Hamilton’s Associated Colleges in China, based in Beijing, is among the top Chinese language programs. Participants pledge to speak only Chinese, and it’s challenging, but students receive the support they need to fly high. They gain advanced language proficiency, make the most of cultural opportunities, and develop an understanding of China’s people, economy, and educational system.
Resources and Opportunities
Weekly Chinese Table
Another special feature of the program is the Chinese Table, or 中文桌子,which is offered once a week for students to chat freely with their teachers and other Chinese native speakers. It is held in the Thorne Dining Hall, Hutchinson Room, every Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Lily Susman '16 Fulbright Teaching Fellow, 2016
Eduardo Jaramillo '17 Robert S. Good Friend Summer Internship Fund (Kunming, China 2016)
Maya Little '15 Critical Language, 2014
Kevin MacKenzie '15 Critical Language, 2015
Eduardo Jaramillo '17 winner of the third Place at advanced-level and the title of "Hainan Airlines Cultural Ambassadors" at the sixth annual Chinese Bridge Speech Contest for University Students in New England, 2016 Spring
Study Away Programs
The Chinese Department strongly encourages students to apply for study abroad programs, as a pathway toward social-cultural and linguistic immersion. Students may choose to study away any time after their first-year language training at Bowdoin, and up to two full Bowdoin credits may count toward the minor. Many outstanding programs on the College’s approval list include:
Middlebury in Kunming program pushes a student's presupposed ability in all four Chinese language skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening).