Intensive Chinese Language Program at Shantou University

Mission

This program provides students with an immersion setting at both micro and macro levels to study Chinese with a special focus on oral skills and cultural literacy. Students accepted in this program will spend four (4) weeks at Shantou University and are expected to take full advantage of the Chinese language and cultural environment by engaging in the classroom and extra-curricular activities as well as in the off-campus excursions.

Details

Eligibility

Students who meet the following criteria are invited to apply:

  • have the minimum prerequisite of McGill’s EAST 230 (1st level Chinese) or equivalent
  • registered in the current academic year and continuing in the fall 2020 term in a Bachelor of Arts, Arts & Science, or Social Work degree
  • have a minimum CGPA of 2.70 or greater

Program dates

May-June (specific date TBD). 

About the program

  • An intensive 4-week advanced research program at Shantou University, Shantou, Guangdong Province, China
  • Up to 15 students will be selected to participate
  • Regular language class and tutoring are offered
  • Extra-curricular activities as well as off-campus excursions are planned
  • Program covers return airfare from Montreal/Shantou, Shantou University fees, some living expenses and excursions while in Shantou China
  • Upon successful completion, students are eligible for three (3) transfer credits in East Asian Chinese (level to be determined)
  • Passport must be valid at least until JANUARY 2021 *

Submit a complete package which includes:

To apply, please complete the Intensive Chinese Language Application Form (CLOSED) with the following required documents: 

  • Latest McGill transcript 
  • Recent Curriculum Vitae 
  • Letter of Intent 
  • One (1) Reference Letter – from a McGill University professor or teaching assistant; must be mailed directly from your referee to shantou.arts [at] mcgill.ca by the application deadline. 

Application period & deadline

JANUARY 27, 2020, 12 PM (noon) - Late applications will not be accepted.

Questions?

Write to Léa Gruyelle, Administrative Assistant, Li Ka Shing Initiative, at shantou.arts [at] mcgill.ca

 

*Please note that a formal acceptance of Li Ka Shing Advanced Research Program is a final decision, and under no circumstances (unless health or family-related) can a student withdraw from the program after accepting. The consequence of this would be refusal of candidature for future Faculty of Arts Li Ka Shing opportunities. Please remember, revoking a spot in one of the organizations means also revoking it from another student who might have had the opportunity to take it. 

Student guide

PDF iconICL Student Guide May 2020

Recipients

May 2019 recipients

The following 13 McGill Arts students went to Shantou University for the Chinese language program in May 2018: Hanna Paik, Alex Cao, Kate Reade, Lana Downs, Jia Kai Scott, Ashly Skye Vaudeville, Vladislava Guttenberg, Mia Myounghyo Ryu, Alazais Walters, Robin Decary-Kostiw, Enzo Gavazzi-Renaud, Baya Faure, Nicky Lee.

Field Trip to Xiamen City

“The program’s highlights are without a doubt the people I met. Experiencing the culture, a foreign academic system, visiting landmarks, amongst other things, are very memorable of the trip, but the people are the icing on the cake…… There have been memorable conversations, inside jokes about losing Wanglaoshi, birthday events, trips, group projects, and much more.” – Ashly Skye-Vaudeville, BA, East Asian Studies.

“As a first year student, I was certainly very excited to be given the opportunity to participate in the Shantou Exchange program, and the trip turned out to be a really great experience. While one month is certainly short, having the opportunity to travel to Southern China and become acquainted with the culture and locals is certainly worthwhile.” – Kai Scott, BA, International Development Studies and Economics.

 

Chinese Culture Activities

“I must say that, to me, the program’s greatest attribute is the way in which it allowed me to practice my Mandarin in such a welcoming and cheerful setting. The kindness of all the locals I met throughout that month in China, and their willingness to help me improve truly made me all the more willing to go out of my way to improve my Mandarin” – Alex Cao, BA, Political Science and International Development Studies.

“What was great about this trip was being able to settle into a community and really get a taste of life of a Chinese university student, while also getting to go on trips every weekend to still get some sightseeing in and see different aspects of the culture.” – Lana Downs, BA, Psychology.

 

McGill Students with Local Tutors

“I think the balance between formal classroom and buddy-system learning was excellent. In the morning, we would learn useful grammar points that really enriched the ways I could express myself in. In the afternoon, we learned more casually and freely about expressions that were closer to our own areas of interests with our tutors.” – Hanna Paik, BA, East Asian Studies.

