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CofC in China and Myanmar 2018: International & Intercultural Studies

Term To Study: Summer 2018
Application Deadline: Feb 10, 2018
Program Starts: May 15, 2018
Program Ends: Jun 15, 2018
Program Category: One-Country
Program Type: Faculty-led
Program Fee: $3,800
Contact Phone: 843-953-7661
Contact Name: Stephanie Leahy
Contact Email:
What is Included: -Round-trip airfare
-Some meals
-Ground transportation while abroad
-Entrance fees and gratuities
-Medical insurance
-$50 non-refundable application fee (will only be reimbursed if a student is not accepted into the program or the program is cancelled)

* Program fee subject to change
What is not Included: -Tuition
-Some meals
-Passport fees
-Personal expenses
Estimated Costs: In addition to the program fee, students will be charged tuition for their courses.

The out of state tuition for classes associated with travel are discounted from the Fall and Spring rates.

Scholarships up to $1,500 are available to support CofC degree seeking students. Eligibility is based on demonstrated financial need, academic merit, 2 faculty recommendations and a personal statement. The application can be found on the CIE website, under Study Abroad > Scholarships.
Program Description


AAST 101: Introduction to Asian Studies (3 cr)
CHST 240: Special Topics in Chinese Studies (3 cr)


During an overland trip from Burma to China along the historical Burma Road, students will be introduced into the cultural diversity of Asia and the development of socio-political and historical phenomena, particularly on the dynamic Burma/China frontier. The trip will include guest lectures by experts on local history, economics and religion at the universities in Yangon and Kunming, visits to the temples of Shwedagon and Bago, adventurous train ride from Yangon to Mandalay, boat trip on the Irrawaddy to the spectacular ancient Buddhist sites of Bagan, stay at a Buddhist meditation center in Mandalay, overland border crossing and ethnic minority villages, tea plantation and tea tasting in Yunnan, famous teahouses of Chengdu, and food in local markets and restaurants.


-Students must have an overall GPA of 2.5
-Students must already possess a valid passport, or be able to obtain a valid passport


Piotr Gibas
Department of International and Intercultural Studies

Lei Jin
Department of International and Intercultural Studies

Lei Jin and Piotr Gibas are both Associate Professors at the department of International and Intercultural Studies. Professor Jin specializes in Chinese language, filmn and literature. She is a native of Yunnan and next summer she wants to introduce students into the history and culture of her home province. Piotr teaches Chinese and Asian Studies, and specializes in food culture, religion, and history. He taught several study abroad courses on food and culture in China and South East Asisa.

Note: For questions regarding on-site program details and course content, please contact Professor Gibas or Professor Jin. Any inquiries regarding application processing, billing, or scholarship opportunities can be directed to the Center for International Education(contact information listed above).

*A minimum number of participants is required for all study abroad programs to run

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