Year and Semester: School will be challenging, but rewarding. Spend your days sipping tea with family, riding rickshaws with friends, and becoming a member of one of the most dynamic societies on the globe. You will most likely be placed in the Senior 1 level (equivalent of 10th grade). AFS students are not placed in the Senior 2 or 3 levels as they are the graduating classes and these students are typically engrossed in studying for university entrance examinations, leaving nearly no time at all for social activities. Because school is such a priority for students, most of your socializing will happen within the classroom, in study groups, or through school-related activities like sports, martial arts or dance. Chinese teenagers seldom date.
Summer language: This four-week program is designed to provide an intensive introduction to the Chinese (Mandarin) language through immersion in Chinese culture. Mandarin is one of today's most critical global languages, and there may be no better way to learn it than to participate fully in the culture. This program offers you the opportunity to take Chinese language classes, and then put your new knowledge to immediate use through interactions with the community and your host family. The language classes will be complemented by time in the community either independently, with fellow AFSers, or with your host family. Through immersing yourself in Chinese culture and daily life, you will be able to contextualize your language lessons and increase their impact further. Cultural activities that will complement your language lessons may include: Chinese painting, calligraphy, paper cutting, martial arts, cooking, and field trips.
Summer global prep: This two-week program is designed for students who want to get a flavor of China by taking part of different local activities and learning survival Chinese. Mandarin is one of today's most critical global languages, and there may be no better way to learn it than to participate fully in the culture. This program offers you the opportunity to take classes in a language school during the day, and then put your new knowledge to immediate use through interactions with the community and your host family. In keeping with Confucian ethic, the Chinese have a strong sense of family and respect for hierarchy. Within the family, both parents usually work outside the home and only have one child, and it is not uncommon for a grandparent to live with the family. Most Chinese families in the cities live in multi-story apartment buildings.