Study Abroad in China

May 2016 China Travel Seminar

18-day trip through Shanghai, Guilin, Guangzhou and Hong Kong, May 20-June 6, 2016 co-led by Prof. David Skidmore and Kirk Martin. Click link below for more information about program details. 

2016 China Travel Seminar Brochure

2016 China Travel Seminar Draft Itinerary 10-15

Travel Seminar Application

China Travel Seminar Google Map

China Seminar Facebook Group

Fall Informational Sessions (all sessions from 3:30p-4:30p in Medbury Honors Lounge):

October 22 (Th), 28 (Wed), November 11 (Wed) and December 1 (Tu)

Links to points of interest included on trip:

Shanghai Museum 

The Bund

Victoria Peak

Lamma Island

Hong Kong Trolleys

Other Program Content Materials:

Evan Osnos, Age of Ambition

Chinese Dreamers Video

Article on the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong

Prof. Skidmore's blog entry on the Umbrella Movement 



Program Dates and Fees:

  • 5/20/16-6/6/16
  • From $4,950-$5,400 (international airfare included), final fee dependent on enrollment

Included in Fee:

  • POLS 131 Global Change in China (6 credits)
  • Max 3 credits applied for Honor's Credit
  • Satisfies Intl. Business and Intl. Relations study abroad experience
  • Global/Multi-Cultural Understanding
  • Round-trip international airfare and all domestic travel
  • High quality accommodations
  • All entrance fees for planned activities, tuition for 6 credits, 2 meals daily, and emergency assistance coverage.
  • See itinerary for all planned activities!

Apply today

Search for program "Chinese Dream" after logging in with your Banner ID

Questions? Contact:

  • Prof. David Skidmore,
  • Kirk Martin,


Semester and Academic Year Programs


Exchange Partners 

Drake has exchange relationships with two Chinese universities which allow you the opportunity to directly enroll while paying Drake tuition and receiving Drake financial aid. You will also find students from these universities studying at Drake as well!

Minzu University of China f.k.a Chinese University for Nationalities (Beijing)

University of International Business and Economics (Beijing)


Affiliated Organizations or Third-Party Providers

Drake's study abroad programs are offered through affiliations with a variety of carefully selected organizations. You may visit their web sites to learn more about your options and then work with your adviser and the Drake Study Abroad Office to choose and apply for your program. While some programs may allow you to apply on-line or directly, you are encouraged to work with the Study Abroad Office in the International Center to minimize confusion regarding financial aid and transfer of credits.

Affiliate programs in China



  • Fudan University

IFSA-Butler/The Alliance




  • Shanghai University of Finance and Economics

IFSA-Butler/ The Alliance 


  • East China Normal University





  • Beijing Language and Culture University

IFSA-Butler/ The Alliance


  • Tsinghua University



  • Beijing Foreign Studies University



  • Minzu University of China f.k.a. Central University of Nationalities



  • Peking University




  • University of Nanjing







Summer Options



  • Donghua University; East China Normal University




  • Beijing Language and Culture University, Nanjing University, Collge of International Finance and Trade of Shanghai International Studies University




  • Beijing Language and Culture University


  • Beijing Foreign Studies University (Bei Wai)




SIT Community Health and Traditional Chinese Medicine


More information on program requirements and offerings are available from the Study Abroad Office.

*Some programs may have certain pre-requisites for non-lanugage study courses.  Consider learning some Chinese before you go through Drake's World Languages and Cultures Program!





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