Use CRN for 8 credits full session when register for the program “Study Abroad in China and Taiwan” or CRN for 2 credits first session only at the Registration and Records office.
To earn full credits for this program, all enrolled students are expected to:
1. Participate in all Classes, Workshops, and Field Trips.
Attend and fully participate in the language and cultural workshops, and field trips. Joining in visits and field trips is also highly recommended. These are not political or diplomatic visits but integral parts of the program. You will learn in turn from the visits and field trips how the city and community works, as well as getting valuable information about the culture and the society.
2. Participate in the four weeks of summer study program with the awarded Confucius Institute scholarship in the month of July.
In order to make your experiences successful, it is crucial to participate in daily activities fully. More detailed information will be given at the campus orientations.
3. Keep a Journal
Keep a journal of your observations and experiences in this newly introduced culture. Be a good observer and jot down your findings and thoughts with your collections of “interesting” things in Chinese life, such as the artifacts, your Chinese painting and calligraphy writings, train tickets, stamps, advertisements, or funny “Chinese English,” etc. You will be creating valuable and meaningful records of your experiences. Better yet, document it in video recording or photo journal. You will have an opportunity to post them on your own blog later after returning to campus from your trip, or create other collaboration to turn your experience into something more meaningful to you.
4. Research Project: Observation Portfolio.
Based on your journal, compile an observation portfolio. Organize the observations according to several categories, such as family life, higher education, governmental structure and city planning, private and public businesses, religious practices, Chinese arts, Chinese medicine, etc. Portfolio should be illustrated with photos and other collected materials. The portfolio is important and required for those who want to continue for the second session, or who want to participate in the Internship option. Students also will create not only a precious record of your memories but also a valuable ethnographic record of people and their life in this beautiful land.
Expected Credit Equivalencies:
4 – Chinese culture and society
4 – Chinese language