Chinese language programs in China
May 22, 2007 7:59 AM Subscribe
Help me find college-level Chinese language programs in China.
I've been engaged to help find a semester-long Mandarin Chinese course in mainland China. I have lived in China and visited a few universities, but I am not familiar with the quality of language programs geared toward foreigners.
I know that Peking University is generally considered the "Harvard of China", and Tsinghua the "MIT of China". Does that necessarily mean that their language programs for foreign students are the best? I had the occasion to visit Beijing Language and Culture University, and they seemed much more friendly (towards me, a foreigner) than P.U.
This student has asked me about the relative merits of Shanghai versus Beijing, but I could only speak in general terms (I'm partial to Shanghai as a city, but I know nothing about its educational opportunities). Any comments or anecdotes would be appreciated.
Special bonus question: is the HSK Chinese test widely respected and used? Do employers consider it in screening?