China: Exploring the New Age of Ambition

Next Offered: May 17-28, 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 258 is a faculty led study abroad program designed to explore modern day China through a social, business, and political lens.  China offers a breadth and diversity, both in terms of its appetite for change and growth but also its unique challenges and dilemmas.  During the study abroad experience, we will visit some of the most important sites for China's history, politics, economics and culture.  This course will provide students with a wide range of multi-cultural experiences while exploring one of the most important countries in today's global politics and economics.

This course fulfills the Political Science major/minor requirement.

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.


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

  • Application deadline: November 3, 2017

  • Deposit deadline: November 17, 2017

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

Cost and Financial Aid

Estimated Costs

  • Program fees - $3,830 (Including three credits, housing and breakfast and lunch, transportation within China, excursions, tours, cultural events, health insurance and international airfare.)
  • TBA for auditors; $3,830 for non-DU students
  • Personal expenses: $300 (estimated)

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

  • 2.7 DU GPA
  • Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing
  • Dominican University alums and qualified adults
  • Students must attend at least one information session
  • Activity level: medium.  Considerable walking and climbing required.

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. Daily breakfast and lunch are included in the program costs.


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