|Restrictions:||Elon applicants only|
|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
NOTE: This program is reviewing applications on a space-available basis.
Start dates and end dates listed reflect the date students are expected to meet at the departure airport and the date the students will meet back at the departure airport and reflect the best information available to the GEC. Please do not purchase flights based on these dates. Individual programs will provide additional information in the fall semester prior 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 in a timely fashion.
|Class Eligibility:||0-First Year and Above||Minimum GPA:||2.0|
|Language Prerequisite:||None||Language(s) of Instruction:||All courses in English|
|Course Prerequisite(s):||None||Housing Options:||Shared Hostel/Hotel|
|Program Type:||Faculty-Led||Internship Option:||No|
|Volunteer/Service Opportunities:||No||Max Credits To Receive/Transfer:||01+04|
|Program Capacity:||30||Program Advisor/Manager:||Kevin Morrison|
|Program Leader 1:||Honglin Xiao||Program Leader 2:||David Crowe|
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Course InformationThe Winter Term and fall pre-departure courses partially fulfill the General Studies requirement in the area of Society or Civilization. This course counts toward the Asian Studies minor.
The WT course also satisfies the Experiential Learning Requirement for the General Studies requirement.
Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis.
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 students 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 students a solid foundation for understanding the Chinese culture, history, tradition, and language. Students are expected to actively participate in classroom and field activities and discussions.
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.
Students will be housed in shared accommodations.
- Beijing: Mao's Tomb, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven Park, Great Wall, Beijing Olympics venues, visit to local university in Beijing and Hongqiao Pearl Market.
- Lhasa: Portala Palace, Jokhang Temple and the Bhakor Street
- Chengdu: Giant Panda Breeding Center, Leshan Giant Buddha and Dujiangyuan Irrigation System
- Lijiang: Old town, Black Dragon Pool, and Naxi Museum, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain with grand uplift to the Glacier Park, Black Water river and Yuhu Village. Kunming Minority Village with optional Elephant Ride
- Kunming: Kunming Minority Village with optional Elephant Ride, Stone Forest/Minority Village
- Shanghai: The Bund, Yu Garden, Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai Museum, and Shanghai TV tower. Dinner with acrobatic show
- Nanjing or Tengzhong
Note: Itinerary is subject to change due to availability of local facilities and scheduling issues.
Eligibility & Application Deadlines
The eligibility requirements specific to this program are listed in the Fact Sheet at the top of this brochure.
See the Deadlines and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information.
- Mar. 5-Mar. 21, 2013: Priority application period for WT 2014 programs
- Apr. 11-Sep. 13, 2013: Incoming applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis.
- Sep. 13, 2013: Final application deadline for WT 2014 programs
Students are required to take the fall pre-departure course associated with this Winter Term course.
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 enrolled 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 INFORMATIONMay 6, 2013 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
FALL COURSE MEETING INFORMATION
The fall course will meet on Monday evenings from 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Cancellation PolicyStudents submitting a cancellation form for WT Programs are subject to the following refund schedule:
- Sep. 16, 2013: Deposit refund deadline for cancellation
- Sep. 28, 2013: Full payment deadline
- Sep. 29-Oct. 15, 2013: 50 percent refund of program cost for cancellation
- Oct. 16-Oct. 31, 2013: 25 percent refund of program cost for cancellation
- As of Nov. 1, 2013: No refund of program cost for cancellation
*All students are automatically enrolled in a travel insurance policy through iTravel, an outside insurance provider (www.itravelinsured.com). This policy covers students who must cancel their participation due to serious issues of physical health to the student or an immediate family member (parent or grandparent) that occur after the final day to have the $400 deposit refunded. Travel insurance does not insure against changes in mental health. The insurance also does not cover any other changes in circumstances such as disciplinary or academic status; job, internship, graduate school or theatrical performance opportunities; leadership opportunities on campus; fear; other personal issues. Students who must cancel their participation after the final day to have the $400 deposit refunded may be able to seek a refund through the travel insurance company.
If airline bookings have already been made by the time of a student's cancellation, some airlines may issue the student a voucher for the value of the ticket less some penalty fee for change in ticketing. These are usually valid for 12 months with the airline issuing the ticket. The airline can provide specific details.
If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact Woody Pelton, Dean of International Programs. We encourage you to address any questions you may have as soon as possible, as a delay in doing so could result in increased charges for which you may be liable.
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).
Need-based scholarships are available for Elon WT programs through the GEC.
For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Funding for Study Abroad 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.
Read blog posts from students on this program in years past and access blogs for other Winter Term programs on the Study Abroad Blog.
Want to know more? Like the GEC Facebook page to chat with alumni and prospective students and receive study abroad updates.
Study Abroad Student Ambassadors (SASAs) are GEC student representatives who 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 SASAs via email, or contact past study abroad participants who have attended your program. They are looking forward to hearing from you!
For More Information
Program Leader 1: Honglin Xiao
Department of History and Geography
CB 2335, AVAS (Lindner) 112H
Program Leader 2: David Crowe
Department of History and Geography
CB 2335, AVAS (Lindner) 101B
Global Education Center
CB 2375, Carlton 113
Elon, NC 27244
to see if this program is open,
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