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CUPL Chinese Language (Mandarin) Program 2013
--for all language levels (one semester or one year)
 
Mandarin, also known as Standard Mandarin or Modern Standard Mandarin, is the official language of China. The phonology is based on the Beijing dialect, so the capital of China, Beijing, is the most ideal city for international students to study Chinese language.
China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL), located in Beijing, is one of the national key universities of China. CUPL offers Chinese language (Mandarin) courses in 3 types and levels (the same charges): Mandarin class for beginners, intermediate level, and advanced level.

Join the “CUPL Chinese LanguageMandarinProgram 2013”
● Attend a smaller class for greater gains  ● Immerse yourself in Chinese culture
● Enjoy excursion and cultural activities  ● Visa support at the end of your study
● One-on-one spare-time language practice with China’s local students of CUPL
 
Qualification Awarded: Non-Degree
Program Contents: Mandarin Courses (including excursion and cultural activities funded by the university)
Duration of Study: One year or One semester
Starting Date: March
1, 2013
Application Deadline: Aug 30, 2013
Whole Tuition Fees in CUPL:
①    26,000 RMB for one year (including Mandarin courses and the whole-year accommodation fees)
②    13,000 RMB for one semester ( including Mandarin courses and one-semester accommodation fees)
Teaching Language: Chinese
Academic Requirement: Any education background is acceptable.
 
Personal Expenses Comparation in Beijing (Expenses of Mandarin courses and accommodation on campus):
In CUPL, One year: 21,000 RMB (about 3300USD, including the whole-year accommodation fee, and the fee for Mandarin courses plus excursion and cultural activities funded by the university)
In other universities in Beijing, One year: the whole fee is about 28,000RMB—30,000RMB (about 4400USD—4700USD, including the fee for language courses and the whole-year accommodation fee)
 
Program Description
    The “CUPL Chinese Language (Mandarin) Program 2012—for all language levels” has been designed to provide you with intensive Chinese language support. The course is structured to develop your skills in speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary and exploration of Chinese culture. Fluency and pronunciation are emphasized with the focus on conversational Chinese. Studying in a Chinese-speaking environment, you will make rapid progress and will have plenty of opportunities to practice your new skills with other students and in the wider community.
    Local Chinese students and international students will study and live on the same campus. You will have the opportunity to improve your language skills, make friends and settle into life in CUPL and China. This program is ideal for independent students looking to master basic and advanced skills of Chinese language in class and explore Beijing and its local culture outside of classes.
 
Program Highlights
● Small class sizes, about 20 students in a class
● Immerse yourself in Chinese culture with an active, social and cultural program
● Classes focus on Chinese skills to prepare you for success in your studies in CUPL
● A fun social Program which includes weekly or monthly events on campus and to popular Chinese destinations, where you can practice your Chinese in an informal setting and make new friends
● Students who participate in this program will take intensive Mandarin training, weekly or monthly cultural interactions and group excursions.
● Chinese language test during & at the end of your Program
● Visa support at the end of Program if you would like to keep studying in CUPL
 
Program Contents
● Grammar and Vocabulary
● Reading and Writing
● Listening and Note Taking
● Oral Chinese
● Special Courses about Chinese Culture and Tradition: Chinese Painting, Chinese Calligraphy, Chinese Kungfu, Beijing Opera, Chinese traditional food, China’s Domestic Movie, etc.
● Study tours in Beijing: Visit to the Tiannanmen Square, the Palace Museum(the Forbidden City), Qianmen Street plus taste of traditional Chinese snacks, Wangfujing Street, Beijing Hutong, the Summer Palace, the Olympic Park (see the Bird’s Nest ie the National Stadium for holding the opening ceremony of 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the Water Cube and other Olympic gymnasiums) etc.
 
Sample Timetables

Time 时间
Morning上午
Afternoon下午
Monday
周一
9:00 - 11:50
Oral language 汉语口语
14:00 - 16:50
Listening 汉语听力
Tuesday
周二
●    Monthly or semimonthly visits to the Tiannanmen Square, the Palace Museum(the Forbidden City), Qianmen Street plus taste of traditional Chinese snacks, Wangfujing Street, Beijing Hutong, the Summer Palace, the Olympic Park etc.
●    Special Courses about Chinese Culture and Tradition: Chinese Painting, Chinese Calligraphy, Chinese Kungfu, Beijing Opera, Chinese traditional food, China’s Domestic Movie, Debate on march in Mandarin etc.
 
