IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING MAYMESTER CHINA
Dear Future Maymester China Study Abroad Program Participant,
Thank you for your interest in our program. Since 2005 the China program has introduced students to this extraordinary, constantly changing, and vitally important country. I am gratified that the program has provided so many students with the opportunity to have this experience.
During the 2016-2017 academic year I am serving as the Interim Dean for the School of Public and International Affairs. I am honored by the trust that has been placed in me.
With this trust, however, come substantial responsibilities. After long and careful consideration, I have concluded that I cannot fulfill these responsibilities and engage in the planning and preparation needed to maintain the China program’s high quality, let alone devote three very busy and full weeks to the trip itself.
Therefore, with considerable reluctance I am suspending the Maymester China Program for the 2016-2017 academic year. I wish you an outstanding year both here and abroad.
China is a poor country, a developing country, and a rich country: millions of peasants still live in houses with dirt floors, its economy is growing much faster than the U.S., and the skyscrapers of Shanghai rival those of any city in the world. The program includes extended stays in places spanning China’s rich heritage.
BEIJING is home to the Great Wall, one of the Eight Wonders of the World. The Wall is over 2000 years old and snakes over 4000 miles. The Forbidden City, the ancient imperial palace dating from 1407, was a huge complex for the Emperor and his government. The magnificent Summer Palace, which was constructed during the Jin Dynasty (1115-1234), served as the royal family’s retreat and includes a garden and lake.
XI’AN, an ancient capital of China, marked the beginning of the great Silk Road. Home to the world famous 2200 year old Terracotta Warriors, ancient city walls, and the Wild Goose Pagoda. Situated at the mouth of the Yangtze River,
SHANGHAI is the commercial capital of China and a world destination for shoppers. The Bund area along the Huangpu River reflects the city’s early occupation by Europeans, while Shanghai’s skyline and shopping district are thoroughly contemporary. Nevertheless, you will also find ancient temples and gardens within the city.
Students are required to take BOTH of the following courses for a total of six credits.
There are no academic prerequisites for these courses.
- POLS 4190: China’s Gov’t. & Economy
- POLS 4960: Chinese Society and Culture
This program provides students with an opportunity to learn first-hand about a society that is culturally, economically, and politically very different from our own, but one that is rapidly challenging the U.S. for world leadership. Much of the study abroad experience in this program occurs outside the classroom. Students meet directly with government and Communist Party officials as well as faculty at local colleges and participate in social activities with Chinese students. Participants are exposed to the full range of Chinese history: the founding of the country in 221 B.C., the reign of the imperial dynasties lasting until 1911, the Communist revolution leading to the creation of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, and the vibrant commercial China of contemporary Shanghai.
The student fee for the program is $3150. This includes a double room, a majority of meals, and local transportation while in China ; scheduled fieldtrips; guest speakers; and medical insurance. Additional expenses not included are tuition and fees (Hope scholarship applies), airfare (international and within China) China visa ($200), and spending money (gifts, eating out, laundry, sundries, etc.).
Program will not operate academic year 2016-2017