Summer Advanced Chinese Program

SACP 2010

2013 Valparaiso University

Summer Advanced Chinese Program

in 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 attracted over 110 participants since 2006, the 2013 SACP will continue to offer a high quality, high intensity program at affordable cost to enable participants to complete an intensified third-year college Chinese course in 6-8 weeks. Participants who successfully completed the program should be able to move on to advanced level 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 in 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 maximum enrollment 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-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 or have lapse in taking the intensive third year Chinese offered through the Phase 2 of the 2013 SACP.

Phase 2: June 17 through July 21, 2013 – This Six-week phase is designed to complete the highly-demanding, intensive third-year plus Chinese with ample opportunities to travel to sites in Hangzhou or nearby cities and interact directly with the local population and culture.


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 class will use materials from Chinese media (such as News 1+1) to access contemporary Chinese and its expressions with weekly projects that will put what participants learned to practice outside the classroom.

Phase 2 will offer three additional optional courses: Introduction to Chinese Literature, Chinese Grammar and Chinese Phones to students with interest and appropriate level of Chinese (as these courses, other than the Chinese literature class, are taught primarily 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) for up to nine graduate credits from Valparaiso University.

Program Fees Amount 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) $2,500 Same as above.
Both Phases 1 & 2 Program Fee (8 weeks) $3,500 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 trip to and from home to airports in the US, meals (other than breakfast and/or group meals), personal and/or incidental expenses.


 How to Apply

All applicants must submit:

  • Completed SACP application form;
  • A short essay in both English AND Chinese explaining reasons for desiring to participate 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.
  • After submitting a completed application, applicants will receive a phone interview to help determine if she/he needs to start with Phase 1 or and enter Phase 2 directly.

Admissions Decisions

Admitted participants will be notified of an admissions decision approximately 10 days after the telephone interview. Admitted participants must pay a $300 deposit to reserve their space.

For more information…

Please visit or contact Program Director, Dr. Zhimin Lin ( or 219-464-5749) or Program Coordinator Jamie Haney ( with questions or to request for application forms.