China: Chinese Culture and Architecture – CLOSED

Beijing, China

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  • Summer 1 Semester - May 9 - June 8, 2015 (dates subject to change)

Application Deadline

  • Summer 1 Semester - Priority Deadline: November 15, 2014

Final deadline for Dialogue of Civilization programs is February 1st. Program accepting applications until filled and is subject to close at any time.


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.


ARCH4850: Urban and Architectural History Abroad - China

ARTE2501: Art and Design Abroad: History course

Host University

Peking University, Beijing, China


Eligibility Requirements

  • 2.5 GPA reccomended
  • At least 2 completed terms at Northeastern
  • All students who are interested in Chinese culture, arts, and/or the built environments are eligible to apply
  • Interviews by the instructor
  • Open to all majors
  • Open to both undergraduate and graduate students

Application Procedure

    • Online Dialogue of Civilizations application (available on OISP website and myNEU)
    • $500 non-refundable program deposit paid through NUPay.* Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.**
    • One copy of passport ID page – to be given directly to your faculty leader after acceptance.
    • 2-3 page essay answering the following questions (copy and pasted into online application):
    1. What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
    2. How will the program further your academic and career goals?
    3. What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
    4. What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?

    *If you are not accepted into your Dialogue program, the $500 deposit will be credited to your student account.

    **Applications are not considered complete until deposit is received. This deposit will be applied to the full cost of the program.

    **Faculty may require additional information and/or interview (after application deadline)

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Tuition: $10, 634

DOC Fee: $2,000

Tuition and DOC Fee cover 8 Northeastern credits, round-trip airfare from Boston, housing for program duration, International Security and Emergency Support, as well as some local transport, excursions and group meals.


For the first two and half weeks: guesthouse at the Peking University, with free internet access.

For the last one and half weeks: all expenses, including lodging (hotels with free internet access), transportation, and tickets, are included in the tour.


Beijing: This is the capital of China and the country’s cultural, political, and economic center. It was also the capital for the Yuan (1279-1368), Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. Famous sites include the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, the Summer Palaces, the imperial mausoleums, and much more. Beijing is also famous for its modern architecture designed by world-class masters and a haven for modern design industry and flourishing contemporary artistic activities.


Ningxia: Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region is the home of diverse cultures and many ethnic groups in China. It is a very important part of the ancient Silk Road that connects Europe with Asia. Coexistence and blending of different religions (Buddhism, Islam, Confucianism, etc.) create colorful arts and architecture. The natural environment of Ningxia is magnificent with snow mountains, desert, lakes, and oases.


Quanzhou: The coastal city Quanzhou is the beginning of the Maritime Silk Road that connects China with Southeast Asia, India, Africa, and Europe. Quanzhou was a true international city in the Medieval time. Its architecture, arts, and urban forms are a result of cultural exchanges among people from allover the world for more than a thousand years.


Shanghai: Shanghai is famous for its European style architecture built in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth centuries. The new district Pudong has the world’s most densely populated skyscrapers and the city owns a diverse collection of contemporary architectural masterpieces. Shanghai’s historical heart – a traditional county seat during the Ming-Qing period – is well preserved. Numerous picturesque water towns and historic cities, such as Luzhi and Nantong, are within the distance of a day’s travel.