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China: Beijing & Xi'an- China in the 21st Century - Culture & Education in China (Summer)
Beijing, China; Xi'an, China
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2014 02/19/2014 
Rolling Admission 07/02/2014 07/29/2014

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Fact Sheet:
Language Requirement: None GPA: good academic standing
Professor(s): Dr. Judith Liu Disciplines offered: Sociology
Accomodations: Hotel, Residence halls Prerequisite(s): None
Service-Learning: Yes Program Advisor: Alicia Gonzales -
Tuition Remission Eligible Program: Yes
Program Description:

Teaching in China


CHINA: Teaching, Service and Immersion Summer Program

Sociology 351: China in the 21st Century

Culture and Education in China
Dr. Judith Liu




With a population of 1.3 billion people, China is one of the world's oldest and largest continuous civilizations.  Beijing is a city of contrasts - a modern Asian boom-town that strives to preserve the cultural landscape of its glorious past while all around the glass and steel emblems of its dynamic present flourish.  As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing attracts people from all over the world.  While its new high-rises and financial institutions testify to its booming economy, remnants of Old Beijing remain.  Streets lined with dumpling and noodle stands, beautiful parks bedecked with pagodas, and 19th century homes with graceful four-walled courtyards still charm visitors from around the world.  Xi'an is more than 3,000 years old and was known as Chang'an in ancient times. For 1,000 years, the city was the capital for 13 dynasties, and a total of 73 emperors ruled here. Xi'an is the undisputed root of Chinese civilization have served as the capital city for the Zhou, Qin, Han, and Tang dynasties. With so much historty within the ground the city lies upon, it is no wonder that there are so many historical ruins, museums and cultural relics to be found here. Rural China offers visitors a rare glimpse at an ancient civilization with warm hospitality. 



The Educational Poverty Alleviation Project was initiated by Tsinghua University in 2003.  It is a public project aimed at benefiting the poverty-stricken areas in China.  Its goal is to provide people in underdeveloped areas with the opportunity to utilize high-quality educational and training resources for local officials, teachers, students and even farmers through the support of modern technology.  The ultimate goal of the program is to eliminate poverty by spreading knowledge.

T. University Grand Auditorium





Sociology 351: Culture and Education in China - Culture & Education in China - Dr. Judith Liu
Dr. Judith Liu - - View Dr. Liu's Bio 

SOCI 351: This course provides a community service and learning opportunity for students who want to experience first-hand the current poverty-stricken areas in China, and an opportunity to utilize their education through teaching the local teachers and students oral English, mathematics or social sciences.  Participants will also instruct basic research and learning methods with the goal that these activities help locals to become good academicians, and ultimately alleviate poverty through education.  Specifically, USD students will, with the guidance of USD faculty, participate in a one-week cultural program at Tsinghua University and then a three-week service-learning program in satellite rural areas.

USD students have a unique opportunity to participate in a month long experience that involves two components.  The first component takes place in Beijing and Xi'an followed by a second component where the student applies their knowledge at a rural location in China.

First component (Beijing & Xi'an): The Chinese Language and Culture Program (CLCP) offers an intensive language program that will teach participants either basic or intermediate Chinese, increase their understanding about Chinese culture and society, as well as meet international friends at one of China's most renowned universities. Those students with NO Chinese language knowledge will learn basic Chinese phrases while those with more advanced language skills have the opportunity to increase their language abilities that can be used in their rural sites. Included in this program are cultural courses and tours. Participants will carve their own stone signature seal; will attend the world famous Beijing Opera, see an acrobatics show; and visit the Great Wall, Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, and the Temple of Heaven.

Second component (rural China site visit):  Students will see China beyond the "tourist" brochures and visit areas that seldom have foreign visitors. In an effort to deal with China's enormous poverty issues, in 2003, Tsinghua University launched its Educational Poverty Alleviation Project to deal with China's enormous poverty issues. Considered to be the "MIT" of Chinese universities, Tsinghua is making a concerted effort to try and alleviate poverty in rural areas through education.

Its Summer Service Learning Program (SSLP) is designed to send teams of Tsinghua University undergraduate students, faculty, and foreign volunteers to 30 different locations in rural China. Since 2004, over 1,000 Tsinghua students, 130 Tsinghua faculty, and 300 students and faculty from abroad have participated in the SSLP. Teams spend 10-14 days at their sites where they teach English and computer skills, provide lectures and intercultural communication exercises for students and teachers in rural counties.  The hope is that by exposing Chinese middle and high-school students to a wide range of educational experiences, they would be inspired to continue their higher learning.

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All students will be required to also complete pre and post lectures on the USD campus. These pre program lectures will take place during the spring term, while the post program lectures will take place on the USD campus during the spring term.

For students who want to experience the "best of Beijing," teach English, see how life is lived in rural areas as well as interact with Chinese students and teachers both at the university and middle/high school level in a meaningful endeavor, this is the summer study abroad program to attend.

Children in China    




Cost for the program is $4,500 and includes 3 units of USD tuition, accommodations, most meals, international health insurance, ground transportation between Beijing, Xi'an, and the rural teaching location, some site visits around the city of Beijing and selected cultural activities.  Not included in the program price are flight tickets, Chinese visa application fees, ground transportation to/from airport, ground transportation throughout the city and spending money while abroad. For a detailed description of program costs please see the Program Cost in the box at the top of this webpage. Click on the link which corresponds to the term you plan to study abroad.


Beijing is the perfect location for this course, partly because the program runs at Tsinghua University which is in Beijing, and partly because students will have a chance to visit historical landmarks, such as the Great Wall and Forbidden City, to experience the history and culture of China.  They will also be teamed with undergraduates and faculty from Tsinghua during the service-learning component of the course, to get more insight about the country.

Great wall - summer students

This program is currently not accepting applications.