China

The China program has been moved to 2023.
The country’s pandemic guidelines make it unfeasible for the program to open in 2022.
Our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Each study abroad program fulfills one year (6 credits) of Honors credit requirements.

Registration works on a first come, first served basis!

The New China: Trade, Power, and Culture

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This interdisciplinary course covers every aspect of Chinese ancient history, culture, geography, customs, and traditions, and its modern development as a global economic power and leader. The course is organized around the Belt and Road Initiative, China’s ambitious development strategy and connects China with the countries along the ancient Silk Road. During the Spring semester, students will prepare for their trip by learning about China, including some basic Mandarin, business etiquette, and an introduction to Chinese history and culture (including cuisine, martial arts, media). During the summer, students will visit major economic centers to learn more about China and its connections to the world.

Make an educated decision! Attend the China Study Abroad Honors Hour on Thursday, September 30, 2021 | 3:30-4:45pm! (Room TBD)

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?
In this class, you will learn about ancient Chinese history, culture, geography, customs, traditions, main cuisines, art, martial arts, modern science, and technology advances of the Belt and Road Initiative, as well as China’s pursuit of global leadership. You will also get the opportunity to learn some basic Mandarin, business etiquette, and when you travel in China you will deeply experience the authentic Chinese humanity and culture.

As part of the program, you will be able to learn some basics of Mandarin and business etiquette, and you will have the opportunity to get a closer look at the authentic Chinese culture by visiting China.

WHO MIGHT BE INTERESTED?
All majors, especially Asian Studies, Geography, International Relations, Economics, International Business.

WHERE WILL YOU GO?
Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Tianjin, Qingdao

WHEN WILL YOU GO?
Summer A: 2023

HOW DOES IT WORK?
IDH 4007: Spring course component (3 credits.) Tuesdays, 1:00-2:15pm (Hybrid class)
IDH 4008: Summer A: “in-country” (3 credits.)
These 6 credits fulfill one year of Honors College requirements.

WHERE WILL YOU STAY?
Students participating in the Honors College China Program will be housed at mid-upscale hotels in China.

WHAT IS THE LEVEL OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY?

3–Moderate

WHAT DOES IT COST?
TBD + airfare

WHAT IS INCLUDED?
– Housing for the duration of the trip
– Local transportation
– English speaking tour guide
– Admission to museums, temples, educational tours, etc.
– Some meals
– Mandatory international health insurance

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?
– Airfare (approximately $750 – $1,300)
– $500 non-refundable Honors College administrative fee
– $195 Office of Study Abroad administrative fee
– FIU tuition fees
– Passport and other documents if needed
– Vaccinations if needed
– Some meals
– Personal expenses

WHO ARE YOU GOING WITH?

Mr. Fang Shu is an Assistant Teaching Professor at FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, where he teaches accounting courses. He also teaches a range of interdisciplinary courses (e.g. philanthropy, culture) at the Honors College. As a previous China Programs Manager at the Chaplin School, he assisted in curriculum and program development, oversaw all initiatives that took place in China with insight on cultural knowledge, and managed the university’s relations with other academic entities within the China region.

As a member of the city’s Chinatown Initiatives Steering Committee, Fang served as an expert in Chinatown promotion. Furthermore, he served as Vice Chair of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce (GMCC) Asia Committee for one year. He was selected as a member of the second cohort of the FIU Presidential Leadership Program and in the first cohort of the FIU Hybrid Pilot Program.

A native of China, he is fluent in both Mandarin and English. Most importantly, he possesses native appreciation of Asian culture, and has a comprehensive global awareness and understanding of international higher education processes and practices.

Fang enjoys working with students. His classes are always very interactive and fun.