Students divide their time between the capital city of Beijing and a rural village in the Guizhou province. The program explores China’s role in global-scale environmental, cultural, and economic sustainability issues, approaching these issues from both anthropological and artistic perspectives.
As the capital of the world’s most-populous nation, Beijing is at the center of activity in China. Beijing is also a reflection China’s long and evolving history. In fact, the city of 22 million people is home to some of the nation’s most well-known and culturally important sites, including the Great Wall, Forbidden City, and Summer Palace.
In addition to being the political and cultural center of China, Beijing is known as the birthplace of Chinese cinema and modern art. The city is also home to the largest concentration of top research institutions in China.
This is an example program. All CIEE Faculty-Led & Custom Programs can be customized to meet your academic goals and financial requirements.
Week 1: Beijing
- Welcome dinner and orientation to the country, safety and security
- Survival Chinese language sessions throughout the week
- Lectures on history, culture, sustainability, and consumption
- Visit to Tiananmen Square
- Visit various temples to discuss role of Buddhism, Confucianism, Legalism + Civil Service in China
Week 2: Province of Guizhou
- A lecture on rural living
- Visit to a landfill site
- Lunch with host families in a local village
- Community engagement activities with local villagers
- Visit with local entrepreneurs of rural industry sector
- Visit to a scenic waterfall area
Week 3: Beijing
- Guest lecture on land policy and preserving cultural heritage in China
- Great Wall sunrise hike
- Classroom space for final group projects and discussion
- Ending celebration and farewell dinner