FHSU provides opportunities to explore the Chinese language and culture

Two opportunities to explore Chinese language and culture will be available from Fort Hays State University this summer: a tour of China and a Chinese culture and language camp.

Both are sponsored by the University’s Office for Strategic Partnerships and the Department of Modern Languages.

The China Tour will begin in late June and last 12 days. It will begin in Beijing for three nights and will include visits to such sites as the Forbidden City, the Great Wall and the Temple of Heaven. The group will then travel to Xinzheng, home of Sias International University, FHSU’s first foreign partner, a private university owned by an American citizen. The tour will stay here for three nights and visit the Henan Museum and the Shaolin Temple. Two nights will be spent in Xian to visit the Muslim Market and the Terra-Cotta Warriors. The tour will end with two nights in Shanghai, where the group will take a cruise on the Bund and enjoy one final shopping opportunity.

The cost of the tour is approximately $2,500, which covers airfare, hotels and ground transportation while in China. The tour is open to the community; an adult must accompany all middle school and high school students.

“Educational travel abroad widens our horizons as no other experience can,” said Dr. Evelyn Toft, chair of the Department of Modern Languages. “The civilization of China has to be experienced firsthand to get a sense of its greatness and dignity.”

To prepare for the tour, FHSU will offer a China Camp, a five-day language and culture program that will run from June 18-22. It will consist of two one-credit-hour courses, one focusing on survival language skills in Mandarin Chinese and one providing an overview of Chinese geography, history, art and philosophy.

Participation in the China Camp is not required to be part of the tour.

Registration deadline for both activities is March 15.

For more information, contact Mary Meier, administrative assistant to the assistant provost for strategic partnership, at (785) 628-5818, or by e-mail at mmeier@fhsu.edu, or Toft at (785) 628-4244, or by e-mail at etoft@fhsu.edu.

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