Welcome to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Project GO program, an initiative aimed at improving the language skills, regional expertise, and intercultural communication skills of future military officers. If admitted, full scholarship is guaranteed and includes tuition, airfare, and travel to sites such as Mount Hua, Terra Cotta Soldiers and the Great Wall as well as your visa, room and board, local transportation and cellphone use.
The program runs from May 11-July 9, 2017, with May 11 as the departure day from the U.S.
The location is on the thoroughfare of Zhongguan Avenue, in China’s high-tech district, the so-called Silicon Valley of China. The campus is minutes away from the Bamboo Garden, the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City, the National Museum, Ti’anmen Square, Military Museum, Temple of Heaven, just to name a few famous sites. Class schedule is Monday through Friday for four hours per day plus a half hour tutoring Monday through Thursday.
The ERAU Project GO program is provided by The Council of International Education and Exchange (CIEE), the oldest and largest study abroad provide in the United States. Together, we will provide an online orientation prior to departure, onsite orientation for the first two days.
The ERAU/CIEE program distinguishes itself from all other programs in offering its participants a rare opportunity of home-stay, so that you can experience living in China as a native speaker does. For eight weeks, you will become a “Chinese” coming and in and out of a local residential area, commuting like all other Chinese do. By the end of the program, you will really know what being a Chinese means. CIEE has interviewed, done house visits of, and vetted every family.
You will have your own fully-furnished bedroom. All home-stay families live within one hour of public transportation to the university. You will be given a loaded transportation card for daily commute.
The program has three levels: Year 3 (Advanced), Year 2 (Intermediate II), and Year 1 (Intermediate I). Please note that Project GO has only one advanced Chinese program, which is the ERAU advanced program. Like all Project GO programs, there will be an onsite pre-program oral assessment to help the program make the final decision of which level of class best fits your learning needs.
To apply, please see the forms on this webpage. The deadline is January 17, 2017. ERAU looks forward to receiving your application.
This program is designed for students who have studied Chinese for 10 college credits by May 2017, or are at the novice high or intermediate low level. There are three courses in the Intermediate I program:
Experiencing China is a comprehensive intermediate Chinese language course aimed at helping students developing overall descriptive and narrative skills in complete sentences and sentence strings.
Enhancing Listening Skills will focus on helping students further develop listening skills by using relatively short listening passages or dialogues about contemporary China.
Enhancing Reading Skills focuses on reading authentic simple and short texts such as ads, to help students comprehend what they see and read in China. All three courses are designed to have varied classroom activities, small individual and group presentations, and occasional group lunches.
This program is designed for students who have studied Chinese for 20 college credits by May 2017, or are at the intermediate mid level. Study abroad credits count as part of the 20 college credits. There are three courses in the Intermediate II program:
Speech is designed for students to learn the subject matter of public speaking in order to overcome communication apprehension, develop listening skills, master oral performance, and writing speech outlines.
Cross-Cultural Communication helps students to learn Chinese culture communication phrases, topics, and strategies.
Introduction to Geography is intended that to develop a reasonable knowledge of place names and locations, and the basic vocabulary of the discipline of geography.
This program is designed for students who have studied Chinese for 20+ college credits, or are at the intermediate high or advanced low level. Study abroad credits count as part of the 20+ college credits. There are three courses in the advanced program:
Advanced Listening: We spend about half of our communication time listening. Listening is a process of selecting and organizing important pieces from the listening, in order to communicate. This course is designed to facilitate narration, description, and discussion of medium-length listening material, material done and for the native Chinese speakers. Topics range from transportation to election, providing opportunities for students to apply critical thinking skills to issues of public and community concerns.
Contemporary Chinese Stories provides a window into the emotions and thoughts of the Chinese people as they go through the changes in globalization.
Asian Geography teaches the students various aspects of Asia’s physical features, the regional and country differences, population patterns, cultural diversity, and historical development of the area.
Application and commander recommendation forms are attached. Deadline for all application material is 5 p.m. EST, January 17, 2017. Please complete every item of the attached application, write the two essays in the application in detail and thoughtfully, email the material required in the application, and the two recommendation letters required in the application. All these application material should be emailed to Dr. Leeann Chen, the ERAU Project GO program director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you do not have a passport, you need to apply for one. While the program will apply for visas on your behalf in early February 2017, you will need to have a valid passport in hand by that time. If you do not, you will not be considered for this program.
Please contact Dr. Leeann Chen at email@example.com or 928-777-6682 if you have any questions.