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  • Locations: Beijing, China
  • Program Terms: Summer VI
  • Restrictions: Fairfield applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Arrival Date Departure Date
Summer VI 2018 04/06/2018
Rolling Admission 06/01/2018 06/10/2018
Summer VI 2019 02/01/2019 02/01/2019 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Program Description:

Join Communication Professor Qin Zhang, Ph.D. on this 10 Day Exploration of  China!

June 1 - 10, 2018

Great Wall
An overseas experience could potentially be a transformational experience that empowers us to challenge our thinking and perspectives on the world. Our trip to China enables us to experience the Chinese culture first-hand. We will visit Beijing, the capital city, Wuhan, a metropolitan city in central China, and Inner Mongolia, the home of Genghis Khan.
This course examines the dynamics of culture and communication focusing on the East-West dyad. In our global village, as people from East-West cultures encounter each other with greater frequency and duration, the importance of studying intercultural communication is felt and seen everyday in each of our lives. The course is designed to help us meet the challenges of living in such a globalized world. The course examines the East-West cultural differences in values, worldviews, and verbal and nonverbal communication styles etc. The general goals of this course are to help us gain a better understanding of how East-West cultural differences influence our everyday communication so that we can communicate more effectively with each other through mutual understanding of our cultural and cognitive differences. The course also reinforces respect and appreciation for alternative communication and cultural perspectives. The pre-requisite for this offering has been waived.
Note: The course is cross-listed with the Asian Studies and International Studies. It has the *World Diversity designation and also counts as the social science core.

Greeting in Inner MongoliaGroup Shot Inner MongoliaTineman SquareDinner GroupProgram Fee $2400 includes:
  • airfare
  • ground transportation in China
  • many meals during the 10 day excursion
  • accommodations while in China
  • entrance fees to sites
  • Health Insurance
  • 3 Fairfield University credits in CO 241 (fulfill requirements of the social science core, world diversity and Asian and International Studies)
Additional Fees Students will incur include, Passport, VISA and incidentals,
Through this experience students will not only learn pertinent knowledge about modern China, but also develop higher level skills of critical and analytical thinking as well as logical and synthetic reasoning.
This program is supported and partially subsidized by an international grant.  There is a limit of 7 recipients of this grant.  Candidates will be evaluated by major, GPA and to those who show a deep interested in the Chinese culture and who find it difficult to participate in study abroad because of demands of their academic curriculum/major(s), athletic schedule or summer employment commitment.   This 10 day program is designed to open the doors to a study abroad opportunity for students with a passion for China but limited time to travel!