The New China: Trade, Power, and Culture
READ THE GUIDELINES TO SECURE YOUR SPOT and the 2022 Honors Study Abroad Programs policies at the bottom of the page!
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! Check out the November 5, 2019 Study Abroad Honors Hour on the China program HERE!
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: May 3, 2022 to May 24, 2022
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?
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 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.
How do we secure our spot and keep it? It works on a first-come, first-served basis!
Follow these instructions:
Current Honors Students interested in securing a spot for a 2020 study abroad program:
- Get clearance from your Honors advisor. For STEM students, your advisors are Brenda Luna (email@example.com) or Patric Hambleton (firstname.lastname@example.org.) Non-STEM students must see Grisel d’Elena (email@example.com.) Call 305-348-4100 and ask for an advising appointment. Indicate it is regarding Study Abroad. You must have an advisor’s clearance when you go see Luli to secure your spot!
- Once you’ve been cleared, email Luli (firstname.lastname@example.org) to schedule a registration appointment, specifying your PID and program of choice
- On the date of your appointment, bring to DM 233 a $350.00 money order or cashier’s check (ONLY) made out to FIU. These are the Honors College administrative fees. This payment will secure you a spot in your program of choice. It is non-refundable, and constitutes a serious commitment to the program
- The registration process includes a group contract-signing session and online application. Calculate around 2 hours for the whole process
- You will be officially registered once you complete all 3 steps (registration & payment, online application, and contract-signing)
Newly Admitted Students interested in securing a spot for a 2020 study abroad program:
- Email Luli (email@example.com) to schedule a registration appointment, including your Panther ID number and program of choice
- Follow the instructions on the third bullet above
- Make sure together with the $350 you bring to the session a copy of the unofficial transcripts from the institution you are coming from and a copy of the Honors letter/email of acceptance
- You can register for study abroad only once you get your first FIU GPA, assuming there are still spots available. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait until the 2021 registration opens in April
- In order to keep your good standing with the program, comply with the Honors Study Abroad Policies and deadlines at the bottom of this page
- The Office of Study Abroad (OSA) charges a non-refundable $195 administrative fee. It will be posted along with your second payment and they can be paid together
Below is the schedule of payments to be followed after you secured your spot with your initial $350 fee:
Schedule of Payments:
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**Non-refundable after February 14, 2020
After you’ve secured your spot at DM 233, make your 3 payments at Student Financials (SASC Building 1st Floor.) In order to make sure the payment goes toward the program and NOT to cover other balances you may have, we strongly recommend you pay in person. Make sure to tell the cashier you are paying your Honors Study Abroad program, and which one it is (E.g. Honors Japan program, Honors UK program, etc.) The charges will be posted to your my.fiu.edu account approximately 21 days prior to the deadline or earlier.
NOTE: LATE FEES APPLY.