It must be emphasized that ACC is a language-intensive program with an extremely rigorous schedule. Students should expect to spend most of their time with the program attending classes, completing assignments and studying. Strict attendance policies and language pledge are applied and upheld by professors and by the field director. For Fall and Spring terms, an independent research project in Chinese is required of every student.
ACC accepts more than 50 students each semester. Courses are offered for intermediate and advanced students who wish to study Chinese in an intensive program during the summer, fall, spring or any combination of these terms. It has been the experience of ACC's faculty and most graduates that six months to one year of continuous study and residence in Beijing is the minimum needed to attain fluency in the language. For this reason, we strongly encourage students, if at all possible, to combine two terms. We will enroll summer-only students on a space-available basis but, for the pedagogical reasons cited above, students enrolling for combined semesters will have priority.
GPA of 82/2.7 (for at least 2 terms prior to planned study abroad). Those students who have done exceptionally well in a strong first-year Chinese program in the U.S. may consider enrolling at ACC to continue their study of Chinese. Many other students will find it advisable to study two full years of Chinese in the U.S. prior to enrollment at ACC, so as to be able to take maximum advantage of the academic and experiential study abroad environment that ACC offers.
Applications for the summer and summer/fall terms must be received no later than February 15th. Applications for the fall and fall/spring terms must be received no later than March 1st . Applications for the spring and spring / summer terms must be received no later that October 15th. All applications will be considered on a rolling basis. The application fee of $50 is non-refundable. Late applications are accepted if space is available.
Fall 2013: 9/4/2013-12/06/2013
Spring 2014: 1/15/2014-4/25/2014
Summer 2014: 6/19/2014-8/15/2014