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  • Locations: Estimated Travel Day to/from the US, -; Suzhou, China
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: Chinese Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.75
Housing Option: Hotel/Hostel Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: East Asian Languages and Literatures
Click here for a definition of this term Rank/Class Status: 1-First-year Student, 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student, 5-Graduate Student Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Faculty-Led
Click here for a definition of this term Summer Session: 8W2 Eight Week Session 2 Click here for a definition of this term GE Requirements: GE: Cultures and Ideas, GE: Diversity (Social Diversity in the US; Global Studies)
Click here for a definition of this term Academic Credit: Chinese Click here for a definition of this term Ohio State Program Contact: Elizabeth Angerman
Program Description:
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This program offers intensive Chinese language instruction at three levels: 1+, 4 and 5. Particular emphasis is placed on developing appropriate cultural behavior, the ability to perform effectively in frequently-encountered cultural contexts and interpersonal communication skills. The program utilizes a community-based learning approach that requires participants to interact with locals in the Soochow area in meaningful ways. Each participant will have a Chinese language partner. Ninety percent of instruction is in Mandarin Chinese.


Suzhou is a mid-size city, ideal for experiencing the so-called "China reality." On the one hand, it is a traditional city, boasting more than 2,500 years of recorded history, nine classical Chinese gardens designated by UNESCO as "World Heritage" sites, and a well-preserved and vibrant "old town district." On the other hand, across the large lakes of Dushuhu and Jinjihu, there are the very modern Suzhou-Singapore Industrial Zone, Dushuhu Higher Education Zone, and Suzhou High and New Technologies Zone. Each is several times the size of the old town district. Suzhou is also a 30-minute high-speed train ride from Shanghai, which is considered one of the most dynamic metropolitan centers in the world. Suzhou, however, has the benefit of proximity without Shanghai's overwhelming size and congested traffic.


Students will live in the Gusu Hotel, approximately 10-12 minutes walking distance from the classroom building.

Resident Directors

Dr. Xiaobin Jian 
Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures

Ohio State Program Contact

Elizabeth Angerman
Would you like to schedule an appointment? Click on the coordinator link above to request one. 



Courses and Credit

Students at Soochow University will have four formal classes each day on "speaking and listening application," "speaking and listening development," "reading" and "writing." Each of the four classes meets for approximately one hour per day with individual tutor time scheduled separately. Participants will be nudged outside of their comfort zones and some degree of culture shock is to be expected.

Level 1+ students will earn: 
Chinese 2232: Modern Chinese Culture (3 credits) and Chinese 4193: Individual Studies (3 credits)

Level 4 students will earn: 
Chinese 5101.01: Level Four Chinese I (3 credits) and Chinese 5102.01: Level Four Chinese II (3 credits)

Graduate students/Level 6 students will earn:
C6193: Individual Studies (3 credits) and C6999: Research in Chinese – Thesis (3 credits)



Application Requirement

In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 (or higher) and must successfully complete one of the following pre-requisite language courses: C1102, C4142, and C4152, or C5102. Additionally, students must meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Complete applications will include two letters of recommendation from recent instructors; the strong preference is for referees who can comment on an applicant's Chinese language abilities. 

Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline.


Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to



Program Costs

Students are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $4126 program fee. The program fee includes in-country instruction, excursions, and cultural activities, visa fees, textbooks, accommodations, and supplemental insurance. It does not include international airfare, meals, or personal expenses.

This program has been generously subsidized by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures. 

The detailed breakdown of costs can be found on the budget sheet

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.


Students should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed.  After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.




Information Sessions

  • Monday, September 24 from 5:30-6:30 pm in Enarson Classroom Building 100


U.S. Department of State: (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: (pre-travel health guidance)

Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula, and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.


None at this time.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 02/15/2019
02/15/2019 06/07/2019 07/28/2019
NOTE: These dates are tentative and will be finalized by Autumn 2018.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.