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Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies

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Approved Terms Approved Language Levels (year)
Summer, Fall, Spring, Academic year 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th

This program is run by a consortium of US schools, with the specific intent to provide advanced personalized instruction to graduate students and independent undergraduate students who have advanced Chinese proficiency and specific research interests. Hosted at Tsinghua's campus, IUP students mingle with China's brightest. If you have already completed two years of Chinese, this program will transition you from intensive teacher-student dialogue to intensive student-student dialogue. Instructors guide and correct, but class is primarily driven by students. High teacher-student ratio. Offers tailored, elective courses.

IUP students must find their own housing, with limited on-campus host family options and some hand-me-down apartments from outgoing IUP students. If you have never dealt with a landlord, paid utilities, and done your own grocery shopping and cooking, these may be just as challenging as the language study. Not a good choice for students who haven't lived independently or seek rich extracurricular programming. One of IUP's assets is its large alumni network in Beijing.  The program plans events and workshops with IUP alumni to connect you with professionals working in Beijing.

Program Application Notes:

  • Language interviews are conducted for all applicants.
  • IUP accepts the Light Fellowship Language Evaluation Form a substitute for one of the letters of recommendation required as part of their application. Enter the following information when asked for contact information for one of your recommenders:
    First: Light
    Last: Fellowship
    Recommender Email:
    Job Title & Institution: Light Fellowship, Yale University

Light Fellowship Application Notes:

  • This is a program that requires a high level of independence, most suitable to students who have had prior experience living abroad on your own and do not anticipate needing strong programmatic support or rich extracurricular offerings.
  • If you are a first-year student or sophomore at Yale College considering this program as your first choice, you must meet with a Light Fellowship advisor before confirming your place in this program.
  • All Yale College students and graduating seniors considering this program for term-time or academic year study are strongly encouraged to meet a Light Fellowship advisor.