Study and Travel in China Program, Summer'96

gao xiaoping xgao at ux1.cso.uiuc.edu
Thu Oct 19 21:36:46 EST 1995


STUDY AND TRAVEL IN CHINA, SUMMER 1996

(1) Study and Travel in China, Inc., a not-for-profit 
corporation, represents a number of Chinese leading 
universities and high schools for their study-and
-travel-in-China international educational programs. 
(2) These programs, with different focuses, are designed 
for different people.  
(3)  All the activities within China will be taken care of.  
A teacher from the host high school or university will 
greet the coming group at the airport and will see the 
group off as well. 
(4) The group leaders do not have to be able to speak 
Chinese.  The Chinese teacher from the host school will 
speak English.  
(5) The program is both educational and recreational.  
It is much better than a tourist program because one will 
be able to discuss issues with Chinese professors and to 
have first-hand experiences by living in a Chinese city. 
One will meet common Chinese people, observe their lives, 
and exchange views with them.  In addition, it is much more 
economical to travel to China by joining this program. 
(6) The minimum number of a group is 12 people, including 
the group leader.  Therefore, it is usually difficult to 
have enough participants in one high school.  (For example, 
Chinese Southwest Normal University once hosted a group 
participated by students and their parents.)

(7) WE PRIMARILY WORK WITH PROSPECTIVE ORGANIZERS 
FOR STUDY-AND-TRAVEL-IN-CHINA PROGRAM.  THE GROUPS 
CAN BE "OFFICIAL," "SEMIOFFICIAL," OR "PRIVATE."  
	IF YOU THINK THAT YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THE 
PROGRAM AND YOU WANT TO ORGANIZE A STUDY-AND
-TRAVEL-IN-CHINA CLASS IN 1996, PLEASE CONTACT US.  
WE WILL BE GLAD TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS AND HELP 
YOU REALIZE YOUR PROJECT. 
	BUT PLEASE ALSO BE CAREFUL.  ORGANIZING A CLASS 
INVOLVES A LOT OF WORK.  PLEASE CONSIDER FULLY THE 
POSSIBLE PROBLEMS. (FOR CHINA'S SIDE, HOWEVER, YOU 
CAN DEPEND ON US AND THERE WILL BE NO PROBLEM.)
	FOR SUMMER 1996 PROGRAM, WE HAVE TO START 
WORKING NOW.

Gao (Xiaoping), Program Coordinator
(xgao at ux1.cso.uiuc.edu)




MISSION STATEMENT

Study and Travel in China, Inc.
A Not For Profit Corporation

Recognizing that China is an increasingly important 
economic and political power in the contemporary 
world, that a mutual understanding and friendly
relationship between the Americans and Chinese 
are vital to the welfare, prosperity, and peace of both 
nations, and that education plays a crucial role in 
enhancing mutual understanding and friendship 
between the two peoples, Study and Travel in 
China, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation, thus 
sets its goals as follows:

1) To work with Chinese well-established universities 
and high schools and help them design Study-
and-Travel-in-China international educational 
programs;  

A)  The guide line of the program design is to provide 
participants accurate and objective information about China, 
its history, cultures, and current situations.  
While this organization does not advocate 
positions of any governments or institutions, 
it attempts to let the participants have first-hand intellectual 
and life experiences in China to formulate their independent 
views on China related issues.  It also seeks
to bring American imports into the programs. 

B) The programs are designed for (1) American university 
students, (2) graduate students, (3) high school students, 
(4) educators, (5) professional people, (6) business people, 
and (7) all other people who have an interest in 
Chinese culture and current situations.  In other words, 
the programs are not particularly designed for 
a relatively small number of people who wants 
to be Chinese specialists, but for all educated individuals. 

C) The programs cover the the fields of (1) Chinese 
language, culture, and history; (2) Chinese economy 
and business; (3) Chinese politics and foreign relations; 
(4) Chinese ethnicities; (5) Chinese public health and 
life sciences, and (6) Chinese high school sciences and 
social studies.  The courses are credited or non-credited. 
All the programs are combinations of classroom 
lectures and discussions on the one hand, and field 
studies and travel on the other.  They vary in length from 
one month, a semester, to two semesters; and run in summer 
or in other time of the year.  The lectures and field studies are 
conducted in English or with English interpretation. Chinese 
language is not a pre-requisite. The tour guides are bilingual. 

