Chinese Language & Culture
New College is home to a budding but fast-growing Chinese Language and Culture program. If you have an interest in a civilization that is more than 5,000 years old, a first language that is the most widely spoken and written in the world, and a rapidly growing economic and technological giant, then this is the program for you. Our Chinese AOC provides the training and cultural background needed for graduate school success and China-related careers in fields such as higher education, international business, government, international relations, as well as media and communications.
The flexibility of a New College education means that working with our faculty you can develop a plan of study that matches your individual interests and goals. Some of our students delve into Chinese language, literature and art, while others focus on the fact that China is one of largest trading partners of the United States. Many of our students complete joint-disciplinary or slash degrees, as we call them, combining their interest in Chinese with other fields in the humanities and social sciences, especially International and Area Studies.
In addition to courses and tutorials, our Chinese program offers a weekly language table led by our Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) from China. There are also activities throughout the year, including a Chinese film series, talent shows and dumpling festivals organized by the China Club and the FLTA.
Studying Chinese requires strong motivation and discipline, which makes it a good fit for New College, a school that attracts some of the top students in the nation. As a student here, you’ll not only enjoy learning the Chinese language and reading and writing, but you’ll also have access to many other opportunities. In recent years, quite a few students in our Chinese program have received Critical Language Scholarships from the U.S. Department of State, and over the past three years more than a dozen students have received grants from the Chinese government to study in China. Four students were fully funded for the 2010-2011 academic year, and three were funded for study in the spring 2011 term. All received full scholarships, including tuition, board and stipend. Many of our graduates have gone on to study, work or live in China. We also have many students who attend graduate school and work in varied fields from teaching to foreign service and management.
As part of the State University System of Florida, New College of Florida is one of the few public liberal arts and sciences honors colleges in the United States. We’re known for our record number of Fulbright Scholars (more per capita than Harvard, Stanford or Yale) and for the high rate of our students going on to graduate school. We offer an individualized, thought-provoking and challenging academic experience. What does that mean? Hands-on research conducted side by side with your professors. Small, intimate classes. Detailed narrative evaluations from your professors. Independent study required to graduate. All in a stunning location right on the water in Sarasota, Florida.