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Deakin University offers a six-week intensive Chinese language and culture program under the auspices of an agreement between Nanjing Normal University, China, and the Faculty of Arts and Education. The six-week Chinese in-country program 2013 will run from Monday 18 November to 27 December 2013.

Units offered are at the second and third year levels (AIC287 and AIC388), as well as an advanced level (AIC390). Deakin University students receive two credit points for successful completion of these units.

Dr Guo-qiang Liu's Powerpoint Presentation from the information session.

Online applications have closed for 2013..


China is an East Asian country. The capital is Beijing. The population is a little over 1.3 billion, with a relatively young median age of 32.7 years.

Standard Chinese or Mandarin is the official language, while there are also several minority languages.

Ethnic groups which make up China include Chinese 92% and other 8%.

The climate is extremely diverse; tropical in the south to sub-arctic in the north.

The west of China is mountainous with high plateaus and deserts. Plains, deltas and hills make up the east.

Nanjing, meaning 'the southern capital', was the capital of eight dynasties (from the third century to the start of the fifteenth century). The city is on the Changjiang (Yangzi River), and there are many places of historical and cultural significance.

Nanjing Normal University was formed in 1952, and is one of the few institutions accredited by the Ministry of Education as a Chinese language training base for international students.

Class structure

The teaching program is six weeks in duration, and classes are conducted five days per week; Monday to Friday. The academic program, which includes language instruction in Standard Chinese, is structured over an average of 3.5 contact hours per day.

The program is designed to further develop students' conversational skills, as well as their written, reading and comprehension skills.

Frequency and length of assignments vary depending on the level the student is enrolled in.

Optional excursions

A number of optional excursions take place during the program, which are designed to complement the academic program and enrich the overall educational experience.


Students are accommodated in the student residences, and are provided with a furnished bedroom (twin share) with basic facilities.


The In-Country Program units, AIC390, AIC287 and AIC388, attract normal tuition fees.

For Commonwealth-supported students, this appears on the student's HECS statement.

International and domestic fee-paying students receive an invoice for payment.

Students must also cover the following costs:

  • Return international airfare and other internal travel;
  • Accommodation for the duration of the program (paid directly to Nanjing Normal University upon arrival);
  • Travel insurance;
  • Optional excursions;
  • Meals; and
  • Personal expenses.

Further information

For further information regarding academic matters, please contact:

Dr Guo-qiang Liu (Program Director)
Tel (03) 9244 3945 or

For further information regarding administrative matters, including enrolment, travel, payments, etc, please contact the Experiential Learning Officer.


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Applications have closed

  • One application per student
  • Carefully read the four points of indemnity and check that your information is correct before submitting
  • Faculty of Arts and Education students will be advised within two working days
  • Please allow longer if you are from another Faculty as we require Faculty approval
  • Applications close on Tuesday 20th of August, 2013


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