2) To provide American educational institutions information 
about the international educational programs , to bring their 
comments, suggestions and imports into the programs, and to 
help them arrange study-and-travel programs with Chinese 
universities and high schools that this corporation works with.  

3) To provide information to interested individuals and to help 
them organize or participate such programs, or study 
in Chinese educational institutions.

4) To help educational exchanges between Chinese and 
American educational institutions. 




A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO 
STUDY AND TRAVEL IN CHINA PROGRAM

Study and Travel in China, Inc.
A Not-For-Profit Corporation


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For whom are the programs designed for?
Who are the Chinese hosts?
What are the courses and field studies?
What are in the travel itineraries?
What are the novel characteristics about the programs?
Are the programs affordable?
How does one verify the programs?
How does one organize a group for the program?
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FOR DECISION MAKERS OF THE 21ST CENTURY
The programs are designed for university students, 
graduates, high school students, educators, professionals, 
business people, and all those people are interested in 
human affairs and looking forward to building 
a better world.
	Please note that these programs are not particularly 
designed to meet the needs of a relatively small number 
of people who want to be Chinese specialists.  They 
are designed for all educated people.  Thus, the lectures and
field studies are conducted in English or with English 
interpretation. Chinese language is not a pre-requisite.

CHINA'S LEADING UNIVERSITIES AND HIGH SCHOOLS
The programs are conducted directly by Nanjing University, 
Wuhan University, Beijing University Medical School, 
Southwest Institute of Ethnicities, Yunan Institute of 
Ethnicities, Tibet University, Xi'an Institute of Foreign 
Languages, Heilongjiang University, Southwest Normal 
University, Nanjing Normal University High School, and 
Beijing Normal University High School.  In addition, 
Russian Far Eastern University at Vladivostock runs 
with Heilongjiang University a joint program for study 
and travel in both Northeastern China and 
Far Eastern Russia. 

	Many of the above schools are the most prestigious 
ones in China.  For example, According to Chinese 
ranking institutions, Nanjing University ranks 
the No. 2 among all Chinese universities (while Beijing 
University ranks the No.1, see People's Daily, 
overseas edition, 12/24/94, p.3).  According to 
the Scientific Citation Index (1994, USA),  however,
Nanjing University ranked No.1 in numbers of articles 
published in international academic or scientific 
journals (Beijing University scores the second).  
For another example, Nanjing Normal University 
High School is not only one of the oldest modern 
high schools in China but also, perhaps, the best.  
In the past several years, it produced one gold medalist 
(Shen Kai, 1992, Math) and two silver medalists 
(Xia Xiyuan, 1993, Information Science, and Wei Tao, 
1994, physics) in International High School Olympics. 

	All the above universities have many years of 
experiences of running study and travel programs 
for international participants.  For example, Nanjing 
University has sponsored such programs in the 
last 15 years with more than 3,000 international 
participants (in addition to their regular enrollment 
of international students).  Among them, CIEE USA 
(Council on International Educational Exchange, 
participated by dozens of well-known American 
universities) has sent more than 300 students 
in 24 groups since 1982,  and Duke University near 
300 students in 13 groups since 1982.  Last summer 
(1995), George Mason University participated 
the study and travel in China program by sending 
a group focusing on Chinese economy and business, 
perhaps the first of its kind.  

	These universities not only have specialized bodies 
of teachers for international students but also developed 
logistic institutions to meet the needs of international 
scholars and students.  Thus, to live on China's campuses, 
though not luxury, is convenient and comfortable.  For 
example, Nanjing University has a 20-storied "Apartment 
Building for International Scholars and Students" where 
there are air-conditioned student rooms, double 
rooms and suites, a cafeteria, classrooms, a library, a 
barber's and hairdressers, a bar, and an exercise room.  

