Study in China 2013 Brochure
The Alliance for Global Education provides culturally engaged and academically rigorous study abroad programs that explore China as both ancient empire and modern superpower.
Study in China 2013 SHANGHAI • BEIJING • XI’AN About the Alliance for Global Education The Alliance for Global Education, LLC, a not-for-profit partnership of the College of Global Studies at Arcadia University and the Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University, was formed with the vision of opening study abroad destinations in Asia to an ever-growing and more diverse U.S. undergraduate population. Both partner institutions are pioneers in the field of study abroad and have been providing academically rigorous and culturally enriching study abroad programs for over 40 years. The Alliance provides stimulating, interdisciplinary study abroad programs in China and India that maintain the high academic standards, strong student services, and careful health and safety measures of our partner institutions. Our core mission is to develop and promote innovative programs in vibrant, dynamic Asian countries that are of ever-increasing scholarly, political, and economic interest. Why Study with the Alliance? TABLE OF CONTENTS SHANGHAI Contemporary Chinese Society and Language........................................... 3 Intensive Chinese Language............. 4 International Business.......................... 5 BEIJING China Now: Development, Politics, and Social Change................ 7 XI’AN Globalization Then and Now: Xi’an and the Silk Road....................... 9 INTERNSHIPS.................................. 11 CAPSTONE PROJECTS................. 12 FIELD STUDY TRIPS...................... 13 SUMMER PROGRAMS........ 4,6,8,10 • O ur programs are intellectually rigorous with classes taught to a high standard exclusively for Alliance students by Chinese and international faculty. This control over academic quality ensures that class size is small and students receive personal attention. All Alliance Chinese language classes have a maximum of eight students. • A lliance programs emphasize cultural immersion and experiential learning opportunities. Students in Shanghai and Xi’an live with Chinese roommates and students in Beijing are paired with Chinese language partners and may opt to live with host families. Internships offer students professional development in a Chinese or transnational context. Activities and Field Study Trips introduce students to people and places they would not otherwise see. Students design and research Capstone Projects that allow them to pursue a deep understanding of a single aspect of China in which they have a strong academic interest. • We offer focused academic curricula, including program choices emphasizing international business, Chinese language, or East Asian Studies courses. • O ur programs are designed and administered by a team of experts in study abroad, economics, business, and Chinese studies that include our Management Committee and Advisory Committee members, U.S. Directors, and on-site Language Director and Resident Directors. • The Alliance is committed to offering superior student services so that students can make the most of their experience abroad—academically, experientially, culturally, and personally. Cover photos, top: Shanghai’s iconic skyline; bottom: A Chinese painter decorates a banner in gold characters for an upcoming festival in Xi’an. 2 | www.allianceglobaled.org SHANGHAI Contemporary Chinese Society and Language or Intensive Chinese Language Hosted by Fudan University Located in one of mainland China’s largest and most vibrant cities, the Alliance program at Fudan engages students in Chinese language and culture and allows them to delve into the most pressing issues facing China today. The Contemporary Chinese Society and Language track employs sociological, political, and economic analysis to examine deep undercurrents in contemporary Chinese society. The Intensive Chinese Language track immerses students in Chinese language through 20 rigorous class hours per week and a language pledge to speak only Chinese during the term. taken from a proverb of Confucius, meaning “New Morning” in Chinese and indicating an ongoing push forward with renewed energy. About Shanghai Shanghai offers students an unparalleled opportunity to experience China in a city undergoing economic rebirth and revitalization. Shanghai is an ideal place to witness the cultural transformation of modern China (as well as to observe the economic and social disparities that remain). Rising to international importance on the colonial stage, it became known as the “Wall Street of the East.” Foreign investment was discouraged following World War II, but today Shanghai is again one of Asia’s great commercial and financial centers. The evening splendor of The Bund from across the river in Shanghai. The University Fudan University, with a student body of 35,000, is composed of 17 schools offering a comprehensive range of disciplines. Founded in 1905, it is one of the leading universities in China with an international reputation for academic excellence. The university’s name is Program Snapshot CREDIT HOURS: 15–18 (Semester) 9 (Summer) HOUSING: Apartments with Chinese