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Saint Mary’s College, in collaboration with Creighton University and the Soong Ching Ling Foundation,offers a three week study abroadprogram during the summer.  Students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the 5000-year history of this fascinating countrywhile earning 3 hours of credit. Some Saint Mary's students will be chosen to take part in this program with students from Creighton University, which will be led by two or three faculty members. Because this travel opportunity is supported by the China Soong Ching-Ling Foundation, it is a rare opportunity!


Beijing:  Capital of China
China Women’s University, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Great Wall, Bird Nest, All-China Women's Federation, and Soong Ching Ling Former Residence

Wuhan: Chicago in China
Exchange activities at Wuhan University, committee service with Hubei Cancer Hospital

Shanghai: Modern City in China
Architecture, shopping, museums, Yu garden, The Oriental Pearl Tower, Futan University

Suzhou/Hangzhou: The cultural ancient cities in China.
Huqiu Tower, the tomb for the father of Fu Chai, West Lake.

Guilin/Yangshuo: East and west, the sight scene of Guilin is the best.
Elephant Trunk Hill, Seven Star Park, Reed Flute Cave Park, see many minorities in the province.

Xiamen: The quiet beautiful city near the sea.
Hakka Earth Building, Kulangsu, Sunlight Rock

Guizhou: A Multicultural Province
Guizhou Forerunner College

Photo Gallery

Program Videos

2016 China Summer Program Reflection at China Night

Katrina Goes to China (2010 Saint Mary's College Video Contest Winner)

SMC China Trip 2011 by Kari Keller


Women's Choir in China (2011) by Joy Viceroy


All students are housed in the local 3-star hotels in different provinces in China.  

Transportation, Costs, and Financial Aid

Basic costs are kept to a minimum. The program fee is about $4800, and covers tuition, hotels, meals, transportation within China, museum and historical site entry fees, and airfare to and from China. There is a $50 application fee and $140 visa fee, plus $20 agent service fee. Participants from Saint Mary’s College are eligible for CWIL student travel grants through the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership.

Course Information

A 3-credit course will be offered for the 2015 China Summer Program.  China Women and Society (Dr. Alice Yang) 


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

Program Dates

2016 Summer dates: June 7 - June 23, 2016

Application Deadlines: 

February 12, 2016  Apply Online  

Related Links

100K Strong Initiative (to send more U.S. students to study abroad in China)



For more information, contact:  

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

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