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Study & Explore China: Summer Program

Currently Available Every Other Year

Application is open for 2019


China is one of the biggest countries in the world with 20% of the world's population. Now the Mount provides you with an opportunity to study in this magnificent and mystical country, and witness the grandeur of some Chinese cultural heritage, such as the Forbidden City and the Great Wall.

China Summer Institute (three weeks):

  • Earn credit for an ARTS 1000-level elective by spending three weeks in China
  • Two weeks at a Chinese university in a city that features rich culture and picturesque scenery
  • One week exploring some famous cities, such as Beijing, Xi'an or Shanghai.
  • The program includes: Elementary Chinese, Traditional Chinese Sports, Chinese history and
           Geography and Appreciation of Chinese Traditional Arts
  • Cost: $3,500 CAD. Includes: airfare; local travel; accommodations; tuition; visa; as well as select
           sightseeing tours and select meals.

Tentative Itinerary

Days 1 & 2 Departure from Halifax, arrival in China, dinner, and tour.
Days 3 & 4 City tour: museums or tourist spots, and dinner.
Days 5-16

Arrival at the university; Summer Institute courses: Mandarin, Chinese culture, history, geography, Tai Chi, Chinese cooking. Final day: exams and graduation ceremony.

Days 17 & 18 Arrival in Beijing, the Great Wall tour, and dinner.
Days 19 & 20 City tour, such as the Forbidden City etc, and departure from Beijing.

Currency Exchange

Chinese money is called Renminbi (RMB) means "The People's Currency". The popular unit of RMB is the yuan.  1 Canadian dollar = 4.84 yuan RMB  (
There are many banks in Fuzhou. However, the Bank of China changes major currency and traveler's cheques. There’s a 24-hour ATM which takes international cards.

In central China – in the Yangzi River valley area, including Shanghai – the summers are typically uncomfortable, long, hot and humid. The three cities of Wuhan, Chongqing, and Nanjing are called the ‘three furnaces,’ sweltering between April and October.

In China, almost no one asks for tips. Cheap restaurants do not expect a tip. Taxi drivers throughout China do not ask for or expect tips.

Since foreigners are often overcharged in China, bargaining is essential. You can bargain in shops, markets, and hotels, but not everywhere. In shops and department stores where prices are clearly marked, there is no bargaining.
In small shops and street stalls, bargaining is expected, but be polite. Keep in mind that entrepreneurs aren’t going to sell anything at a loss. Your goal is to pay the Chinese price, as opposed to the foreigners’ price – if you can do that, you’ve done well!

There’s little you can’t buy in Fuzhou – from designer clothing to trinket souvenirs. There is a late night market which is lined with shops and stalls. It’s good for clothes shopping during the day.

     Apply now: China Summer Institute Application
                                            Application Deadline for May 2019: January 31, 2019
“Participating in the Ginling Summer Institute was a major highlight of my entire experience at the Mount. I knew I would learn a lot, but what I was able to see and experience still blows me away. It was great to be able to experience a culture that exists a world away from our own and I hope that Mount students take advantage of this program in the years to come. I can promise they won't regret it!”
Odessa O’Dell, 2009 Summer Institute participant