The Chengdu program is ideal for students who are interested in experiencing life in one of the most ancient, culturally fascinating, and authentic places in all of China. Chengdu is also one of the most important economic centers and transportation and communication hubs in the country. The program offers the opportunity to learn Mandarin Chinese, a language which is becoming increasingly popular in the global marketplace. Mandarin is the official/standard dialect used in China, and Chengdu is a great place to practice it outside of class. Studying in China offers you a unique opportunity to experience one of the world’s most ancient civilizations while living in the one of the world’s fastest growing major economies. Academically, this program offers a high quality educational experience with a focus on either Chinese Language or Chinese Studies. If you choose to focus on intensive language study, you may also take one or two elective courses such as Tai Chi, Chinese culture, history, or Chinese cuisine. The intensive language approach allows you to complete up to one and a half years of Chinese language coursework in only one semester. Students who would rather focus on Chinese Studies may select from several courses taught in English. Students choosing this second option must take the required Elementary Chinese Language I course and may take additional elective courses in Chinese history, literature, government and politics, culture, and society. However, the academic courses are only part of the value of the program. Participation in formal and informal activities, such as field trips to sites of historical and cultural interest, museums, weekend trips to the mountains, and other cultural immersion activities form an integral part of the program.
Viterbo is a medieval city with a lively university community and active art scene. It is about one and a half hours from Rome and three hours from Florence, with easy connections to the Mediterranean and mountain regions. Viterbo residents have retained the charm and leisurely quality of life of days gone by. They still retain, for the most part, the tradition of closing from 1 pm to 4 pm in order to enjoy a relaxing lunch at home with the family. Each Saturday, there is an outdoor market in the main piazza where people browse and shop for clothes and houseware items. Fresh produce from local farms is also sold every morning in outdoor markets around town. Viterbo has kept a fascinating historical record of its past better than almost any place in Italy. Protected by a medieval wall, Viterbo’s fountains, palaces, quarters, and churches all exemplify its glorious and eventful heritage of art and culture. The San Pellegrino quarter is certainly the most characteristic and best preserved medieval quarter in Italy, a jewel of a thirteenth-century contrada with its small squares, houses, narrow lanes, arches, and characteristic profferli—the typical external stairs of the medieval houses of Viterbo. The thirteenth-century papal palace is evidence of Viterbo’s significant role as a place of refuge for medieval popes, and more recently as the film location for Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet. Viterbo cuisine is some of the best in Italy thanks to the city's green surroundings, zero pollution, and the "art" of entertaining. Two local dishes not to miss are Lombrichelli alla viterbese and Acquacotta. Be sure to visit the Sagra festivals throughout the summer where one can sample pasta, gnocchi, and more.
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Maastricht is one of the oldest cities in The Netherlands, boasting picturesque architecture, medieval town ramparts, cobblestone alleys and streets, seventeenth-century facades, and a Roman bridge. Maastricht has everything a student could wish for: a historic city centre; countless numbers of inviting sidewalk cafés, pubs, and restaurants; sports facilities; shops; and countless film, music, and theatre venues. Or get outside the city and experience the countryside by taking long, leisurely walks or mountain biking in the low green hills surrounding Maastricht. Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn. Areas of Study Available at Maastricht University Your Maastricht University coursework will focus on the economic, political and socio-cultural aspects of Europe or approach topics from a wider international perspective. The six-week session is split into two 3-week instructional blocks, and you will enroll in one course during each block. During block one, you have the option to participate in a 4-ECTS Study Tour (2 US credits), or enroll in a 6-ECTS course (3 US credits) taught in a traditional classroom setting; during block two, you may only enroll in one 6-ECTS course (3 US credits) taught in a traditional classroom setting. Experience Europe both inside and outside the classroom, with the option to earn credit in either a traditional classroom setting and/or a study tour that combines lectures, assignments, and travel to key locations within Europe Choose from a variety of course topics that fit most majors, all with a distinctly European or international theme Live in a picture-perfect European town situated on the border of The Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany, with a medieval city centre and vibrant local culture Join in various field trips and extracurricular activities including a day trip to Amsterdam, and feel like a local by attending the many art and music festivals hosted by the city throughout the summer.