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Great Wall Of China

Study Abroad in China

Summer 2018 Dates: July 14 - August 4, 2018

China’s culture is known for its deep respect for teaching and learning.  This ancient tradition endures in modern China through its colleges and universities as well as its overseas students who have made a significant impact on American campuses and the global economy.  The 22-day study tour explores these themes by visiting universities in the major cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, and Xi'an, studying Chinese history and philosophy and touring key cultural sites.  A major component of the course will be a funded teaching assistantship in a Chinese university and interactions with local students.  This unique experience offers participants the opportunity to acquire an appreciation for the historical and traditional significance of higher education in China while enriching the understanding 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.
  • Serve as teaching assistants and receive the $700 China Teaching Fellowship.
  • Meet with individual Chinese undergraduates and high school students.
  • Tour major cities of Shanghai, Beijing, Nanjing, and Xi'an.
  • Visit the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terra-cotta Warriors Museum, and other major cultural attractions of China, including seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Stay in hotel accommodations and international student housing.
  • 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.

Application and Additional Information

Application Deadline is March 15


For questions about the trip or the course, contact:

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

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