Wednesday
周三
9:00 - 11:50
Comprehensive Chinese
汉语综合
14:00 - 16:50
Oral language &Chinese Culture
汉语口语与中国文化
Thursday
周四
Cultural Activity or Free Activity
文化活动 或自由活动
14:00 - 16:50
Chinese Characters 中国汉字
Friday
周五
9:00 - 11:50
Listening &Chinese Culture
汉语听力与中国文化
14:00 - 16:50
Readers and Discussion,
Language Practice汉语实践

Process of Application for Admission
    Submit  a copy of passport with its number page, and fill in the “China University of Political Science and Law Applicaiton form ” to admissioncn@126.com
    Successful applicants will be welcomed to come to Beijing with a tourist visa (L visa) firstly; then the university will help you transfer the tourist visa (L visa) to student visa (X visa) during your study on campus. It will be very effective to finish your application and registration this way.
Successful applicants can also go to the embassy of the People’s Republic of China locating in their own country to apply for x visa (Student Visa) by taking along the “Visa Application Form for Foreign Students studying in China” issued by China University of Political Science and Law, JW202 Form and Letter of Admission. This way, students have to wait for 20—50 days to get the JW202 form (to be used to apply for Student Visa) .
 
Accommodations
    Students will live in the international students’ apartments arranged by the university, or solve accommodations by themselves. The accommodation fee is incuded in the whole tuition fee listed above.
 
Airport Pick-Up Service
   Every student can take a taxi or take the airport bus to the campus according to the registration instruction. The teacher can also help contact a travel agency to provide the airport pick-up service for you at proper time, and the airport pick-up service fee will be funded by yourself.
 
Why Study at CUPL
● Located in Beijing, the center of Politics and Culture of China
● One of the Project-211 key universities of the Ministry of Education of China, with various mandarin courses of different levels for applicants to learn
● Ranking Top 3 in the subject of Law
● The first university to offer the discipline of legal history, civil commercial law, economic law, procedural law and comparative law.
● The first group of doctors in legal history also graduated from CUPL
 
More Details about CUPL and the Contents of Different Courses&Activities
 
1. General Introduction to CUPL
    China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) is a multi-disciplinary national “211 Project” key university,characterized by centering on law, accompanied with a variety of other disciplines such as literature, historiography,philosophy, economics, management and education. During the last half century of development, the university has educated and trained more than 200,000 students, and taken part in virtually all national legislation activities since the founding of the People’s Republic of China. It took the lead in China’s jurisprudence theoretical innovation and conceptual updating, and conducted international academic exchanges in the field of law on behalf of the nation.
    At present, the University offers 17 undergraduate programs including law, reconnoiter, politics & administration, administration, international politics, public affairs administration, business administration, economics, international business, philosophy, Chinese language & literature, ideological education, sociology, applied psychology, English, German, journalism. In addition, there are 47 master’s degree programs, 19 doctoral degree programs and 2 post-doctoral research stations. Among them three PhD programs are national disciplines at the first class level, namely the law, politics & administration and Marxist Theory among which the law is a national key discipline at the first class level. 10 master programs are disciplines at the first class level, namly philosophy, theoretical economics, applied economics, sociology, psychology, foreign languages and lterature, journalism, history, business administrationm and politics & administration.
    The University has established international cooperation agreements with 119 world-famous universities in 33 countries and regions. Hundreds of teachers and students are sent abroad each year for academic purposes. In 2008, the China-EU School of Law (CESL) was established, which is the most comprehensive joint program in legal Education between the Chinese Government and the EU. With the development of the CESL, an elite program of cultivating internationally-oriented legal talents has taken shape in the school. 
    International students’ education scale expands from Mandarin study, summer camp for Chinese training, pre-degree education in China, medium/long-term Chinese and law study to the education for undergraduate, dual-degree bachelor, master and doctor. The university has long been engaged in global promotion of Chinese language(Mandarin) and Chinese culture education to provide superior teaching resources and services, especially the Chinese language and law culture, for international students from different countries.
 
