Diversity of Schools and Societies: Social and Global Perspectives


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Country: China
City: Hubei Province, Xi'an, and Shanghai
Leaders :
Budget: Cost Breakdown
Eligibility and Prerequisites:

Good Academic Standing
Good Judicial Standing

Preference will be given to students with some knowledge of Chinese or who are currently taking a Chinese language course.

Application Deadlines: February 16, 2010 (before noon)
Application Materials:

EIU Program Application (Faculty-led Programs)

Basics for Faculty-led Programs (step by step from application to realization)

Academic Program

This study abroad in China course is equivalent to EDF2555 at EIU. It focuses on how schooling is shaped by and ought to respond to the global context in which it occurs. Unlike the course on campus, this program provides students with a first-hand cultural and educational experience in China. It features language and cultural studies, school and neighborhood visits, interaction with Chinese teachers and students, and excursions to Beijing, Xi'an, Wuhan and Shanghai.


The first part of the program is delivered online from EIU. It focuses on cultural differences in ethnicity/race, socioeconomic classes, gender, exceptionality, religion, geography, language differences,  and age. The second part (21 days) is conducted in China. It focuses on  applying the cultural theories of part I in observing, interacting with and living the Chinese way of life.

Huazhong Normal University in Wuhan will be the host institution that provides lectures, seminars, workshops, school visits, educational and cultural experiences for our students. Besides Wuhan, students will also visit Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai for a comparison of geographical/regional differences in China, and a better understanding of Chinese history, economics, language and the different ways of life.


Make your course/substitution selections on your EIU Program Application. The credit hours associated with your selections may not exceed the credit hours allocated for this program:

Below are the choices available for this program:

Course Number: EDF2555 (CourseID 4656)
Approved Substitute: None
Course Number: EDF2595 (CourseID 4818)
Approved Substitute: NONE
Approved Substitute: None
Course Number: EDF4741 (CourseID 4670)
Approved Substitute: None
Course Number: EDU4000 (CourseID 4674)


Huazhong Normal University will provide accomodation in Wuhan. Students will live in the university hotel (3 star) during their stay in Wuhan. Two students will share one standard room. Air-conditioning, telephone, laundry are all available in the hotel.


At least two pre-departure orientations will be provided and are required for all participants.

Your faculty leader will hold one of these orientations, where he/she will cover information on safety, health, legal, environmental, political, cultural, and religious conditions in the host country(ies), as well as planning logistics.

The Office of Study Abroad (OSA) will hold the other orientation. They will cover general information about traveling abroad to different areas of the world and facilitate a panel discussion composed of students who have already participated in faculty-led study abroad programs.

Necessary Documents
To enter a foreign country, you must have a valid passport. If you are a U.S. citizen and do not currently have a valid passport, or if your passport will expire during the time you will be overseas, please go to the U.S. State Department web site for information on how to apply for/renew your passport.

You are strongly encouraged to read the U.S. State Department's Consular Information Sheet on your host countries. It will provide you with a great deal of information to help you prepare for your trip.

**Please be aware that you are responsible for obtaining the most up-to-date information on foreign entry requirements. The Office of Study Abroad only provides general information, as regulations and procedures are always changing. Please consult the Consulate for more information. **