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  • Locations: Beijing, China; Dunhuang, China; Xi'an, China
  • Program Terms: Short Term, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 12/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission 05/20/2022 05/30/2022
Spring 2023 10/15/2022 10/15/2022 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Description:

WFU/China: The Silk Road

This interdisciplinary course takes students on an 11-day tour of the Silk Road in China. In preparation for the trip, students and faculty tour leaders meet to examine the legacies of the Silk Road in the second half of Spring 2022. Guided tours of museums and historic sites and lectures by local curators and scholars in Beijing, Xi’an and Dunhuang provide depth and breadth to the course readings and discussion.

Reynolda Campus portion of course - 2nd half of Spring semester, after Spring Break
International component of course - May 20th to May 30th, 2022.

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Overview This interdisciplinary course takes students on an 11-day tour of the Silk Road in China. In preparation for the trip, students and faculty tour leaders meet to examine the legacies of the Silk Road in the second half of Spring 2022. Guided tours of museums and historic sites and lectures by local curators and scholars in Beijing, Xi’an and Dunhuang provide depth and breadth to the course readings and discussion.

Reynolda Campus portion of course - 2nd half of Spring semester, after Spring Break
International component of course - May 20th to May 30th, 2022.
Location Beijing, Dunhuang, and Xi’an, China
Program EAL 290 Special Topics: The Silk Road (3hrs)
This interdisciplinary course takes students on an 11-day tour of the Silk Road in China. In preparation for the trip, students and faculty tour leaders meet to examine the legacies of the Silk Road in the second half of Spring 2022. Course readings and discussion range from history, religion, art, literature, and music and dance of the ancient trade route to contemporary society and geopolitics. Guided tours of museums and historic sites and lectures by local curators and scholars in Beijing, Xi’an and Dunhuang provide depth and breadth to the course readings and discussion. Counts toward the Major in Chinese, Major in Japanese and Minor in East Asian Studies
Faculty Yaohua Shi
Associate Professor of Chinese
Office: 022 Carswell Hall
Phone: (336)-758-3994
Email: shiy@wfu.edu

Stewart Carter
Professor of Music
Chair, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
Office: M319 Scales Fine Arts Center
Phone: (336)-758-5106 (O) 
Email: carter@wfu.edu
Accommodation Double occupancy hotel rooms. 
Excursions Excursions may include the following: 
- National Museum guided tour (Beijing)
- Mogao Grottoes guided tour (Dunhuang)
- Shaanxi History Museum guest lecture on Tang Tomb paintings (Xi’an)
- Terra Cotta Warrior Museum guided tour (Xi’an)
- Tour and guest lecture at Jade Valley Vineyard (Lantian)
- Visit to the Forbidden City (Beijing)
- Visit Tian’anmen Square (Beijing)
- Afternoon excursion to Mutianyu Great Wall (Beijing)
Selection - Good academic standing
- Demonstrated interest in subject material
Costs The total cost of a spring short-term study abroad program can be broken down into three categories:

Program Fee - Usually covers room, in-country travel, excursions, some meals and other costs associated with the program. 
Airfare (estimated) – Varies per location. Students are responsible for their own airfare unless otherwise noted.
Personal Expenses (estimated) – These will vary depending on the students' spending habits, cost of living in the destination country, and the number of meals included in the program fee. This may also include visa fees, vaccinations, academic supplies/books and other miscellaneous daily expenses.

Program Fee (estimated) - $5,250
Airfare (estimated) - $1,500 - $2,000
Personal Expenses (estimated) - $500
Estimated total cost - $7,250 - $7,750
Scholarships Students may apply for scholarships through the Center for Global Programs and Studies.
Contact Yaohua Shi
Associate Professor of Chinese
Office: 022 Carswell Hall
Phone: (336)-758-3994
Email: shiy@wfu.edu

Stewart Carter
Professor of Music
Chair, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
Office: M319 Scales Fine Arts Center
Phone: (336)-758-5106 (O) 
Email: carter@wfu.edu

Mike Tyson
Assistant Director of Study Abroad: Summer and Short Term Programs
Center for Global Programs and Studies
116 Reynolda Hall
Phone: 336 758 5938
Email: tysonmj@wfu.edu

Sean McGlynn
Study Abroad Advisor
Center for Global Programs and Studies
116 Reynolda Hall
Phone: 336 758 3194
Email: mcglynsd@wfu.edu
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