roommates LANGUAGE: Chinese and English (Track 1) Chinese only (Track 2) PRE-REQUISITES: None (Track 1) Four semesters Chinese (Track 2) FIELD STUDY TRIPS: Sichuan, Yunnan, or Qinghai TRACK 1 Contemporary Chinese Society and Language (15 credits) Courses FUDA CHIN 100-600 (required, 12 class hours/week, 9 credits) Chinese Language No prior language study is required. All courses emphasize reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Nine levels are offered, beginning through advanced. Weekly one-on-one sessions with teachers provide individualized tutoring and guidance. All of the following East Asian Studies courses are taught in English and meet for three class hours per week: FUDA SOCS 260 Chinese Society in the Twenty-First Century (required, 3 credits) All students will complete a Capstone Project as part of this course (see page 12). Dustin Hanes (Texas Tech University) makes a friend on an Alliance excursion to a local Shanghainese water town. Study in Asia | 3 Choose one East Asian Studies elective: Contemporary Chinese Politics: State, Party, People (3 credits) FUDA POCC 350 FUDA ECCD 370 Opening Extra-curricular Activities Students are invited to take part in a full schedule of excursions, events, and lectures designed to enhance their understanding of China and the historical and modern influences that impact its culture and people. The Alliance arranges extra-curricular classes such as taiji or calligraphy that offer a wonderful opportunity to learn about more traditional Chinese culture. In Shanghai, Fudan students visit the historic Bund and former French concession, the Propaganda Poster Art Centre, and various artists’ studios and markets, with many opportunities to meet locals. The field study trip to Sichuan, Yunnan, or Qinghai provinces allows students to gain a greater understanding of Chinese culture, society, and economic development (see page 13). and Reform: China’s Economic Development Since 1978 (3 credits) FUDA IRUC 340 Sino-U.S. Relations: Superpower and Realignment (3 credits) TRACK 2 Intensive Chinese Language (15–18 credits) Students must have completed four semesters of Chinese prior to enrolling in this intensive language track that requires students to speak ONLY in Chinese throughout the term. Alliance students take a break while hiking in the Yellow Mountains. Courses FUDL 201-600 (required, 20 class hours/week, 15 credits) “I enjoyed the Intensive Language track at Fudan incredibly. I am absolutely enamored with each and every professor – they are all dedicated, personable, and clearly genuinely want to help us improve our Chinese. As far as the intensive language track goes, I’m not sure I’ve ever been in a situation where each professor was so incredibly great. I have nothing but good things to say about them.” — Spike Hosch, University of the South, Fudan Program Chinese Language All courses emphasize reading, writing, speaking, and listening and include opportunities for practical application outside the classroom. Six levels are offered, intermediate through advanced. One-on-one sessions with teachers twice a week provide individualized tutoring and guidance. Students may opt to take one course in English: FUDL SOCS 260 Chinese SUMMER PROGRAM Both Fudan tracks also run for 8 weeks during the summer for a total of 9 credits, offering 15 hours per week of Chinese language instruction plus an additional course in English. Course descriptions and syllabi may be found on the Alliance website. Students complete a Capstone Project and participate in a 5-day Field Study Trip. Society in the Twenty-First Century (optional, 3 credits) All students will complete a Capstone Project as part of this course (see page 12). Housing Students are housed with Chinese roommates in furnished two to three bedroom apartments adjacent to campus. This offers the opportunity for Alliance students to get to know Chinese students on campus quickly and to engage in language immersion and cultural exchange. Chinese roommates are also invited to attend many Alliance activities. Michele Arenas (Rider University) deciphers Chinese graffiti in Shanghai’s famous M50 art district. 4 | www.allianceglobaled.org SHANGHAI International Business in China Hosted by Shanghai University of Finance and Economics Delve into questions related to international business and economic development in a major Asian financial center. With China-focused courses in finance, management, economics, and international trade, plus internships at a variety of Chinese and foreign-owned companies, this Alliance program provides unparalleled opportunities to explore China’s rapidly changing business environment in the hyper-connected age of globalization. SHAN CHIN 100–600 Chinese (required, 12 class hours/week, 9 credits) Language No prior language study is required. All courses emphasize reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Nine levels are offered, beginning through advanced. All of the following courses are taught in English and meet for three class hours per week: SHAN ECCH 370 China: Program Snapshot CREDIT HOURS: 15–18 (Semester) 9 (Summer) HOUSING: Dorms with Chinese roommates LANGUAGE: Chinese and English PRE-REQUISITES: One business course and one economics course FIELD STUDY TRIPS: