2012 Summer Language Program in Shanghai
Plus an Optional 2-week Program in Taipei



Program Overview

This is a program by the Canadian TCSL Association to offer Canadian college and university students an affordable and quality study opportunity in China. Members of the Canadian TCSL Association are college and university Chinese language teachers from across Canada. To learn more about the Canadian TCSL Association, please visit the Association web site:

The 2012 program is a 3-week (24 days) language & culture study program in Shanghai, China¡¯s biggest city and home of the 2010 World Expo. Visit historical sites such as the Bund, Yu Garden, China Pavilion of the 2010 Expo, and the new commercial and industrial Pudong area.
Program Highlights:

  • a minimum of 50 hours of language instruction
  • 3 hours of language classes in the mornings, Mondays-Fridays
  • afternoon cultural & social activities
  • Chinese university students as study partners
  • some free afternoons to explore the city
  • sightseeing in Shanghai


Dates: May 3rd ¨C May 25th, 2012

  • May 3rd: Orientation & Placement
    May 4th: Classes begin
    May 24th: Final Exam
    May 25th: Closing Ceremony

Hosting Institute:

International Education College, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Web site:


  Program Fee: CND 1,490.00 *




It does not include:

  • tuition
  • shared accommodation
  • breakfast everyday
  • workshops and activities
  • group airport transfers to & from the hosting institute
  • sightseeing trips in Shanghai
  • airfare**
  • visa fee
  • Airport Improvement Fees
  • travel & medical insurances ***
  • immunizations
  • lunch & dinner****
  • optional trips to other cities
  • personal expenses
  • long distance calls, faxes etc.

*Program fee based on exchange rate in November, 2011. Additional charges may be required if exchange rate goes up.
** You can purchase your own plane ticket; or we can purchase a group ticket for you. Price of the group ticket will depend on the number of tickets requested.  It is usually around CAD$1,300-1,400.
*** Participants are REQUIRED to purchase travel & medical insurances.
**** Approximate meal costs (lunch & dinner) per day: CAD$6-10.

Click here to view a DVD of the 2011 Summer Program

Click here for information on the 2-week Taipei Program

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Comments from past participants of the Program

  • Great Program.  Very satisfied.
  • We love our teachers and language buddies.
  • The Program has exceeded my expectations.
  • The Acrobatic show was awesome!
  • A wonderful experience, good teachers and language buddies.
  • This trip has been a lot of fun. My Chinese has improved significantly.
  • I would definitely recommend this program to others.  I had a great time.
  • Love the people, the place, the language & food. I am very happy with the trip.
  • More dumpling-making please.  It was so much fun and dumplings so delicious.
  • It’s been an overwhelming experience.  I’ve learned so much and have grown a desire to keep studying Chinese.  If given the chance, I would definitely come back.

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Shared room at a 3-star hotel within walking distance to the university.

(Click here for hotel photo, lobby, Cafeteria, Room1, Room2, Bath Room1, Bath Room2)

Rooms are equipped with:

  • air conditioning
  • washroom
  • TV
  • Telephone
  • wireless internet connection

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To Apply:

1. Read our Cancellation and Refund Policy and Terms, Conditions and Liability Waiver Agreement.  Indicate your agreement by signing the last page of each agreement.

2. Fill out the Application Form.

3. Pay a deposit of CND300.00 by check. This deposit is non-refundable. It will be deducted from the total fee. Please make check payable to the “Canadian TCSL Association”.

4. Send complete application to:

The Canadian TCSL Association Summer Study Program
#163-2498 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. Canada
V6M 2A7

(Your application should include: 1. signed agreement of the Cancellation & Refund Policy, 2. signed copy of the Terms, Conditions & Liability Waiver Agreement, 3. completed application form and 4. a deposit check of CAD300.00)

5. Confirm your participation by sending in a check of $1,190.00 for the balance of the program fee before March 15th, 2012.

Applications accepted on a first-come first-served basis until March 15th, 2012. Apply early to avoid disappointment.

For inquiries about the program, please send email to:

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1. Why do we go to a university of traditional Chinese medicine to study Chinese?  

The International Education College of the Shanghai Traditional Chinese Medicine has over 30 year of experience in providing language and cultural training to foreign students who are preparing to study traditional Chinese medicine at the University.  Over 6,000 doctors, acupuncturists and physiotherapists from almost 100 countries have gone through the language & cultural programs of the College.  It is one of the best Chinese language & cultural training institutes in China.  Teaching is of top quality.  Faculty are highly qualified, dedicated and experienced. 




2. Is there any competition to go on the program? Do I have to know Chinese to participate in the program?

Participation is on a first-come first-served basis.While there is no requirement of Chinese language skills, participants with some prior knowledge would benefit more from the experience. If you sign up for the program, it would be advisable to take some language classes before you go.

3. When will I know if I am accepted?

Within a week of receiving your application, we will contact you by email or by phone to let you know. You can also enquire by email.



4. Will participants meet before the trip?
There will be an information meeting in Vancouver before the trip.

5. Can I travel ahead of time?

Yes, you just have to meet up with the group either at the Shanghai Pudong Airport or at our hosting institute.




6. Where do I stay?

You will be sharing a room at a nearby hotel.  Rooms are equipped with air-conditioner, telephone, wireless internet connection, color TV and hot shower. Food, drinks, laundry and long distance calls are NOT included. There is also easy access to the Internet on campus.




7. Meals are not included in the program fee. How much do meals cost?

Breakfasts are included. Lunch costs about CND2.00 on campus and dinner about CND5.00; a total of about CND7-10 a day.




8. How do I know which class to take?

Participants will be divided into different classes according to their level of competency. There will be a placement on the first day of classes.

9. How long are the classes?

There are two classes each morning. Every class is about 80 minutes long with a 10-15 minute break between classes.

10. Can I get credits from my university for this study program?

Students of past programs were successful in transferring credits they obtained from the hosting institute to their Canadian universities and colleges.

You will be provided with a transcript and a course description with which you can apply for transfer credits from your university/colleges. Some universities/colleges require prior approval for taking courses overseas. Check with your university/colleges to see what is required. It is also a good idea to obtain a course outline of a similar language course from your university so that the hosting institute knows what information to provide on the transcript.




11. What is the weather like in Shanghai in May and June?

Cool to warm in May and becoming humid and hot in June. Most places are air-conditioned.

12. What clothes should I bring?

Summer clothes and a cap/hat. Do also bring a pair of long pants, a long sleeve top/shirt and a wind breaker for outdoor trips. It would also be good to have an outer layer in rooms with strong air-conditioning.

13. What is the exchange rate from Rmb to foreign currency?

The Chinese currency is RMB (Renminbi).
Current exchange rate is appr. CND$1.00 to RMB$6.20. For the most updated exchange rate, visit  

14. What money should I bring to China?

You can buy travellers¡¯ cheques which can be exchanged into RMB at a bank in Shanghai. You can also bring cash to be exchanged at Shanghai banks.? You may be able to withdraw money from banking machines in China with your Canadian bank card.? Check with your bank to see if that is possible and applicable service charges.

15. What's the voltage/power supply?

220volts, 2pin.


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