STUDY (COURSES AND FIELD STUDIES)
LECTURES AND DISCUSSIONS: China's Economic Reform; 
Property Rights and Enterprise Reform; Stock and 
Future Markets; Business: Manufacture, Commerce, 
Real estate, and Foreign Trade; Foreign Investment 
and Government Policy, Laws and Regulations 
concerning Foreign Investments; Environmental Issues; 
Chinese Political System and Philosophy; Foreign 
Relations and Foreign Policy; Chinese legal System; 
Educational System; Population Issues; Ethnical and 
Religious Issues; Chinese Christianity, Islam, and 
Buddhism; Theories and Practice on Human Rights; 
Chinese Social Values and Inter-personal 
Relationships; Chinese aesthetic Values and 
Traditional Forms of Arts: Calligraphy, Painting, 
Sculpture, Architecture and Garden; Chinese Cuisine 
and Drinks;  Public Health and Life Sciences; 
Traditional Medicine; Chinese Martial Arts (Kungfu); etc.
	FIELD STUDIES: Visits to places of historical 
interests, museums, village and township enterprises, foreign 
owned or joint owned enterprises, department stores, 
free markets, monasteries, churches, seminaries, 
developmental districts, neighborhood commissions, 
homes of common people, hospitals, etc. 

TRAVEL (CHINA AND BEYOND)
Beijing and Xi'an (the most famous Chinese ancient 
capital known for terra cotta soldiers) are must-sees.  
You will see breathtaking natural beauty of landscapes 
and monumental human-created objects (such as the 
Great Wall), historic sites and modern wonders, 
metropolises and nature reserves, and desert and oasis.  
You will meet people and watch birds; visit core regions 
inhabited by Han majority and frontiers inhabited by 
ethnic minorities; enjoy cuisine of different regions 
or ethnic groups, and taste local wines, or tea.  You 
will see border trades, cross borders between China 
and its neighbors, and observe the situations from 
both sides.  All the travel itineraries are well-chosen 
and worthy going. 


NOVEL CHARACTERISTICS
A combination of study and travel; of touring and living; 
of classroom lectures and field studies; of exploring 
China's past, present, and future; of politics, economy, 
culture, and society; and of probing unique favors of 
localities and getting a general impression of China. 

AFFORDABILITY
The Study and Travel in China programs provide not only 
richest and most rewarding experiences one can have 
but they are also affordable.  We guarantee the 
lowest possible expenditures.  

VERIFICATION
We will provide the host educational institutions' 
telephone numbers and fax numbers to prospective 
organizers or participants for their direct 
communications and verifications.  Moreover, 
the host institutions will issue invitation letters 
to the participants to get visa from Chinese embassy 
or Consulates.  Still and more importantly, we will 
help provide independent sources of verification and 
information to the prospective organizers and 
participants .  For example, we can help them contact 
international students and professors from America 
or from other countries studying or teaching 
at the moment in these institutions in China.

SUGGESTIONS FOR ORGANIZERS
(1) An important requirement is that each group 
should have at least 12 people. 
(2) We will provide organizers with typical course 
arrangements, travel itineraries, and further 
information about the host institution.  Yet, we will 
be able to tailor the program to the educational and 
recreational needs of the coming group. 
(3) There are different focuses of Study and Travel 
in China programs offered by a variety of universities 
and high schools.  The programs cover the fields of  
China's Economy and Business; Chinese Language, 
Culture, and History; Chinese Ethnicities Studies; 
Chinese Public Health and Life Sciences; High School 
Sciences and Social Studies; and Chinese Politics 
and Foreign Relations. 
(4) There are different travel itineraries with 
attentions on the different localities, though all of them 
provide an opportunity to observe China in general.
(5) The courses can be non-credited or credited. 
For example, CIEE's Chinese Studies Class, Duke 
University's Chinese Studies Class,  and George 
Mason University's Economical and Business Class 
are credited.  The programs are arranged as such that 
these credits are acknowledged by American universities.  
(6) The organizers can be official, i.e., they are 
American educational institutions, or semi-official, 
i.e., they are encouraged or endorsed by an educational 
institutions, or non-official, i.e., they are organized 
by interested individuals.
(7) The Chinese educational institutions have sponsored 
in the past groups of university students, graduates, 
professors, high school students, high school teachers, 
and some people of mixed backgrounds from primarily 
America, Japan, France, Sweden, South Korea, Germany, 
Australia, and other Western European nations. 










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