Guangdong Province, Hong Kong, and Macau INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE The University Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SUFE), founded in 1917, is a multi-dimensional university with a core focus on applied economics and management, in addition to faculties in law, philosophy, and the humanities. Home to 24,000 students on four campuses, SUFE was the first financial university in China to grant doctoral degrees and currently ranks as number one in the financial field. Economic Giant (required, 3 credits) All students complete a Capstone Project as part of this course (see page 12). Choose one or two additional courses in business or economics, or an internship: SHAN MKCH 390 China as a Global Market (3 credits) SHAN ECCH 371 / SHAN FICH 370 International Money and Finance (3 credits) SHAN MGCH 390 Managing Courses To be eligible to participate, students must have completed one business course and one economics course prior to arrival. Students whose home schools do not offer business courses may substitute two economics courses. To enroll in the International Finance course, students must have completed an introduction to finance course. Enterprises in China (3 credits) SHAN ECCH 380 International Trade: A Chinese Perspective (3 credits) SHAN INTS 380 Internship (3 credits) Summer and semester students with at least three semesters of Chinese may elect to participate in an internship as one of their two additional courses. Interns are placed in Chinese or foreign-owned companies and Study in Asia | 5 U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarship The Alliance is proud to host the three China sites for the U.S. State Department’s Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program. The CLS program, administered by American Councils for International Education and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, seeks to increase the number of Americans mastering thirteen critical languages. The ninety students awarded the prestigious scholarship for Chinese will study in Beijing, Shanghai, or Xi’an. “Having studied business in China, I can’t look at that Pudong skyline and not see a symbol for China’s economic growth and transformation into a first-world superpower. I can’t help but feel that I’m a part of the future here, that I’m part of something very special. To be able to talk intelligently about China from a social, political, or economic standpoint after just a semester of study feels to me like a real accomplishment.” — Michael Gladstone, Cornell University, SUFE Program NGOs. Students spend a minimum of 120 hours working over the course of the term and participate in a discussion seminar, which requires a paper and oral presentation of their work. Internships are supervised by a faculty advisor who schedules individual meetings to discuss students’ research project plans (see page 11). The Alliance arranges extra-curricular classes such as taiji or calligraphy that offer a wonderful opportunity to learn about more traditional Chinese culture. In Shanghai, SUFE students visit the historic Bund and former French concession, the urban planning museum, and various art galleries and antique stores, with many opportunities to meet locals. To complement the international business curriculum, the Alliance also arranges a series of visits to Chinese and foreign-owned enterprises. The field study trip to Guangdong Province, Hong Kong, and Macau allows students to gain a greater understanding of the local and international business environment (see page 13). Housing Students are housed with Chinese roommates in the International Student Dorm on the university’s downtown campus. Each Alliance student lives in a comfortable double room with a private bathroom. This offers the opportunity for Alliance students to get to know Chinese students on campus quickly and to engage in language immersion and cultural exchange. Chinese roommates are also invited to attend many Alliance activities. SUMMER PROGRAM The SUFE program also runs for 8 weeks during the summer for a total of 9 credits, offering 15 hours per week of Chinese language instruction plus an additional course in English or the internship course. Course descriptions and syllabi may be found on the Alliance website. Students complete a Capstone Project and participate in a 5-day Field Study Trip. Extra-curricular Activities Students are invited to take part in a full schedule of excursions, events, and lectures designed to enhance their understanding of China and the historical and modern influences that impact its culture and people. Top left: The old Shanghai hotel near YuYuan Gardens. Top right: Karen Chan (University of Kentucky) and Chin-Lin Chien (University of Denver) make fried noodles with the help of Chinese roommate Leo Pan. 6 | www.allianceglobaled.org BEIJING China Now: Development, Politics, and Social Change Hosted by Beijing Language and Culture University Chinese society today is characterized by a complex interplay of philosophies, values, and shifting social norms. China has undergone massive societal changes in the last few generations, yet traditional modes of thought retain much of their potency. Through carefully designed East Asian Studies courses, rigorous