This course critically examines the history, culture, and language in China from ancient times to the present. It consists of three parts: (1) the major historical events of China, (2) the social, cultural and linguistic varieties in China, and (3) the diverse Chinese ethnic groups. The first part examines the ancient dynasties; the second part focuses on Chinese traditions and people’s way of living in the modern society; the third part explores the relationship between the various ethnic groups. Students will conduct historical, social, cultural and linguistic research; they will visit major national historical and cultural sites in China. Various cultural elements, such as music, art, fashion, architecture, and films, will be utilized to discover, experience and explore a complex China. By employing both explorative and analytical methods, this course aims to cultivate students’ capacity for critical thinking, deepen their understanding of global issues, and assist them in assessing their personal values and philosophies.
We will visit the extraordinary Forbidden City, where China's emperors lived for over 500 years. Climbing up to the Great Wall, we will see how it snakes thousands of miles across the country. The ancient Terracotta Army was built over two thousand years ago; the remarkable Leshan Giant Buddha is a 71-metre (233 ft) tall stone statue, a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site. We will visit the Giant Panda Research Center and observe pandas' daily activities up close. People say that the city of Hangzhou is "paradise on earth", and yes, we will be there. The final destination of the trip is Shanghai, Asia's most fashionable city.
This Global Study Tour does not have a Spring course. Instead, there are two required meetings in the Spring semester prior to travel.
There are no pre- or co-requisite courses for enrollment eligibility.
Visits to Tiananmen Square, Forbidden city, and Temple of Heaven
Morning: Visit to the Summer Palace
Afternoon: a lecture
Visit to the Great Wall
Beijing - Xi’an
Take a high speed train to Xi’an
Visits to Terra-cotta Soldiers Museum and the City Wall
Xi'an - Chengdu
Morning: The Great Mosque
Afternoon flight to Chengdu
Take a bus to Leshan and visit the Giant Buddha
Morning: Visit to the panda research center Afternoon: Tour at Jinli
Chengdu - Hangzhou
Fly to Hangzhou
Visit to West Lake and Lingyin Temple
Visit to Hefanjie and a high speed train to Shanghai
Visit to the Shanghai Museum and the bund
Visit to Oriental Pearl TV Tower and the Yuyuan Garden
End of program.
Itinerary is subject to change.
Significant amounts of walking. Uneven walking surfaces.
Personal space in China is different. In the U.S., personal boundaries are large, but Chinese people are more comfortable with up-close and personal interaction. You may feel uneasy when you walk into the crowded streets or when you are shoulder to shoulder with mass groups of people.
Apply for a passport if you don’t have one. If you have one, check the expiration date, and renew your passport unless it is set to expire at least six months after the final day of travel. You will need to present your passport number by the stated deadline (no exceptions). Allow at least three months for passport application or renewal. YOU MUST HAVE A VALID PASSPORT BY FEBRUARY 1, 2018!
US passport holders are required to apply for and receive an entry visa prior to arrival in China. The Center for Global Learning can provide assistance in completing the application. Application fee is not included in program fee.
Moderately priced hotels. Students will share two to a room.
Application Deadline - including deposit/application fee
Award Application Deadline - optional
Decision date for Program and for Awards
Deadline to commit/decline your placement This is financially binding
Accepted Students Meetings - mandatory for participation
First Payment Installment due
Final Payment Installment due
Passport Information due - no exceptions
All additional paperwork in Carta - no exceptions
Entry Visa Information due (if required)
In order for your application to be considered, you must complete the following prior to the above indicated Application Deadline:
Application for Faculty-led Programs
Letter of recommendation
$50 non-refundable deposit
Acknowledgement of Passport Requirement
Faculty-led Programs Agreement and Release
Award Application (optional)
Applications that do not have these requirements completed will not be considered for review by the faculty or the Center for Global Learning.
As a faculty-led program participant, you will be expected to take responsibility for not only your coursework, but also the additional requirements that come with participation in group travel:
Complete all course work in keeping with the course's syllabus and maintain attendance throughout the on-campus course
Submit information and meet deadlines established by the Center for Global Learning.
Be a full-time, degree-seeking students in good standing at Agnes Scott College.
Have completed one year or 24 credit hours at Agnes Scott prior to the experience abroad.
Meet any program-specific requirements, including co- and pre-requisite courses.
Once accepted to the program, students are required to attend a mandatory Accepted Students Meeting in the Fall semester and pre-departure orientation session in the Spring.
Graduating seniors are eligible to apply, but are not eligible for awards. They cannot be dependent on the credits of this course for graduation.
$2,830 per person
Activities as described in the itinerary (subject to change)
Meals (combination of group meals and meal allowance)
Travel medical insurance
Cost of passport
Cost for Chinese entry visa
Individually arranged outings
As part of your application to a faculty-led program, you will also have the opportunity to complete an award application, due at the same time. The Center for Global Learning will use your application to find available awards for which you are eligible based on the requirements (e.g. GPA, major, or level of financial need) of the various awards for faculty-led programs. A Committee will review all applications for content and eligibility. The decision on acceptance to the program and award amounts will be communicated at the same time.
Awards vary based on both need and merit. The maximum amount anyone can receive is $3,000.