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China / Taiwan

Shanghai, Beijing & Taipei

May 12 - June 2, 2014  (3 weeks)

Total Program Fee: $5,300 

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China is the second largest economy in the world. As China is a major global player in politics, economics, and technology, Students will gain an understanding of the Chinese culture, cuisine and wonders. 

The TnCIS China 2014 program will start in Shanghai, the most dynamic and internationalized city in China, with a population of 23 million people. Chinese counselors, advisors, and students will provide necessary services for the entire city exploration process. The program will also include an excursion to Beijing, the capital city of China, full of culture and tradition. They will walk on the great wall, stand in Tiananmen Square, visit the site of the Olympic games and its incredible architecture and feast on Peking Duck. 

The final stop will be Taiwan. As described by its former name "Formosa", Taiwan is a very beautiful island, surrounded by gorgeous cliffs and beaches, plus more than 250 mountains higher than 10,000 feet in the central (Note: Highest mountain peak in Tennessee is 6,647 Ft.). Taiwan (Republic of China) is the first constitutional republic in Asia, and the only democratic country in Chinese society. People in Taiwan emphasize universal values, including human rights. The consensus is: Taiwan preserves most of Chinese tradition, while being, modern, convenient, and very friendly to foreigners (especially to Americans). Taiwan may be the future model for China in many aspects.

Each city is unique and exotic, and all excursions introduce culture that is very different from what Students may have experienced in the USA. You will witness the miracles of fast economic growth, wander in ancient architectures, experience 5,000 years of history and culture, enjoy different types of Chinese traditional cuisine, and make lifelong friends.    

Program Description:

This program will provide the foundation to understanding the people, history, culture and government of a civilization more than 5,000 years old. Students will observe China’s attempts to balance economic and political development with ancient customs, rituals, and beliefs. While in Taiwan, students will be able to contrast Chinese culture left mostly untouched by the Cultural Revolution, which shapes Mainland China’s culture.  Students will be partnered with Chinese students to participate in various academic and cultural activities. Training in Mandarin as well as lectures on modern Chinese history will be a part of all students’ educational experience. Students have the option of studying accounting, biology, music, and photography. Each of these courses will integrate their studies into the fascinating surroundings of China and Tawain.

Please note: Prospective students should be aware that study abroad programs require a great deal of walking. You should be prepared to walk at least a mile or two each day. You may also walk over uneven, possibly slippery or rocky terrain even in cities. The air quality in China may be a challenge for individuals sensitive to industrial pollution and dust. 

Excursions may include:  
In Shanghai, students may be divided into several subgroups to explore the city by public transportation. The recommended sites include Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai Historical Museum, Shanghai Xintiandi (New Heaven and Earth, modern shopping, and restaurant areas renovated from traditional Chinese residential buildings), Urban Planning Museum, Lujiazui Financial Zone, Old Shanghai City and YU garden, French Concessions (historical remains of international invasion), The Bond (the museum of international architecture with some of the most spectacular sights in China), temples, and ordinary local residences, etc. 

In Beijing, students may visit the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and the Olympic Village. During their stay in Shanghai there will be chances to experience various parts of the city using local public transportation. Individual instructors will arrange local excursions related to their classes. 

In Taipei students may have the chance to experience sights ranging from the National Palace Museum which houses the best collection of cultural relic and Chinese antiques in the world, as well as architectural wonders such as Taipei 101, once the tallest building in the world. Then, on the east coast of Taipei students will experience world-class ocean and mountain views, and biology students will visit Taroko National Park to observe animal and plant in varied elevations (from 0-3,000+Meters), among other things. For historical and political reasons, Taiwan has preserved most of traditional Chinese culture. 

Classes: Classes will be held three hours per day during the week. 

Accommodations: Students will be staying in student housing or hotels. Two meals per day will be provided in the campus cafeteria on non-excursion days. Anticipate 10-12 excursion days where you will pay for your lunch or dinner. An estimated budget for each of these meals is $10.00 US per meal. 

