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  • Locations: Dalian, China
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: BCA Study Abroad 
  • Restrictions: None
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: English Housing options: Dorm
Minimum GPA: 2.6 Class eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Number of credits: 12-16 Volunteer: Yes
Program Description:

About Dalian
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 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.

A thriving metropolis of more than three 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. The free market economy is booming in Dalian and BCA students benefit through work experience opportunities with major Chinese and joint venture companies.

Despite the recent influx of foreign business, one of the major advantages to studying in Dalian is that no large settlements of Westerners have developed as they have in Beijing, Shanghai and Nanjing. Students who make an effort to meet people will find them receptive and eager to learn about the world outside China. This, combined with the fact that people in Dalian speak standard Mandarin Chinese, creates an excellent atmosphere for studying about China and the Chinese language.

BCA was the first American study abroad provider to establish an exchange program in Dalian. As the name of the university implies, the area of expertise at the university is the instruction of Chinese and other languages. For students seeking a complete immersion in the Chinese language and culture, there is no better place than Dalian.

DLUFL was founded in 1964 and has eight schools and seven departments offering languages such as Russian, Japanese, Korean, French, German, English, and of course, Chinese. The university has more than 120 professors on its staff and an undergraduate student population over 10,000. DlUFL is the largest center for the instruction of Chinese to foreigners in northeast China and it was one of the first National Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) centers in China. DLUFL was also one of the first universities to offer a BA degree in Chinese to foreign students.

As a BCA Dalian student, you will study Chinese language and culture. DLUFL also offers programs in the arts, economics, management, engineering and law and has arranged for BCA students to enroll in electives taught in English from the university's business department. In addition to courses at DLFUL, all BCA students take BCA's Signature Course: Modern China. To learn more about course offerings, visit our Course Database and see the samples below.

Chinese Language Courses
Chinese 105: Handwriting
Chinese 152: Conversational Chinese
Chinese 156: Basic Reading
Chinese 315: Advanced Intermediate Intensive Reading

Business Courses Taught in English
International Trade Theory and Policies 
International Trade Practice
International Business Etiquette
International Business Law
International Economic Law 
Fundamentals of Management
International Business 
The Practice of International Negotiations
International Marketing 

Other Courses Taught in English 

An Introduction to Linguistics
Intercultural Communication
An Introduction to Chinese Culture

Student Life
BCA Dalian students live in a dormitory for international students on DLUFL's new campus just outside the city. There are about 1,000 international students on campus from many European countries, as well as Russia, Korea and Japan. Students enjoy meals in the dorm's dining hall.  A student library and a number of sports facilities offer BCA students ample opportunities to interact with the large Chinese student population. The campus is close to recreational beach areas and a city center with multiple restaurants and shops.

Educational Excursions
The BCA resident director usually arranges three excursions per semester: One long day (multi-day); one weekend excursion (over the weekend); and one one-day excursion (usually to Dandong).

 1) Three Gorges: A river cruise. Three Gorges is one of the most breathtaking sights in China and where the controversial Three Gorges Dam has been built. You will see ancient towns (i.e. Fengdu) and go on some side excursions off the main ship, for example, exploring some of the tributaries and local minority cultures that live there. This region of China was home to some of the oldest Chinese civilizations, and thus, there are remnants that can still be seen. You will also visit the Three Gorges Dam site and discuss some of the issues related to environment, energy, and development related to this project and China as a whole.
 2) Ningxia (really the crossroads between Han Chinese civilization and the nomadic civilizations such as Mongols, etc.): Visit some ancient ruins (Chinese pyramids); Tibetan monasteries; walk on ruins of the Great Wall literally rising out of the desert; visit the desert and ride camels all while talking about China's historical relationship with the steppes.
 3) Mt. Tai: One of the five holy Daoist mountains of China. Stay overnight on the summit and watch the sunrise the next day.
 4) Shanghai and Suzhou: See China's financial capital, Shanghai, and visit Suzhou, one of southern China's historic cities with lots of gardens.
 5) Xi'an: Visit Terra Cotta warriors; see the Panda refuge; visit the city of Xi'an (known as one of the gateways to China's northwest). Xi'an has a very old Muslim population, and the city has a vibrant Muslim quarters and a large mosque built during the Tang (and has a distinctive Chinese-style architecture).
Weekend trips
  1) Rural homestay: Few students who study in China really get a view of how the majority of Chinese live in the countryside. Though in recent years, it has been popular to visit the "countryside", but these are usually tourist villages designed for tourists. Tourist villages serve all this wonderful food, which the majority of poor peasants in the countryside never eat. In other words, these tourist villages are rather fake. We take students to a real village in Shandong where we stay with a local family and help them with their harvest (one time we helped with their peanut harvest, and other times we harvested their yams and helped them husk their corn--they don't use any machinery). We also eat what they eat and the students get a first-hand view of what a subsistence economy is like (i.e. you eat what you grow, and that's pretty much it). Some of our brave students even try local delicacies such as locusts, grasshoppers, and beetles.

 2) Beijing: Beijing is always on the itinerary because most people if they haven't seen the Great Wall, they've not been to China. BCA takes students to a remote section of the wall that still has large sections unrestored because there are not any tourists (unlike the other Great Wall sites, which are now literally bizarre tourist traps) and we eat a meal prepared by a local farm guesthouse. We also visit the other standard sites in Beijing.
One-day trips
Dandong: This is a border town and the only chance our students will ever get to see North Korea (unless they decide to swim across the Yalu). We go to the Yalu River to view North Korea as close as we can. Ride a boat on the river. Eat good Korean food, visit a really good Korean War museum (great because it presents the Chinese perspective on the war and provides us much to discuss). We usually leave early in the morning and return to Dalian in the early evening.