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FAQs In Chinese Language Study
  • About Chinese language study
    • You are expected to earnestly participate in the studying and testing of all subjects required by the curriculum.
    • New students will be required to sit for a placement test. They will be placed into classes based on their performance in the placement test.
    • Before the new semester starts, the school will announce the information regarding the division of students into classes and school timetable at the bulletin boards in the lecture building, the student dorm, as well as in the office of the school. Such information will also be released at http://www.sie.sjtu.edu.cn.
    • In the first week of the new semester, you may attend the class you are placed in on a trial basis. If you find this class does not fit with your Chinese level, you may go to the Office of Educational Affairs to request a transfer to another class during the second week. The school will address such requests according to specific circumstances. You cannot change classes by yourself.
    • If you ask for leave for one day or less, you only need to get approval from your class teacher who will report to the Office of Educational Affairs for record. But if the leave of absence exceeds one day, you must get approval from the Office yourself. If the leave of absence exceeds three days, the Office must report to the Dean for approval. If you do not attend school without asking for leave or you fail to get an approval, it will be dealt with as an absence without leave.
  • About textbooks
    • You should buy the textbooks according to the level of class you are assigned to at the registration of each semester.
    • If you need to transfer to another class one week after the semester begins, you may go to the designated place (to be announced by the school at registration) to buy new textbooks. You may return the old textbooks if they are not written on or spoilt.
    • You cannot return textbooks for elective courses.
  • Assessment and score report
    • Assessments are made on a semester basis, which consists of classroom performance, mid-term exams and final exams.
    • Classroom performance includes your class attendance, attentiveness and the quality of your homework. Full marks are 100.
    • Mid-term exams are held during the 10 th week of every semester, with final exams during the 20 th week. Full marks for both exams are 100.
    • The overall grades for each course in each semester are made up of three parts, namely classroom performance (10%), mid-term exam (20%) and final exam (70%).
    • In the case that the total amount of your absence (an accumulation of sick leave, business leave and absence without leave) in terms of class hours exceeds one third of the time required by a given course, you are not allowed to take the final exam of that course.
    • Failure in two or more courses in terms of the overall grades of every semester will disqualify you from moving up to a higher level of study in the next semester.
  • The issuance of the certificate for the Chinese language learners

    If you have finished and passed all the courses, you will get a Certificate of Completion.

    The minimum standards to get a certificate:

    • Your attendance must account for 2/3 or more of the total class periods.
    • You should finish the work assigned by the teacher. You must attend the quizzes, the mid-term exam, final exam, and so on.
    • You should pay all the fees and make all the necessary procedures before the courses finish.
    • There is no severe violation of the laws and regulations.
  • Dropping out halfway
    • If you are unable to continue your planned study for various reasons, you must apply to the Office of Educational Affairs one week in advance and fill out the "Application Form for Quitting School ".
    • If you hold a student visa (X type), you should go to the Office of Enrollment to change the expiry date of your visa.
    • Please refer to the relevant provisions as set out in Payment and Refund of Tuition Fee for the calculation of the refund of tuition fee.
    • If you stay at the student dorm offered by the school, you should go to the Office of Students Affairs who will help you to check out of the dorm. Accommodation fee will be charged according to the "Contract of Lodging". Staff from the dorm management will check to see if there is any damage to the room furnishings and articles lent for dorm use. Any damage and loss incurred will be compensated for using the occupant's room deposit.
  • Elective courses
    • The school offers several elective courses every semester. When the new semester starts, the school will announce the information regarding the elective courses, the division of students into classes and the school timetable at the bulletin boards in the lecture building, the student dorm, as well as in the office of the school. Such information will also be released online: http://www.sie.sjtu.edu.cn . Elective courses begin in the 4 th week of each semester.
    • You can choose the elective courses of your own interest as long as their class times are not conflicting with the regular courses. But the number of elective courses to be taken is limited to 2 for every semester.
    • You should submit your application for elective courses to the Office of Educational Affairs in the 3 rd week of every semester for approval.
    • The number of places is limited for each elective course and no further application will be accepted when there are no more vacancies.
    • Tuition is waived for all the elective courses, but you need to pay an enrollment fee, fees for textbooks and teaching materials. The fee for teaching materials of each course is listed in the notice for elective courses issued every semester. If you want to quit the elective courses halfway, you will get no refund of the paid fees.
    • There are no set exams for elective courses, hence no score report or certificate of study will be issued.
  • Reward and punishment
    • Students who observe the rules and regulations of the school, abide by the Chinese laws and decrees, study hard, show proper respect to their teachers, get along well with their fellow students and achieve excellent results in their study may apply for the scholarship offered by the school every year. The school will announce the specific date of application and criteria for appraisal in due time.
    • Students who violate the rules and regulations of the school will receive penalties ranging from disciplinary warning or order to quit school according to the nature of the violation.