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HEA Study Abroad Participants

Study Abroad

As China’s impact on the global economy expands, so has the influence of its universities.  This 15-day study tour examines China’s higher education institutions by visiting five of its leading universities in the major cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Nanjing.  By combining university information sessions and lectures on Chinese history and educational philosophy with excursions to major cultural attractions, participants will acquire knowledge and an appreciation for the historical and traditional significance of higher education in China while enriching their knowledge of the contemporary Chinese student. Language proficiency in Mandarin is not required.



Tour Highlights

  • Visit five universities, including the 3 premier institutions of Tsinghua U., Peking U. and Nanjing U.
  • Attend lectures by local professors and administrators about modern Chinese history and the administrative structures of their universities.
  • Lunch with individual Chinese students at their favorite campus eatery.
  • Tour major cities of Shanghai, Beijing and Nanjing. 
  • Visit the Great Wall, Forbidden City and other major cultural attractions of China, including six UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Stay at four-star hotels.
  • Travel on China’s bullet trains at 190 mph.

Graduate Credit
All students will enroll in HEA 560 Comparative University Systems: Higher Education in China.  Satisfactory completion of the course grants three credits towards the Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration.


  • All matriculated students enrolled in the Higher Education Administration program who are in good academic standing. 
  • Transfer students from other graduate programs may apply for non-matriculated status.
  • Mandarin proficiency is not required.

Program Costs

All costs are subject to change.

  • Application Processing Fee – $60
  • Administrative Fee – $200
  • Graduate Tuition
    • NY residents – $1,233
    • Non-residents – $2,295
  • Program Fee – $1,835

Includes: double room, meals (all breakfasts, 10 lunches, and 10 dinners), excursions, entry fees, luxury coach bus/train tickets, tour guides, international health insurance coverage and gratuities.

Additional Costs

  • Flight information will be released to accepted applicants.  Students are encouraged to purchase flight tickets early to secure the best fare.

Health Insurance
International coverage through the SUNY provider, HTH Worldwide, is mandatory and included in the Program Fees.

Application Deadline

  • March 1, 2014
  • Applicants are notified of an admissions decision on a rolling basis, so the sooner one applies, the sooner one can receive a decision
  • Late applications considered at the program director’s discretion

Apply Now

All applicants must apply through the International Study Abroad program at All applications will be reviewed by the HEA program administators.


For questions about the trip or the course, contact:

Dr. Frank H. Shih
Program Director, China Study Abroad
Faculty, School of Professional Development

For questions about the application process, contact:

Jen Green
Study Abroad Advisor
International Academic Programs and Services
Stony Brook University
E5340 Melville Library
Stony Brook, NY 11794



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