China: Modernization, Tradition and Culture

Next Offered: Summer 2018

In the 21st century, China will emerge as a world political, economic, and military power. What does China look like, what influences have shaped it, and where is it going?  These are vitally important questions and the best way to answer them is to study China's politics and policies, economics, society and culture—and even better, to study them in China. You will attain a deeper knowledge of and association with China’s people through this course and travel.

Academic Program

STA 403 is a three-credit study abroad course designed to introduce students to the study of and involvement with China, its history and culture, its political and social life, and its increasingly important economy. Students will gain background information from lectures at Dominican University’s home campus before departing for China. They will travel to China May 16-26, 2016, visiting and studying in Beijingi, Xi’an, and Chengdu to experience this complex country, rich in its tradition and dynamic in its transition. Most important, they will discover how to adapt to a culture and an environment that are quite different from the American or European conditions they may be accustomed to, a skill that will be increasingly required in the 21st century.

This course fulfills the Multi-cultural area requirement and can fulfill the Political Science major/minor requirement, with additional work.

Non-students will audit the course, but will be required to attend all orientation and lecture sessions. Currently enrolled students may not opt for the satisfactory/unsatisfactory option for this course.

Read the faculty sponsor's diary from last year's trip.

  • Completed application packet (application form, two letters of recommendation and medical form)

  • Deadlines: TBA

For more information, please contact Sue Ponremy, director international studies, at or call (708) 524-6965.

Cost and Financial Aid

Estimated Costs

  • Program fees - TBA (Included in full-time tuition up to 18 credits, housing and most meals, transportation within China, excursions, tours, cultural events, health insurance and international airfare.)
  • TBA for auditors; TBA for non-DU students
  • Personal expenses: TBA

Due to fluctuation of exchange rates, the cost of the program is subject to change.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

  • Existing financial aid applies to Study Abroad
  • Students: By studying abroad, you may have additional options for funding assistance. Please see a Dominican University Financial Aid Officer.

Requirements and Eligibility

  • 2.5 DU GPA
  • Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing
  • Dominican University alums and qualified adults
  • Students must attend at least one information session

Excursions, Housing and Transportation


Students will have a number of tours to venues such as the Forbidden City (the Imperial Palace), the Great Wall, the world renowned terra-cotta warriors in Xi’an, and the Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Base. All in-country travel and excursions included in program fee.


Students will stay in hotels in each of the cities visited. Most meals are included in the program costs.


Group flight is included in program fees, as well as travel within China by plane and by train.