Chinese becomes one of the most popular languages in the world, and it’s not just a trend. Studying Chinese today is a good investment in the future, no matter what area of activity you plan to devote your life to.
If you decide that you need Chinese, then it’s worth thinking about how and where to learn it. To go to the courses? Hire a tutor? Or just go to China? If you have time you can spend few year at your homeland and learn Chinese there, and then apply for internship to practice your Chinese. Then you will already have some knowledge which you can immediately apply in practice, and life in an unfamiliar country will seem much easier. But if there was a need to master the oral Chinese in a short time, then the choice is obvious – you have to buy a ticket and go to China. Three months of persistent classes in the courses, daily conversational practice with Chinese friends, several hours for the prescription of hieroglyphs – and now you can talk on everyday topics, watch movies in the original language, search for the necessary information on the Chinese Internet. However, in order to raise your level to “almost free”, you must have patience: even in China, it will take you several years.
So, what do you need to do to apply for language internship in the country of the great wall? To begin with, choose the city and university where you want to study. It worths mentioning that the Chinese courses are open today almost at all major universities in China, whose policy has been directed for several years to attract foreign students. Therefore, your choice will not be limited to the universities of Beijing and Shanghai. Today, Chinese can be taught on the tropical island of Hainan, and in the capital of Inner Mongolia, Hohhot, and in the old town of Kaifeng. The cost of study and living expenses in non capital cities’ education institutions is usually much lower, and the level of teaching is the same.
In addition, in small towns, where foreigners are rare guests, you will have much more opportunities for practicing the language.You don’t need to look for reasons for acquaintance: the seller in the store, and the guard in the hotel, and passers on the street will be happy to talk with you, discuss life in China and learn the latest international news. And on vacation, you can always go to Beijing or colorful Shanghai in order to practice your knowledge and make new friends.
If your choice fell on a well-known university, then prepare for the fact that you will need to complete the documents for the internship on time, in addition to you, there will probably be two or three students from your homeland (and then the incentive to speak Chinese will decrease significantly) and there won’t be guarantees that you will find a place in the student accommodation. However, all these problems can be resolved, and the main thing is to decide where do you want to study in advance
The next stage will be the filing of applications and processing of documents. Today, almost all universities in China have their own websites on the Internet, where all information is presented in Chinese and English. There you can find contacts of the international students office , and a list of necessary documents for submission of the application. This usually includes the following:
A copy of the payment of the registration fee (this is approximately USD 50);
Certificate of guarantor (for students under 18 age).
Two months later after receiving your application, the university will send an admission letter and a visa application form. In case, of the refusal of the admission, the registration fee won’t be refunded. Applications for study are accepted from September to the end of December (spring semester ) and from February to the end of June (winter semester). There are also short-term summer courses. All documents are simple enough to prepare independently, but if you want to save time, it is better to contact to the services of agencies that help enroll in the educational institutions of China. For those who have a tourist visa, we can advise one more way: to come to China and apply directly to the university. Universities in China don’t require any additional exams so that could be the easiest and fastest way for enrollment.