2. Why Study Chinese Language (Mandarin) in Beijing
General Introduction to Chinese Language
Mandarin (official language of China) is part of the Chinese family of languages, which in turn is part of the Sino-Tibetan language group. All Chinese languages are tonal, which means that the way words are pronounced varies their meanings. Mandarin has “4 tones”. Other Chinese languages have up to 10 distinct tones.
The word “Mandarin” actually has two meanings when referring to language. It can be used to refer to a particular group of languages, or more commonly, as the Beijing dialect that is the standard language of Mainland China.
The Mandarin group of languages includes standard Mandarin (the official language of Mainland China), as well as Jin (or Jin-yu), a language spoken in the central-north region of China and Inner Mongolia.
Mandarin Chinese is the official language of Mainland China and Taiwan, and is one of the official languages of Singapore and the United Nations. It is the most widely-spoken language in the world.
Mandarin Chinese is sometimes referred to as a “dialect,” but the distinction between dialects and languages is not always clear. There are many versions of Mandarin spoken throughout China, and these are usually classified as dialects. The phonology is based on the Beijing dialect, so the capital of China, Beijing, is the most ideal city for international students to study Chinese language.
History of Chinese Language
Due to its geographic size, China has always been a land of many languages and dialects. Mandarin emerged as the language of the ruling class during the latter part of the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644).
The Capital of China switched from Nanjing to Beijing in the latter part of the Ming Dynasty, and remained in Beijing during the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1912). Since Mandarin is based on the Beijing dialect, it naturally became the official language of the court.
Written Language (Chinese Characters)
As one of the Chinese languages, Mandarin uses Chinese characters for its writing system. Chinese characters have a history dating back more than two thousand years. The early forms of Chinese characters were pictographs (graphic representations of real objects), but characters became more stylized and came to represent ideas as well as objects.
Each Chinese character represents a syllable of the spoken language. Characters represent words, but not every character is used independently.
In an attempt to improve literacy, the Chinese government began simplifying characters in the 1950’s. These simplified characters are used in Mainland China, Singapore, and Malaysia, while Taiwan and Hong Kong still use the traditional characters (complicated version).
 
3.General Introduction to excursion and cultural activities(organised and funded by the university)
天安门广场The Tiananmen Square
Tian'anmen Square (simplified Chinese: 天安门广场) is the large plaza near the centre of Beijing, China, named after the Tiananmen (literally, Gate of Heavenly Peace) which sits to its north, separating it from the Forbidden City. It has great cultural significance as it was the site of several key events in Chinese history.
Tiananmen Square is the largest city square in the world (440,000 m² - 880 m by 500 m), which was first built in 1417 in the Ming Dynasty. During the demise of the Ming Dynasty, heavy fighting between Li Zicheng and the early Qing emperors damaged (or perhaps destroyed) the gate. The Tian'anmen square was originally designed and built in Beijing in 1651. It was enlarged to its present size (four times its original size) and cemented over in 1958.
 
故宫(紫禁城)The Palace MuseumThe Forbidden City
The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. It is located in the middle of Beijing, China, and now houses the Palace Museum. For almost five hundred years, it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government.
Built in 1406 to 1420, the complex consists of 980 buildings with 8,707 bays of rooms[1] and covers 720,000 m2 (7,800,000 sq ft). The palace complex exemplifies traditional Chinese palatial architecture,[2] and has influenced cultural and architectural developments in East Asia and elsewhere. The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987,[2] and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.
 
奥林匹克公园Beijing Olympic Park
With the extreme advantage of the Beijing Olympic Games, the Beijing Olympic Park not only drew attentions in the period of Olympics, but also attracts thousands of tourists after the gala. With distinguished building style and beautiful scenery, the park becomes a new symbol of the metropolitan city.
The park is composed of three major parts----the National Stadium(the Bird’s Nest), National Swimming Center(the Water Cube), and National Indoor Stadium. Olympic Park will not be a decoration of the capital. Instead, it plays a functional part after the Olympic Games. Aiming on the long-term development of Beijing and the demands of the residents, Olympic Park will become a comprehensive park for sport activities, conference exhibitions, entertainment and shopping. The spacious building and beautiful environment will enable it to become the center of public activities.
 
颐和园The Summer Palace
This is a beautiful spot with exuberant wood and grass at the foot of the West Hill in the western outskirts of Beijing. From the Ming Dynasty on, many high-taste nobles built their private gardens in this place. In the Qing Dynasty perhaps because the Manchu aristocrats who had just left their forests and grassland had not accommodated themselves to the austere environment of the palaces, they built grandiose imperial gardens there. The Summer Palace that has survived calamities in history is one of those architectural masterpieces.
This is a marvellous conception of a paradise on the earth: The Long Corridor and the Seventeen-Arch Bridge are like ribbons. They frame the Kunming Lake and turn it into a beautiful picture. With the Buddha Fragrance Chamber on the Longevity Hill as the highlight, the lake and mountains become a lively whole.
 
