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Cross-Cultural Program

China: Fall 2015

Program Description

Explore the Wonders of China

With the world’s fastest growing major economy, China is an emerging world power. No other single culture or country will affect our lives in the coming decades as significantly as that of China. Because of China’s size, population and the rapid pace of change, its society faces incredible social, environmental and political challenges. At the same time, China’s history of over 4000 years is little known and understood in the Western world. In itself China is a fascinating place to live and learn.

Given China’s importance today and in the future, learning about this society and culture is vital. An introduction to China will clear misunderstandings, challenge stereotypes and may lead to careers related to this dynamic area of the world. This cross-cultural semester is designed to engage China’s history, culture, and people through personal interaction, classroom study, home stays, service projects, and extensive travel. Students will benefit from the well-established network of relationships that the Mennonite Partners in China program has established over the past thirty years. In addition to the time students will spend in medium-sized city in Sichuan province, there will be five weeks of travel that will take students to Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Xian, Nanjing, Suzhou, Kunming, and potentially Lhasa.


Estimated Cost: on campus tuition, room & board + $2400 travel fee (subject to change due to changes in currency exchange rates and air fares)
Semester Leaders: Myrrl Byler, Cross-Cultural Programs, Eric Eberly, IEP and Dong Ling 
Enrollment: 20 students
Credits: 15 semester hours

Course Descriptions

CCSSC 201 Cross-Cultural Social Science 3 SH
Students will gain a larger understanding of themselves and of their own culture through interaction on a daily basis with host country nationals, and by reflecting on their experiences and thoughts through regular journaling.

CCSOC 303 Community Development in China 3 SH
Students will study theory and application models for successful service learning partnerships in China. In particular, students will teach English and participate in a variety of community development activities.

CCLNG 112 Chinese Language (FL) 3 SH
Students will learn the fundamentals of Chinese language including listening, speaking and writing skills. Emphasis will be on conversational abilities.

CCHIS 308 Contemporary Issues in China 3 SH
This course explores the long historical and cultural changes of China, dating back to the early emperors, communist revolution and current governance.

CCREL 308 Chinese Religion and Culture (CIW) 3 SH
Students will learn about Buddhism as well as the ancient animist and ancestral worship traditions still practiced in China as we visit temples and religious sites. We will try to gain a better understanding of how these traditions shape cultural and religious understandings among Christians in the growing Chinese church through interaction and discussion with those practicing different religions.


Immunizations and prescriptions may be obtained at EMU Health Services by appointment.
Immunizations may also be obtained from your local health department or primary care provider.