All TnCIS programs are academic in nature and course work that takes advantage of the program location will be the central focus. Programs offered by TnCIS through any member institution  are in keeping with SACSCOC policies for each respective institution where compliance is monitored at the institutional level.  TnCIS program courses are for credit only. In China, students will enroll in ONE of the following courses:

BUSINESS: Business Finance (Prerequisite:  Accounting 2020 – Principles of Accounting II)
Financial goals, ratios, sources and uses of funds, asset management, capital budgeting, leverage, cost of capital, dividend policy, valuation, mergers and reorganizations and financial performance evaluation. This unique program features a study trip to China and Taiwan over three weeks of summer 2014.  The course helps students to learn about China’s and Taiwan’s dynamic economy, governmental institutions, and business environment through hands-on learning.  In the first two weeks, either Tianjin Polytechnic University (TJPU, in Tianjin) or Lingnan College, Sun Yat-Sen University (in Guangzhou) would be the potential university to be visited and students will have an opportunity to visit many significant historical and cultural locations, including the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Yangtze River delta, and the scenic “Venice” of China.  In the last week (Week 3), we will be visiting Fo Guang University (FGU, in Yilan, Taiwan) and visit Fo Guang Shan Monastery, Yilan Distillery, Hot Springs, Dongshan Kite Museum, night market, and more.  Partnering with students from TJPU and FGU will afford TnCIS students the opportunity to experience and share the stories and culture of their contemporaries a world away.  Both TJPU and FGU have been major partners of TSU College of Business for few years.  See course syllabus

BIOLOGY:  General Biology II with Lab (No Prerequisite)
A survey of the animal kingdom including embryonic development, structure and function of organ systems and behavioral concepts.  A survey of the plant kingdom with emphasis on morphological, physiological, and reproductive aspects of plants.  Students will observe the diversity of live animals for sale in the fresh markets, and diversity of plants in the urban landscape of Shanghai and Beijing.  This course includes a study in biodiversity and conservation on the island of Taiwan.  Students will have the opportunity to visit a number of habitats, including coral reef, mangrove swamp, salt marsh, tropical forest, temperate forest, boreal forest, and alpine tundra.  Students will participate in education programs provided by the Taiwan Institute of Botany and Microbial Biology, Wetlands Taiwan, and Taiwan National Parks.  Students will receive 4 credit hours for this course with lab.  See course syllabus

MUSIC:  Music Appreciation
(No Prerequisites)
A history of the stylistic periods of Western Music and the music of China, with emphasis on social and cultural implications as related to each period, including an emphasis on developing listening skills which foster an enjoyment and an appreciation for the various styles of music.  Students will broaden their listening skills and understanding of music of the Chinese culture dating back 7000 years.  Opportunities will be offered students to attend such cultural venues as the Beijing Opera and the Spring International Music Festival in Shanghai.  Visits to historical landmarks such as the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, the Yangtze River delta and the scenic "Venice" of China.  While in Taiwan, students will study the close relationship of Taiwanese musical forms such as Beiguan and Nanguan to that of Chinese historical forms as well as attending Taiwanese Opera and/or traditional Taiwanese Aboriginal Opera.  See course syllabus

PHOTOGRAPHY:  Location Commercial Photography (Prerequisite: PHO 1890 - Entry level coursework in photography may be used instead with permission of instructor)
Advanced photographic projects, emphasizing shooting techniques, imaging techniques, aesthetic exploration or academic research. Students will produce real world commercial photographic work for clients in China (NGO's and non-profits) in collaboration with Chinese photo students and in conjunction with other students from other media specialties.  Students will be placed in media production groups based on media specialty (One American student and one Chinese student from each specialty, photography, web design, graphic design and video production).  Each group will work with one client from the Shanghai area to complete a project that will be used by that client in the Chinese market.  The student groups will have both American and Chinese instructors acting as professional mentors and consultants.  The goal of this course is to give students the experience and knowledge needed to work in one of the fastest growing international economies in the world with clients having diverse cultural and professional demands.  See course syllabus