Application for Residence in the Macalester College Chinese House

Applicant's name

I wish to apply for residence in the Chinese House during semester:

What Chinese courses have you taken in college?

Course Instructor

What Chinese courses will you be taking during your semester of residency in the Chinese House?

Have you participated in a study abroad program in China, or are you planning to participate in a study abroad program in China?

Have you been to China? When, for what purpose, and for how long?

My major (or prospective major) is:

I am presently a:

Please state briefly your reasons for wanting to live in the Chinese House, and what you expect to gain from this experience.

How could you contribute to the Macalester community by living in the Chinese House?

I agree to participate in the common meal as outlined below.

I agree to make a conscientious effort to speak Chinese at all times while in the Chinese House and to comply with the other goals of the Suite.

Responsibilities/Expectations of the Chinese House Residents

All Residents:

  1. Residents are expected to use Chinese as the language of communication in the house.
  2. Residents must play active roles in organizing a cultural activity at least three per semester. When the department sponsors community-wide cultural events, the residents should expect to help as requested.
  3. Residents are expected to share a communal meal weekly. Meals should be prepared by the residents in turns.
  4. Residents must be responsible for suite cleanliness. This will include, but is not limited to, weekly housekeeping chores (cleaning, taking out garbage, etc).
  5. Residents must respect others in terms of cleanliness, noise, etc.
  6. Residents are expected to produce publications (such as newsletters, posters, etc) with advice from the department liaison (one of the faculty members).

Criteria used in the selection of residents:

  1. Motivation for living in the house.
  2. Willingness to comply with the goals of the Chinese House as expressed here.
  3. Enrollment in a Chinese course during the semester of residence.

Applications for residency in the Chinese House are screened by the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures.


1. Living in the Chinese House will give you an opportunity to work on your spoken Chinese. It will provide you with an everyday spoken vocabulary and an opportunity to develop fluency.

2. You will become better acquainted with Chinese culture and with a world view which may be different from your own.

3. This living situation will provide an intensive preparation for study in China or a helpful reentry after study abroad.

It is a privilege to live in the Chinese House and its residents must be willing to endorse its goals. They must speak Chinese, participate in the communal meal, agree to live cooperatively and respect the rights of the other residents, and participate in the programs of the Chinese House.




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