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Davidson College - China
Shanghai, China (Outgoing )
Program Terms: Fall
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Language of Instruction:
Chinese, English
Language Prerequisite:
No Class Eligibility: 02-Sophomore, 03 - Junior, 04 - Senior
Program Description:

Program Overview
The Davidson in Shanghai program provides an opportunity for Davidson College students to study at the School of Social Development and Public Policy in 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.  Professor Ping Shao, a member of the Davidson College Chinese Studies Department, will serve as Resident Director in 2014.

Non-language courses in the program will be taught by Davidson College and Fudan University faculty. We anticipate that the content courses will emphasize contemporary Chinese society, culture, economics and politics, including interdisciplinary topics such as environmental studies, but in some years, there may be a greater emphasis on Chinese history. Language courses will be designed to dovetail with the Davidson Chinese language curriculum so that students can move seamlessly between courses here and courses in China.

Davidson students enrolled in the Shanghai program will receive four course credits. They will all take four of the following courses:

CHI 265: Contemporary Chinese Society and Culture. Offered at Davidson as ANT 265; graded. *Pending EPC approval.*
CHI 360: Issues in Chinese Society. Offered by the Fudan University School of Social Development and Public Policy. Taught in English. P/F credit.
CHI X01 (level-dependent):  Based on the Davidson Chinese language curriculum.
CHI 406: Seminar in Chinese Culture and Literature. Interdisciplinary course. Heavily informed by the excursions. Graded.
CHI 395/396: (optional) Independent Study. By permission of the director. Graded.

Program Highlights
The program will begin in Davidson in late August with several days of orientation. 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, Xi'an, Lhasa, and rural Guangdon.
  • Overnight trips to Suzhou, Nanjing, and other nearby sites.
  • Independent study research opportunities, with permission of instructor.
  • Easy public transportation to other parts of Shanghai.
Group excursions to different areas of China include:
  • Beijing (one week): the capital of China, with many historical sites including the Forbidden City and the Great Wall.
  • Suzhou – the “Venice of China,” home to many famous gardens, and the historical center of the silk industry
  • Lhasa, Tibet (one week): the capital of the Tibetan Autonomous Region, home to the Potala, many monasteries representing different Tibetan Buddhist sects, and Lake Nam-tso (the highest lake in the world)
  • Meizhou (off the beaten path); Hakka homeland, rural northern Guangdong
  • Nanjing – the “southern capital,” the historical capital for many Chinese dynasties, including the Republic of China
Housing & Meals
While in Shanghai, the group will stay at the Foreign Students Dormitory at Fudan University (the main Handan campus, in the Wujiaochang neighborhood of Shanghai). The Foreign Students Dormitory is a modern facility with air-conditioning/heat, private bathrooms, public common use spaces, refrigerators, and telephone and wireless internet connection. A laundry service is available. Students will be housed in doubles. 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.

Admission Requirements
This program is open to Davidson students interested in East Asian or Chinese history, politics, religion, and culture. It will also appeal to students interested in economics and development, social justice, and environmental studies. While previous knowledge of Mandarin Chinese is not required, it is highly recommended; a course in Mandarin Chinese (at the appropriate level, including 1st year Chinese) will be part of the curriculum.

Contact Information
Professor Fuji Lozada
Phone:  704-894-2035

Visa Warning: Passports 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.

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 Advisor, 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 his 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 were the most rewarding/challenging aspects of the program?
The most rewarding part of the program was living in the energy of such a unique global city. Learning the language better, trying new foods, and meeting new people made the experience invaluable.
     — Fall, 2012 Participant
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2016 02/01/2016 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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