country you will participate in a language pledge to fully immerse yourself in the Chinese language and culture. Your formal language instruction will include opportunities to practice conversing with native speakers through on-campus activities with Chinese students, everyday community interactions, and site visits.

SIT is also offering a supplementary online Chinese Language course during the fall semester. 


  • Small group language study and individualized tutoring
  • Experienced Chinese language teachers who have received ACTFL training
  • In-country language immersion with a required Chinese language pledge
  • Practice language skills through everyday interactions and cultural activities



Program Sites

Kunming, China

Kunming is Yunnan Province’s largest city and its political, economic, and cultural center. It is called “the City of Eternal Spring” and is famous in China for its pleasant climate, green environment, and good air quality.  

The program center is located in the heart of Kunmingwithin a short walk of the beautiful Green Lake (Cui Hu). During the three-week program, you will receive 45 hours of Chinese language instruction, as well as one-on-one tutoring and training, two to three times a week. You will rapidly expand and improve your Chinese language skills through a combination of interactive classroom learning, cultural immersion on campus, and conversing with native speakers during everyday interactions, site visits, and other program activities.  

Please note that SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, however, SIT may have to change or cancel programs.



The following syllabi are representative of this program. Because courses develop and change over time to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, actual course content will vary from term to term.

Please expand the sections below to see detailed course information, including course codes, credits, overviews, and syllabi.

Program Components

  • 45 hours of on-site Chinese language study in Kunming, China
  • 15 hours of individualized tutoring In Kunming, China
  • Site visits, cultural activities, and a Chinese language pledge
  • Oral proficiency testing on the ACTFL scale at the start and end of each component, and midterm and final exams

Course Information Coming Soon

Faculty & Staff

China: Intensive Chinese Language (All Levels | J-Term)

Lu Yuan, PhD
Academic Director
Zhao Jie (Charles)
Supervisor and Language Instructor
Zhou Yan
Student Affairs Coordinator
Xiao Huaguo
Language Instructor and Field Trip Coordinator
Huang Suying
Language Instructor
Zhang Xian, MA
Language Instructor
Wang Juan
Language Instructor

Discover the Possibilities


    The total cost for this program is $4,238, including tuition, room & board, health insurance, and more. Financial aid may apply. Contact your study abroad office or SIT Admissions for more information.