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IMPACs comprehensive, full-time approach to Chinese instruction is designed to build the linguistic foundation, cultural understanding, and real-world skills that students need to function independently in China. No other program offers the same degree of coverage in so short a time.

The summer program consists of an intermediate level equal to one year of language study (Chinese 2201/2202). After finishing the course, they may either go to China or continue in regular, non-intensive courses.

Students at the appropriate linguistic level can join the intermediate program. Because introductory programs differ widely in content and methodology, students applying for the intermediate program may be required to take a placement exam to determine whether or not IMPAC will suit their needs.