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*Davidson College - China
Shanghai, China (Outgoing )
|Restrictions:||Davidson College applicants only|
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|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Program Housing:||Dorm||Minimum GPA:||2.5|
|Language of Instruction:||Chinese, English||Language Prerequisite:||No|
|Class Eligibility:||02-Sophomore, 03 - Junior, 04 - Senior|
The Davidson in Shanghai program provides an opportunity for Davidson College students to study at Fudan University, one of the oldest and most prestigious of Chinese universities. Content courses in contemporary Chinese studies are offered by Davidson and Fudan faculty, and language instruction is provided by Shanghai-based, professionally-trained teachers of Chinese as a foreign language. Dr. Graham Bullock, associate professor of political science and environmental studies, will serve as the Resident Director in fall 2018.
Davidson students enrolled in this program will receive four Davidson course credits. Course offerings include:
- POL 249: Business and Politics in China. Offered by Dr. Bullock, this course will examine how public and private actors interact in the People’s Republic. Students will use social science methods to examine a particular company or issue of their interest.
- CHI X01 (level-dependent): Accessible, engaging and rigorous courses that will be customized to each student’s Chinese level.
- Students will be able to choose 2 courses among nearly a dozen options taught in English by faculty in Fudan University’s School of Social Development and Public Policy. They will likely include The Chinese Marketplace, Religion in Chinese Society, China’s Social and Economic Transformation, Shanghai History, Chinese Society and Culture, China through Contemporary Film, Psychology and Life: A Cross-Cultural Perspective, and Culture, Health and Medical Practices in Contemporary China, among others.
The program will begin in Davidson in late August with several days of orientation in Davidson. The group will then leave together for Shanghai from Davidson.
- Campus housing, with many opportunities to interact with Chinese and other foreign students, as well as faculty
- Study-tours to Beijing, Yunnan, and nearby Shanghai sites
- Course offerings across multiple disciplines, including political science, history, sociology, anthropology, religion, health and human values, and media studies
- Convenient access to sites within Shanghai, one of China’s most dynamic cities
- Beijing - The capital of China, with many historical sites including the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and the Great Wall
- Yunnan – With cities such as Dali, Lijiang, and Shangri-La that are home to many of China’s ethnic minorities, Yunnan also has some of the most striking natural landscapes in the world, including Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Tiger Leaping Gorge.
- Suzhou – The “Venice of China,” home to many famous gardens, and the historical center of the silk industry
- Nanjing – The “southern capital,” the historical capital for many Chinese dynasties, including the Republic of China
- Within Shanghai – The "Paris of the Orient," with famous historical sites as the Bund, Chenghuangmiao, Nanjing Road, Huaihai Road, and cultural destinations such as the Shanghai Museum and Yu Garden
Housing and Meals
While in Shanghai, the group will stay at the Tohee International Student Village across the street from the north gate of Fudan University (in the Wujiaochang neighborhood of Shanghai). The Tohee International Student Village is a modern facility with air-conditioning/heat, private bathrooms, public common use spaces, refrigerators, and telephone and wireless internet connection. Laundry machines are available in the suites. Students will be housed in singles within a suite for three people. There is also a convenience store located in the ground floor of the dormitory.
Meals are included in the program fee, and students will receive stipends for meals. There are a number of student cafeterias located near the foreign students dormitory; the Wujiaochang neighborhood surrounding the Handan campus also hosts a number of restaurants and stores catering to Fudan university students. The Wujiaochang neighborhood also has a number of internationally-known stores and restaurants. There are many buses and subways which connect the Fudan campus to the wider Shanghai metropolitan area.
Open to all Davidson students who are in good standing in all areas. For academics, ‘good standing’ is defined in this case as having a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher (exceptions may be made in certain circumstances). This program is open to non-Davidson applicants, space-permitting.
This program will appeal to students interested in East Asian or Chinese politics, economics, society, history, culture, cinema, religion, and environmental challenges. While encouraged, previous coursework in Mandarin Chinese is not required. To enhance their experience, all students will complete a course in Chinese (at the appropriate level, including 1st year Chinese). This course will be fully integrated with the Davidson Chinese curriculum.
Program Director, Davidson in China
Professor Fuji Lozada
Resident Director, Fall 2018
Professor Graham Bullock
Visa Warning: Most countries require you to surrender your passport as part of the visa application process. Since it may take up to 90 days to receive a visa and have your passport returned to you, participating in consecutive study abroad programs in different countries, particularly between summer and fall, may be problematic or impossible.
Davidson College and consulate staffers cannot guarantee that a visa will be granted by a foreign government in any circumstance or in any time frame. International students should schedule a consultation with International Student Adviser, Bea Cornett, to discuss their visa status.
Davidson College reserves the right to cancel or modify part or all of a study abroad program should changing circumstances make it necessary to do so. In cases where the college has security concerns, the program director and the Dean Rusk Program Director will gather information and make a recommendation to the Dean of Faculty. The dean will take a decision to the president, who retains ultimate authority to decide whether or not a particular Davidson-sponsored trip should proceed.
Davidson admits qualified students without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, handicap, gender, or sexual preference.
|What did you personally gain from study abroad?|
|I gained a great deal of confidence and joy because I felt like a vivacious person living in an equally dynamic international city. The city matched my spirit and attitude. Finally, since I had never studied abroad, the value is utterly unquantifiable. Everyone should study abroad because it helps you to better understand your own values and passions at home.|
|— Fall, 2012 Participant|
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