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China

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Study in China

Discover China and get an in-depth view of the amazing history, culture and society of this ancient civilization! Welcome to High School and University students.

“After 6 and half months, I started to meet more friends. I went to the gym frequently, met many new friends and we play and exercise together. In school, I began to attend more of the class activities such as singing, playing football, hosting events, planning gatherings. All of these helped me and gave me the chance to show people what I can do.”

- Jasper

+ More About China

Travel to the magnificent country of China, one of the largest and oldest civilizations of the world! This country has not only one of the oldest language systems in the world, but it is also home to the famous Great Wall! Choose China as your YFU destination and get an in-depth view of its complex history, fascinating culture and unique society.

The heart of Eastern Asia, China has continued to amaze its neighbors with magnificent architecture and undeniable charm. For centuries, this nation has intrigued the world with its serene traditions and variety of customs. Today, China is a center of economic growth that welcomes you to its doors.

The Yangtze River (Chiangjiang) and the Yellow River (Huanghe), known as the birthplaces of ancient Chinese civilization, are windows to China's engaging past. Historical artifacts fill more than 50 museums in Beijing alone and the massive Great Wall still snakes through thousands of miles of breathtaking countryside. The Chinese take pride in their folk traditions, theatrical plays and centuries-old art.

Beijing, the capital, is the epicenter of Chinese culture. Sharp contrast fills the city - grand monuments representing China's imperial past sit alongside meticulous gardens the provide refuge for the soul and modern buildings the reflect the current economic boom. Located in the North, Beijing is home to 20 million people. Nowhere else can you get such a concentrated look into China's ancestral past and thriving future.

During the time you spend with your host family, you will gradually learn more about Chinese culture through the experiences you have with them. You will undoubtedly have the opportunity to attend many holidays and celebrations, such as the Spring Festival and the Feast of Excited Insects, which are celebrated with vibrant carnivals, amazing dragon dances and relaxing family gatherings. In these family gatherings, you will be presented with a huge variety of delicious Chinese dishes, such as tofu, noodles, maize meal and even duck!

School is taken very seriously in China, and the country has recently made huge leaps and expansions in education. In the past ten years, China has managed to increase its number of people holding undergraduate and doctoral degrees fivefold. High schools offer a variety of classes and strongly encourage an extracurricular activity, which bring out the best in each student. Leave no doubt in your mind that China's education will be of top quality and will continue to improve.

As a teenager, recreation and excitement probably play a huge role in your life. This will not change in China! This country has many exciting activities to offer you, such as Majiang, Xiangqi (Chinese Chess), poker, and Go, which are all very popular Chinese table games. Sports and outdoor activities such as swimming, table tennis, basketball, soccer, badminton and martial arts are also very popular. You and your new friends may even play basketball, which is rapidly gaining popularity! Regardless of your tastes, there will always be something fun for you to do in China.

Embarking on an adventure to China will probably be one of the best decisions you will make in life. Not only will you have the opportunity to experience life in one of the largest countries in the world, but you will also learn its culture, traditions and language. You will come to understand why China plays such an important and prominent role on the world stage.

Pastimes

Martial arts, table tennis, swimming, basketball, soccer, badminton, music and visiting galleries, museums, and theaters.

Online Resources

To learn more about China, we recommend:

  • Visit your local library to find reference books, travel guides and essays, language dictionaries, and many more country resources
  • Use an internet search engine to find informative web sites
  • Embassy of China in Washington, DC web site
  • Beijing Official web site

+ Scholarships Available

7 - Epson America, Inc. International Scholarship
385 - Holcomb & Farnell Foreign Study Fund
378 - The Grand Forks Scheels Scholarship
368 - YFU Community Grant
384 - YFU Financial Aid Fund

Learn more about scholarships.

+ Tuition

Fall Year: $14,995
Gap Year University Language Course: $15,995
Fall Semester: $12,995
Summer: $6,995

+ Additional Information

Visa Information

Information regarding visas and other immigration processes will be provided upon enrollment.

