Summer Advanced Chinese Program in China


2013 Valparaiso University Annual Summer Advanced Chinese Program
in Hangzhou, China

Valparaiso University (Valpo) invites undergraduate and graduate students and K-12 teachers who have completed at least two years of college Chinese or its equivalent, to participate in the 2013 Summer Advanced Chinese Program (SACP) to be held in Hangzhou, China. Built on the success of the past the programs that have, since 2006, attracted over 110 participants, the 2013 SACP will continue to offer a high quality, high intensity program at an affordable cost to enable participants to complete an intensified third-year college Chinese course in 6-8 weeks. Participants who successfully complete the program should be able to move on to an advanced level of Chinese offered in competitive graduate schools or use the functional fluency in Chinese to teach Chinese in K-12 schools (if previously licensed or in places that do not require license) . The 2013 SACP features intense, personalized instruction and close integration of language learning with immersion into Chinese culture and society in a city known for its rich tradition, natural beauty, and modern life.

The 2013 SACP will enroll nationwide up to 25 qualified participants. The deadline to apply is April 15, 2013. However, admission is competitive and will close once the enrollment cap is reached. Therefore, interested applicants should apply early.

The 2013 SACP consists of two phases:
Phase 1: June 2 through June 16, 2013 – This two(2)-week phase is designed for participants who have completed at least two years of college Chinese or its equivalent but are not yet fully prepared for taking the intensive third-year Chinese which is offered through the Phase 2 of the 2013 SACP.

Phase 2: June 17 through July 28, 2013 – This six (6)-week phase is designed to complete the highly-demanding, intensive third-year Chinese plus with ample opportunities to travel to sites in Hangzhou or nearby cities and interact directly with the local population and culture.

Application Procedure
The applicants for the 2013 VU’s SACP, upon submitting complete application, will receive a phone interview to help determine if she/he needs to start with Phase 1 or can enter Phase 2 directly.

Phase 1 will use Integrated Chinese (Level 2, Book 2) as primary source to review and learn new lessons. The weekly schedule includes four days of instruction, lectures, one-on-one drill sessions and one day of cultural immersive learning including in-city trips.

Phase 2 will offer two sets of classes as its core. The Intensive Reading class will use select lessons from Step-by-Step Chinese (Intermediate, Books 2 through 4) to reinforce traditional skills in Chinese language learning from grammar to vocabulary to writing. The Extensive Reading classwill use materials from Chinese media or news programs (such as News 1+1) to access contemporary Chinese and its expressions with weekly projects that will put what participants have learned to practice outside the classroom. Phase 2 will offer three additional optional courses: Introduction to Chinese Literature, Chinese Grammar, and Chinese Phonics to students with interest and appropriate level of Chinese (as these courses, other than the Chinese literature class, are entirely in Chinese). Numerous trips to local cultural events, sites, and nearby cities are part of the learning experience of Phase 2.

Academic Credits
Participants of Phase 2 may apply and receive (for an additional fee) up to nine (9) graduate credits from Valparaiso University.

How to Apply
All applicants must submit:

  • Completed SACP Application Form.
  • A short essay in both English AND Chinese explaining reasons for wanting to participate in the 2013 SACP.
  • Official transcripts of past (if graduated) or current academic program.
  • Two letters of recommendation – one from a current Chinese language instructor and one academic recommendation.
  • A copy of his/her valid passport.
  • A copy of his/her health insurance card.

Admitted participants will be notified within 10 days after the telephone interview. Admitted participants must pay a $300 deposit to hold a space in the Program.

Program Fees


What Do the Fees Include?

Phase 1 Program Fee
(2 weeks)


Housing (double-room at Lyly Hotel) and breakfast, instruction, instructional materials, and all program-sponsored activities and local travel.

Phase 2 Program Fee
(6 weeks)


Same as above.

Both Phases 1 & 2 Program Fee (8 weeks)


Same as above.

Optional academic credit for Phase 2

$0 to $3,780 ($420 per credit for up to 9 credits)

Up to 9 graduate credits. The SACP tuition reflects a 25% discount from regular tuition of $560 per credit.

International airfare subsidy of $800 each participant

Actual airfare over $800

Valpo will reimburse each participant up to $800 for international airfare. Amount over $800 is the responsibility of the participant.

Passport and Chinese entry visa expenses


Students must obtain their own passport and visa (currently costs $140).

Note: The fees listed here do not cover trips to and from airports in the US, meals (other than breakfast and/or group meals), personal and/or incidental expenses.

For more information
Please visit or contact the Program Director, Dr. Zhimin Lin, at or 219-464-5749 or Jamie Haney at for questions or request an application package. 


To download 2013 SACP Application form, click here.

To view the 2013 SACP Announcement and Brochure, click here.