“What I absolutely loved about staying there was that, unlike in major cosmopolitan Chinese cities I had been to, like Beijing or Shanghai, Shantou locals were beyond understanding and motivating when I tried speaking with them in Mandarin. This made the learning environment safe and beyond enjoyable…… I can confirm that after a month there, I am much more confident in speaking Chinese and am more motivated than ever to keep this going.” – Baya Faure, BA, International Development, minor in Arts History.

May 2018 recipients

The following 20 McGill Arts students went to Shantou University for the Chinese language program in May 2018:

Morgane Gouilloud, Megan Krasnodembaski, Anthony Kuan, Gabriela McGuinty, Charles Sirisawat-Larouche, Sebastian Sorger, Stephanie Susinski, Melanie Vincelette-Bergeron, Kamryn Yuen, Juliette Graf, Mathilde Hourticq, Elsasoa Jousse, Marine Loison, Octavia Maes, Nitay Bar-El, SeungGyu Kim, Hansol Park, Emily Chen, Zoe Countess, Finnley MacKillop.

“The highlights of the trip for me were the off-campus excursions. We were taken to Shantou, Chao Zhou, Xiamen, Gu Lang Yu, and Nan Ao. All these places were stunning and allowed me to explore more of China, be exposed to other dialects of Chinese, and be exposed to the diverse cultures across different places within China.” – Nitay Bar-el, BA, Economics, minor in Computer Science and Language and Literature.

“I think this program was valuable to me because I have gained some cultural fluency and it has helped my mandarin most by shortening the processing time most beginner language learners experience when trying to comprehend speech.” – Zoe Countess, BA, Linguistics and East Asian Studies.

Paper Cutting Art Activity

“I was not only striving for the betterment of my language skills but also for some form of cultural literacy: the interactive activities that we had each week introduced Chinese arts to us, the professors and a new Chinese friend made me taste local cuisine.” – Elsasoa Jousse, BA, English Literature, minor in East Asian Language and Literature.

“As a shyer person in general this trip I really wanted to go that extra step and really try to speak to native Chinese speakers as much as possible. As a result my fluency has definitely improved as well as my confidence in my Chinese, especially after the numerous proud moments where I successfully carried out full conversations in Chinese with locals.” – Megan Krasnodembski, BA, International Development, minor in Political Science and East Asian Language and Literature.

Interactive Activity – Introducing Canadian/McGill Culture to Shantou University

“I found that the program effectively combined effective linguistic training with rich cultural exposure. Weekly presentations by McGill and Shantou University students on various aspects of Chinese and Western life facilitated meaningful cultural exchanges and promoted a sense of cultural awareness among both students and faculty.” – Anthony Kuan, BA, History, minor in East Asian Language and Literature, and Political Science.

Field Trip to Shantou City

“I was able to also meet local people, mostly students, and form relationships with them. This is extremely valuable to me as it enabled me to form personal ties with this country thus giving me even more reasons to want to come back to China.” – Mathilde Hourticq, BA, Political Science, minor in East Asian Language and International Development Studies.

May 2017 recipients

The following 18 McGill Arts students went to Shantou University for the Chinese language program in May 2017:

Oscar Beghin, Day Cottrell, Adrian D’Souza, Louise Efthimiou, Shinnel Ferary, Laura Gormley, Coco Jones, Tofunmi Kuti, Ryan London, Christopher MacDonald, Orla Magill, Natasha Ovchinnikova, Hair Parra Barrera, Laurel Stewart, Phillip Swart, Ece Taner, Kanako Watanabe, and Ashly Wei-Yun Yu.

 

May 2016 recipients

The following 19 McGill Arts students participated in May 2016’s edition of the program:
Coralie Boulard, Jean-Félix Caron, David Caron, Sophia Davis, Gabriel Downs, Carlotta Esposito, Julia Faure, Emily Jane Ho-Tai, Sohee Kim, Svetlana Komarova, Naima Kraushaar-Friesen, Ester Lee, Jason Li, Capucine Lorber, Sophia Nicholson, Hae Lang Park, Melodie

May 2015 recipients

The following 18 McGill Arts students went to Shantou University for the Chinese language program in May 2017:

George Almyroudis, Marion Campoux-Pellegrin, Sophie Gagnon-Sylvestre, Qirui Gao, Jenna Khamis, Alderic Leahy, Julie Levert-Cui, May Lim, Sonia Masi, Malaya Powers, Wang Pok Bernard Wong, Lea Gruyelle, So Hee Maeng, Wei Shi Lai, Sophia Davis, Patrick Germain, Suzanne Holcomb, Benjamin Percifield. 

 

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