Additional Costs

Program tuition does not include personal spending money or school-related costs such as books and school trips.

Important Information

Please understand that summer to China programs are subject to cancellation if the minimum of 10 YFU students is not met. YFU students include American applicants as well as other international YFU applicants.

Choose Your Program

+ Academic Year Programs

During your time in China, you will live with a host family and attend a local Chinese high school. Part of your experience will be:

School

YFU USA students to China will be placed in grade 10 or 11 in either a regular high school or a technical and vocational high school depending on their Chinese ability. Chinese schools typically have strict rules for their students, and they have requirements on students' physical appearance (no piercings, no long hair for boys, and no perm for girls.) Physical education is highly encouraged. In many subjects contests are organized annually in all levels to encourage students' study. Examinations are designed separately for science and arts students.

Orientations

All students applying for the semester or year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation which takes place in mid-July. This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June. Upon arrival in China, students will attend a 3-day arrival orientation and cultural tour in Beijing. After the orientation, you will travel to stay with your permanent host family and have an intensive 2-week Chinese language and culture course. During your mid-year orientation, you will stay at a local hotel or with a host family and enjoy a cultural and historical tour of the area. Your year will be capped off with a re-entry orientation prior to your return to the US. All orientation costs are included in the program tuition.

Extracurriculars

Students will have the option to participate in one or two self-paid trips during their time in China. These trips usually take place in October and June, and it typically lasts about 5 days. The trips may include museum tours, a visit to a famous site in Beijing, and visits to the provincial capital of Kunming to learn about the local minority group. Trips are subject to change

Optional Excusions

Two optional cultural trips will be offered to students throughout the year. In the beginning of October, students will have the opportunity to take a trip to Beijing and experience all that the largest city in the world has to offer. In late June, students will be offered an optional trip to Yunnan. Semester students will be able to take advantage of whichever trip is offered during their program. These cultural trips will cost an additional fee ranging from $350-$650. The optional trips are subject to change.

Age Requirement

Summer Departures: July 01, 2001 - June 30, 2004. Fall Departures: September 30, 2001 - July 2004. University Program: July 31, 1989 - July 31, 2001. Students who do not meet this age requirement or will graduate high school before the start of their program will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Language

Mandarin Chinese. Mandarin Chinese and English. There is no language requirement, but Mandarin Chinese practice is encouraged and expected. There will also be a compulsory two-week Chinese language and culture course for year and semester students. This course is included in the program tuition. Summer students are only required to know Chinese basics.

PROGRAM CODE DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Year 0879 late August late June $14,995
Gap Year University Language Course 1632 late August late June $15,995

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a carefully selected host family
  • Enrollment in a local Chinese high school (excluding summer students)
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post-arrival orientations and language camps
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU China area representative while on program
  • Comprehensive Insurance

University Program

The university program is perfect for students who wish to pursue further education in China. This program offers bachelors, masters and PHD programs to eligible students. Students will be placed in a Chinese University and live in a Dormitory with the other University students. Orientations, cultural trips, and tuition inclusions are all in accordance with the High School academic programs.

Host Family Placement

Students are typically placed are in urban and suburban areas of Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Jiangsu, Shenzhen and Shenyang. However, students should be prepared to live in any region of the country.

+ Semester Program

During your time in China, you will live with a host family and attend a local Chinese high school. Part of your experience will be:

School

YFU USA students to China will be placed in grade 10 or 11 in either a regular high school or a technical and vocational high school depending on their Chinese ability. Chinese schools typically have strict rules for their students, and they have requirements on students' physical appearance (no piercings, no long hair for boys, and no perm for girls.) Physical education is highly encouraged. In many subjects contests are organized annually in all levels to encourage students' study. Examinations are designed separately for science and arts students.

