IU Northwest and IU South Bend are organizing a joint Study Abroad in China Program, May 20-31, 2024. It provides an immersive experience of learning the history and culture of two Chinese cities, Beijing and Shanghai, through combining academic work with touring the traditional and modern architecture in both cities. China is the second-largest economy in the world and has undergone tremendous changes in the past 45 years. Seeing China firsthand, interacting with ordinary Chinese people, and visiting places of both historical and contemporary significance enable students to build a tangible framework of China, its people, history, and the present.
Monday, May 20, 2024, departing from Chicago O’Hare airport to Beijing, China.
Tuesday, May 21, arriving in Beijing, settling in hostel, and visiting some nearby sites depending on time.
Wednesday, May 22, visit Tiananmen Square, Tiananmen, Palace Museum and Qianmen
Thursday, May 23 visit The Garden of Perfect Brightness (Old Summer Palace) and the Temple of Heaven
Friday, May 24, visit the Great Wall
Saturday, May 25, Visit the Lama Temple, Beijing hutong, and tour the exterior of some contemporary Chinese architecture such as the CCTV station and China’s World Trade Center Tower.
Sunday, May 26, take the bullet train to Shanghai. Tour the area near the youth hostel in Shanghai
Monday, May 27, Tour the bund, French concession, and Nanjing Road.
Tuesday, May 28, Tour Yu Yuan and Chenghuang Temple
Wednesday May 29, Tour Oriental Pearl Tower and the Pudong area of New Shanghai
Thursday, May 30, Tour shikumen housing and Shanghai Museum
Friday, May 31, depart Shanghai for Chicago O’Hare Airport; arriving in Chicago on May 31.
Participation, deadlines and eligibility
To participate in this trip, you need to sign up for HIST T190China: Past and Present through Chinese History and Architecture for Summer I, 2024. This is a General Education course that counts toward Cultural Diversity. But you need to sign up for the program before the class, byDec. 1, 2023. We need your information by then to decide on the logistics of airline tickets and travel accommodations in China. You also need to start applying for passport (if you do not have one already) by Jan. 1, 2024 to make sure you have a passport to travel with in May (typical application timeline for passports is 13-14 weeks by mail).
This program will be open to students from all IU schools and campuses. All participants must be registered IU students with a sophomore or above credit status in good standing and a minimum of 2.75 GPA.
Total cost for the program will be $3,500, plus tuition for 3 credits during the 2023 seven-week Summer Session I (May 6-June 23). This fee includes round-trip airfare, housing, most transportation, textbooks, and cultural activities. Some meals may be covered.
All loans, grants, and scholarships for which participants are eligible at Indiana University can be used for the China Program.
International insurance, included in the price for the course, will be billed separately.
For more information on the program, please contact Diana Chen Lin, professor of history, at email@example.com.