The Davidson in China program is scheduled to run every other fall semester (Fall 2022, Fall 2024, etc.).
The Davidson in China 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 Chinese faculty, and language instruction is provided by university-based, professionally-trained teachers of Chinese as a foreign language. Dr. Graham Bullock, associate professor of political science and environmental studies, recently served as the Resident Director.
Davidson students enrolled in this program will receive four Davidson course credits. Course offerings include:
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.
- POL 359: Business & 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.
- 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
Group excursions are subject to changes based on the needs of the program and current conditions.
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.
- 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
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.
Professor Graham Bullock, Program Director
Department of Political Science
Department of Environmental Studies
The college welcomes requests for accommodations related to disability and will grant those that are determined to be reasonable and maintain the integrity of a program or curriculum. To make such a request or to begin a conversation about a possible request, please contact the Office of Academic Access and Disability Resources, which is located in the Center for Teaching and Learning in the E.H. Little Library. It is best to submit accommodation requests as early as possible.
Beth Bleil, Director
Office of Academic Access and Disability Resources
Alysen Beaty, Assistant Director
Office of Academic Access and Disability Resources
Passports often must be surrendered as part of the visa application process and must be valid for at least six months after a student's return date to the United States. Any student who also plans to study abroad in the fall in a country that requires a visa should consider the timing of that visa application process and consult with an Education Abroad Adviser
. Passports often must be surrendered 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.
International students should check the embassy website and/or ask the program director if they will need to obtain a visa for this program. They should also meet with International Student Programs
to discuss their U.S. visa status.
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.
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 Director of Education Abroad and the 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 program should proceed.
Davidson admits qualified students without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, handicap, gender, or sexual preference.
Program is contingent upon having a minimum number of participants.