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  • Locations: Beijing, China; Nanjing, China; Shanghai, China; Suzhou, China; Zhenjiang, China
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.8 Housing Options: Hotel/Hostel
Language of Study: English Class Level: Undergraduates: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
Program Type: Faculty-Led Student Type: Binghamton and SUNY Students Only
Flight Arrangements: Group Flight, Deviations Allowed Program Advisor: Allison Nyamuame:
Program Description:

Urban and Cultural Explorations in China

At a Glance
Academic Features
Student Life
Estimate of Costs
Application Process
More Information
People's square (Shanghai)The Bund (Shanghai)


At a Glance

This program offers a critical understanding of China's urbanization, exploring how the complexity of Chinese cities both conform to and defy conventional urban theories and experience of cities elsewhere in the world, especially the United States. The program provides students with an opportunity to visit a country that is becoming increasingly important in global economic, political, and cultural affairs - China. The program takes place in May through June.

Academic Features

Through this 6-credit, 3-week program, students will examine:
- the geographical evolution of the Chinese city, especially in the post-Maoist era;
- the economic, political, and social changes in China which have contributed to the new urban patterns in Chinese cities;
- the changes in the urban hierarchy of Chinese cities;
- how culture played, and continues to play a significant role in morphology of Chinese cities; and
- Chinese efforts in the preservation of historically and culturally important sites in Chinese cities.

Students specifically earn credits for GEOG 375, AAAS 383C, or HIST 384A; the course is currently cross-listed among three academic departments, including Geography, Asian and Asian American Studies, and History departments. Also, the course offers a Gen Ed N (Social Sciences).

Students, accompanied by the faculty director and co-director for the program, will visit five different cities in China: Beijing, Nanjing, Shanghai, Suzhou, and Zhenjiang. At the end of the program, students will have:
- deepened the understanding of another culture;
- developed leadership, self-management, negotiation, creative problem solving skills, and decision-making skills;
- be able to understand intercultural communications and the effect they have on values and beliefs; and
- be able to understand the nature of cultural stereotyping and how to address these issues more productively in everyday life.

Here is the syllabus for the program: Urban and Cultural Explorations in China - syllabus.pdf
Temple of Heaven (Beijing)architecture (Beijing)


The faculty director for this program is Professor Mark Reisinger, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies at Geography Department, and the Faculty Master of Newing College. The co-director of this program is Professor John Chaffee, Distinguished Service Professor at History and Asian and Asian American Studies Departments. 

Student Life

Student living arrangements will be arranged by the Open House Education Foundation (OHEF), a non-profit organization based in Beijing, China that works closely with Binghamton University to bring university resources to Chinese high schools, linking up professionals who share the same vision of developing innovative international education programs. Participating students will stay at hotels in the five cities they will visit, and the OHEF will make all necessary arrangements before students depart for the program. The OHEF will also make all travel arrangements in China in addition to providing support for pastoral care and assistance in any emergencies as well as a support person to travel with the group.

Here is the itinerary of the program: Urban and Cultural Explorations in China - itinerary.pdf
Garden (Suzhou)street (Suzhou) 2

Estimate of Costs

China Summer 2017.pdf

All students should consult with the Financial Aid Advising Office about what the implications of this cost would be for them individually. Federal and New York State financial aid is generally applicable to this study abroad program. The Binghamton Financial Aid Advising Office is able to consider only the applications of students matriculated at Binghamton University for degree study. 

Students applying for this program may be eligible to apply for various need-based and merit-based education abroad scholarships. Click here for more information about the education abroad scholarship opportunities.

Withdrawal Policy: 
When a student commits to an education abroad program in their Terra Dotta online program application, the Office of International Programs (IEGI) mirrors the Binghamton University Student Accounts refund policy for tuition, tuition differentials, and all program fees.

Application Process

This program is open to undergraduate students (sophomores and up) in any field of study, specifically Geography, History and Asian and Asian American Studies. Other SUNY students are also welcome to apply. All of the requirements should be submitted online. Students will go through an interview with the faculty after the online application process is over. The deadline to apply for this program is March 1.
park (Zhenjiang)Xintiandi (Shanghai)

More Information

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Professor Mark Reisinger, the faculty director for the program, at, or Professor John Chaffee, the faculty co-director for the program, at

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.