A key goal within the University of Denver's mission is to "develop global perspectives and connections by substantially expanding student and faculty experiences abroad." We believe that the growing importance of cross-cultural understanding, along with new global events and interdependencies, challenge us to diversify and internationalize our curriculum. DU's Study Abroad Programs in China are operated by four Chinese universities which are located respectively in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Each program has its unique features, but all require the study of Chinese language. The following information about the programs is adopted from the website of DU Global Scholars
The University of Denver offers this program in cooperation with the Beijing Asian Studies Center which was established over 17 years ago with the help of American University. The program is associated with the School of International Studies and the History Department at Peking University (Beijing University, or locally known as Bei da).Founded in 1898 as the first national university, Peking University is considered to be not only the most prestigious, but also the most crucial socio-political locate in modern and contemporary Chinese history. Living on the campus of Peking University provides students a great opportunity witness the change of the intellectual trends and the emergence of the intellectual frontiers.
Beijing is the political and cultural capital of China. It attracts people from all regions of the country and is filled with history and is making way for the future. Many refer to Beijing as the center of the world's largest economy. It has become a magnet for international business and investment. The city is lined with modern skyscrapers intermixed with traditional Asian architecture. It is a true contrast, with noodles stands placed next to McDonald's restaurants.
Areas of Study
All levels of Mandarin Chinese, Business, Economics, History, International Studies, Literature, and Political Science are some of the areas of study. Normally students enroll in 6 semester credits of language and choose three other courses to complete the program or an internship and two other courses. U.S. students interact with the Chinese students in some of the same classes. The language of instruction for all the content courses is English.
The program organizes a two week study tour as an essential component of the classroom learning. In addition, there are other side trips which include visiting various cities around China. For students who are qualified, internship opportunities are available in many fields. The city offers many historical sites and cultural celebrations. The University offers many student clubs and opportunities for sports.
You will live in the foreign student's residence hall on the University campus. Meals are not included with the program but may be bought inexpensively in the dining facilities.
Fall semester: August-December
Spring semester: January-May
Eligibility: 3.0 GPA.
Language of Instruction: English
DU offers this program in cooperation with the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES). Founded in 1990 and offering a strong language program and other courses in English, the IES Center is located at Beijing Foreign Studies University, commonly referred to as Bei wai.
The political and cultural capital of China, Beijing attracts people from all regions of the country. Increasingly, Beijing is becoming known internationally as the center of the world's largest economy.
Areas of Study
All levels of Mandarin Chinese, anthropology, economics, film studies, history and government, among others. Students enroll in 10 semester credits of language and normally choose two other courses to complete the program.
The center organizes field trips as an essential component of classroom learning. Other opportunities afford exposure to cultural arts such as taiji and calligraphy. For students interested in volunteering, IES staff can provide information for teaching English in elementary schools or working with women's issues. In addition, Beijing offers many historical sites and cultural celebrations.
You will live in a modern residence hall on the east side of the University.
Autumn Session: August-December
Spring Session: January-May
Eligibility: 3.0 GPA
Language of Instruction: English and Chinese
Alliance for Global Education, Shanghai
The University of Denver offers this program in cooperation with the Alliance for Global Education. This new program has two offerings in Shanghai, one at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics and the other at Fudan University. The two programs offer different curricula; however, both require the study of Chinese. Fudan University is over 100 years old and one of the two or three most esteemed universities in China. The International Cultural Exchange School at Fudan offers courses in the Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences. Like Fudan, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, is one of the group of universities designated by the Chinese government, as the top tier. The International School at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics offers courses geared towards International Business and Economics.
Shanghai is considered the business center of China. Its modern skyscrapers attest to the recent building boom and the increase of investments to the city as a whole. The recently built Shanghai Museum boosts large exhibitions which add to the cultural value of the city. But Shanghai is more known for its shopping. Part of the Nanjing Road has been made into a walking mall, which is the busiest shopping center of anywhere in China. As with other cities in China, one can see both the modern and the old standing next to one another--the bicycle piled high with boxes parked next to the BMW sports car.
Areas of Study
All levels of Mandarin Chinese, Art History, Business, Economics, History, International Studies, Literature, and Political Science are some of the areas of study. Normally students enroll in 8 semester credits (12 quarter hours) of language and choose three other courses to complete the program. The language of instruction for all the content courses is English.
The program organizes a one week study tour as an essential component of the classroom learning. In addition, there are other side trips which include visiting various cities around China. The city offers many historical sites and cultural celebrations. Each University offers many student clubs and opportunities for sports.
The Shanghai University of Finance and Economics housing is with Chinese roommates on the campus. Meals can be taken at the campus cafeterias or local restaurants. Meals are not included in the program price. At Fudan University, students live in the Foreign Student Housing, which is about a five minute walk from campus. The housing is shared apartments. No meals are included in this option either, but kitchens are available.
Fall Semester: August - December
Spring Semester: January - May
Eligibility : 3.0 GPA
Language of Instruction: English