BCA Dalian, China

BCA Dalian, China

• Experience Chinese hospitality and learn about family life through the monthly BCA host family program. 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. 
• Connect with local artists and experts who can help you to learn and practice traditional Chinese arts such as painting, music, papercutting, calligraphy, Tai Chi and kung fu through courses at the university.
• Push yourself to learn Chinese at the largest center for Chinese language instruction in northeast China. DLUFL hosts many international students, but few U.S. study abroad students, all committed to learning Mandarin. 

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. Your RD will help you to learn about and reflect on the rich cultural diversity of China through various activities and visits. The BCA excursion may vary by semester, but in the past has included visits to 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.

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 there is no better place to study students seeking complete immersion in Chinese language and culture. As a BCA student you 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 the fields of 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 host family program allows you to practice your Chinese and learn about family life in Dalian.


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