Programs by Country: China + Dialogue of Civilizations

China: Chinese Culture and Architecture – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Beijing, China

Faculty Leader: Shuishan Yu (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (

Term: Summer 1


  • ARCH4850 Urban and Architectural History Abroad - China
  • ARTE2501 Art and Design Abroad: History

Program Description:

Students who participate in this Dialogue will be immersed in the colorful art world of China. They will be introduced to the various historical sites with great significance in the development of Chinese urbanism, architecture, and arts, being it in a city, a village, a temple, or a sacred mountain. They will study Chinese art and architecture first hand while exploring a variety of cultural and ethnic regions in China, developing a solid and comprehensive understanding of Chinese culture through the direct observation of its urban and artistic expressions. Students will also participate in a cultural and professional dialogue with architects in Beijing and Shanghai, artists in Quanzhou, musicians in Nantong, and students from the College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University. Written work and group projects will compare China and the U.S. on topics of urbanization, architectural practice, artistic expressions, and historical preservation and interpretation.


The four-week long program will be divided into two parts. During the first two and half weeks, students will use Peking University as the base, attending lectures and workshops while exploring China’s most important cultural, political, and economic center and its vicinities, including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Summer Palaces. Weekend excursions can bring students to the nearby cities such as Tianjin and Chengde. During the last 10 days, students will be on a comprehensive tour visiting other significant sites in Chinese art, architectural, and urban histories, including the significant Silk Road city Yinchuan in the culturally mixed Ningxia province in the Northwest, the port city and the beginning of the Maritime Silk Road Quanzhou in Fujian province in the Southeast, the Modern cosmopolitan Shanghai, the typical Jiangnan water towns, and a variety of historic religious sites.

China: Chinese Language and Culture through the Lens of Food – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Nanjing, China

Faculty Leader: Hua Dong (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (

Information Session: January 20th, 6pm, 275 Ryder Hall


Term: Summer I


  • CHNS 1301/1302/2301/2302/3301/3302  Chinese Language Immersion
  • CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad, NU Core humanities level 1

Program Description: Now in its ninth summer, the language-intensive China Dialogue based in Nanjing offers students a chance to improve their Mandarin proficiency and cultural understanding in the best possible way – by speaking and living it in China. You will not only use it to find your way around some of the most famous landmarks in the world – the Great Wall and Forbidden City, for example – but in daily interactions with local residents while you live and study Chinese at Nanjing University. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to use the language you learn in both a Chinese home where you stay for a week and a workplace while you take part in a Chinese internship program related to your specific major.

This year, the dialogue will have a new focus, food. We will use food as a lens to explore topics relating to Chinese history, society, art, politics, and its relationship to the rest of the world. We will find out the beliefs on food values and taboos, food as medicine and its relationship to religion and environment from the assigned readings and dialogues with the locals and experts. We will visit the urban farmers’ markets and rural farms to learn about the concerns of food safety and security and initiatives from internet activism to sustainable farming; we will learn about the environmental impact of China's large meat industry. Today, one-third of the world’s meat is produced in China and half of all pigs live there. You will get a bite of China by sampling diverse regional cuisines at different locations, from street stands to fancy restaurants, fromtraditional local brands to Big Macs and Starbucks in China, to experience the regional and cultural diversity, the fast pace of urbanization and globalization in the country and their impact on food, business, and the society as a whole. You will listen to farmers to talk about their lives and land, and expatriates from famous design firms on how to design for the emerging Chinese middle class consumers. You will also learn some basic Chinese cooking methods and hone your “knife skills” with a Chinese kitchen cleaver at a culinary school.

This course provides intensive Chinese language training, cultural studies, homestay and internship opportunities in China. You will take Chinese classes for a total of 100 hours, and intern in a Chinese company or institution for a total of 30-40 hours. Placement of internship will try to match your field of study, skills and interests, and cover a wide range of sectors. You will also have the opportunity to experience the daily lives and customs of Chinese by spending a week living with a local family. The program will be based in Nanjing, a historic city with long and influential history as the capital of six dynasties, and is only an hour by train north of Shanghai. The program will visit historic, political, and cultural sites in Beijing, Shanghai, Anhui and Nanjing.

Check out the daily blog sites from the past years, for 2014, for 2013, for 2012, and for 2011.


China: From West to East: Chinese Language and Culture – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Kunming, China

Faculty Leader: Prof. Qinghong Cai (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (

Information Session:

January 15th, 6-7pm, 275 Ryder Hall

Term: Summer II


  • CHNS 1301/1302/2301/2302/3301/3302/4301/4302 Chinese Language Immersion
  • CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad, NU Core humanities level 1

Program Description:


This Summer II China Dialogue program takes place in 4 exciting Chinese cities and offers intensive and immersive Chinese language training, including practical introduction to Chinese history, culture, ancient wisdom, and businesses.

Taipei and Hong Kong are famous international cities known as two of the four Asian little dragons in East Asia for its economic successes. Hence, students will have the opportunity to experience Chinese culture as a whole in 3 distinctively different regions with each of their own unique governmental structures and different Chinese cultural custom variations within this one program.

  • 5 week Dialogue trip:

This program will be based in the Chinese Language Center of Yunnan University, situated in Kunming, also known as “City of Eternal Spring”, famous for its perpetual spring like weather with blooms and lush vegetation all year round. It will certainly offer you a paradise-like summer.

This dialogue offers participating students 100 hours of practical Mandarin, one of the most spoken languages in the world. All classes for different levels are in small group setting which is 4 hours per weekday and is equivalent to one semester Chinese course even for the beginners. In addition, each student will have a 2-hour daily conversational practice with a language partner, one on one, whose major is teaching Mandarin as a foreign language.

Students will also attend 50 hours of cultural classes that offer interesting introduction to the only longest surviving ancient civilization in the world. This includes activities such as Meditation, Chinese Martial Arts, Birds Freeing for Good Fortune Ceremony, Chinese Tea Ceremony with live Classical instrument performance, Chinese Rap songs with Drum practice, Ancient Chinese Aromatherapy, Body/Foot Spa with Chinese herbs, Calligraphy, Chinese Paintings, Paper cutting, Chinese knotting, Chinese Folk Dance, etc.

On weekends, students get to visit world famous nature wonders as well as interesting historical and cultural sites, such as Stone Forest, Jiuxiang Karst Caves, Hong Kong night tour, etc.

You are welcome to access 2014 Summer II China Dialogue short film on YouTube


Hong Kong: Society, Transition and Health in Hong Kong, China

Dialogue of Civilizations | Hong Kong, China

Faculty Leader: Katherine Schlatter (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (

Term: Summer 2


  • PHTH1261: Comparative Health Care Systems: Global Hong Kong
  • INTL 4944: Hong Kong's History, Culture, Society and Transformation, NU Core arts level 1

*January 22nd from 11:30am to 1:30pm Faculty Leader will have a table in the lobby of Bouve to answer any questions you may have!*

Program Description:

This intensive summer DOC to Hong Kong will immerse students in Southern Chinese Culture and introduce them to the economic, cultural, and societal transitions of this dynamic territory as it evolved from a grouping of villages into a British trading post, Crown Colony, and finally, as a Special Administrative Region of China.  Hong Kong is a thriving diverse international city and important economic and cultural hub situated on China'a Southern coast facing the South China Sea.  It remains a major regional trading hub, tourist destination, and producer of film, media, and innovation.