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  • Locations: Kunming, China
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Program Homepage: Click here
  • Program Sponsor: Middlebury Schools Abroad 
  • Restrictions: Grinnell applicants only
Grinnell Approval Deadlines/Program Dates:
Grinnell Approval Deadlines/Program Dates:
Term Year Grinnell Approval Deadline Grinnell Decision Date Program Start Date Program End Date
Fall 2019 12/05/2018 02/18/2019 TBA TBA
Spring 2020 12/05/2018 02/18/2019 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Subject Areas of Interest: Anthropology, Cultural Studies, East Asian Studies, Global Development Studies, History, International Relations, Media Studies, Political Science, Sociology Language of Study: Chinese
Campus Program Advisor: Jin Feng OCS Contact: Alicia Stanley
Language Prereq: 4 semesters Housing: Dorm
Program Description:
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Living with a Chinese roommate—in a pairing based on interests and preferences—is one benefit shared by all School in China students, whether in Hangzhou, Kunming, or Beijing. Challenging course work and the Language Pledge round out a highly immersive program for the serious student of Mandarin Chinese.

Located in Southwest China and close to several countries in Southeast Asia, Kunming is known as the "City of Eternal Spring".

Kunming's parks--combined with the temperate climate of Southeast Asia--make it a very livable city with a strong "outdoor" culture.  Kunming is very multicultural, clearly demonstrating the influences of the 26 different ethnic groups living in Yunnan Province. 


Why study on the Middlebury program in Kunming?

  • Rigorous Chinese language and cultural studies with focus on Chinese ethnic and minority studies
  • Twenty hours per week of language and topical courses taught in the Chinese in small classes and through intensive individualized instruction.  Strict language pledge.
  • Electives include newspaper reading, environmental studies, contemporary issues classical and business Chinese, ethnic and minority studies.
  • Dormitory housing at Yunnan University with Chinese roommate
Open to all majors and may be of particular interest in these subject areas:
  • Anthropology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Global Development Studies
  • East Asian Studies
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Political Science
  • Media Studies
  • Sociology

Preparatory coursework recommended by Grinnell

Minimum 4th semester level Mandarin.  Language GPA above 3.0