Chinese language teaching, and internship opportunities, students in the Alliance’s Beijing program investigate the successes and conflicts inherent in China’s explosive growth. The University Founded in 1962, Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) is considered to be one of the nation’s premier institutions for the teaching of Chinese language and culture to foreigners. BLCU confers degrees at Bachelor, Master, and PhD levels and is comprised of 11 faculties and research institutes. The university hosts 14,000 foreign and Chinese students. It is located in the Haidian district, which is home to the majority of Beijing’s universities. About Beijing Host of the 2008 Olympic Games, China’s bustling capital is the nation’s political, educational, and cultural center. It has more universities and research institutes than any other city in China, making it the intellectual hub of the country. Beijing’s 3,000 years of history are reflected in its art, architecture, and traditions. Among its innumerable attractions are the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, and the nearby Great Wall. Life in Beijing exudes a modern creativity that both accentuates and contrasts with its historical treasures. Courses BEIJ CHIN 100-600 (required, 12 class hours/week, 9 credits) No prior language study is required. All courses emphasize reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Nine levels are offered, beginning through advanced. Weekly one-on-one sessions with teachers provide individualized tutoring and guidance. All of the following East Asian Studies courses are taught in English and meet for three class hours per week: Chinese Society in the Twenty-First Century (required, 3 credits) BEIJ SOCS 260 Chinese Language Program Snapshot CREDIT HOURS: 15 (Semester) 9 (Summer) HOUSING: Dorms or Homestays LANGUAGE: Chinese and English PRE-REQUISITES: None FIELD STUDY TRIPS: Sichuan, Yunnan, or Qinghai INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE All students complete a Capstone Project as part of this course (see page 12). Choose one East Asian Studies elective: Introduction to Chinese Foreign Policy (3 credits) BEIJ CFPL 370 BEIJ FSCF 360 Contemporary China through Film (3 credits) BEIJ ECCD 370 Opening and Reform: China’s Economic Development Since 1978 (3 credits) BEIJ ENVI 380 China and the Environment: Implications, Policies, and Prospects (3 credits) Alliance students strike a pose at the Forbidden City. Study in Asia | 7 BEIJ INTS 380 Internship (3 credits) Extra-curricular Activities Students are invited to take part in a full schedule of excursions, events, and lectures designed to enhance their understanding of China and the historical and modern influences that impact its culture and people. The Alliance arranges extra-curricular classes such as taiji or calligraphy that offer a wonderful opportunity to learn about more traditional Chinese culture. In Beijing, students visit the celebrated monuments of the capital, such as the Great Wall and Forbidden City, and may tour the historic hutongs or attend film screenings. The field study trip to Sichuan, Yunnan, or Qinghai provinces allows students to gain a greater understanding of Chinese culture, society, and economic development (see page 13). Summer and semester students with at least three semesters of Chinese may elect to participate in an internship as their elective course. Interns are placed in Chinese or foreign companies, NGOs, think tanks, and creative entities. Students spend a minimum of 120 hours working over the course of the term and participate in a discussion seminar which requires a paper and oral presentation of their work. Internships are supervised by a faculty advisor who schedules individual meetings to discuss students’ research project plans (see page 11). Housing Imperial architecture of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests at the Temple of Heaven. Students live in double rooms with other Alliance students in an international student dorm, conveniently situated on campus near classrooms and numerous local eateries. A homestay option with a Chinese family is also available. SUMMER PROGRAM The BLCU program also runs for 8 weeks during the summer for a total of 9 credits, offering 15 hours per week of Chinese language instruction plus an additional course in English or the internship course. Course descriptions and syllabi may be found on the Alliance website. Students complete a Capstone Project and participate in a 5-day Field Study Trip. Language Partners “The close relationship that I built with my language partner was actually one of the most valuable things that I got out of my entire study abroad experience. It was like a huge door that was thrown open to Chinese culture and society, and to Beijing. Some of the most interesting conversations that I had were about the finer details of Beijing hukou, or the Chinese education system, or even how reading Harry Potter in Chinese is different from reading it in English. My language partner also took me out to see parts and places of the city that I would have never made it to otherwise.” — Shawn O’Meara, Ohio State University, BLCU Program Each student in Beijing is paired with a Chinese language partner whose major