I recently discovered this unique, and very cool, program: 1 month, 7 professors, 8 mini-courses, and 12 credits from the University of Washington to intensively study Chinese cinema at the Beijing Film Academy (http://faculty.washington.edu/yomi/bfa-uw.html):
"The program acquaints upper-level undergraduate and M.A. students with the history of Chinese cinema, with critical terms for discussing formal, institutional and ideological concerns, and with the Asian and global contexts of Chinese filmmaking. The intensive program includes eight mini-courses by leading Western and Chinese scholars as well as meetings with Chinese filmmakers. Other activities include weekly excursions in Beijing and vicinity. All classes are taught in English, to a student body from around the world. No knowledge of Chinese language is required."
It sounds interesting to say the least and when you look at the details despite the cost, it is a great deal.
1) you study with 7 international scholars/professors in the field of cinema
2) as the program is open to students worldwide, you have an equally nice chance to commune with a diverse group of fellow students
3) you have the opportunity to meet with Chinese directors and other producers of film in China and visit production sites
4) you receive 12 credits from the University of Washington at a cost that is less than what you would pay as an out of state student - I paid as much just for tuition for a quarter (UW is on a quarter system) when I was an out of state UW student more than 10 years ago; here the cost is for tuition and room. The fee includes tuition, room, and all activities in and around Beijing.
There are no doubt other benefits as well depending on your own perspective. If you have any serious interest at all in this program, immediately email the director because the deadline for applying has passed, but I am sure that they will consider any late applicants who are serious about this wonderful opportunity.