Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.
You will enroll in three to six credits in Session I and in three to five credits in Session II. Session II students taking intensive Chinese language as one of their courses may enroll in six credits. At least one 3-credit course is required in each summer session. Course availability is contingent upon student interest and enrollment and is subject to change. Please visit the USAC website for complete course descriptions and prerequisites.
Summer language courses are intensive, with two to five credits of Chinese taught each session. You are required to take a Chinese language or conversation course appropriate to your level to help you to assimilate into the community. Chinese Conversation is highly recommended to complement Intermediate Chinese I through Advanced Chinese II.
The following courses are designed to familiarize you with the region and provide a multi-disciplinary perspective to your studies.
Local faculty teach most USAC courses; however, the following U.S. professors are also teaching as Visiting Professors.
Dr. Cho has been teaching courses on communication, media, and culture, emphasizing the historical, political, cultural, and philosophical contexts. In terms of his research, he has been performing comparative and international criticism of theories of political participation and democratic deliberation in the global public sphere.
Stephen R. Miller is associate dean and professor of law at the University of Idaho College of Law. He is a co-author of Land Use and Sustainability Law (West 2017), a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and served as a sustainability consultant to the government of Cambodia.
Advanced Chinese I
Summer Session I (Chinese; 300-level; 3 credits)
The objectives of the advanced Chinese language classes are to increase your knowledge of the language and to improve your ability to express yourself. This will be presented through practical material and permits you to have a better understanding of the use of the language. Conversation, reading, and writing focus on culture and modern literature. Prerequisite: four semesters of college Chinese. (Session I)
Advanced Chinese II
Summer Session II (Chinese; 300-level; 3 credits)
The objectives of the advanced Chinese language classes are to increase your knowledge of the language and to improve your ability to express yourself. This will be presented through practical material and permits you to have a better understanding of the use of the language. Conversation, reading, and writing focus on culture and modern literature Prerequisite: five semesters of college Chinese. (Session II)
China Phenomenon: Society, Politics and Business
Summer Session I (General Business, Political Science, Sociology; 400-level; 3 credits)
This course aims to explore the various elements of China’s rapid rise over the past decades, that is often depicted as the “China Miracle” or “China Phenomenon.” Highlighting the most salient issues and problems faced by China in political, economic, social and international arenas, this course provides a comprehensive introduction to the historical background, institutions, progresses and challenges of China’s modern development as well as its implications to the world. This course is designed to help students develop their own analytical framework on China-related topics that are of most interest to them. This course is research question-oriented, which means students must prepare themselves to ask and answer challenging questions concerning the one “theme question” addressed in each class.
Summer Session I (Chinese; 200-level; 2 credits)
Summer Session II (Chinese; 200-level; 2 credits)
The objective of Chinese Conversation is to help beginning Chinese speakers function in a Chinese speaking society. Subjects and themes will be tailored to facilitate the needs of visiting students, and vocabulary study will reflect what students are likely to encounter in daily life. Complete understanding of the brief grammar section will be paramount to a student’s success. However, it will still primarily emphasize speaking and listening comprehension. Study of written Chinese will be limited to what will be necessary for students to engage themselves in daily life. Active participation in class is both encouraged and expected, and questions are welcome. Prerequisite: 2 semesters of college Chinese.
Summer Session I (Nutrition; 200-level; 1 credit)
An introduction to a local cuisine in a hands-on kitchen environment. Authentic preparations of several local dishes will be taught. Correct cooking techniques are emphasized. Readings and lectures on local food customs and traditions will support and contextualize the cooking instruction. Cuisine culture is a very important part of Chinese culture. The course will introduce the history of Chinese cuisine, with an emphasis on Shanghai, Sichuan, Cantonese and Huaiyang Cuisine.
Elementary Chinese I
Summer Session I (Chinese; 100-level; 4 credits)
Introduction to the language through the development of language skills and through structural analysis. The fundamentals of grammar (all verb tenses), vocabulary, and useful expressions are studied. The objective of these courses is to build reading, writing, listening, and above all, speaking skills.
Elementary Chinese II
Summer Session II (Chinese; 100-level; 4 credits)
Introduction to the language through the development of language skills and through structural analysis. The fundamentals of grammar (all verb tenses), vocabulary, and useful expressions are studied. The objective of these courses is to build reading, writing, listening, and above all, speaking skills. Prerequisite: one semester of college Chinese. (Session II)
Entrepreneurship in a Global Market
Summer Session II (General Business; 400-level; 3 credits)
This course is designed to teach students about entrepreneurship and give them actual hands on experience as to what it takes to transform an idea into a fundable business. The course will cover all of the elements an entrepreneur starting a new business must go through to be properly prepared to start, grow and run a successful business. Major elements will include developing soft skills in team building and leadership, developing a due diligence and presentation package, selecting and working with investors, the “Pitch” and what to expect after funding.