is teaching Chinese as a foreign language. These students provide one-on-one Chinese tutoring and help Alliance students become oriented to campus life and the city. Joseph Hoffman (The Citadel) and Austin Whittaker (Brown University) lead the climb on the Great Wall. 8 | www.allianceglobaled.org XI’AN Globalization Then and Now: Xi’an and the Silk Road Hosted by Shaanxi Normal University Some say the Silk Road was the first real conduit of globalization, as it connected different regions into a trade network that spread goods, beliefs, art, and technology far from their areas of origin. Students in the Xi’an program gain insight into this “internet of antiquity” and how the contemporary stage of globalization is changing our world today. Now a bustling modern city, Xi’an boasts a vibrant Muslim night market, recently opened subway system, and lively underground music and art scene. Students interested in history, art history, anthropology, archeology, and Chinese language and literature will find Xi’an an ideal place to live and study. An exhilarating two-week Field Study Trip along the Silk Road ties these themes together at the crux of the semester (see page 13 for more information). itself on being a thriving metropolis with a distinct flavor, where history and modernity intersect. Today, Xi’an is booming with facilities that support the growing aerospace, telecommunications, and software industries. Confucian temples, Buddhist pagodas, and the Great Mosque decorate the skyline. It is uniquely situated for students to develop their language skills while learning about Chinese history, culture, and society. Program Snapshot CREDIT HOURS: 15 (Semester) 8 (Summer) HOUSING: Dorms with Chinese roommates LANGUAGE: Chinese and English PRE-REQUISITES: None FIELD STUDY TRIPS: Two-Week Silk Road Exploration The University Founded in 1944, Shaanxi Normal University (SNU) is one of the most comprehensive universities in China’s northwest region and home to over 40,000 students. Located in Xi’an’s college district, SNU is conveniently near public transportation, parks, shopping, Botanical Gardens, and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. SNU’s campus has been named “the greenest campus in Xi’an.” About Xi’an Xi’an is one of China’s most important historical cities, serving as the capital of China in no fewer than 13 dynasties and the easternmost city on the Silk Road. It is also home to one of China’s top art and history museums, a beautifully preserved historic city wall, and the spectacular Terracotta Warriors of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. The modern capital of Shaanxi Province, this city of eight million people prides Courses XSNU CHIN 100-600 Chinese (required, 12 class hours/week, 9 credits) Language No prior language study is required. All courses emphasize reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Nine levels are offered, beginning through advanced. Weekly one-on-one sessions with teachers provide individualized tutoring and guidance. Christopher Seto (University of Maryland Baltimore County) plays in the fountain during the evening lightshow at Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Study in Asia | 9 “I enjoyed most being able to see a different side of China than what you get in textbooks or the media. Before, I had only ever thought of China as a bustling, industrial country that had thrown off its cultural heritage to join the rest of the modernizing world. However, once I was in Xi’an, I was able to see a continued appreciation for its past and culture and was surprised to find many people openly talking about politics. I also came to appreciate life outside of the coastal metropoles.” — Jeffrey Harmon, University of Illinois, Xi’an Program All of the following East Asian Studies courses are taught in English and meet for three class hours per week: The Silk Road Yesterday and Today (required, 3 credits) XSNU ANTH 350 wonderful opportunity to learn about more traditional Chinese culture. In Xi’an, students visit the Great Mosque, the Terracotta Warriors, the city’s best culinary school, and nearby folk art centers. The twoweek field study trip along the Silk Road brings the core course to life and provides an opportunity to learn about globalization across the centuries (see page 13). All students complete a Capstone Project as part of this course (see page 12). Choose one East Asian Studies elective: XSNU ARTH 360 Xi’an and Chinese Art History (3 credits) XSNU HIST 375 Center SUMMER PROGRAM The Xi’an program also runs for 8 weeks during the summer for a total of 8 credits, offering 12 hours per week of Chinese language instruction plus the required core course. Course descriptions and syllabi may be found on the Alliance website. Students complete a Capstone Project and participate in a twelve-day Field Study Trip along the Silk Road. of the World: Thirteen Dynasties of Xi’an as Imperial Capital (3 credits) Classical to Contemporary Chinese Literature (3 credits) XSNU LITR 260 Housing Students live in double rooms with a Chinese roommate at the on-campus International Student Dorm. This offers the opportunity for Alliance students to get to know Chinese students on campus quickly and to engage in language immersion and cultural exchange. Chinese roommates are also invited to attend many Alliance activities. The dorms are conveniently located close to the campus cafeterias, classroom buildings, and outdoor sports facilities. Extra-curricular Activities Students are invited to take part in a full schedule of excursions, events, and lectures designed to enhance their understanding of China and the historical and modern influences that impact its culture and people. The Alliance arranges extra-curricular classes such as taiji or calligraphy that offer a Ryan Evans (Southwestern University) shares a moment of understanding with a Tibetan Buddhist monk in Xiahe. 