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  • Locations: Beijing, China; Chengdu, China; Lhasa, China; Lijiang, China; Shanghai, China; Tengchong, Yunnnan, China; Xian, China;
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Restrictions: Elon applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Winter
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Course Description

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China, the world's most populous nation with 1.3 billion people, has a continuous history of more than 5,000 years. It is one of the world’s greatest civilizations and has made significant contributions to the world, such as the compass, gunpowder, paper making, and printing. This course is designed to give you an overview of the paths for China’s modernization from different perspectives: geography, history, language, and arts. Additional topics such as religion, medicine, traditions and customs, food, and women’s issues may also be covered. This course offers a strong emphasis for you to build a solid foundation to understand the Chinese culture, history, tradition, and language. Students are expected to actively participate in classroom and field activities and discussions.
  • Grades count toward an Elon GPA.

  • Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis.

Pre-departure Course: GBL 180

This Winter Term course has a required one semester-hour fall pre-departure course associated with it. Students accepted into the Winter Term course will be automatically registered for the associated fall course. There is no additional cost for the pre-departure course for students who are registered full-time even if the one credit creates an overload for a student's registration.

It is Elon University policy that students who are registered part-time for the fall semester will be charged the additional one credit hour of tuition for the fall pre-departure course. Students will also be charged four credit hours of tuition for Winter Term in addition to the program fees. If students contact the Bursar's office to verify that they will be enrolled full-time in the spring semester, the four hours of Winter Term tuition will not be collected. 

There will also be a required meeting about the course in May.


Spring Meeting Information

The Spring meeting date, time and location to be announced.

Fall Course Meeting Information

The fall pre-departure course will meet on Thursdays from 5:30-07:10 PM. Location TBA.

Additional Course Information

In the early 19th century, Napoleon Bonaparte said, "China? There lies a sleeping giant. Let him sleep, for when he wakes he will move the world," and it is awakening. China has unique culture, customs, and traditions that are distinct from any other place on earth. Many of its rich cultural traditions and ancient monuments (Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terra-Cotta warriors, etc.) are still preserved in present-day China. With a territory larger than the United States, its geography is one of amazing diversity, from the barren desert lands in the west to the fertile fields in the east.

Since China carried out its economic reforms and open-door policies in 1978, China has changed rapidly and is playing an important role in the world. It hosted the XXIX Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. During a recent trip to China, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair predicted that China is going to be the largest economy in the world in the next 20 to 30 years. In order to prepare for this shift, there is a demand for knowledge about China, especially its path to modernization after the Cultural Revolution. This program is designed to provide participants with a perspective of China through academic instruction, travel, and interacting with local people. It is intended to improve the students' knowledge about China in a dynamic environment.

Activity Level: Moderate

Activity levels are rated to fit into one of four categories: easy going, moderate, challenging and demanding. This program is rated as moderate, which means you will spend much of the day exploring. Whether walking through historic neighborhoods at a moderate pace or out and about on a coach, your days will be full. You'll need to keep up with the group, including stairs and moderate movement.
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Students are required to take the fall pre-departure course associated with this Winter Term course. All students will automatically be registered for the pre-departure course but must register themselves for the Winter Term course during pre-registration for Winter Term.

Cancellation Policy


To cancel your participation in a program, complete the Winter Term Withdrawal questionnaire in your application.


The tentative dates for the program are Jan 3 through Jan 24.
While official flight itineraries are typically distributed in early September, the tentative group departure/return point is EWR.
Note: This information is subject to change based on airline changes and cancellations.



There will be opportunities to visit a variety of sport, media, educational, historic, ecological, and cultural sites such as:

The 2018 program in China is expected to include the following:

  • Beijing: Mao's Tomb, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven Park, Great Wall, Beijing Olympics venues, Kungfu show/interview, visit to local university in Beijing and Hongqiao Pearl Market.
  • Chengdu: Giant Panda Breeding Center, Leshan Giant Buddha, Szechuan cuisine museum. 
  • Lhasa: Portala Palace, Jokhang Temple and the Bhakor Street. 
  • Lijiang: Old town, Black Dragon Pool, Naxi Museum, Shuhe Old Town, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain with grand uplift to the Glacier Park, Black Water river and Tiger-leaping Gorge.
  • Xi'an: Terracotta warriors, Stele Forest, Big Goose Pagoda, Old City wall, Muslim Quarter.
  • Nanjing: Sun Yat-sen's Tomb, Ming Dynasty Tombs, 1937 Massacre Museum, Confucius Temple, QinHui River Area
  • Shanghai: The Bund, Yu Garden, Jade Buddha Temple, Zhujiajiao, Shanghai Museum, and Shanghai TV tower. Dinner with acrobatic show.

Note: Itinerary is subject to change due to availability of local facilities and scheduling issues.


Students will be housed in shared accommodations.

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Costs for study abroad vary program to program and are in addition to the tuition for Winter Term (included in fall semester tuition/bill). 

Basic cost information is available on the Cost and Credit Chart.

Detailed cost information is available on the budget sheet (link at top of page).


Scholarships/Travel Grants

Students seeking need-based financial support are encouraged to apply for the GEC Access Scholarship.

For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Financial Planning for Global Study page.

If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program. Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.

Connect with us

Drop by the GEC in Global Commons 360 for Quick Questions, no appointment necessary:
Wednesdays 2-4 PM
Thursdays 9-11 AM

Read blog posts from students on this program in years past and access blogs for Faculty-led programs on the Study Abroad Blog.

Global Ambassadors are GEC student representatives that have participated in one or more study abroad programs and have been trained to speak about their experiences. You can be in touch with current Global Ambassadors via email. They are looking forward to hearing from you!

Want to know more? Connect with the GEC, alumni, and prospective students on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. And keep in touch with us using #ElonGlobal!


Program Leader 1: Honglin Xiao
Department of History and Geography
AVAS (Lindner) 112H
2335 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Program Leader 2: Xiaolin Duan
Assistant Professor of History
Lindner Hall - Arts & Sciences 101B
2335 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244

Isabella Cannon Global Education Center (GEC)
Global Commons 360
2375 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244
336.278.6700 (phone)
336.278.6692 (fax)


Ready to apply?

Click "apply now" from this brochure to get started, and complete your application by the deadline listed below.

If applications are not yet available, see the deadlines webpage for information on when this program will be accepting applications.

See the application instructions webpage for more information on the application requirements and process. 

A unique aspect of my programs location was that we didn't stay in one location inside of China- we traveled to multiple cities and it allowed us to experience various cultures within one country.
     — Lauren Sollenberger, Winter 2015
Read what others have said about this program.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2019 09/03/2018
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program.

March 5: Priority application period begins.

March 15, 11:59 p.m. EDT: Priority period deadline. All applications received during the priority period are reviewed for eligibility and merit rather than time of submission.

March 27: Status notification for students that applied by the priority deadline.

Change period begins. Students that applied by the priority deadline can change into an open program by completing a Change Form (available in the GEC starting March 27).

March 29: Rolling period begins. All programs with spots remaining will reopen for application. New applications will be reviewed on a rolling and space-available basis.

Sept. 3, 11:59 p.m. EDT: Final application and deposit credit deadline. Students accepted to programs that cancel after this date will not have the deposit credited to their account.

Sept. 4, 5 p.m. EDT: Final deadline for students on a wait list to enroll in an open program. No students will be accepted into programs off of wait lists after this date. Students that are not accepted into programs will have the deposit credited to their account after this date.

Please view the deadlines page for payment and cancellation deadlines.

The start date and end date listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis and applicants will be notified of their application status within two weeks of submission.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.