Optional tours are subject to change. Please contact us for more information.
USAC encourages every student to participate in the tours; however, they are optional and have an additional fee. This fee includes bus transportation, boat ride, guide, breakfast, lunch, dinner, room and entrance fees to parks. Destinations may change at the discretion of the Resident Director.
The following are possible destinations, view term calendars for specifics. Due to continually evolving COVID-19 regulations some tours and field studies may or may not be available during the term you choose to study abroad.
USAC arranges the Beijing tour for you to explore the many historical and modern sites of Beijing. We will visit the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, the Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square and more. You will also have time to explore the narrow streets of the Old Quarter Hutongs and discover the many wonderful shopping options. The immensity of Beijing, you will discover, is overwhelming. In size alone, it is larger than all of Switzerland, and it takes more than three hours to drive from one side of the city to the other. The Resident Director will make one-way flight and train reservations (included in the tour fees) for travel between Beijing and Shanghai. For students attending both summer sessions, the cost of the additional one-way ticket back to Shanghai will be added to your USAC balance.
Xi’an is the capital city of Shanxi Province. It is full of historical ruins and cultural relics and it was the eastern terminus of the Silk Road. The tour includes a visit to the famous Terracotta Soldiers, tomb of Emperor Gaozng and the Huaqing Hot Springs. Enrollment in the 1-credit field study course is necessary to participate on the tour itself.
Heading southwest from Shanghai, you will arrive in beautiful Guizhou province. The beautiful mountains in the area are the perfect retreat for some of the rare minorities and cultures in the world, one of them is the Miao minority (known as Hmong in overseas China).
The Shanghai program will not run in 2023-24
Consider the Chinese studies option in Chiang Mai, Thailand instead
Preferred Minimum GPA: 2.5
Approval from home university
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