Dates:  May 19 - June 21, 2015
Costs: $4950 plus airfare, subject to BOV approval


Any current student in good standing with an accredited university is eligible to apply. VMI students need only submit an application. Applicants from other universities should include a faculty letter of recommendation, an official transcript, and a short essay outlining the applicant's personal and academic goals for the program, along with the application. Applications must be received no later than 30 January 2015.

Program Description

This new summer program is designed for students who aspire to obtain the first-hand experience of mainland China, one of the oldest civilizations on earth and also a leader of global capitalism. Students will earn six credits in Chinese language at the 100 or 200 level as well as three credit for Survey of Chinese Society which is taught in English.

In the 21st century, China and the US will continue to be two extremely important players in the global political, economic, and international system.  This program provides students with an opportunity for language immersion, cultural exploration, an examination of Chinese history, exciting excursions, and also a critical view of a rising China that in turn will broaden their global perspectives, deepen their understanding of Sino-American relationship, and make them ready to serve their country well.

For more details on the program, please feel free to contact Dr. Ma at

Room, Board, and Travel

Students will live in Tongji International students dormitories.  Meals at Tongji University will be at each student's expense while meals during excursions will be covered by the program.

Program Director

Dr. Lunpeng Ma is an Assistant Professor of Chinese.  He has previously led a 7 week program to Beijing, China.