The Summer School in Classical Chinese and Classical Japanese/Kanbun is unique in its kind. Organised in collaboration with Princeton University, it offers two tracks of comprehensive, grammar-focused instruction taught by Faculty members from both Ca' Foscari and Princeton. The programme is designed especially for students who wish to develop their linguistic expertise for graduate study in any discipline of premodern China or Japan.
Both tracks are taught by the principal instructors of the classical language programs at Ca’ Foscari and Princeton. In addition to language classes, students will be offered a lecture series on topics in premodern Chinese and Japanese culture (history, literature, thought). Both tracks welcome students who are beginners in Classical Chinese or Japanese, as well as those who already have some background foundation.
Dates: July 4 to 29 (4 weeks)
Location: Venice, Italy – Ca’ Foscari University, School for International Education (SIE)
Credits: 12 ECTS or equivalent of one full semester (80 classroom hours plus additional lectures)
Fees and Costs: € 1.300,00 (accommodation not included).
The fees include all tuition, access to University facilities and services, course materials and issue of final transcript. Accommodation may be arranged through Ca' Foscari University. Housing costs start from around € 45/day for a bed in a double room at the student residences; B&Bs can also be found privately for around € 80/day.
Track A – Classical Chinese
The course provides the fundamentals of classical Chinese grammar through the reading and analysis of passages of pre-modern Chinese historical and literary texts.
Prerequisites: one year of modern Chinese language.
Track B - Classical Japanese/Kanbun
The course provides the fundamentals of classical Japanese and kanbun grammar along with readings in the major genres of premodern Japanese historical and literary texts.
Prerequisites: one year of modern Japanese language.
We expect to offer our Summer School in person on campus. Nonetheless, as the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing, the School will continue to monitor the situation. Should it prevent international travel or the confirmation of the program on campus as scheduled, other practicable solutions will be evaluated and proposed to applicants and confirmed participants.