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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 becaquse 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

Chifeng: Inner Mongolia – Ethnic Minority Area

Local Women’s Federation, Mongolian cultural activities, Service-Learning Project: Minority Women’s Career Development and Girls’ Education

Video: Beautiful China: Inner Mongolia

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

Wuzhen: Water Town – Venice of China

Foot-binding Museum, Ancient Bed Museum, Folk Customs Museum, Fabric Workshop, Shadow Play

Video of Wuzhen



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 $3800, 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, which will offer additional funding to: ethnic minority students, STEM majors, and non-traditional program participants (Asia, Africa, and South America).

Course Information

GWS 376 Chinese Women and Society (3 credits) will be offered for the 2017 China Summer Program. The course and the program will focus on girls’ education and women’s empowerment, including women’s economic development. It will be a Hybrid course. Some CWU students will be invited to interact with our students via Virtual Classroom before departure. Students will conduct an interview project with their Chinese peer and share with each other the three generation women’s life stories. Guest speakers (Chinese and U.S. women leaders, Chinese professors, activists, and women entrepreneurs) will be invited to the class/program before and during the trip. 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: TBD

Application Deadlines: 

February 15, 2019  Apply Online  

For more information, contact:  

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

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