Upenn is home to more than 500 students who are studying abroad in China, and the University is offering Chinese study abroad courses in its online Mandarin language and culture courses.
Upenn’s online Mandarin Chinese language and language courses, taught by University of Western Ontario professor Roberta Linton, are offered through the University’s study abroad programme.
Upen students who apply to take up a Chinese study in China for a full semester can expect to spend at least one semester learning Mandarin.
Linton said it’s important to learn both languages, because the language is often spoken by many in China.
“If you can learn both, you will have a much greater chance of success in your application to come and study in Canada,” she said.
The online courses can be completed in any language, including Mandarin.
The courses take place at a variety of locations around the world, and can take up to six weeks.
In 2018, more than 60,000 students from around the globe enrolled in Upenn Chinese study overseas courses.
Students can take one of four study abroad programmes, ranging from the basic language course, through to the advanced language course.
Students must apply to the University for a visa to travel to China.
In order to apply for a study abroad visa, applicants must meet specific criteria, including having completed at least two Chinese language studies, at least five months of study abroad in Canada, a bachelor’s degree or higher, and an annual household income of $45,000 or more.
The University has also launched an online application system to help students apply online.
The first batch of applications will be processed by the end of 2019.
The next batch of applicants will be selected for further testing, which is expected to take place in mid-2020.
The Upenn Study Abroad Program is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.