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China 2013 Education (Graduate Studies)


The 2013 International Studies Program to the Peoples Republic of China (PRC), to be conducted June 4 – June 28, 2013, will provide approximately 24 -30 ASU undergraduate and graduate students a unique opportunity to study the visual art, education system, and culture of one of the world’s oldest, enduring, and rapidly developing modern day civilizations. The program will consist of four interrelated undergraduate courses of study in the arts and two graduate courses of study in education. Students will be introduced to the history, culture, and philosophical foundations of traditional Chinese civilization and also explore contemporary trends and movements in the visual arts, education and culture that are currently developing in major urban centers. In fulfilling the objectives of the program students will travel extensively throughout the PRC, and be exposed to some of China’s most important cultural treasures, monuments, and cultural centers.

  Summary Facts

  • Summer Session I
  • Travel Dates: June 4 - June 28, 2013
  • Six hours of graduate credit
  • Application Deadline: November 9, 2012 


ED 6381: Curriculum Analysis of Educational Systems in China and the United States.  This course includes a travel abroad experience involving a trip to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) with mandatory pre-class meetings during Spring 2013. Students practice the techniques of critical reading and research through curriculum analysis of education systems. This program will examine the curriculum and education systems of the U.S. and the PRC.  Students will participate in a variety of planned travel experiences to schools to gain a deeper understanding of curriculum within the educational systems of China.Instructor Dr. Donna Gee.

ED 6381: Multicultural Studies in Educational Systems: The People’s Republic of China and the United States.  This course includes a travel abroad experience involving a trip to the People’s Republic of China  (PRC) with mandatory pre-class sessions. It is designed to present a broad base of knowledge about culture and learning.  An emphasis is on the comparative study of the education system and meeting the needs of a diversity of students.  Approaches, materials, and research will be investigated. This program will examine the influence of culture on the education system of the PRC. Students will participate in a variety of planned experiences to key cultural exhibits to gain a deeper understanding of the history and culture of China. Instructor Dr. Donna Gee.

  Travel Arrangements

Students will be extensively briefed prior to departure regarding travel arrangements and schedules with addresses and telephone numbers given each participant. All travel arrangements will be made by the program directors and approved by the University. All program participants must have adequate health and accident insurance coverage in case of medical care or emergencies. Students will be required to obtain International Student Identification Cards that will provide medical, death and discount benefits. Participants must provide the directors with a copy of the policy number and company name of their insurance policies.


Destinations and City Excursions

June 4 - 28

  • Beijing - 6 days (Beijing Language and Culture University, Beijing Art Museum, Art Space 798, Beijing Art Street, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, 2008 Beijing Olympics Site, Great Wall at Badaling, Summer Palace, Night Market, Hutong tour, Panda Zoo (optional) and 3 Days of School Visits)
  • Xian - 4 days (Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, Tomb of Emperor Qín Shǐhuáng, Art District, City Wall, Ancient Palace, Big Goose Pagoda, and School Visit)
  • The Silk Road (between cities by motor coach)
  • Dunhaung - 2 days (Mogoa Caves - sculptures and wall paintings, Mingsha Mountain, Moon-shape Lake, Yang Guan Ancient Weapon Museum, and Great Wall at Yumen Pass)
  • Jiayuguan - 1 day (Jiayuguan Pass)
  • Zhangye - 1 day (City Tour)
  • Wuwei - 2 days (Wooden Tower, Wuwei Wen Temple, and Lei Tai Han Tomb)
  • Lanzhou - 3 days (White Pagoda Hill, Songke Grassland in Xiahe, and Labrang Monastery)
  • Hong Kong - 4 days (Hong Kong Museum of Art, Cattle Depot Art Center, Architecture Walk - HK Central District, SoHo Central, Victory Harbor/Peak, 360 Cable Car/Lantau Island, Tai O Fishing Village, Temple Street, and School Visit)
  • Leave for USA

  Student Eligibility

Graduate Students:

  • Current students must have GPA of 3.0
  • Newly accepted student must have undergraduate GPA of 2.75
  • Transfer students must have GPA of 3.0

  Program Cost

Basic travel cost of the program will be about $5,000.00 which will cover round-trip airfare, accommodations, and domestic travel costs within the PRC. Students will also be responsible for tuition, fees, course materials, passport, travel insurance, and miscellaneous personal expenses. Local transportation, additional excursions and extra meal expenses will be the responsibility of the student.

  Faculty Leadership

The program will be directed by Dr. Donna Gee, Associate Professor of Teacher Education.  The director has experience leading student groups abroad and within the domestic United States. In this regard,  Dr. Gee was co-director of the Summer 2010 Study Abroad Program to New Zealand and Australia and co-director of the Summer 2012 Study Abroad Program to New Zealand and Fiji.

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Dr. Donna Gee
Associate Professor of Education
Office: CARR 115
Phone: (325) 486-6952

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