Michael Thomas
Associate Dean of International Programs
Office: (417) 873-7503

Tom Russo
Director, Study Abroad Programs
Office: (417) 873-7413

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Cultural China

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This program offers students a first-hand opportunity to study Chinese history and culture, and China's participation in the globalized world.  Students are encouraged to take both CORE203 and HIST 109.  CORE203 “Global Foundations: Journey to the East” allows students to study the concept of globalization and witness the interplay of globalization and localization in China.  HIST109 “Asian History” examines China through its culture, history, and arts, as well as its influences on other nations in Asia.

Places to visit (a few examples):

Beijing -- Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Lama Temple.
The Great Wall
Xian -- First Emperor’s Tomb, Great City Wall, Wild Goose Pagoda,
Chengdu -- Wenshu Temple, Dujangyan Irrigation System, Leshan Giant Buddha, Panda Breeding Center
Shanghai -- Shanghai Museum, Yuyang Garden, City History Museum
Suzhou -- Silk Museum, traditional gardens


Cultural activities: Beijing Opera, paper-cutting class, local middle school in Xian, observe noodle-making, traditional tea house, meet local college students
Community services: Panda Breeding Center (Chengdu), service in Shanghai.

Dates of travel:  May 21 – June 12, 2015 (tentative; exact dates may change slightly depending on flight cost and availability

Program Fee: $3500 per student
Program fee includes accommodations, breakfast plus one other meal daily, all planned domestic transportation expenses in China (domestic air and ground transportation), tour guides, fees to all planned activities, and health insurance. Prices are subject to the fluctuation in currency exchange rates.

Personal expenses:  approx. $2000 (including international airfare, books, passport fee, food, souvenirs, personal items…etc.)

Tuition for 6 credit hours: approx. $1500 per student
Tuition is paid after the summer registration, separate from Program Fee.

Total Approximate Cost: $7,000 per student

Program Fee payment: 
Non-refundable Deposit:  $500 due October 1, 2014.
Second no -refundable payment: $1.000 due December 1, 2014.
Remaining Balance due February 1, 2015   (refund policy explained in program       description handout).

Courses Offered:

CORE 203: Global Foundations-Journey to the East (3 credit hours)
This course fulfills the Global Foundations Core Requirement.

HIST 109: Asian History (3 credit hours)
This is a g-tagged course that counts toward the Humanities Core requirement.

PDEV 205: Engaged Learning (0 credit hour)

HIST 346: History of Modern China (3 credit hours; directed study may be arranged upon approval).

Scholarship Opportunity:
1.  Visit this site for scholarship availability
2.  Asian Studies Study Abroad Scholarship:  The Asian Studies Program grants a limited number of scholarships to qualified students.  Previous recipients received from $300 to $1000 each to subsidize the study-abroad trip.  Contact Dr. Hue-ping Chin for scholarship details and application information.

Want to go?  Fill out the application form and submit it to either the International Studies Office, or one of the program directors (Meidlinger or Chin).  The space is limited.
Download application form (PDF)

For more information, please contact:

Hue-Ping Chin
(417) 873-7427


Peter Meidlinger
(417) 873-7469