Homestays, Research Opportunities, Traveling Seminar
SIT in Kunming is a a field study program designed to explore minority identities in southwest China's Yunnan province, home to nearly half of China's more than 50 government-recognized minority groups. The program is offered in fall or spring semester for students with at least one year of college level of Chinese.
Though the academic coursework will be conducted in English, students are expected to have a beginning functionality in Mandarin and will continue Mandarin study and practice during the program. Housing varies throughout the program. During the last month of the program, students conduct one month of independent research.
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Students will be enrolled in four courses during the semester for a total of 16 credits:
Chinese Culture and Ethnic Minorities Seminar
Intensive Language Study: Mandarin
Field Study Seminar
Independent Study Project (ISP).
The ISP gives students the unique opportunity to apply their learning from the semester to an independent field based research project supervised by a local advisor.
SIT programs emphasize learning by experiencing, and with that in mind, students participate in several educational excursions throughout the semester. Students will visit Dali, Lijian, Tibetan areas of Zhongdian and other less visited rural minority locations, Beijing and the Great Wall.
Because of the highly mobile nature of the program, students will live in a variety of locations. Students participate in a two week homestay in Kinming and a 4-5 night homestay in a rural area in Shaxi. For the rest of the program, students will live in hostels, educational institutions or small hotels.
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All students should consult the OGP eligibility page to ensure that they meet all specific academic requirements for each school (CC, GS, SEAS) to study abroad.
There is a two-part application process for this program: an internal Columbia approval process called 'clearance' and an external admission application submitted directly to this program. Click "Start an Application" above for instructions and to begin
Columbia Dates & Deadlines:
App Deadline/Columbia Clearance Deadline
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