10 | www.allianceglobaled.org Internships Students in the Beijing program at BLCU and the Shanghai program at SUFE with at least three semesters of Chinese may participate in academic internships for credit. Interns are placed in Chinese and foreign-owned companies, research and government organizations, NGOs, or media and art studios. Students intern 10-12 hours per week over the course of the semester and 20 hours per week during the summer term. Students also participate in a discussion seminar which requires a paper and oral presentation of their work. Examples of Beijing placements, subject to availability: • International Red Cross, an independent organization ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of war and other situations of violence • Huiling Community Services, a charitable organization helping mentally challenged individuals and orphans learn basic life skills • Samsung OpenTide China, a convergent management and digital marketing consulting firm • CNN, a major English language television network that provides news coverage and services to more than 1.5 billion people • Peking University International Economic Law Institute, a research think-tank servicing multinational corporations and organizations • American Chamber of Commerce, a non-profit organization representing more than 2,700 individuals from over 1,200 U.S. companies doing business in China • International Union for Conservation of Nature, the world’s largest non-profit global network that addresses pressing environmental and development challenges Examples of Shanghai placements, subject to availability: • VanceInfo Technologies Inc., an IT and software development firm consulting for finance, technology, telecommunications, transportation, manufacturing, and retail Alliance students gain valuable hands-on experience in the Chinese workplace through internships in either Shanghai or Beijing. • Merck Chemicals China, a global chemical company offering specialty products for electronics, cosmetics, pharmaceutical, and biotech industries • Forte, Inc., a residential real estate subsidiary of Fosun, Inc., Shanghai’s largest privately owned company • Image Tunnel, a studio located in Shanghai’s Contemporary Arts District that is devoted to recording the city’s urban transformation and promoting its culture • Holitech Technology Co., Ltd., a consultant company that researches and develops software solutions that support automotive industry • Lollytogs Apparel Group, the Shanghai Branch of an American garment design and manufacturing company • City Weekend Magazine, a print and online magazine under Ringier, a Swissbased multinational media company • Rieck Henco International Transportation Co., Ltd., an international transportation and logistics company “I interned with Hui Ling, a non-profit organization based in Beijing which helps people with learning disabilities live a normal life. They provide training in things like calligraphy or handicrafts for a very small fee. The organization also helps orphans from all parts of China. I worked with kids on Sundays teaching English and organizing events. It was a great experience and I gained insight into a Chinese NGO and how they operate.” — Namgyel Dorji, North Central College, BLCU Program Study in Asia | 11 Capstone Projects One important and distinctive component of all of the Alliance programs is the Capstone Project in which students delve into a particular area of interest over the course of a semester or summer term as part of their academic work. These projects challenge students to engage with Chinese people from various walks of life and deepen their understanding of an aspect of Chinese society, culture, business practices, or current policy. Examples of past student projects: • “ Holy Chopsticks, Batman!”: The Rise of Superheroes in Shanghai • Hu’s Winning? The Perceived Efficacy of the Chinese Government’s War on Housing Prices in Shanghai • Government Effects on Chinese Manners: Propaganda Used to Modernize Society • The Power of One? Exploring the OneChild Policy • China’s Water Crisis: Its Economic Effect on its Citizens and the Environment • Entrepreneurship in China: Development, Opportunities, and the Presence of Technology • Folk Music from the Silk Road and Its Usage in Chinese Communist Propaganda • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: How Shanghai Women use Fashion • Public Displays of Affection: How Close is too Close? • A Comparative View of Contemporary Aid Projects in China and Other Developing Countries • Construction in China: Efficiency, Efficacy, and Cultural Erosion • The Sino-Israel