Study Tour to China

Map of ChinaItinerary: Students will study Chinese language, culture, and history at Huazhong Normal University in Wuhan, China for the first two weeks, followed by a week of group travel to famous sites such as the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City in Beijing. The study tour will be in late May and early June with specific dates determined in fall 2010.

Costs: The $1200 program fee to be paid to the Confucius Institute at the University of Kansas will cover, in addition to the tuition and fees for CHN 100 and HIST 118 and associated study materials, the international and national airfares, local transportation, accommodations, most meals, entrance fees to historical sites, visa fees, and the KU Study Abroad fee, including medical evacuation coverage.

Additional costs: Participants will be responsible for personal expenses such as clothing, luggage, souvenirs, and incidentals, plus activities not included in the group itinerary. They must also possess a USA passport valid to at least until December 31, 2011. Participants in the KAS program, as is the case with other KU study abroad programs, are required to have adequate health insurance that covers health care abroad.

Participation Requirements: During the study tour, students are expected to participate in all required group activities and to dress and conduct themselves appropriately. The KAS Program Director will provide guidance on appropriate dress for visits to schools, offices or other events where less casual attire is the norm in addition to other suggestions that will make the study tour experience a successful one.

Accommodations: Participants will stay in double occupancy rooms with private bath at a student residential hall on the Huazhong Normal University campus and two to three people per room in clean and safe hotels during group travel. They will travel by various means of public transportation in the cities and by air, train, or bus between cities. Group meals will be usually in modestly priced restaurants serving local cuisine.

Huazhong Normal University, the partner university of the Confucius Institute at the University of Kansas, is a comprehensive university with one of the top teacher preparation programs in China. Established in 1903, it sits on a lovely campus atop of "Mt. Osmanthus" where over 10,000 Osmanthus trees bloom each spring. The University has more than 20,000 students and is known for top academic programs in education, physics, and history, and for national level research centers in Modern Chinese History and Chinese Linguistics and Language Pedagogy. The University has a well-established program for teaching Chinese as a foreign language and in 2007 had over 800 long-term international students and nearly 1,000 short-term international students from 54 countries study there.

Wuhan, located on the Yangzi River in Central China, is the capital of Hubei Province and the fourth largest city in China, with a population of 9.7 million. It is a key political, economic, educational, and cultural center. The metropolitan area of Wuhan is composed of three districts that formerly were separate cities divided by the Yangzi and Han Rivers.

Wuchang district, home to over twenty universities and colleges including Huazhong Normal University, is known for its intellectual vibrancy and scenic beauty, particularly the East Lake, one of the largest lakes in urban China. The historic Yellow Crane Tower on the Wuchang bank of the Yangzi River offers on a clear day the expansive views that provided inspiration to many great poets.

Hankou district, known for its stylish shopping centers, is one of the oldest commercial centers of China and still the financial heart of central China today. In the 19th century, several nations established consulates in Hankou near the banks of the Yangzi River. These imposing European buildings still overlook the river along a beautifully landscaped promenade.

Hanyang district, the third "city within the city," includes one of the most important Buddhist temples in China, as well as a major industrial center with manufacturing facilities for Budweiser, Coca Cola, and Peugeot. The central location of Wuhan on the largest river in China has led to its development as a major transportation hub with rail, water, and highway links to cities throughout China.

Please note: Dates and program information may be subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuations or other causes as determined by the Kansas Asia Scholars Program Director.

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