3-Week Intensive Language Study Tour

Applications for 2020 study tour are temporarily closed

From March 10th, the University of Adelaide announced that international travel for students and staff will not be approved until further notice. If you were hoping to join a study tour to complete your degree, please contact your faculty.

  • 2020 Chinese In-country Summer Study Tour

    Join the Confucius Institute at the University of Adelaide and Shandong University on a 3-week study tour to North-East China for some intensive language instruction, whilst soaking up the culture, meeting the locals, enjoying Chinese cuisine, and taking in the sights of Beijing, Jinan, Qufu and Shanghai.

    Participants undertake two weeks of intensive language study and will be streamed into classes suitable to their own level of Chinese, so beginners to advanced Chinese learners are all catered for. Participants do not have to be currently enrolled at the University of Adelaide to take part. The 3-week trip also includes guided tours around Beijing, Jinan, Qufu and Shanghai.

    This study tour is a great way to consolidate the Chinese you have already learnt, and to get ahead for any future Chinese study.

    If you are a student at the University of Adelaide and would like to claim credit for your Chinese language studies during the tour you will need to enrol in (CHIN 2007 EX or CHIN 3010 EX). This is a 3-unit course. Make sure you check with your Faculty to confirm this course fits in your program.

    1 Year+ experience in Chinese language learning or equivalent is required.

  • The program

    On the first day of arrival participants will assemble in Beijing where students will get to know fellow participants in the group. Taking tours to the Great Wall and other famous sights including the Forbidden City and Tiananmen square. In Jinan, participants will be paired for their twin-share accommodation at the University of Shandong. The following day students will undertake a Chinese Proficiency Test to be streamed into suitable classes. Chinese classes will run every weekday (mornings or afternoons) for two and a half weeks. There will also be tours to Daming Lake and The Shandong Museum and well as cultural classes and activities.

    On weekends students are also free to explore Jinan and surrounds and practice their newly acquired Chinese language skills!

    Following the final exam, the group departs Jinan by train to Qufu to tour around Confucius' home town. There will be visits to heritage sites including Confucius House, Temple and Forest. The following day students leave for Shanghai, to see the Bund, Shanghai financial centre and more. After the tour concludes participants depart Shanghai for return to Australia (or stay on in China if you prefer).

    *Exact tour itinerary is subject to change.

  • Costs

    Price for University of Adelaide students enrolled in (CHIN 2007 EX or CHIN 3010 EX) is $2090*.

    Non-award students are also able to join, if you're interested please contact Steve.liu@adelaide.edu.au.

    Items included in the program price are:

    • Twin share accommodation
    • Daily breakfast and some other meals
    • Tour in Beijing, Jinan, Qufu and Shanghai
    • Cultural activities at Shandong Universities' Centre for Research and Experience of  Traditional Chinese Culture
    • Excursions that are part of the study program

    Items not included in the price and students take into account:

    • Uni enrolment fees 
    • Return airfares from Adelaide - China 
    • Lunch & dinner at Shandong University
    • Passport and visa fees
    • Vaccinations
    • Spending money
    • Meals not specified on the itinerary

    Funding options:
    Students may be eligible to apply for an OS-Help Loan to help fund their participation in the program. The purpose of OS-HELP is to assist students with a range of expenses, such as airfares and accommodation. Further information on eligibility for OS-Help can be found on Global Learning website. Please note that the OS Help loan can take up to 4 weeks to process and payment deadlines must be met regardless of the status of your loan.

    *Price is indicative only at this stage.

  • How to register

    From 10 March, The University of Adelaide announced that international travel for students will not be approved until further notice.

    Important to note:

    • A minimum of 10 students is required for the program to run and places are limited to 20 students in total.
    • All students must seek permission from faculty advisor for credit eligibility.
    • A $500 NON-REFUNDABLE deposit will be issued when students online application is successful.
    • Travel insurance is provided by the University of Adelaide for the length of the program. Students travelling beyond the program dates will need to pay for additional coverage.
    • The OS Help Loan can take up to 4 weeks to process so payments deadlines must be met regardless of the status of your loan. Students must ensure they have funds to meet relevant deadlines.


    • Shandong sights

      Shandong is situated in the north-east of China, bordering seas in the east that overlook the Korean Peninsula and the Japan Archipelago. The total population of Shandong is 90 million. Shandong is the birthplace of Confucius. Confucianism, founded by Confucius, is a philosophy that dictated much of Chinese traditional society and still holds many influences over Chinese society today.

      Qingdao - a former German concession and seaside city that is a popular beach resort. The home of the famous brand of Chinese beer (originally manufactured with a German recipe)!

      Jinan – Jinan is often referred to as the ‘city of springs’, it has more than 100 natural springs to swim, soak and detox in!

      Longshan Ancient city ruins – Longshan is considered the earliest city in China.

      Great Wall – Part of the great wall in Shandong was built during the Qi State period, and is believed to be the most ancient part of the Great Wall in China.

      Confucius Temple, Confucius Mansion and Confucius Cemetery in Qufu – see where Confucius, the great thinker, educator and statesman in China, and the pillar of traditional Chinese culture, was born. The temple, mansion and cemetery have been listed on the China World Cultural and Natural Heritage List by UNESCO.

      Mount Taishan and Mount Laoshan – see the beautiful landscapes that Mount Taishan and Laoshan have to offer.

      Shandong is also considered to be the birthplace of China’s pottery (the inscription on clay pots unearthed at Dawenkou and Dinggongcun are believed to bear the earliest Chinese written language. Tourists will find plenty of traditional items to add to their shopping lists such as the porcelain of Zibo, the clocks and watches of Yantai, the kites of Weifang and shell-carving.

    • Previous Study Tour photos