Exploring China

OVERVIEW:

This Study Abroad to China program offers students an excellent opportunity to understand contemporary Chinese culture, society, history, economy, and arts, and also the opportunities to conduct on-site research for their undergraduate research projects and explore international career prospects. This course will also be a service-learning course that includes a 7-day teaching practicum, where students teach English to Chinese students. Students will work with Dr. Li to develop teaching projects and reflect on their own teaching skills and experiences. Students will also have an option of taking an international internship course in China, where classroom discussion integrates with actual working experiences in a professional environment. This study abroad to China program would be highly beneficial not only to students who major in International Studies and/or minor in Asian Studies and who would like to further develop cultural diversity, but also to all students who are interested in becoming a more globalized citizens, cultivating inter-cultural awareness and adaptability, developing critical thinking skills, and furthering creative experiential learning.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM:

This program includes a 3-day on campus course work on Chinese language, society, customs and history, culture, art, as well as Chinese economy so that 1.) students are better acquainted with general information of the country, 2.) they will have an opportunity to develop an initial research focus/further refine their critical interests for the course, and 3.) they will develop initial teaching plans/projects for the teaching practicum.

While in China students will spend the first week visiting Beijing, Ji’nan, and Qufu, each representing a different model of social-economic development and local cultural and historical heritage in contemporary China. Then students stay on campus at Qingdao University in Qingdao, Shandong Province to start the coursework for INTS 374 and ASIA 374. Students will pair up with local host university student buddies as a means to further enhance their cross-cultural understanding of China. Students will finish a seven-day teaching practicum and teach English as a foreign language to local kindergarten students. Students who choose to enroll in INTS 365, an optional International Internship course, will stay for another four weeks to complete coursework and their internship with a local host company in Qingdao.
 

Dates:   Depart for China May 13 and return June 9, 2018
Internship: June 9-July 7, 2018 - For students taking the optional internship course

Curriculum:

Class Schedule and Useful Information in Qingdao

All courses will be taught by Dr. Jinhua Li during the summer program:  (see syllabus)

INTS 374 ST: SL: Exploring China-Teaching Practicum (4 credits)
    INTS 374 is a service-learning course that includes a 7-day teaching practicum, where students teach English to Chinese students from different age groups. Students will work with faculty leader to develop teaching projects and reflect on their own teaching skills and experiences. This study abroad to China program would be highly beneficial not only to students who major in International Studies and/or minor in Asian Studies for a close encounter with China, students who major in Education and/or Teacher Licensure, but also to all students who are interested in becoming a community engaged scholar with service learning prospects, who intends to explore international job opportunities and career paths, and ultimately becoming more globalized citizens. 

ASIA 374 ST: DI: ARTS: Contemporary China: Society, Culture, Arts, and Tradition (4 credits)
   ASIA 374 offers students an excellent opportunity to understand contemporary Chinese culture, society, history, arts, economy, and language, which incorporate cultural excursions, guided museum tours, and integrated discussions to maximize students’ in-country encounters with different aspects of the society. ASIA 374 also provides students with the opportunity to conduct on-site research for their undergraduate research projects. As an ARTS and Diversity Intensive course, ASIA 374 emphasizes students’ awareness of both cultural/ideological/social differences, but also a shared understanding of humanity, human rights, and social responsibility and engagement.  

INTS 365: International Internship (3 credits)
INTS 365 is a new addition to the Study Abroad to China program in summer 2018 as an optional course. Students can choose to take this course after completing the coursework for ASIA 374 and INTS 374. This international internship course includes a 3-day class meetings and a 4-week internship with a local company in Qingdao. It provides students with both classroom discussions on issues related to international work experiences, including cross-cultural interactions with multi-cultural workforce, navigating uncertain situations related to job expectations and requirements, negotiating inter-personal relationships on different levels, dealing with practical challenges in everyday life, managing stress levels, developing adaptive learning and working skills, and most significantly taking advantage of a real-life opportunity to intern at a foreign company where international workforce is highly demanded. The instructor has identified and conducted on-site evaluations on three local companies in Qingdao, all of which are satisfactorily equipped, both culturally and logistically, to host student interns from UNCA. Three UNCA students have already interned with one of these companies in a pilot program in summer 2017, and they all have very positive feedback for their experiences. Students will have a three-day coursework when issues and topics related to international communication, China’s globalizing workforce, cross-cultural encounters will be discussed and addressed. After the coursework students will start their 4-week intern at a local company that specializes in English language education and teaching. Prior to departure, students are required to participate in a 3-day on campus course work on Chinese language, society, educational system and culture, art, as well as Chinese economy so that 1.) students are better acquainted with general information of the country, 2.) students will have an opportunity to develop an initial research focus/further refine their undergraduate research projects for the course, and 3.) students will develop initial teaching plans/projects for the teaching practicum. During the in-country time students will travel through the cities of Beijing, Jinan, and Qufu, and stay on campus at Qingdao University in Qingdao, Shandong Province. Each of these four cities represents a different model of social-economic development and local cultural and historical heritage in contemporary China. Students will pair up with Qingdao University student volunteers as a means to further enhance their cross-cultural understanding of China. Students will finish a week-long teaching practicum at local kindergarten in Qingdao and teach English as a foreign language to kindergarten children.

Costs:  $3,964; costs will include accommodations, travel within China, meals, tuition and study abroad medical insurance.  Not included: Round-trip airfare to China, academic and personal expenses.

Itinerary

Required China Courses Payment and Cancellation form

Packing Suggestions

China Program PowerPoint

APPLICATIONS:

Applications are available in the Study Abroad Office (28 Ramsey Library). Completed applications are due no later than February 21, 2018. Please turn in a completed application with a $150 processing fee to the Study Abroad Office.  You may also download the Short-Term Application.

UNC Asheville reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond its control.

Faculty Director:
Dr. Jinhua Li, Interdisciplinary Studies, 320C Owen Hall, 828-232-5135, jli@unca.edu
 

China Videos 2016