When researching study abroad, you often hear about culture shock. The question of culture shock then prompts you to ask how you would handle it. When preparing to go to China, you hear a lot about the major cultural differences. Now, having lived in China, I’ve learned that these differences make everyday a new experience!
Why BCA Dalian?
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Emily Seratch: Dalian, China 2017
- Experience Chinese hospitality and learn about the local culture when you spend time each month with your host family. The time you spend with the family visiting local cultural sites, learning about traditional foods or celebrating festivals and holidays will provide a different perspective on the customs and culture of Dalian.
- Study and practice Chinese arts from local experts, including traditional Chinese painting, playing musical instruments, papercutting, calligraphy, Tai Chi and kung fu.
- Push yourself to learn Chinese at the largest center for Chinese language instructions in northeast China. You do not need any prior Chinese to attend the program!
Dalian University of Foreign Languages (DLUFL) specializes in Chinese and other language instruction. DLUFL was one of the first National Chinese Proficiency Test centers in China, and for students seeking a complete immersion in Chinese language and culture, there is no better place to study. All BCA students are required to take an Introduction to Chinese Culture course as well as a package of Chinese language courses, based on your language proficiency. Additionally, you choose to take one or two courses either in Chinese arts and culture, international business or diplomacy.
You have the chance to meet and befriend local students interested in improving their English and learning more about American culture through activities with the School of English Studies. You also have opportunities to join clubs, such as the travel club for outdoor enthusiasts, and participate in events on DLUFL’s lively campus. Students who are more independent also meet locals through daily tai chi practice in parks or other activities around the city. BCA’s monthly homestay program allows you to practice your Chinese and learn about life as a local.
Cultural Activities & Excursions
Learn why Dalian is known as the North Pearl of China, the City of Romance and the City of Fashion and get to know your host city like a local with the expert guidance of the BCA Dalian Resident Director. Experience the rich cultural diversity of China as your RD takes you to other significant areas. Excursions vary by semester, but in the past have included an off-the-beaten path section of The Great Wall of China, the terra cotta warriors of Xi’an and Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, the inspiration for the mythical land in the film Avatar.
Situated at the southern tip of the Liaodong Peninsula, Dalian is the largest port in Northeastern China and is well-known in China as a summer resort. Surrounded by the sea on three sides and with hills as a backdrop, Dalian enjoys a pleasant climate. A thriving metropolis of more than six million people, Dalian has become a key target in China's effort to modernize. A Special Economic Zone has been set up on the outskirts of the city attracting business primarily from Japan, South Korea, and the United States.
A city of light industry, shipping, and tourism, Dalian hosts a number of trade fairs every year. The most popular is the Dalian International Fashion Festival that opens every August with great fanfare at the city stadium. Throughout the festival week, fashion shows, cultural performances from around the world, and a trade show are hosted at various locations around the city.
Program Quick Facts
Fall semester: April 15
Spring semester: November 1
No previous Chinese is required
Dalian University of Foreign Languages (DLUFL)
Language of Instruction:
Chinese and English
Fall Semester: Late August – Early January
Spring Semester: Late February – Mid-July