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Spring 3-Week, 2018:  April-May 2018  


The Faculty

China has emerged from centuries of isolation, and it is changing at a rapid pace. Now is the time to visit and experience this country, which is still an enigma to most Americans. Watching hutongs (traditional narrow streets) disappear, observing construction 24 hours a day, talking with the Chinese about how their own lives have been altered and experiencing the stark contrast between ancient and modern, cannot be replicated in a classroom.

By interacting with Chinese students at local schools, visiting historical landmarks like the Great Wall, Forbidden City and Terracotta Army, touring Chinese companies and spending time in the major cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Xi’an, examine the impact of historical legacies and transformational change on China and its people. Coursework will explore the forces driving and resisting change in China today.

The Courses

China: Tradition and Change – Orientation (INTD, one credit hour, 12-Week)

China: Tradition and Change (INTD, three credit hours, 3-Week)

The Itinerary

Over the course of three weeks, explore and study in four major Chinese cities.

Beijing: During the six days spent in China’s capital, experience Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City, Olympic sites, the Great Wall, Beijing Opera and Summer Palace. Through these visits, you will gain rsthand insight into Chinese politics, arts and history.

Xi’an: From Beijing, travel via overnight train to Xi’an, the starting point of the Silk Road, and one of China’s oldest cities. During the two days spent here, experience City Wall, Drum Tower, Bell Tower, the Muslim District and Terracotta Army.

Hangzhou: After arriving via plane from Xi’an, spend a week gaining insight into daily Chinese life in Hangzhou. Observe everyday communication, work and home life and the day-to-day impact of ongoing change by staying with a host family and visiting a high school and a college.

Shanghai: Spend five days in Shanghai and the surrounding area after arriving by train from Hangzhou. While in Shanghai, the world’s largest city and a global financial center, you will experience the modern China as you visit local companies, tour the Pudong district and visit museums. The stay includes a day trip to Xitang, an ancient water town.

Trip Prerequisites/Requirements

Participants must enroll in the one-credit hour Spring 2018 12-Week course, China: Tradition and Change – Orientation. This course will provide relevant background information about Chinese history, religion, philosophy, cultural values and language training, prior to departure. Students are responsible for obtaining a passport, passport fees and personal expenses.

Program Details

  • Estimated Cost: $3,900 per student above tuition. The cost includes all travel expenses, accommodations, and meals. Personal expenses, passport fees, and independent travel are not covered.    
  • Application Deadline: October. 7, 2017; A $75 non-refundable fee will be billed to your Hiram College account upon receipt of your application.  This fee is used to pay for processing costs, an International Student Identity Card, passport holder, and luggage tags. 
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  • Jeff Swenson,
    Department Chair and Associate Professor
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