Orientations

All students applying for the semester or year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation which takes place in mid-July. This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June. Upon arrival in China, students will attend a 3-day arrival orientation and cultural tour in Beijing. After the orientation, you will travel to stay with your permanent host family and have an intensive 2-week Chinese language and culture course. During your mid-year orientation, you will stay at a local hotel or with a host family and enjoy a cultural and historical tour of the area. Your year will be capped off with a re-entry orientation prior to your return to the US. All orientation costs are included in the program tuition.

Extracurriculars

Students will have the option to participate in one or two self-paid trips during their time in China. These trips usually take place in October and June, and it typically lasts about 5 days. The trips may include museum tours, a visit to a famous site in Beijing, and visits to the provincial capital of Kunming to learn about the local minority group. Trips are subject to change

Optional Excusions

Two optional cultural trips will be offered to students throughout the year. In the beginning of October, students will have the opportunity to take a trip to Beijing and experience all that the largest city in the world has to offer. In late June, students will be offered an optional trip to Yunnan. Semester students will be able to take advantage of whichever trip is offered during their program. These cultural trips will cost an additional fee ranging from $350-$650. The optional trips are subject to change.

PROGRAM CODE DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Semester 1217 mid August late January $12,995

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a carefully selected host family
  • Enrollment in a local Chinese high school (excluding summer students)
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post-arrival orientations and language camps
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU China area representative while on program
  • Comprehensive Insurance

Age Requirement

Summer Departures: July 01, 2001 - June 30, 2004. Fall Departures: September 30, 2001 - July 2004. University Program: July 31, 1989 - July 31, 2001. Students who do not meet this age requirement or will graduate high school before the start of their program will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Language

Mandarin Chinese. Mandarin Chinese and English. There is no language requirement, but Mandarin Chinese practice is encouraged and expected. There will also be a compulsory two-week Chinese language and culture course for year and semester students. This course is included in the program tuition. Summer students are only required to know Chinese basics.

Host Family Placement

Students are typically placed are in urban and suburban areas of Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Jiangsu, Shenzhen and Shenyang. However, students should be prepared to live in any region of the country.

+ Summer Program

Discover China: Beijing & Shanghai

The 4-week adventure in China begins with a short arrival orientation, where you will get an introduction to the country, customs, and lifestyles. You'll experience true Chinese daily life by living with a host family and your language skills will be strengthened while you communicate with your host family members!

While staying in Beijing, you will spend the morning enjoying Chinese cultural classes including language instruction, art, martial arts, and sports. In the afternoons you will have free time or will take part in activities organized by YFU China. Students will have a chance to see places of interest in Beijing such as the Great Wall, Tian'anmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Summer Palace during one full-day excursion each week!

After three and a half weeks in Beijing, you will have the chance to travel to Shanghai for a 3-day cultural tour. Famous sites that YFU students visit may include People's Square, Shanghai Pudong New area, Binjiang Park, Oriental Pearl Tower, and the Shanghai Museum. You may walk along Huangpu River in the evening and take in a view of the Bund. After the exciting cultural tour, students will return to the US from Shanghai.

Note to Educators

This program is also available for school and youth groups through YFU's Classroom Excursions program.

Age Requirement

Summer Departures: July 01, 2001 - June 30, 2004. Fall Departures: September 30, 2001 - July 2004. University Program: July 31, 1989 - July 31, 2001. Students who do not meet this age requirement or will graduate high school before the start of their program will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Language

Mandarin Chinese. Mandarin Chinese and English. There is no language requirement, but Mandarin Chinese practice is encouraged and expected. There will also be a compulsory two-week Chinese language and culture course for year and semester students. This course is included in the program tuition. Summer students are only required to know Chinese basics.

PROGRAM CODE DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Summer 1054 mid July early August $6,995

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a carefully selected host family
  • Enrollment in a local Chinese high school (excluding summer students)
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post-arrival orientations and language camps
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU China area representative while on program
  • Comprehensive Insurance

Host Family Placement

Students are typically placed are in urban and suburban areas of Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Jiangsu, Shenzhen and Shenyang. However, students should be prepared to live in any region of the country.