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China: Modernization and Tradition

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In the 21st century, China is emerging as a world political, economic, and military power. What does China look like, what influences have shaped it, and where is it going? These are vitally important questions and the best way to answer them is to study China's politics and policies, economics, society and culture—and even better, to study them in China. You will attain a deeper knowledge of and association with China’s people through this course and travel.

Academic Program

STA 403 is a faculty-led study abroad program designed to explore modern day China through a social, business and political lens. China offers breadth and diversity, both in terms of its appetite for change and growth, and also its unique challenges and dilemmas. During the study abroad experience, we will visit some of the most important sites for China's history, politics, economics and culture. This course will provide students with a wide range of multicultural experiences while exploring one of the most important countries in today's global politics and economics.

This course fulfills the political science major/minor requirement, as well the core curriculum Social Science and Multicultural requirements.

Non-students will audit the course, but will be required to attend all orientation and lecture sessions. Currently enrolled students may not opt for the satisfactory/unsatisfactory option for this course.

  • When this program is offered again, individuals will need to complete an online application form
  • Two faculty/staff recommendations are required for student applicants
  • After acceptance, a $600 deposit and a Travel Medical Form signed by a licensed practitioner will be due by the advertised deposit deadline.
Cost and Financial Aid
Estimated Costs
  • Program fees for Dominican students, faculty, and staff: $4,600
  • Personal expenses: $300 (estimated)
  • Non-DU fee for external participants: $150*

*Due to fluctuation of exchange rates, the cost of the program is subject to change. After deposit, non-DU participants must also pay a $1000 installment at the time of registration, and full payment of the program fees must be received three weeks before departure.

Scholarships and Financial Aid
  • Pell Grant recipients can access Pell grant funds if they register for six or more credits in the summer
  • All students should apply to Dominican University's Excellence in Experiential Learning Awards (ExcEL) to earn up to $2000 off the cost of the program
Requirements and Eligibility
  • 2.7 Dominican University GPA
  • Freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior standing
  • Dominican University alums and qualified adults
  • Students must attend at least one information session
  • Activity level: medium; considerable walking and climbing required
Excursions, Housing and Transportation

Students will have a number of tours to venues such as the Forbidden City (the Imperial Palace), the Great Wall, the world renowned terra-cotta warriors in Xi’an, and other important sites in Shanghai. All in-country travel and excursions are included in program fee.


Students will stay in hotels in each of the cities visited. Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in the program costs, except for one dinner.


Group flight is included in program fees, as well as travel within China by plane and by train.

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