When are the deadlines to apply for this program?
The fall semester deadline is April 15. The spring semester deadline is November 1.
About the School
Where do BCA Dalian students study?
BCA Dalian is located on the campus of Dalian University of Foreign Languages about 30 minutes from downtown, in the coastal region of the city (5 minutes from the beach). The northern city of Dalian is located near the Liaoning Peninsula. Dalian is China’s northernmost ice-free seaport and is China’s most livable city according to China Daily.
How many native and international students attend this school?
Dalian University of Foreign Languages has 20,000 students total with 10,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 of those being international students.
What are the class sizes?
There are about 30-40 students per class.
What is the teaching and assessment style abroad?
At the School of Chinese Studies, there are midterm exams and a final exam. Teachers are flexible in accommodating international students, using a variety of methods to help them succeed in through learning tools best for individual students.
For elective courses in the School of Chinese Studies, teaching methods vary based on subject matter. In courses like Traditional Chinese Paper Cutting, Traditional Calligraphy Writing, Traditional Musical Instrument Playing, Chinese Martial Arts, etc., learning is primarily done through hands on exercises and assessment is performance based. For non-arts electives where English is the teaching language, the teaching style and assessment are similar to American Universities.
What are some student life activities available on campus?
What are the accommodations like? Who will I be living with?
You will live in a single room in a co-ed dormitory with other international students, and you’ll be given a meal stipend to either cook for yourself in the dorm’s communal kitchen or grab food in the many restaurants and cafeterias around campus. You’ll also have the opportunity to spend some weekend days with a home-stay family who will introduce you to different cultural activities and invite you to see their daily life! You will not stay overnight at the family’s home. Learn more information on our housing and meals page.
Are internships available?
There are no internships set up through BCA for this program, although your resident director may have suggestions for you if you choose to seek one out on your own.
Are volunteering opportunities available?
There are plenty of volunteering opportunities available such as teaching at an elementary school or tutoring Chinese peers in their English classes.
Do I need a visa to study in Dalian?
Yes. There are two forms of student visa for China: X visa: for students staying in China longer than six months and F visa: for students studying in China for less than six months. Upon acceptance into the BCA Dalian program, students will receive information from the BCA’s central office to assist in preparing to obtain their student visa. For more visa information please visit www.state.gov/s/cpr.rls/fco, http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/travel_1744.html, and travel.state.gov/passport.
Do I need to know Chinese to participate in the program?
No. Once arrival in Dalian, students will take a language placement exam and then enroll in Chinese language classes. Chinese Mandarin is spoken in Dalian and the surrounding area and it will be the language that students will study. Courses are taught in English and Chinese. No previous experience with Chinese is necessary. Chinese language classes are in Chinese. Students with advanced levels of Chinese may enroll in upper-level classes taught in Chinese. Each student will be required to enroll in Chinese 101 Intensive Basic Chinese and Modern China, taught by the BCA resident director.
Is Internet/Wi-Fi available?
There is Wi-Fi on campus and in the dorms, but the Internet may be slow due to the number of people using it. There are also certain Internet restrictions that you must keep in mind when traveling to China. For example, many social media websites may be blocked, so you will have to find alternative ways to communicate prior to your departure. Skype is a great platform of communication!