The eight-week Harbin summer intensive program is designed to help participating students increase their language proficiency through study and interactive community activities. Students will be enrolled in specially designed language courses through Harbin Institute of Technology's (HIT) International College and will also participate in a variety of community activities. Generally, students will enter this program with either one, two, or three years of prior study in college-level Chinese, resulting in a placement into HIT proficiency levels of 'novice-mid' or higher. Students will take pre- and post-program language assessments, to help with placement into Harbin courses and measurement of language progression.
To encourage a fully immersive learning experience, participants will also be required to sign a language pledge pertaining to all on-campus communication while at HIT.
The HIT curriculum exposes students to 'hot topic' social issues that are important to understanding the Chinese cultural context. HIT courses will approach topics from multiple perspectives, which will allow students to practice their Chinese language skills.
UO Faculty Support
A UO faculty director will provide a pre-departure orientation, on-site support and advising.
HIT Course Placement
Students will take a placement test and will get credits for the courses they take during the program. For lower level (200/300) students this means they can get credits worth a whole year and can skip a year when they come back.
UO-HIT Weekly Schedule
At each level, the schedule generally includes group skills training, individualize tutorials, and experiential opportunities. For detailed information, please go to: UO-Harbin Weekly Schedule (actual schedule may differ slightly).
Registration and Credits
Students participating in this program will be registered at the University of Oregon and will receive UO credits for courses taken in Harbin. Students' course work will be reviewed and evaluated by appropriate academic departments at the UO.
Students are responsible for making sure that the courses they plan to take in China will meet major and minor requirements. Students are advised to consult with their academic adviser about their plans to study in the Harbin program.
All previously approved study abroad courses appear in an online database maintained by the Office of the Registrar. The database is searchable by world regions, then countries, and then specific program titles. For each course, you will see how it applies to UO degrees in terms of course level (100-, 200-, etc.), general-education requirements (e.g., Group 1 Arts & Letters, multicultural requirements, etc.), and majors and minors offered in the department granting the UO credit (e.g., the English major and minor for ENG credit). Students are responsible for talking with major/minor advisers about the possibility of applying courses toward majors and minors in other fields of study.
Note, too, that all study abroad programs of ten weeks or longer allow students to meet the IC: International Cultures multicultural requirement.
Not all available courses appear in the online database, especially for programs in which UO students choose their courses from an entire host university's offerings. The only courses that appear are those that have already been either taken by UO students before or otherwise evaluated for UO credit. Courses that do not appear will need to be evaluated for UO credit, but that does not mean that such courses are not available as options for UO participants. It does likely mean that students will be involved in getting the courses evaluated while they are enrolled in them.
If you are interested in knowing how a course that is not listed in the online database will apply to your UO degree, and you are able to get a syllabus for the course ahead of time from a host university website, you may send it to the Registrar's office for early evaluation. Email the syllabus to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "UO STUDY ABROAD: Pre-articulation request."