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


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.

Prerequisite: GBL 180. Application and acceptance required. Additional travel fee is required. Counts toward Society or Civilization requirement, and satisfies one unit of experiential learning toward fulfillment of the Experiential Learning Requirement. Counts toward Asian Studies minor.
  • Grades count toward an Elon GPA.

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

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.


Students will be housed in shared accommodations.

Tentative Itinerary

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.

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. 

  • February 28, 2017:  All Fall 2017 travel-embedded and Winter Term 2018 Study Abroad and Study USA programs are announced.
  • March 6, 2017: Priority period begins for all programs. 
  • 11:59 PM, March 16, 2017: Priority period deadline.  All applications received during priority period are reviewed for eligibility and merit rather than time of submission. 
  • March 28, 2017: Notification begins.  The GEC will send notifications via email for all applications received by priority period deadline.
  • March 28, 2017: Change period begins.  Students that submitted applications during the priority period can switch into available programs by submitting a Change Form (available March 28). 
  • March 30, 2017: Rolling period begins.  New applications will be accepted and reviewed on a space-available basis.
  • August 31, 2017: Final deadline for Study Abroad programs.
  • September 4, 2017:  Deposit refund deadline for Study Abroad programs.  Students accepted to Study Abroad programs that cancel after this date will not have the deposit refunded.**
  • September 14, 2017:  Final deadline and refund deadline for Study USA programs.  Students accepted to Study USA programs that cancel after this date will not have the deposit refunded.

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.

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 take place on Thursdays from 5:30-7:10 P.M.

Cancellation Policy

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

Per the Study Abroad Policies webpage, please note the following payment and cancellation deadlines:
  • September 4 - October 2, 2017:  Students accepted to Study Abroad programs that cancel within these dates will not have the deposit refunded.
  • September 15 - October 2, 2017:  Students accepted to Study USA programs that cancel within these dates will not have the deposit refunded.
  • October 2, 2017: Full payment deadline.
  • October 3 - 9, 2017: Students that cancel within these dates are responsible for 50 percent of the cost of the program.
  • October 10 - 18, 2017: Students that cancel within these dates are responsible for 75 percent of the cost of the program.
  • Oct. 19, 2017: Students that cancel on or after this date are responsible for the full program cost.
Note: You are responsible for the costs noted above if you cancel regardless of whether you have paid the program fees at the time of cancellation.

Deposit Refunds - If you have paid the deposit and are cancelling your participation prior to the deposit refund deadline, the amount will remain as a credit on your account to be applied towards the following semester’s billing. If you have any questions about your deposit, you may contact the Bursar’s office at or 336.278.5300.

*All students are automatically enrolled in a travel insurance policy through iNext, an outside insurance provider. This policy covers students who must cancel their participation due to serious health issues that occur after October 1. In some instances (evaluated on a case-by-case basis) the travel insurance may insure against changes in mental health. The insurance 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.


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.

Additional Links

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!

For More Information

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)

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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
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2018 08/31/2017
Rolling Admission 01/03/2018 01/23/2018
  • March 6: Priority period begins.
  • 11:59 PM, March 16: Priority deadline.
  • March 28: Decision date; Change period begins.
  • March 30: Rolling period begins.
  • 11:59 PM, Aug. 31: Study Abroad final deadline. Application deposit is non-refundable after this date.
  • 11:59 PM, Sept. 14: Study USA final deadline. Application deposit is non-refundable after this date.
  • See the Deadlines and Cancellation Policy page for full deadline information.

    The start date is the date students are expected to meet at the U.S. departure airport. The end date is the date students will meet back at that same airport.

    These dates reflect the best information available to the GEC but are subject to change. Please do not purchase domestic flight tickets based on the dates listed here.

    ** 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.

    Indicates that deadline has passed

    This program is currently not accepting applications.