Program Details

Discover the traditions and contemporary daily lives of remote minority cultures in the South on this high school summer abroad program in China.
Location:
Beijing, China; Xinxiang, China
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
High School
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:

Discover the traditions and contemporary daily lives of remote minority cultures in the South on this high school summer abroad program in China.

Experience the rich cultural diversity of China on a high school study abroad program that will introduce you to remote ethnic minority cultures in China, including Miao, Dong, Buyi, and Zhuang communities. Learn about the history of these cultures and current government policies affecting these minority communities. Spend time in the beautiful and remote rural landscape of southern China. You will be introduced to field plowing and rice production and will learn about traditional crafts and trades such as papermaking, watercolor painting, batik, embroidery, weaving, and blacksmithing. Contrast daily life in rural communities with life in the cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Luoyang, and Xi’an.

Begin your exploration of China’s cultures in the capital city, Beijing, where you’ll see important sites such as Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Great Wall. Next, discover the rich history of Luoyang, one of the four great ancient capitals of China. Visit temples and learn about the history of Buddhism in China. Spend time in Xi’an, one of China’s oldest cities. Take Chinese language lessons and see important historical and cultural sites, including the famous Terra-Cotta Warriors. Two homestay experiences—one in a city and one in a rural village—will allow you to experience daily life in China in very different contexts.

Throughout the program, you’ll attend performances of traditional dancing and singing and see stunning natural sites such as Huangguoshu Waterfall National Park and Moon Hill. End your experience in China with three days of exploration and reflection in Shanghai, where you will visit a number of important sites such as Yuyuan Garden, Old City, Longhua Temple, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Nanjing Road, and The Bund. Chinese high school students will accompany you during portion of the program.

Setting Description:
Discover the traditions and contemporary daily lives of remote minority cultures in the South on this high school summer abroad program in China.
Cost:
$5600

Additional Program Information

Scholarships:
Yes
Scholarships Description:
The Experiment in International Living is committed to helping students from a diversity of backgrounds participate through a variety of need-based scholarships. In 2016, The Experiment awarded a total of $2.4 Million in financial aid and scholarships.

Program Reviews

Overall Rating

4.8

Based on 4 Reviews

  • Adventures in China
    5.0
    09/02/17

    This was an amazing experience. I grew so close to the people who were strangers in the beginning yet ended up being like family. It was so fun to see and learn all about the history of China. The most impacting part of my experience was living in Baibi

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • I gained relationships to last a lifetime
    5.0
    09/01/17

    Being in a foreign country with people you don't know can be challenging at times, especially when it's your first time travelling outside of the country. But I was able to meet so many amazing people that made me feel comfortable and loved. From gaining

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • A Different Kind of Living
    4.0
    08/15/17

    Immersing myself into a culture similar to mine in a different country was a new experience. I had the opportunity to try foods that I normally eat at home in China and differentiate between the tastes. Throughout the program, spending time with the group

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Learning to Appreciate
    5.0
    08/14/17

    When the trip first began, I was ready to view the world in a different way. I was able to meet my homestay family with excitement and curiosity, the mind of someone who wanted to explore. Living with my homestay family, I had to try harder to communicate

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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