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  • Locations: Beijing, China; Lanzhou, China
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: SIUE applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Housing Options: Apartment, Hotel Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Program Type: Faculty Led
Area of Study: Education Program Sponsorship Indicator: SIUE
Instructor: Liu, Yuliang
Program Description:


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Education and Culture in Northwest China

Earn 6 SlUE credit hours while experiencing K-12 general and special education in northwest China. This 2019 Faculty-Led Study Abroad Program will provide the study of comparative K-12 education between China and the United States in Lanzhou, China for 2 weeks in May.

We will provide featured lectures and visit schools of particular interest including Northwest Normal University (NWNU) and its affiliated schools, Baiyin Special School, Deaf Children Hearing & Lingual Recovering Center of Lanzhou, and a private school for young children with autism (Golden Son Autism).

Students will travel to the select schools to gain firsthand experience and exposure to the features of Chinese K-12 education and culture, as well as Chinese K-12 teaching style and student learning styles in both regular and special education. Students may have opportunities to teach English in mini-sessions to K-12 students in Lanzhou. In addition, students will visit NWNU's College of Education and engage in dialogues and lectures with NWNU faculty and its pre-service/in-service teachers.

Finally, students will travel to Labuleng Lamasery for the very unique opportunity to learn more about the minority Tibetan people and traditions of the region. Students will visit Beijing, China on the return, touring sites such as the Great Wall, the Ming Tombs, Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, and the royal Summer Palace resort.


Academic Content
HED 462 Special Topics in Health Education* 3 credit hours
CI 495 Selected Topics (Classroom Instruction)* 3 credit hours
SPE 498 Workshop in Special Education* 3 credit hours
ISS 399 Interdisciplinary Studies - Special Topics 3 credit hours
EPFR 563 Special Topics in Foundations of Education 3 credit hours

* Undergraduate or Graduate options
Students participating in this program will pay the current SIUE tuition rate, approximately $1,670 for 6 credits. (undergraduate rate)
Course Objectives
1. To introduce students to three distinct disciplines (special, general education and higher education) in
China through lectures and field trip visits/observations.
2. To introduce students to Chinese culture through lectures and field trip
3. To gain a deeper understanding of social, cultural, and political factors that significantly
influence teaching and learning in 21st Century schools in special and general education.
4. To compare and contrast special and general education systems from other countries.
Course Activities
  1. Lecture sessions in the United States
  2. Daily morning briefing and reflection in Lanzhou and Beijing
  3. Lecture sessions in Lanzhou and Beijing
  4. Daily Journal
  5. Field trips in Lanzhou and Beijing


Prices and Payments

$3,300 Approximately  Note: This cost is expected to be reduced when an expected grant is received.
The program fee includes:
  • Air Ticket
  • Lodging
  • Ground Transportation
  • Field Excursions
  • Health and Evacuation Insurance
The Program Fee does not include:
  • SIUE tuition
  • Meals
  • Books and Materials
  • Passport and Visa (approx $200)
  • SIUE Study Abroad Fee ($75)
  • SIUE Technology Fee (about $50)
  • Personal Expenses
Payment Schedule:
  • Program first deposit of $1,500 is due Dec.  11, 2018
  • $205 Visa payment will be due Feb. 11, 2019
  • The balance of $1,800 if needed will be due March 11
Payments are made online through your study abroad application.


Contact Information

LiuDr. Yuliang Liu
Professor, Educational Leadership
School of Education, Health and Human Behavior
Alumni Hall 1109

Jessica KrimDr. Jessica Krim
Interim Assistant Dean
School of Education, Health and Human Behavior
Founders Hall 1110


Program Itinerary

Day 1 Depart St. Louis for Beijing
Day 2 Arrive Beijing, Fly to Lanzhou
Day 3 Meet with teacher candidates at Northwest Normal University
Day 4 Visit schools associated with NWNU
Day 5 Labuleng Lamasery
Day 6 Local outings around Lanzhou
Day 7 Visit Golden Sun Autism School
Visit Deaf Children Hearing & Lingual Recovery Center
Day 8 Visit Baiyin Special School
Day 9 Visit a 2nd general education school
Teach English to K-12 students
Day 10 Fly to Beijing
Day 11-12 Local outings around Beijing including
  • Tiananmen Square
  • Forbidden City
  • Great Wall
Day 12 Return to St. Louis from Beijing
This itinerary is subject to change. Final itinerary information will be provided to participants by the program leader.



Participants must be prepared to encounter cultural and social situations that require a high level of mature independence and respond appropriately to such situations.  Participants must be able successfully navigate transportation systems (air, train, bus, car) to the travel study destination(s) following all rules and laws pertaining to international travel and destinations.  Participants must be able to independently and collectively travel as a coherent group and maintain emotional maturity as warranted by the trip and its variety of educational experiences.  Participants must be prepared to independently walk long distances; carry personal luggage and groceries; walk up and down stairs; and navigate entrances and exits to public transportation, buildings, and cultural sites.   Participants must be prepared to encounter environments different from the United States which can include cigarette/cigar smoke, automobile exhaust, loud noise, congested streets and crowded public areas and a variety of other environments which may not be known except upon encountering them.  If you have any physical or emotional limitations, consider your health and capabilities carefully in consultation with your doctor before undertaking this trip. 


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 01/21/2019 ** Rolling Admission 05/13/2019 05/26/2019

** Applicants will learn of acceptance shortly after this date. If accepted, students must return to their applications to complete the next phase of requirements.