China: From West to East

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Official China program posterNote: The summer 2014 application cycle is now closed. Check back in the fall for information about upcoming study abroad programs.

Study Chinese at Lanzhou University in northwestern China. In Lanzhou, students engage in Chinese (Mandarin) language study with Lanzhou University instructors and do coursework in culture and history taught by UW Tacoma professors. Local activities will include site visits to area businesses and cultural attractions as well as seminars on topics such as Chinese business culture and Chinese history and society.

After three weeks of study in Lanzhou, the group will travel to other sites in China's northwestern region: following Marco Polo's footprints, we will visit the oasis town of Dunhuang on the ancient Silk Road, site of the Mogao Buddhist caves; dip our feet in the Yellow River, the mother of Chinese civilization; and experience the Guanyuguan Pass, the western-most point of the Great Wall. The study abroad will end with a two-day stay in Beijing, the old yet new capital of China with field excursions to local historic sites.

Academic Content

The UW group is led by Dr. Mary Hanneman from UW Tacoma and Dr. Yi Li from Tacoma Community College. Students earn at total of 15 credits:

  • 10 credits in modern Chinese History and Culture (TIAS 480), and
  • 5 credits of Chinese language (TCHIN 101, 102, 103, 201, 202 OR 203, depending on entrance and exit examinations)

Program scheduleLanzhou university

This 15-credit course is a summer quarter program. The in-country portion runs from July 6 to August 3, 2014. Highlights include:

  • 45 hours of intensive Chinese language classes (beginner to advanced, level determined by placement exam)
  • Seminars on Chinese history, culture and politics
  • Field excursions in and around Lanzhou, including the western end of the Great Wall, as well as local business sites.
  • Three-day, two-night travel to Dunhuang.
  • Two-day, two-night travel to Beijing.

On-campus preparation begins June 24, preceding the four-week stay in China, and final project work will follow at UW Tacoma. Informational meetings during Spring Quarter 2014 will prepare students for travel abroad.

Student Eligibility

Undergraduate and graduate students from any UW campus and Tacoma Community College (TCC) may apply. Participants are selected on the basis of high scholarship, academic preparation, motivation, emotional maturity, and financial responsibility.

Please note: Students from other institutions, such as Tacoma Community College, will need to enroll at UWT as non-matriculated (non-degree seeking) students in order to be eligible to apply to and receive credit for the program. Once accepted to UWT, you will also be able to take advantage of the UWT Study Abroad Insurance (see Insurance section below).


Applications are due on March 3, 2014 *April 21, 2014. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis until April 21 or until the program is full. Applicants will be notified of acceptance decisions on a rolling basis. Click the "Apply Now" button below to begin. (*Deadline has been extended.)

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Travel documents and insuranceForbidden City

For up-to-date information regarding obtaining a visa to enter China, please contact program leaders Dr. Mary Hanneman or Dr. Yi Li.

Study abroad insurance coverage is a UW requirement. We recommend students take advantage of the UW Study Abroad Insurance, as an easy and affordable option. Students with personal insurance that covers expenses for emergency evacuation, repatriation of remains, injury, illness or death while participating in study or research abroad can petition for a UW Study Abroad Insurance waiver. If the petition is granted, the student will be exempt from the requirement to purchase the UW Study Abroad Insurance Plan. [Additional information...]

Housing and accommodations

Accommodations will be in a guesthouse located on the Lanzhou University campus. Two students will share one room unless a single room is requested in advance (additional fees apply). Rooms are equipped with a telephone, a TV, and a bathroom, with Western-style toilet. All rooms are air-conditioned, cleaned daily by the guesthouse staff, with linens provided, and have wi-fi access.


The total program cost: $5,600

Program cost includes:Groupshot

  • course fee (in lieu of tuition) for 15 UW credits
  • instructional costs in China
  • lodging (double occupancy) in Lanzhou, Dunhuang and Beijing
  • ground transportation in/around Lanzhou, Dunhuang and Beijing
  • museum entry and guide service fees
  • meals during the Dunhuang excursion
  • orientation dinner and graduation banquet

It does not include:

  • round trip airfare to/from China
  • costs of travel documents (passport, visas)
  • meals (except as listed above)
  • personal expenses
  • single-occupancy on-campus lodging (available for extra fee if desired)

Payment schedule

Amount Due
Administrative Fee
$250 upon acceptance to program
Program Fee
$5,350 July 11, 2014

Landscape in ChinaMethod of payment: The Administrative Fee of $250 is due upon acceptance to the program. This payment can be made in person or by mail and will need to be paid by personal check, cashier's check, or money order made payable to University of Washington Tacoma. Please write "China 2014" in the memo line of the check. The Administrative Fee of $250 must accompany your acceptance confirmation and payment contract for the program. Please submit the check along with the appropriate paperwork to our office in GWP 102 or by mail to:

International Programs
University of Washington Tacoma
1900 Commerce Street
Tacoma, WA 98402

For other methods of payment, please contact Tracey Norris, Study Abroad Coordinator, at 253-692-4426.

The Program Fee will be charged automatically to your student account upon registration and can be paid online through your MyUW account. Please note: Students do not register themselves for this program. The Office of International Programs will register the student once the Administrative Fee and all appropriate program documents have been received.

Financial Aid

Students receiving financial aid which they intend to apply toward the program cost should consult with a financial aid adviser before applying to the program. Some sources of funding, i.e. the GI Bill, do not cover the cost of study abroad programs. Check with a financial aid advisor to understand how your funds apply toward study abroad. Please bring the student financial aid budget form with you to your meeting. [Click to view and print]Reflection in sunset

Be aware that you may not receive financial aid in time to cover initial program costs. You should be prepared to pay your expenses out of pocket until your financial aid is dispersed. The deadline for program payment cannot be waived or postponed.

Refund Conditions for Fees

Once you confirm your participation in the program:

  1. If you withdraw prior to April 7, 2014, all payments, less the $250 Administrative Fee, will be refunded to you.
  2. If you withdraw on or after April 7 but prior to July 5, 2014, you are obligated to pay 50% of the total cost of the program.
  3. If you withdraw on or after July 5, 2014, you are obligated to pay the full cost of the program. No refunds will be given for unused accommodations, meals or other fees and services.

Notice of Withdrawal from the program MUST be made in writing and submitted to our office in GWP 102 or by mail to:

International Programs
University of Washington Tacoma
1900 Commerce Street
Tacoma, WA 98402

Walking shoesChanges in Costs or Scope of the Program

In the event of significant devaluations of the dollar, some adjustments to program activities may be necessary. If there are any political events that might compromise the safety of the participants, a rescheduling or cancellation of the program may be necessary. If such changes occur, students will be notified of the changes and options will be presented.

Program Cancellation

If viable enrollment is not reached by April 7, 2014, the program will be cancelled. Participants will be notified and the Administrative Fee will be refunded.

Equal Opportunity and Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran in accordance with University policy and applicable federal and state statutes and regulations. The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services Office at least ten days in advance.

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