Diploma in China Studies

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Overview

Gap Year Opportunities

Students aged 18 and above, having completed their high school studies and looking for an academically rigorous and exciting gap year experience are encouraged to apply. Having the Diploma in China Studies is a great advantage for students looking to bolster their university application, and the study experience in XJTLU will also better prepare you for university life back home. Throughout the course you will benefit from rigorous academic training, as well as gaining essential life skills from living abroad.

Current Undergraduate Students

Students from other universities in any discipline but particularly in the humanities and social sciences, as well as in China Studies are welcome to come and spend a semester or year of China study at XJTLU in the Department.

Students on the programme can credit their XJTLU China Studies study back to their home university degree programme (with the permission of that home university) though those who enrol for a year of study at XJTLU will also be eligible to receive the XJTLU Diploma of China Studies.

Students enrolling for the full year typically take four modules in each semester, at the direction of their home university, of which at least one will normally be a Chinese language module, and three will be China studies. The eight modules over the academic year lead to the XJTLU Diploma in China Studies, awarded at the successful completion of the study year.

Chinese language modules are open to all students as part of the Diploma in China Studies. Students take modules suited to their level of Chinese language ability, ranging from complete beginners to advanced learners. Teaching at XJTLU is in English.

Postgraduate Conversion Course

Students who have completed their undergraduate course in university, regardless of discipline and subject, are welcome to apply to undertake the Diploma in China Studies either as a conversion course to social sciences and China Studies, or for academic enrichment. Students who have completed a STEM degree can use the Diploma study to broaden their horizon and add to their academic portfolio, as well as using it as a conversion course for further postgraduate studies in a social science related degree. Students who have completed relevant humanities/social science/marketing and business degrees will find the Diploma in China Studies useful in offering them a critical perspective of China and the role it plays in the modern world. Having the Diploma is also a great asset in postgraduate study applications, and experience living and studying in China will greatly boost employability in an increasingly globalised market for any university background or occupation.

Student Work

An example of one of our previous visiting students' work:

Found in Translation: Poetry and words (Shreya Patel)

About Suzhou

​Suzhou is the historic heartland of the Lower Yangtze Delta. Established in 514 BCE it is famous for its gardens, its canal system, its silk industry, and its bridges. Suzhou is probably the city most Chinese think of when they think of the concept of a city because it has been so written about in poetry and prose. The old city of Suzhou, surrounded by a moat, is now a UNESCO protected World Heritage Site. Suzhou Industrial Park is located to the east of the old city.

Structure

A list of available modules follows, but typically a student will select from the following modules for a year of study:

1. Chinese history
2. Chinese civilisation
3. Twentieth century China
4. Introduction to classical Chinese
5. Doing business in China
6. China: Society and development
7. Introduction to Chinese literature
8. China: Government and politics
9. Communications in China
10. Chinese language I
11. Chinese language II

Chinese language modules are open to all students as part of the Diploma in China Studies programme. Students take modules suited to their level of Chinese language ability, ranging from complete beginners to advanced learners. Teaching at XJTLU is in English.

How to apply

Students at universities anywhere in the world may, with the permission of their home university, enrol for a semester or a year of China Studies at XJTLU.

To apply, please complete the application form and submit it with supporting documents via email to [email protected].