Summer Session I (Chinese; 200-level; 3 credits)
These courses emphasize the sentence structure of the Chinese language. Classes are divided into three parts: grammar, reading and writing. The objective of these courses is to further develop Chinese language skills, both oral and written. Particular emphasis on oral skills. Prerequisite: two semesters of college Chinese. (Session I)
Summer Session II (Chinese; 200-level; 3 credits)
These courses emphasize the sentence structure of the Chinese language. Classes are divided into three parts: grammar, reading and writing. The objective of these courses is to further develop Chinese language skills, both oral and written. Particular emphasis on oral skills. Prerequisite: three semesters of college Chinese. (Session II)
International Business Management
Summer Session II (International Business, Management; 400-level; 3 credits)
Entering the new millennium, the environment that corporations operate in has been developed beyond recognition. Along with information technology, international management is the major challenge facing organisations in the new century. Students must now be knowledgeable about the international dimensions of management. Prerequisite: lower level Business core. Taught in English. (Session I)
Summer Session I (International Business, Marketing; 400-level; 3 credits)
The module is designed to enable students to develop marketing strategies and plans in and across a range of different international market environments. As well as extending students' marketing and strategic skills obtained in earlier modules into a global context, it develops knowledge and skills in international marketing processes.
Introduction to Chinese Language I
Summer Session I (Chinese; 100-level; 2 credits)
Summer Session II (Chinese; 100-level; 2 credits)
This is an introductory Chinese class. The main focuses of the class will be placed on recognizing the four tones in Putonghua (Mandarin Chinese), practicing pronunciation, learning vocabulary and expressions that are related to student daily life in a foreign country, and building fundamentals in Chinese grammar. An introduction on the origin and structure of Chinese characters (Han Zi, the writing script) will also be introduced.
Introduction to Chinese Language II
Summer Session II (Chinese; 100-level; 2 credits)
This course is an extension of Introduction to Chinese I. The objective is to continue improving the language-speaking skills. Subject and themes will be tailored to facilitate the needs of visiting students, and the focus will still be the daily life communication. Complete understanding of the brief grammar section will be a paramount to student’s success. However, it will still primarily emphasize speaking and listening comprehension, study of written Chinese will be limited to what will be necessary for students to engage themselves in daily life. Active participation on class is both encouraged and expected, and questions are welcome.
Summer Session I (General Business, Marketing, Speech Communications; 300-level; 3 credits)
We often think about persuasion primarily in instrumental and individualistic terms—how does one individual go about getting something s/he wants from another person? Although this instrumental sense of persuasion has its value, this course will encourage you to broaden the term; that is, to think about the cultural, social, economic and political aspects of persuasion.
This course is primarily “consumer”-oriented. This means that it focuses on the critique of persuasive messages using a variety of critical and theoretical approaches to persuasion. This course will continually ask you what we are being asked to do, believe, and value, and how messages are structured to get us to come to those beliefs and values.
While the study of persuasion has been an age-old topic, it acquires new and critical importance in the current age of technological advances. By paying attention to how various media shape the context in which today’s persuasion takes place, this course aims to develop your abilities as an observer and informed practitioner of persuasive communication.
Sustainable Development Law and Policy
Summer Session II (Environmental Science, Geography, Natural Resources; 300-level; 3 credits)
Students will explore climate change as a lens through which to contemplate sustainable development goals primarily in China, but also internationally. They will become acquainted with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals as a broad framework for this while using Shanghai as a laboratory for how such policies are implemented at a local level. The course will begin by introducing the concept of sustainability, including its competing claims, and then seeks to offer a framework through which to understand how goals of sustainable development develop linkages between various seemingly separate social, ecological, and environmental policies. Students will work to frame their visions of sustainability through both data-driven and narrative analysis. Reading will include a wide array of materials from international climate change documents to short stories.
Summer Session II (Recreation / Physical Education; 100-level; 1 credit)
As part of the program, you will have the opportunity to practice Tai Chi two hours each week. Tai Chi is the traditional Chinese martial art which is used by many Chinese today to stay physically fit, and which provides insights on the culture and philosophy of the Chinese.