Full program description
Understand the World’s
Be a Global Leader.
1.4 Billion people live in China and 50 million more across the world representing almost a quarter of all humanity. This Certificate will help you develop an understanding of the growing Chinese culture and contemporary China, as well as basic social skills for effective interactions.
This Certificate has three units so you can easily fit the learning into your personal schedule.
Tuition covers all three units.
This course counts for credit toward either ENGL 2322 World Literature I OR HIST 2321 World Civilizations.
Fundamental Knowledge of Contemporary China 当代中国概况: In this unit, you will learn the foundation of contemporary Chinese culture. Spanning geography, economics, politics, literature, philosophy and art, contemporary China can only be accurately described and presented through an understanding of the history of the Chinese people.
You will learn:
- Knowledge of the basics tenets of Chinese culture
- To connect historical perspectives to contemporary Chinese culture
- How to prepare to participate in popular Chinese culture
Social Interaction in China 中国的社会交往: In this unit, you will gain an understanding of social interactions in China. Relationships are developed through the values and history of the Chinese people. Customs and family will be a central theme to be presented and explored. The unit will conclude with a practical do’s and don’ts approach to social interaction with the Chinese people.
You will learn:
- About key Chinese festivals and customs
- How to participate appropriately in Chinese customs
- To compare and contrast the values and customs of marriage and family in China with western norms
- A social network strategy to building relationships in China
- The do’s and don’ts of Chinese social interaction
Professional Interaction in China 中国的职场交际: In this unit you will learn the basics of professional interaction in China through understanding professional values, culture and norms. You will also develop an important skill set to move into negotiating and developing agreements. The unit will conclude with a practical do’s and don’ts approach to professional interaction in China.
You will learn:
- The basics of professional culture in China
- How to practice effective Chinese professional communication strategies
- To compare the differences in Chinese business structure, management and relationships with western approaches
- Strategies for negotiations and how to develop agreements with Chinese professionals
- The do’s and don’ts of Chinese professional interaction
Phi Theta Kappa ILIAD Capstone Unit
Students will explore the opportunities for experiential international education and analyze them to identify an opportunity that is best aligned to personal and career goals. Students will set learning goals, develop a timeline and actions required to meet goals, and develop well-crafted essay drafts that prepare them to complete actual application processes for programs as well as scholarships that fund study abroad experiences, such as the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.
You will learn:
International Experiential Education – Students develop awareness and are inspired to consider different types of international study experiences.
Support Team – Students assemble a support team and learn the value of networking and communication to produce a plan of international study.
Strategy and Success – Students personalize an approach to international study that is meaningful and authentic to their interests, strengths, and goals.
Forming a Plan – Students select a scholarship opportunity (or other pathway) to pursue and develop a plan that includes a clear timeline and activities.
Operationalizing a Plan – Students execute their plans and submit scholarship applications with the support of their network to maximize their chance of receiving a scholarship to study abroad.
Who should enroll: This Certificate is ideal for individuals who want to increase their skills and value to their future organizations, including those planning a career in:
- Human Resources
- International Business
- Business Ownership
- International Finance
- Project Management
- Service Development
- Foreign Services
- International Education
Cheng Long, 程龙
Dr. Cheng Long is a master’s program professor at Beijing Language and Culture University. His main areas of research include history of cultural exchange, international Chinese language education history, Chinese history and Chinese geography. Dr. Cheng is a published author, has presided at a Postdoctoral Science Foundation project at Peking University and participated in more than 10 projects involving the Ministry of Education, National Natural Science Foundation and the Beijing Social Science Foundation.
Monika Byrd (for ILIAD Unit only)
Monika Byrd is Phi Theta Kappa’s Dean of Leadership Development and Service Learning. She has over 20 years of experience in leadership education and has edited three editions of Leadership Development Studies: A Humanities Approach. She has studied or worked abroad in Australia, Cameroon, France, South Africa, and Sweden, bringing these experiences and the expertise of additional international educators to the development of the ILIAD Unit.
Beijing Language and Culture University
*Ranked #1 | Chinese Language and Culture*
BLCU is the only university of its kind in China that offers Chinese language and culture courses to international students.
BLCU also enrolls students specializing in foreign languages and other humanities and social sciences subjects, as well as training teachers of Chinese as a foreign language. As a result, a large number of international students from many countries study with BLCU and thus it is often called a "Mini United Nations".
Beijing Language and Culture University currently offers 7 areas of study: literature, economics, law, engineering, history, education and management and has established cooperative relations with over 301 universities in 51 countries. BLCU has established the Harvard-Beijing Academy with Harvard University, the School of Bangkok in Thailand and the School of Tokyo in Japan.
Earning a Certificate in Contemporary China and Chinese Culture from the Beijing Language and Culture University really sets you apart. You will learn about a growing world population from a most prestigious cultural institution which adds validated strength to your career, LinkedIn profile and your next job interview.
Phi Theta Kappa Honor SocietyPhi Theta Kappa is a membership honor society that recognizes and encourages the academic achievement of two-year college students. It provides opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming. Phi Theta Kappa has 1300 chapters and adds 135,000 of the top-performing community college students each year.
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International Honors Certificate (IHC) FAQ
|What do I need to do receive IHC credit from my community college?||Credit policies will vary by institution, however, you must complete and pass both the International Honors Certificate university course in addition to the ILIAD Certificate Capstone Unit in order to receive credit. Please check with your community college to determine the exact path to credit.|
|How is the International Honors Certificate designed?||Each International Honors Certificate university course is specialized content from a top university and contains 3 Units. Each Unit has an end of Unit Quiz which must be passed prior to moving forward. At the end of all three Units, you must pass a Certificate Final Exam in order to earn the Certificate.|
|What is the ILIAD certificate?||The ILIAD certificate capstone unit is designed by PTK to develop personal and professional leadership skills that prepare students to select international experiential education opportunities and complete actual application processes for programs as well as scholarships that fund study abroad experiences, such as the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.
|How are the International Honors Certificate course and ILIAD Unit graded?||Both the IHC university course and the ILIAD capstone unit are pass/fail in nature and the student must achieve at least 70% on the Final Exams for each to pass. Students will need to pass the End of Certificate Exam and the End of Unit Iliad Quiz to earn the certificates.|
|How many times can I take an End of Unit quiz in the International Honors Certificate university course?||The Unit quiz may be taken an unlimited number of times.|
|How many times can I take the International Honors Certificate Final Exam?||Students have three attempts to pass the final exam. A minimum score of 70% is necessary by the third try to earn the Certificate and receive credit.|
|Can I drop the International Honors Certificate university course and/or ILIAD capstone unit?||The IHC university course and ILIAD capstone unit are linked, and they would be dropped together. Add/ drop policies will vary by institution, please check with your local community college for specific dates.|
|By when do I have to finish the International Honors Certificate university course and ILIAD capstone unit?||You will have to the end of your semester by which you will need to finish the International Honors Certificate course. Please check with your local community college for specific dates.|
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