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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-led Minimum GPA: 2.5
Faculty-led: Yes
Program Description:
Faculty-led programs

China Now | Faculty-led Program

This faculty-led program allows students to explore Eastern Art and Culture in China. This program allows students to foster an understanding of the relationship between Eastern and American art and culture, and their influences upon each other. It includes the opportunity to collaborate with talented art students from LAFA (Luxun Academy of Fine Arts), the oldest and one of the largest Art Institutes in China, to produce an onsite art exhibition, stay at Art residential village in northeastern China, discover Beijing's rich culture, and explore Shanghai vibrant lifestyle.

Students learn about China's present culture through broad experiences that vary from the metropolitan, mid-sized industrial cities, to rural areas. With the extensive exposure to visual arts, distinctive politic system, modern Chinese cuisines, long historical art effects, and immersive experience with local people, students will also gain a better understanding of the evolution of China's culture, cultivate specific cross-cultural contexts, and build a deeper understanding of being a global citizen.

The courses entail studio practices and Eastern Art and Culture studies. Students go through a series of rigorous studio practices (Chinese calligraphy, watercolor, and photography lessons) and research studies before, during, and after the trip. Participation in this program elevates students' ability to reflect on their experiences and observations in China, focusing on the differences and similarities between the Eastern (China) and American culture.

Students will walk six to eight hours daily, at a moderate pace. They will also climb the Great Wall of China for 5 hours one day during the trip. On some days there will be long airplane and train rides, including sixteen hours spent on a flight to China from Minneapolis and 12 hours on a train. Students must be capable of using basic hand tools and lifting and carrying up to 50 lbs. All students must be capable of handling their own luggage: loading and unloading it from overhead bins, lifting and carrying it for short distances, and carrying it or wheeling it for long distances (several blocks), sometimes on unpaved surfaces; the best way to ensure that students can handle their own luggage is to pack as lightly as possible.

PLEASE NOTE: Participation in this program requires a valid passport through at least December 6, 2020. If you do not have a valid passport or your passport is set to expire before this date, please apply for a passport immediately if you hope to participate in this program. 

  • Shanghai, China
  • Beijing, China
  • Dalian, China
  • Northeastern China
May 15 - June 5, 2020

6 credits
  • ART 314: Eastern Art and Culture -3 credits
    • Counts toward Goal Area 8
    • Required for all students as part of this program.
  • One of the following courses:
    • ART 375: Advanced Design Project (for Design majors) - 3 credits
    • ART 398: Special Topics in Creative Practices-China Now (Art and Art Education majors) - 3 credits
    • ART 110: Making Artwork (for non-Art and Design majors) - 3 credits and counts for Goal Area 6b
  • The course is designed for students who have an art or design background and/or students who are interested in collaborating with art & design students from China. 
  • ART 114, ART 115, ART 118, ART 150, OR Art 243. An applicant who has not taken any of these classes can opt to take a studio portfolio assessment to waive the prerequisite.
  • Range from $5,000 - $6,200 depending on enrollment min/max.
  • The $500 confirmation deposit required as part of the program application is applied to the program cost.
  • Includes: WSU tuition/fees for the 6 credits, roundtrip airfare, in-country transportation, all lodging, most meals, international health insurance for the duration of time in China, visa application fees, admission/event fees for all educational activities, and the Study Abroad administrative fee. 
Professor Chun Lok Mah (

Kathy Jicinsky, Assistant Director of Study Abroad for Faculty-led Programs or (507) 457-5019
143 Maxwell

  • February 1, 2020: Application Deadline. Complete applications and the $500 confirmation deposit are due to be considered for this program. After being accepted, the $500 confirmation deposit is nonrefundable unless the program is cancelled. Students will be accepted for this program on a rolling basis. 
  • February 15, 2020: If you are accepted for the program and withdraw after this date you are financially responsible for the full cost of the program regardless of participation.
    • NOTE: This deadline is 90 days prior to the start of the program. As detailed in the Cancellation, Financial, and Conduct Policies - faculty-led document students must review & electronically sign as part of the application for this program, students and families are strongly urged to consider purchasing travel cancellation insurance. The Center for Global Education does not endorse any particular travel insurance coverage, but quote comparisons can be found at Review closely what the cancellation insurance includes and what it does not include. Cancellation insurance should be purchased immediately after acceptance into the program for the insurance to be effective.
  • April 24, 2020: Full payment for the program is due by this date. If you can show you have summer financial aid to cover your outstanding balance for the program, you will be allowed to participate even with a balance as of April 24, 2020.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 02/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission 05/15/2020 06/05/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.