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Chih-ping Chou (周质平), Professor and Director of Chinese Language Program, Department of East Asian Studies, Princeton University

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  • Telephone: (609) 258-4269
  • Fax: (609) 258-7096
  • Address: Princeton in Beijing 218 Frist Campus Center Princeton University Princeton, NJ 08544-1008

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Princeton in Beijing, a high-quality intensive program in intermediate and advanced Chinese language study for the serious language student holds a summer session each year between June and August. The faculty from Princeton brings to this effort more than three decades of leadership in the pioneering of intensive "total immersion" summer Chinese language programs in the United States; in addition to more than three decades of experience in producing Chinese language textbooks at Princeton University's Chinese Linguistics Project.

To this experience is added the ultimate Chinese language environment -- China's capital city of Beijing. The Princeton Chinese Language Program has established its own distinctive pedagogy while developing a series of Chinese language textbooks based on the belief that a strong foundation with an emphasis on accurate pronunciation and grammar is absolutely necessary for language mastery. The "total immersion" approach includes such special features as: a student pledge to speak no language other than Mandarin Chinese throughout the session; individual tutorial sessions in the afternoons; constant contact with faculty and other students in campus life; and special lectures on aspects of China studies.  Princeton in Beijing is unique among in-country Chinese language programs in its use of an American model. All teaching materials and methods, as well as techniques of testing, grading, and course evaluation, are from Princeton University. The teaching faculty in charge of courses is also from the United States. The Princeton in Beijing faculty combines this approach with their years of experience to provide students with an intensive learning atmosphere within the natural language environment of mainland China.

Most PiB students are American college undergraduates who have taken at least one year of college Chinese courses by the time they attend PiB. The student body is diverse. About half of our students come from Princeton. The rest come from dozens of college and universities around the world. An increasing number of graduate students, high school seniors, and working professionals also apply each year.

In order to apply for PiB, you must have studied a year's worth of college Chinese by the time you attend our program in mid-June. PiB does not accept zero beginners.