Centre In China
Internationalizing College Faculty Through Study Abroad
Milton Reigelman, Director of International Programs
In the last decade, virtually every college and university in the country has added “global citizenship” or “cross-cultural learning” or “international focus” to its mission and strategic plan. To support this new emphasis, faculties and administrators across the country have worked furiously to “internationalize” their curricula in various ways: by setting up programs in Islamic studies or world ecology, by sponsoring faculty travel seminars to foreign places, by requiring students to achieve “competence” in a foreign language and select one course from a list of courses that might include “Japanese film,” “The European Union Today,” “The Latin American Novel,” etc.
Study In China
Shanghai, a thriving city of 24 million people, is the economic and commercial center for the entire Pacific Rim. Its stunning architecture alone has caused it to be known as “the city of the future,” and its enormous environmental, economic, and social challenges and achievements are mirrored across China and around the world. Based on student feedback and requests, Centre has teamed up with the Alliance for Global Education (IFSA-Butler), one of this country’s most respected and largest study-abroad organizations, to create a new program in Shanghai specifically tailored to the needs of Centre students.
Location and Housing
The IFSA (Institute for Study Abroad) headquarters are located in a safe, pleasant quarter of the city that features restaurants, small shops, street food, and recreational areas. A café with a patio where students often study is on the ground floor of the IFSA building. Across a small park is Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, whose cafeteria and other facilities are available for students’ use. Students will live in two- or three-bedroom apartments two minutes away from the IFSA headquarters. Each apartment has its own living/dining area, kitchen, and bath. Students will room with other American students and a Chinese student from a nearby university, increasing the likelihood of true cultural immersion.
August 23 – December 16, 2017
The same as studying in Danville, plus a $375 non-refundable deposit/surcharge and airfare. This amount includes a $15 carbon mitigation fee, but does not include the $20 cost of the required Travel Clinic that all Centre students going abroad must attend. If you have significant financial need, you may qualify for additional funding from the Davidson Fund.
Students have the option of earning 12 or 15 Centre credit hours. All students take Chinese Society in the 21st Century (Sociology), for which they earn 3 credit hours. All students also take 6 credit hours of Mandarin language (8 contact hours, meeting two hours a day, four days a week). Students can then choose to complete an internship (3 hours) and/or an elective (each is 3 credit hours) from the following options:
ECON – China: Economic Giant
INS – Sino-U.S. Relations: Superpower and Realignment
POL – Contemporary Chinese Politics: State, Party, People
ENS – The City and the Environment
ARTH – Survey of Art in China
Students who don’t participate in an internship have the option of taking two electives to bring their total hours to 15, which is the norm for other students participating in this IFSA program. Students can choose to take an elective and participate in an internship as well.
Highlights of the New Program
•The program sponsors a week-long field study trip to Southwestern China’s Yunan Province, including hiking in the famous mountainous areas, visiting small Yi and Miao minority villages, exploring the natural beauty of the Stone Forest and rain forest of Xishuangbanna., etc.
•Full schedule of excursions, events, and lectures designed to enhance understanding of China and the historical and modern influences that impact its culture and people.
•Classes in Chinese painting, calligraphy, cooking, Taiji or other martial arts.
•A one-week period for individual travel within China or to explore Shanghai and its region.
The Centre-in-China program is Centre’s only semester-long abroad option that includes a guaranteed internship—though any student not wishing to have an internship can substitute an elective (or two) course(s). Students who have studied some Mandarin will have an advantage for placements where Mandarin is helpful. IFSA arranges internships in an area of your academic or professional interest: in Chinese, joint-venture, or foreign-owned companies; research institutes; NGO’s; media and art studios.
Application, Deadlines, & Requirements
• This program is open to all Centre students. No prior Chinese (Mandarin) language training is necessary. Because students study Mandarin (speaking, listening, reading, grammar) each morning and have both a Chinese “language buddy” and a tutor, they cover more than a year of language at the beginning level; if they’ve studied any Mandarin, their language ability improves dramatically. Being able to converse in Mandarin could be extraordinarily helpful to those thinking about future careers in areas where spoken Chinese would be helpful, such as government, business, the arts, banking, public relations, commerce, marketing, and travel.
• The application process will be discussed during the three campus-wide informational meetings on November 21, November 29, and January 5. Submit in your completed application no later than noon on February 15. Students who are selected must pay the non-refundable $375 deposit/surcharge to the Cashier’s Office in Horky House by March 15 to hold their spot in the program.
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