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China: History, Culture, and the Arts


This program will not be running for 2014

Objectives of this program are to provide you with historical, economic, social, and cultural perspectives of China not often visited. Upon admission to the program, you will be expected to work closely with the program's director, Professor Jeremiah Donovan, to design your own research project which builds upon on your own unique major and interests. With this project in mind, you will spend your time in China conducting research and traveling to historical cultural sites.

As past participants report, such research experiences may include creating art alongside a master artist in a ceramic studio, discussing China's cultural revolution with a town mayor in a remote village, analyzing Chinese pedagogical methods and comparing the quality of rural versus urban schools while visiting classrooms of both the common and the elite, or traveling to a public park at 6 in the morning to join a local Tai Chi team in their daily exercise.

Regardless of what type of research project you choose to conduct, each day you will gather to discuss experiences, share impressions, and record observations. You will keep written journals and photographic journals as you live among the local population and witness a part of China that is rapidly changing. For the duration of your stay, you will become a part of one of the world's most dynamic countries and, through your own highly personalized experience, discover how you may become even more engaged as both a student and as a soon-to-be professional in today's globalized society.

Please Note: All students meeting the aforementioned admission requirements of all majors are welcome to apply. No Chinese language background is needed as a translator will be present at all times.

City, Country 

Arrival City:  Shanghai or Beijing, China


Summer 2015 (note: this program will not be running Summer 2014)


May 22 - June 11, 2015


2.5 GPA

Application Deadline

Summer Admission: March 15, 2015

Please submit the following by the above deadline:

The Course Approval Form (due May 1st) is to be submitted by SUNY Cortland students only. Non-Cortland students must speak with their home campus study abroad office for information on the course approval process.

Non-Cortland students must return completed Judicial Review and Code of Conduct forms along with the SUNY application.

Travel Information

Group Flight Required.  Arranged by director and paid by program participant. 

Note: All flights and in-country transportation fees are included in the program cost.

Program Costs

Summer 2013 Budget

Accepted students will receive an updated budget as a part of their acceptance packet.

Program Course Information

Participants Earn 3 Credits in 4 weeks

2013 Program Itinerary


Participants will live in hotels as they travel throughout China, as well as the Jingdezhen Sanbao Institute guest house.

Three meals are provided each day.

Host Website

Jingdezhen Sanbao Institute

Meet the program's founder and director: SUNY Cortland Professor Jeremiah Donovan, winner of SUNY's prestigious Chancellor's Award for Internationalization.

Photo album

Student Mentors

Email one of our student mentors to learn more about our China Summer Program!

Leah Fries            

Katelyn Repetto    

Marcus Jacquin