FALCONs 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
The full-year program in Chinese consists of an introductory level in the
summer, intermediate level in the fall, and advanced level in the
spring. Students need not enroll in the entire full-year program to
participate in FALCON. Instead, some students enroll in the summer course to get
an intensive introduction to the language, then either go to China or
continue in regular, non-intensive courses.
Students who can demonstrate appropriate knowledge of the language can join the program at non-introductory levels (fall or spring). However, because introductory programs differ widely in content and methodology, completing an introductory course elsewhere does not necessarily enable students to qualify for the intermediate fall FALCON program. Students without the necessary background are normally required to begin their study in the summer if they do not test into a higher level offered in the fall or spring FALCON courses.