★ 前门大街Qianmen Street
The Qianmen (literally “Front Gate”) is the common name for the gateway known formally as Zhengyangmen. It is a gate in Beijing. It stands at the south end of the Tiananmen Square precinct, and was formerly the front gate of the Inner City, a part of the ancient city of Beijing.
First built in 1419, the gateway consisted of a gatehouse proper and an archery tower, which forms a large barbican. Today the archery tower and the gatehouse survive and it was extensively reconstructed in 1914 and incorporated modern design elements. At 42 metres high, the gatehouse was, and is, the tallest among all of the gates of Beijing.
 
★ 王府井大街Wangfujing Street
Wangfujing Street in Dongcheng district of the capital is one of Beijing's oldest and most famous shopping areas. The 810-meter-long pedestrian street is home to more than 1,000 famous brands, including Hermes, Gucci, Cartier and Armani.
Shoppers may also purchase the works of local brands such as Shengxifu, Ruifuxiang, Donglaishun and Quanjude. The street receives more than 200,000 visitors in an average day, a figure that can easily rise to 500,000 during holidays.
 
中国功夫Chinese Kung Fu
Chinese Kung Fu, also known as Wushu or martial arts in China, is traditional Chinese sport and one of the most familiar examples of Chinese traditional culture. It is characterized by a variety of armed combat techniques. Chinese Kung Fu is very rich in form and content, including Taijiquan (shown in the opening ceremony of Beijing Olympic Games), Qigong (breathing exercise), Neigong (internal exercise), etc, and a humorous one Zuiquan— performed by a drunkard.
Chinese Kung Fu can increase energy, fitness, coordination, mental well-being, self-discipline and confidence; it requires the concentrated coordination of the mind and body. There are two kinds of Chinese Kung Fu-“external" and "internal" Kung Fu. It is said that "In external Kung Fu, you exercise your tendons, bones, and skin; in internal kung fu, you train your spirit your qi (vitality), and your mind."
 
中国画(Chinese Paintings
Traditional Chinese Painting features landscape paintings, flower-and-bird paintings,figure paintings and dog, cat and tiger paintings.  An important part of the country's cultural heritage, the traditional Chinese painting is distinguished from Western art in that it is executed on xuan paper (or silk) with the Chinese brush, Chinese ink and mineral and vegetable pigments. To attain proficiency in this branch of art calls for assiduous exercise, a good control of the brush, and a feel and knowledge of the qualities of xuan paper and Chinese ink.
 
中国书法(Chinese Calligraphy
Few nations in the world have calligraphy as a form of art. In China, calligraphy has maintained a close rapport with the country's cultural development. Calligraphy, or shufa, is one of the four basic skills and disciplines of the Chinese literati, together with painting (hua), stringed musical instruments (qin) and board games (qi).
Chinese Calligraphy is an expressive art. According to an old Chinese saying, “the way characters are written is a portrait of the person who writes them.” Expressing the abstract beauty of lines and rhythms, calligraphy is thud a reflection of a person's emotions, moral integrity, character, educational level, accomplishments in self-cultivation, intellectual tastes and approach to life
 
京剧Beijing Opera
Peking opera of China is a national treasure with a history of 200 years. In the 55th year of the reign of Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty(1790) ,the four big Huiban opera Troupes entered the capital and combined with Kunqu opera, Yiyang opera, Hanju opera and Luantan in Beijing’s thearetical circle of the time. Through a period of more than half a century of combination and integration of various kinds of opera there evolved the present Peking opera, the biggest kind of opera in China, whose richness of repertoire, great number of artists of performance and of audiences, and profound influence are incomparable in China.

中国国产电影(China's Domestic Movie
Movie buffs appear to have been thoroughly satisfied with a wide variety of films in China in recent years. From James Cameron's blockbuster “”Avatar” being shown on the giant 3D IMax screens, to China’s local directors Feng Xiaogang's visually compelling "Aftershock" based on the Tangshan earthquake and Jiang Wen’s “Let The Bullets Fly”. Especially China’s domestic movies directed by local established directors like Feng Xiaogang, Jiang Wen, Zhang Yimou and Chen Kaige etc, all have contributed to China’s booming movie market.
 
Contact Information
Address: Room 311, Floor 3, Zheng Fa Building(政法大厦311办公室), No.5 West Rd of North 3rd Ring Road, Haidian District Beijing China  (in opposite the north gate of CUPL)
Tel: +86-571-88165708 
Fax: +86-571-88165708
Contact: Stella
E-mail: admission@126.com