A Day in the Life of a PiB Student
PiB is split into two terms of four weeks each. Each of these terms is equivalent to a semester of college Chinese, making the program in its entirety equal to a year of college Chinese. Classes are held five days a week for four hours each day. Fifty-to-sixty minute individual sessions are held in the afternoons Monday through Thursday, and office hours are held for two hours each evening from Sunday through Thursday.
Chinese Tables with a teacher and 1-2 other classmates are offered twice a week during lunch or dinner time, scheduled between you and your teachers. Optional lectures, performances, excursions and extracurricular activities are scheduled throughout the program. Optional day trips to various historical/cultural sites outside of Beijing will be planned for most weekends.
A typical schedule is as follows:
8:00am - 8:50am
First Lecture Class
9:00am - 9:50am
Second Lecture Class
10:10am - 11:00am
Third Lecture Class
11:10am - 12:00pm
Fourth Lecture Class
50-60 minute one-on-one tutorial session with a PiB teacher. (Sessions are held during three separate time bands: 2:00-2:50, 3:00-3:50 and 4:00-4:50pm. Students' individual session times will vary week by week).
8:00pm - 10:00pm Office Hours. Teachers will be available to answer questions about the day's lesson or homework, and to provide extra practice/help if needed.
2013 Speaker Series
Wang Jisi (07/01): Sino-US Relations
Cong Zhiyuan (07/03): Chinese Art and Evolution
Gregory Gilligan (07/08): A Dialogue with a PiB (c/o '93) Alum
Sami Farhad (07/15): Law and Legal Careers in China
Zabrina Law (07/30): Teach for China Initiative
2013 Activities and Excursions
Chinese Calligraphy (Weeks 1 & 3)
Chinese Brush Painting (Weeks 5 & 6)
Great Wall of China (06/29)
Marco Polo Bridge & Memorial Museum (07/06)
Concert at the National Center for the Performing Arts (07/06)
Longqing Xia (07/13)
Silver Pagoda Forest (07/27)
Inter-University Speech Contest (08/04)
Beijing Evening (08/10)
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