Urban and Cultural Explorations in China
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. The program is scheduled take place from May 26 to June 16.
Please keep in mind that dates may shift several days due to ticket price fluctuations. If this is a concern for any reason, you can discuss with the program advisor or faculty leaders.
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
or AAAS 383C;
The course also offers a Gen Ed N
Students, accompanied by the faculty director and co-director for the program, will visit five different cities in China: Beijing, Chongqing, Zhenjiang, Shanghai, and Suzhou. 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 2018 program: Urban and Cultural Explorations in China Syllabus updates.pdf
Note that the class will meet three times before departure. This is in addition to the pre-departure orientation. The planned schedule for these class meetings are:
- March 24, 2018: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
- April 28, 2018: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
- May 5, 2018: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
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 the program is Karoline Kaon, Career Consulting Assistant at the Fleishman Center. Karoline was a Fulbright ETA in Taiwan and served as an adjunct in China for the University Readiness Program (URP).
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: Study Abroad Brochure2018.pdf
*Note that this is a tentative itinerary, and changes could be made before departure or during the program itself.
Federal and New York State financial aid is generally applicable to study abroad programs. The amount of financial aid that you may be eligible to receive is of an individual nature. All students should print out the above estimate of costs sheet, bring it to the Financial Aid office, and consult with a counselor there about what the implications of this cost would be for them individually. The Binghamton Financial Aid Services Office is able to consider only the application of students matriculated at Binghamton for degree study.
Students applying for this program are highly encouraged to apply for the:
1. Institute for Asia and Asian Diasporas Scholarship
(up to $1,500 for summer programs), and
2. Myers Family Scholarship
if eligible ($1,500).
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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.
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 15th
If you have any questions about the program, please contact Professor Mark Reisinger, the faculty director for the program, at email@example.com, or Karoline Kaon, the faculty co-director for the program, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions about the application process, contact the program advisor, noted at the top of the page.