Study abroad in China to discover a fascinating intersection of ancient cultures and language with ultramodern infrastructure, innovation, and opportunity. By living with a host family and studying at a local high school in China, you’ll be totally immersed in Chinese language and cultures. You’ll find China’s size and diversity make it an ideal place to explore vibrant and varied cultures, with different regions offering wide-ranging cuisines and customs. Enjoy mouth-numbing Sichuan peppercorn, sip and savor Shanghainese xiaolongbao (soup dumplings), or slurp noodles of all sorts (mostly wheat in the North and rice in the South). Traditional celebrations, like the Lantern festival and Chinese New Year, happen throughout the year. Whether you go for a year or semester, you’ll experience timeless cultural events. China is an ideal place to step outside of your comfort zone in a uniquely historical and modern context.
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.
- Immerse yourself in the Chinese language - the best way to become fluent.
- Live with a host family to deepen your immersion and connection to German culture. If you’re like most AFSers, you won’t want to leave this second family and home.
- Embark on exciting excursions to places like Yunnan to see the breathtaking landscapes of Southwest China. Or go to Xi’an to explore the ancient capital and Terracotta Army.
- Make connections and memories you'll never forget with other AFS exchange students from all over the world.
- Become a global citizen. Gain intercultural communication skills. Build your college and career resume. Help create a more peaceful, understanding world.
AFS-USA Grants & Scholarships
The opportunity to study abroad should be available to everyone, regardless of their financial means. Annually, we award scholarships to about half of our study abroad students.