ICLP, known informally to three generations of Chinese specialists as "The Stanford Center" and located on the campus of National Taiwan University, remains the premiere institution for studying Chinese worldwide. There is no substitute for the years of experience that the ICLP teachers possess. Many of the standard textbooks for Chinese language study have been produced by the ICLP teaching staff. The student/teacher ratio is 2 to 1, and students can gain instruction in small group classes as well as individual classes designed to the specific needs of the student. The administration is highly flexible and willing to accommodate the research interests of advanced students and faculty returning for retooling. Material that might be considered politically or socially sensitive, including mainland Chinese texts, are welcome in the classroom. Any student who is committed to the study of the Chinese language should seriously consider attending ICLP and will be well served if they do so. It is an excellent environment in which to hone one's Chinese language skills, to develop the ability to communicate at the highest level possible in Chinese, and, for interested parties, to pursue the study of classical Chinese, media Chinese, business Chinese, or the study of Southern Min.
Christopher Lupke, Ph.D.
Coordinator of Asian Languages,
Washington State University
2004 Summer Program