Kunming, China
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:
The Middlebury C.V. Starr School in China, in cooperation with CET Academic Programs, offers a full language immersion experience in Kunming. Intended for students with an intermediate to advanced level of Chinese language, the program structure, including housing with Chinese roommates, is designed to expose students to an environment that will build upon their foundation of Chinese while rapidly increasing their knowledge of the language and culture.

Students enrolled in the School in China take all of their courses in Chinese, including content-based electives and the unique one-on-one tutorial. Living with Chinese roommates, students use their language skills in a relaxed environment outside of the classroom. Students in all locations have the opportunity to spend January term in Beijing preceding, following, or in-between the fall or spring semester. Our host in Kunming, Yunnan University (YNU), is centrally located in Kunming’s charming and bustling downtown area, adjacent to the Green Lake and its adjoining park. As a comprehensive university, YNU has programs in most academic disciplines but is particularly recognized for its departments of anthropology and environmental studies.

Participants in the C.V. Starr-Middlebury Schools Abroad don’t just study a language—they live it. Many of our students major in disciplines other than foreign languages, yet all bring a level of proficiency that supports their commitment to language and cultural immersion. They sign and honor the Middlebury Language Pledge because they want the greatest possible challenge in a study abroad program and an authentic experience in every respect; academic, social, and even professional. At every juncture of their time abroad, students have the chance to "live the language" and immerse themselves in the host culture.
Setting Description:
Located in Southwest China and close to several countries in Southeast Asia, Kunming is known as the “City of Eternal Spring”. Kunming’s parks—combined with the temperate climate of Southeast Asia—make it a very livable city with a strong “outdoor” culture. Kunming is very multicultural, clearly demonstrating the influences of the 26 different ethnic groups living in Yunnan Province.
Tuition (includes tuition, health insurance, orientation, excursions, textbooks, and a shared dormitory room with a Chinese roommate): Fall or Spring Semester $18,200. Fall Semester + Winter Term $21,850. Spring Semester + Winter Term $22,350. Year $36,400. Year + Winter Term $40,050