China: Exploring the New Age of Ambition

Next Offered: Summer 2020: May 13–23, 2020
Application Deadline: November 20, 2019

In the 21st century, China will emerge 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 258 is a faculty led study abroad program designed to explore modern day China through a social, business and political lens. China offers a breadth and diversity, both in terms of its appetite for change and growth, but 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.

  • Completed online application form, two letters of recommendation and medical form
  • Application deadline: November 2, 2019
  • Deposit deadline: November 16, 2019
Cost and Financial Aid
Estimated Costs
  • Program fees for Dominican students, faculty, and staff: $3850
  • 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.

Scholarships and Financial Aid
  • Pell Grant recipients can access Pell grant funds if they register for 6 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 the Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Base. All in-country travel and excursions are included in program fee.


Students will stay in hotels in each of the cities visited. Daily breakfast and lunch are included in the program costs.


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

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