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Saint Mary’s College, in collaboration with China Women's University (CWU) and the Soong Ching Ling Foundation, offers a two to three week study abroad program during the summer.  China has become one of the most popular study abroad destinations because of its fast economic development and exciting culture. Students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the 5000-year history of this fascinating country while earning 3 hours of credit. China Overview Video

Program Flyer

Please click HERE for the program flyer. 


Beijing:  Capital of China
Lectures and exchange activities at China Women's University, National Museum of China, Chinese Museum of Women and Children, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Great Wall, Summer Palace, Bird Nest - National Stadium, All-China Women's Federation, Soong Ching Ling Former Residence, UNESCO Beijing Office, US Embassy American Center, Acrobatic Show
Video: Discover Beijing: A Modern City with an Imperial Past

Shanghai: The Most Developed City
Shanghai Bund, Shanghai Tower, Yu Garden, Chinese Arts Museum, People’s Park, Urban Planning Exhibition Center, Pudong Economic Development Zone, women-owned business, Shanghai Women’s Federation: Urban women’s development, High-Speed Train
Video: Shanghai

Mount Tai, Shandong Province
Eastern mountain of the Five Sacred Mountains of China, significant in Chinese religion
Video: Mount Tai – A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Qufu, Shandong Province
Confucius’ hometown, Temple of Confucius, Cemetery of Confucius, Kong Family Mansion
Video: Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family (UNESCO)

Zhouzhuang, Jiangsu Province
"Venice of the East", water town, canal, stone bridge, traditional house, tower
Video: Zhouzhuang

Summer 2017 Photo Gallery

Program Videos

SMC China Trip Summer 2017
SMC China Trip 2011 by Kari Keller


All students are housed in double-room at the local 3-star hotels.  

Transportation, Costs, and Financial Aid

The program fee is about $4000, and covers the 3-credit summer tuition, international airfare, hotels, meals, transportation within China, museum and historical site entrance fees, and English tour guides.  In addition, students need to pay the $50 application fee and $140 visa fee.

Participants from Saint Mary’s College are eligible for CWIL student travel grants through the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership. China Program Alumnae Scholarship is also available for student applicants who have financial need.

Course Information

A history course on Beijing and Shanghai – A Tale of Two Cities in the Past and Present will be offered by Prof. Yidi Wu for the 2019 program. This course introduces local history and culture through films, novels and non-fiction writings from the past century. As two of the biggest cities in China, Beijing and Shanghai have their distinctive characters that allow for comparison and contrast – such as the political center vs. the business center, or the “imperial capital” vs. the “magical capital.” Between the two cities, we will also explore Qufu, the hometown of Confucius, Mount Tai, one of the five Sacred Mountains in China, and Zhouzhuang, a water town famous for its canals. Through exploring the history of these sites, this course emphasizes regional diversity within China, as well as connections between the past and the present. The program includes a service-learning project.


The China Summer Program is open to students of all majors. Non-SMC students or adult learners can also apply. This is an English program and there is no Chinese language or GPA requirement. One faculty recommendation is required. 

Program Dates

2019 Summer dates: 6/6-22/2019

Application Deadlines: 

December 20, 2018 - Apply Online  

For more information, contact:  

Dr. Alice Siqin Yang
China Summer Program Coordinator
Associate Director of International Education

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