China: Chinese Language and Cultural Immersion Scholarship Program

Immerse yourself in the Chinese language and culture. This generous opportunity to study in China has been sponsored by a Lawrenceville family for two individuals to attend the School Year Abroad Summer - China Program. 

Dates:  June 16 - July 22, 2020

SYA China Summer will change you. You won't merely master Mandarin; you will meld with a culture that is at once ancient and modern, mysterious and on the world’s center stage. Bicycle past pagodas and temples nestled amid high-rise buildings and bustling markets. Be one with the community as you live with a local family, experiencing its foods, celebrations, language and traditions. Travel urban and rural China, while mastering a challenging curriculum centered around Chinese culture and global environmental science. School Year Abroad gives you the opportunity to spend five weeks of your summer making this country another place you call home. The world is calling you. Answer it at SYA China. Learn more about School Year Abroad's Five Weeks in Beijing, China program.

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  • Cost

    $400 - This scholarship will cover core program costs, immunizations, vaccinations, visas and flights from the NY area.

    Note: Roundtrip flights to Beijing are coordinated by SYA and originate in Boston. Expenses for any additional flights or flight deviations will be soley the responsibility of the family.

Sign Up

Two students will be chosen for this merit-based opportunity.  The application process will include the Lawrenceville Application Survey, Housemaster / Day Advisor Recommendation, and a secondary essay that will be sent to students after October 28.  Students must also complete the School Year Abroad Summer Program application. Interested applicants must complete one year of Mandarin instruction by the start of the program.

Once selected, students will work both with the Lawrenceville Harkness Travel Program office and SYA to finalize forms and arrangements since students will be travelling independently.

Participation for all Lawrenceville Harkness Travel Programs is dependent upon a review of student surveys, Housemaster/Day Advisor Recommendations, medical fitness for participation, and financial and disciplinary standing. Seniority and gender balance is also considered in the selection process.

Applications for this program are not considered complete until both of the following items have been submitted; in addition an interview is required and a completed SYA application.

Know Before You Go

Program Leaders
Since this is an independently sponsored student travel opportunity, no program leader will accompany the students on their travels. Rather, the student will join the SYA travel group.

Important Travel Program Policies and General Information


Passport Information
All passports must be current seven months past the return date of any School sponsored trip. The passport must contain at least two free pages for potential visa needs. Please check and plan accordingly. 

A photo copy of the passport informaton page is required for sign-up when the first payment is due.

Vaccine Information
All travelers must be up-to-date on routine vaccines. Families will be charged for any trip related routine vaccines administered on campus.  The vaccine document linked to this site contains a listing of all recommended vaccines for travel to China; please read this document carefully.

Student Behavioral Expectations and Expulsion Policies
Through House and Harkness, Lawrenceville challenges a diverse community of promising young people to lead lives of learning, integrity, and high purpose.  Our mission is to inspire the best in each to seek the best for all.