Economic Relationship • Arts in the Chinese Educational System: Fostering Creativity in a System of Pure Academics • Rising Nation, Falling Hearts: Heart Disease in China • Modern Piracy a Way of Life? The Prevalence of Fake Goods in China • Ethnic Identity along the Silk Road: Uyghur Experience in the PRC • Transferring Brand Images into the Cultural Context of China “I conducted my Capstone Project on corporate responsibility or lack thereof in Chinese central state-owned enterprises. It really opened my eyes to the foundations of Chinese economy, and how these enterprises have been the pioneers for the liberalization and international dynamic of the current state of the Chinese economy. It also made me want to become fluent in Chinese so that I could read the entire website of the enterprises.” — Natalie Ferguson, George Washington University, SUFE Program Matt Blanchard (Norwich University) and Preston Harris (Fisk University) introduce America’s Wild West to local children in northwestern China during their Field Study Trip. 12 | www.allianceglobaled.org Field Study Trips The Alliance organizes field study trips for each program during the semester terms. Students participating in the BLCU and Fudan programs will travel to Sichuan, Yunnan, or Qinghai provinces. Students enrolled in the SUFE program will visit Guangdong Province, Hong Kong, and Macau. Xi’an students participate in a two-week excursion along the Silk Road. The field study trips allow students to gain a greater understanding of Chinese culture, society, and economic development. In addition, a weekend trip to a nearby city is also organized during the fall and spring terms. During the summer term, the Beijing and Shanghai programs include a five-day field study trip. The Xi’an summer program includes twelve days along the Silk Road. Snow Mountain. The trip may also include exploration of the rain forest of Xishuangbanna or an encounter with Bai culture in the ancient town of Dali. Qinghai Province Located on the Tibetan Plateau, Qinghai is considered one of the most beautiful regions in China. Students may visit Ta’er Monastery, one of the six most famous Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the world, travel to Qinghai Lake, the largest salt water lake in China and one of China’s best bird watching sites, or explore the ancient tombs of Liuwan. Students will behold the breathtaking scenery, witness the contrast in development in the region versus the coastal provinces, and gain a deeper understanding of Qinghai’s minority nationalities. “As part of a business program in China, our field study trip to Hong Kong was an excellent way to complement our studies. Throughout the semester our various classes taught us about styles of businesses in China and how they interacted, so getting to experience these various company types was amazing. Back in Shanghai for Chinese class, we used newly-learned vocabulary to give presentations about our travels.” — Lauren Valerio, Bentley University, SUFE Program Sichuan Province Students will explore the mysterious lands of Jiuzhaigou, one of the best preserved wildlife havens in China, and Emei Mountain, one of China’s four famous Buddhist mountains with exquisite natural beauty. Visits to Chengdu or Chongqing allow a glimpse into modern city life in the southwest. Students witness the economic and social development in this western province, learn about government policies affecting the region, and relish the hot and spicy flavors of Sichuanese cuisine. Yunnan Province Yunnan Province offers China’s most diverse population of ethnic minorities, stunning scenery, and rich history. Students gain deep insight into the local cultural and artistic heritage. They will explore urban life in Kunming, visit minority villages, and hike Top left: SUFE program students get up close and personal with the giant Tian Tan Buddha statue in Hong Kong. Top right: Hiking Huashan Mountain near Xi’an. A Tibetan painter puts the finishing touches on a traditional thangka, a delicate art form on silk. Study in Asia | 13 “The Silk Road Field Study Trip was the highlight of the semester! From travelling to the different locations and hiking up in the mountains to riding out on camelback in the desert and playing basketball with Tibetan monks, it was the experience of minority cultures and another side of China that people too often forget about. We were also able to see the Xinjiang mummies and other famous historical sites that we learned about in class.” — Christopher Seto, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Xi’an Program Guangdong Province and Hong Kong Dramatically influenced by Hong Kong, Guangdong is the most affluent province in China. The high level of economic integration between the Pearl River Delta and Hong Kong has led Guangdong to play a leading role in China’s economic growth. Understanding the growth and evolution of investment in manufacturing, real estate, and financial service industries will deepen students’ understanding of the miracle of economic development in China. The Silk Road The Xi’an program includes a two-week Silk Road field trip that allows students the exciting opportunity to see first-hand many of the historic trading, religious and artistic sites that they