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Iowa in Tianjin

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

- Summer

Location:

- Tianjin, China

Credit:

- Resident

- 8s.h.

Eligibility:

- 2.8 GPA

- 1-3 years of university-level Chinese

Application Due:

- 3/15

Program Cost:

- Click the Application tab

Foggy Shot of Great Wall of China, with one person on the wall.

The Iowa in Tianjin summer program was developed by the University of Iowa Department of Asian Languages and Literature and the School of Chinese Language and Culture housed within Tianjin University of Technology (TUT). This close cooperation has created a program ideally suited to meeting the language needs of University of Iowa students.

Academic Program

The Iowa in Tianjin summer program is designed for students with 1-3 years of college Chinese language. The eight week program includes a 4 semester hour intensive Chinese language course, a 3 semester hour Chinese area studies course and a 1 semester hour practical course in Chinese Folk Art.

The teaching methods allow students at the elementary and intermediate proficiency levels to acquire language skills required for effective communication in a short period of time. For advanced students, this program's goal is to help develop language proficiency at a professional level.

Cultural Activities

Traditional multi course meal with various dishes

There will be a program orientation at the beginning of the session in Beijing. Students will visit famous places like the Forbidden City and the Great Wall while in China's capital. Programmed activities include excursions in Tianjin and the surrounding area. Toward the end of the program, participants will spend five days visiting another part of China. Past sites have included Taishan Mountain, the Shaolin Temple, and Xi'an, home of the Terra Cotta Warriors. Conversation partners from among interested TUT students are available. Homestays of varying lengths may be offered as space allows.

Program Dates

The program typically runs from June 1 through July 31

For More Information

Please come to the Study Abroad Resource Room for more general information on the steps to studying abroad. If you are ready to apply, please make an appointment with the relevant study abroad advisor. Call 319-335-0353 to schedule a meeting. More information about the program can be found on the Department of Asian Language and Literature's web site. Click here for more info.

You can also e-mail the program advisor with general questions.

School of Chinese Language and Culture

The School of Chinese Language and Culture at the Tianjin University of Technology provides a congenial setting for a visiting student program in an environment where foreigners are still a novelty. Access to the more international scene, and to cultural and historical attractions in Beijing, are an easy one hour train ride away.

Tianjin

Modern hotel buildings in downtown Tianjin

The port city of Tianjin is located about ninety miles southeast of Beijing and has a population of 11 million. It enjoys a long history of major significance as a center of trade and commerce. Though it's often referred to as the "Doorway to Beijing" or "Shanghai of the North," this metropolis' importance is growing as China increases international trade with countries around the globe.

China

China, officially known as the People's Republic of China, is the second largest country in the world by land area. Its 1.3 billion citizens live mostly near the eastern seaboard. China has grown and evolved for over 5000 years and due to its growing economic power, is set to be one of the world’s superpowers during the 21st century.

Living Arrangements

picture of housing in the dorms, two full size beds in one room

Dorm Double at TUT

Students are placed at the International Student Dorm for the duration of the program. The dorms are set-up hotel-style with two beds to a room. They also come equipped with telephones, internet access, a private bathroom, and access to washing machines. Other conveniences are available in the vicinity of the dormitory. Please click herePDFfor a PDF with information and images of the residence hall.

desks in the dorms, with a TV in the middle

Separate desks and a TV

Occasionally, homestays are an option. Fees for homestays will be paid to TUT in cash upon arrival in Tianjin. If interested in a living with a host family, please speak with your study abroad advisor.

Travel Arrangements

The University of Iowa will set up a group flight and staff members from TUT will meet students at the Beijing airport. Information on this group flight will be available to program participants. The University of Iowa will also assist students with acquiring Chinese visas.

Eligibility

This program is open to all UI students who are in both good academic and also disciplinary standing. Students must also have a minimum GPA of 2.8 and successfully completed 1-3 years of university-level Chinese language courses.

Students who meet/exceed the GPA requirement must still be in good disciplinary standing in order to be eligible. No exceptions will be made on the disciplinary standing requirement.

Program Cost Sheet

This is the Cost Sheet for Summer of 2014. This document outlines the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid purposes. It includes fees charged on students’ U-Bill, as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic.

The cost sheet includes the Study Abroad Administrative Fee and Mandatory Iowa Regents CISI Travel Insurance. Please see the respective websites for further details. If the fee is inclusive of UI tuition, it is calculated by Current Tuition. Please contact your study abroad advisor with questions regarding this cost sheet – call 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) is applicable to study abroad programs. Please check the Study Abroad website for information on financial aid and how it may be applied to studying abroad. You are also encouraged to speak with someone at the Office of Student Financial Aid to explore financial aid options.

Scholarship Opportunities exist for study abroad participants. Please explore Study Abroad’s websites for UI Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities, and Non-UI External Awards.

Withdrawal policy

After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
Within the first nine days after the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of program fee: $100
10-19 days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of program fee: 50%
20-44 days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of program fee: 75%
45 or more days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of program fee: 100%

Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Check with your specific provider/host university for details. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.

Application Deadline

The online application will be available from 1/1 to 3/15.

Any supplemental materials are due to the study abroad office one week later.

How to Apply

Students that are not regular degree-seeking students at the University of Iowa cannot submit an online application and should complete the paper application. Please e-mail the study abroad advisor for a pdf copy of the application.

UI students, click here to apply.

After the application cycle has finished, students will receive an e-mail, an acceptance letter, and more information about accepting their place in the Iowa in Tianjin program as well as information on applying for visas and purchasing plane tickets.

Orientation

Students will be required to attend both a pre-departure orientation sponsored by the University of Iowa and Study Abroad, as well as attend on-site orientation upon arrival. Details of both orientations will be provided to accepted students.