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Economics and Chinese

dog423451dog423451 Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
I will be a senior in high school this year and am planning on majoring in econ and minor in Chinese. What schools would be best for these areas of study?
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Replies to: Economics and Chinese

  • merc81merc81 Registered User Posts: 7,325 Senior Member
    edited July 17
  • CrewDadCrewDad Registered User Posts: 1,640 Senior Member
    edited July 17
    @dog423451, Most colleges have very good econ departments and excellent study abroad programs in China

    E.g., Vassar
    Exchange Programs
    China
    Yuanpei College of Peking University Program
    Founded in 1898, Peking University was the first national university to offer a comprehensive education in the modern disciplines in China and is recognized as a leading institution of higher education in that country, often referred to as the "Harvard of China". As a partner institution, Vassar is pleased to be able to offer our qualified students the opportunity to study at this prestigious Chinese university.
    https://internationalprograms.vassar.edu/programs/exchange/
    https://internationalprograms.vassar.edu/programs/approved/east-asia/

    Wesleyan has an outstanding econ dept and also offers a number of excellent programs in China, including C.V. Starr - Middlebury School in China.
    http://www.wesleyan.edu/cgs/osa/programs/asia.html

    You should narrow your college search to location, size, etc.

  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 31,955 Senior Member
    @dog423451 : what are your stats? Where do you live?
  • CrewDadCrewDad Registered User Posts: 1,640 Senior Member
    edited July 17
    @dog423451, Something else to consider is how many study in China programs are offered. It appears that Hamilton offers only one per approved program and you're required to pledge to speak only Chinese. Most schools offer a number of programs without a requirement to speak only Chinese. https://www.hamilton.edu/academics/offcampusstudy/preapproved-programs

    A good example of program diversity are those at Smith. Many colleges, including Smith, Vassar, etc, offer the ACC program mentioned in post # 1.
    1) Associated Colleges in China

    2) 21 st Century City The Alliance for Global Education
    Location: Shanghai University of Finance and Economics

    3)Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

    4)International Business in China, The Alliance for Global Education
    Designed for students interested in international business and economics, the International Business program offers undergraduates the unparalleled opportunity to study Chinese language, international business, and economic development in Asia’s financial center.

    5)The Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies at Tsinghua University

    6] Middlebury Schools Abroad in China, in association with CET Academic Programs

    7)SIT China: Health, Environment and Traditional Chinese Medicine
    https://www.smith.edu/studyabroad/approved_asia.php

    Do your due diligence.
  • apple23apple23 Registered User Posts: 352 Member
    Hamilton of course approves only one program in China because it's the rigorous program they administer.
  • CrewDadCrewDad Registered User Posts: 1,640 Senior Member
    edited July 17
    For some reason, as with other colleges, Hamilton does not have a number of per approved programs.
    My point was that administering only one program and not per approving additional programs offered through various colleges/organizations is extremely limiting. It's nice to have choices. :)

  • merc81merc81 Registered User Posts: 7,325 Senior Member
    edited July 17
  • dog423451dog423451 Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    edited July 17
    Are there any bigger schools than Hamilton that would still be very good in both these areas?
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 63,552 Senior Member
    edited July 17
    Well, you could attend HKU or HKUST or some such as an international student. Their list prices are considerably lower than those of many US universities. You may want to investigate if their academic offerings are suitable (both appear to have a more pre-professional "business" leaning). Note, however, that if you want to practice Chinese language skills in the local community, Hong Kong is heavily Cantonese (as opposed to Mandarin) speaking.
  • merc81merc81 Registered User Posts: 7,325 Senior Member
    Yale, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford.
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 63,552 Senior Member
    edited July 17
    Depending on your state of residency, your state universities may have good economics and Chinese departments.

    It may help others help you if you specify your state of residency and your cost constraints. Also, if you have Chinese language skill that would place you in a Chinese language course more advanced than the beginner course.
  • dog423451dog423451 Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    edited July 17
    I live in NJ and have taken Chinese every year of high school (the past two years were honors). my GPA is a 4.03 (4.0 weighted scale) and I got a 31 on the ACT (33 Superscored).
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 63,552 Senior Member
    Rutgers offers Chinese language courses up to 8th semester level (with different lower level tracks for non-heritage and heritage speakers) and a Beijing summer program.

    Rutgers also has an extensive offering of economics courses.
  • artloversplusartloversplus Registered User Posts: 7,944 Senior Member
    Oberlin
  • tk21769tk21769 Registered User Posts: 9,804 Senior Member
    Are there any bigger schools than Hamilton that would still be very good in both these areas?

    The University of Chicago has strong programs in both. So do most of the Ivies and Stanford.
    However, admission to these schools is very selective and sticker prices are very high.
    If any of these colleges interest you and you want to take a chance on admission, run their online net price calculators. Ask your parents if they are able and willing to cover the Expected Family Contributions.

    Are any other factors important to you besides academic program strengths?
    Rutgers may be a good choice. Many other state universities could meet your academic needs (if your family can afford the $35K-$55K OOS sticker prices.)

    If you want more personal attention and need-based aid, then the top ~40 liberal arts colleges might be worth considering. Middlebury, Wesleyan, and Oberlin are all larger than Hamilton (and a bit less selective than the Ivies, Stanford, or UChicago). If they aren't large enough for you, consider Georgetown, USC, Tufts, Notre Dame. Wake Forest is a little smaller and a bit less selective than those 4.
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