learn about in class. The field trip will depart from Xi’an for Gansu Province, where students will explore the historic Silk Road hub and oasis city of Dunhuang and its caves with spectacular Buddhist wall murals. In Gansu students will also visit Jiayuguan, the western terminus of the Great Wall and often-used Kung Fu film location. From Gansu students depart for Xinjiang Province to explore Heavenly Lake (Tianchi) and stay in a Uighur village near the capital, Urumqi, as well as visit the oasis towns of Kashgar in the West and the vineyard-rich Turpan in the East. This unique study trip will make the Silk Road course come to life and provide an opportunity to learn not only about history but also development, politics and globalization. Top left: Rocio Martinez (Bentley University) befriends a Buddhist monk on her Field Study Trip. Top right: Labrang Monastery in Xiahe, home to the largest number of monks outside Tibet. Scott Reel (University of Illinois Chicago) rides a camel across the Gobi Desert to visit the famous Singing Sand Dunes on the Silk Road Field Study Trip. 14 | www.allianceglobaled.org General Information 2013 Program Dates Spring term Summer term February 13 -June 10 June 19-August 19 Program Credits Earned Fall or Spring Summer Administration Janice Levitt, Executive Director Han Bing, Director for China Programs CHINA ADVISORY COMMITTEE Adrian Beaulieu Dean of International Studies, Providence College Hu Lung-Hua Professor of Chinese, Brown University Manfred Keil Chair, Robert Day School of Economics and Finance, Claremont McKenna College Neil Kubler Stanfield Professor of Asian Studies, Williams College David Lux Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Bryant University Sue Mennicke Associate Dean for International Programs, Franklin and Marshall College Lorna Stern Director of Global Strategic Development, Arcadia University Wang Peng Professor of Chinese, Georgetown University Carolyn Watson Field Director, New England, Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE Michael Coveney Vice President for Finance and Treasurer, Arcadia University Nicolette DeVille Christensen Vice President, The College of Global Studies, Arcadia University David Gray Board of Trustees, IFSA-Butler Steve Michael Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Arcadia University Tom Roberts Board of Trustees, IFSA-Butler Mark Scheid President and CEO, IFSA-Butler Fall term August 28-December 21 See the website for a detailed calendar and mid-term break dates. Beijing–BLCU 15 9 Chinese Instruction 9 East Asian Studies and Available Internship 6 6 3 Application Deadlines Spring Summer Fall November 1 March 1 April 15 Shanghai–Fudan Contemporary Society and Language 15 9 Chinese Instruction East Asian Studies Chinese Instruction East Asian Studies (Optional Course) Shanghai–SUFE 9 6 15 3 6 3 9 9 – 9 6 3 5 3 Students are encouraged to apply online. 2013 Program Fees Program fees are published on the Alliance website at www.allianceglobaled.org. Intensive Language 15 or 18 What’s Included The program price includes tuition and fees, pre-departure materials, guidance with applying for a visa, orientation, housing, cell phone, weekly activities, a one-week Field Study Trip and a weekend trip in the fall and spring terms and a five-day trip in the summer term, textbooks, the services of a full-time Resident Director, and medical and evacuation insurance. The program price does not include airfare to China, meals, passport and visa fees, independent travel, and other items not mentioned as included. 1 5 or 18 Chinese Instruction 9 Business, Economics and Available Internship 9 Xi’an–SNU Chinese Instruction East Asian Studies 9 6 15 8 Transcripts and Credits Transcripts are issued by Arcadia University, based on grade reports from the host universities. Eligibility Requirements GPA: 3.0 minimum Language: For the Intensive Language Program at Fudan University, four semesters of previous language study are required. For all other programs, prior study of Chinese is not required. The programs are open to students at all levels of Chinese language acquisition. Administration Students, parents, faculty, and advisors can rely on the Alliance for Global Education to provide insightful guidance and comprehensive student services throughout the experience. Our U.S. staff and on-site Resident Directors in Beijing, Shanghai, and Xi’an work collaboratively with our Chinese university partners to provide exceptional educational experiences for our students. Courses and field study trips are subject to change. See the website for information on current courses and trips and for more information on summer curriculum. Scholarship Information The Alliance offers need-based scholarships ranging from $500-$4,500. Study in Asia | 15 The Alliance for Global Education, LLC is a not-for-profit partnership of the College of Global Studies at Arcadia University and the Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University. 1730 M Street N.W., Suite 402 Washington, DC 20036 Phone: 202-822-0032 / 888-232-8379 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.allianceglobaled.org All application materials should be sent to: The Alliance for Global Education 450 S. Easton Road Glenside, PA 19038