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Note: The summer 2015 application cycle is now closed. Check back in the fall for information about 2016 study abroad programs.

Study Chinese language, economics, history and culture at Renmin (Peoples) University in Beijing, China. During this month-long program, students engage in Chinese (Mandarin) language study with Renmin University instructors and do coursework in economics, 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 related to China’s economy, history, and society.  Field excursions in Beijing will include historical sites like the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the Lama Temple and the Marco Polo Bridge, as well as business and government venues like the Beijing Municipal Government and a state-run enterprise.

Three weeks of study in Beijing are supplemented by travel to Qingdao, where the group will visit local cultural sites like the Laoshan Mountain Daoist Shrine, the Grand Canal at Jining, and business sites like the Qingdao (Tsingtao) Beer group and a Korean joint venture.

Academic content

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

  • TIAS 480 - Modern Chinese History and Culture (5 credits)
  • TECON 461 - Current Issues in the Chinese Economy (5 credits)
  • TCHIN 101, 102, 103, 201, 202 or 203 (depends on entrance and exit examinations) - Chinese Language (5 credits)

Program ScheduleImage courtesy of the China National Tourist Office (CNTO) New York

This 15-credit course is a summer quarter program. The in-country portion of the program begins on June 21 and ends on July 18, 2015. Students should plan to arrive before the day the program begins and plan to depart after the day the program ends. Highlights include:

  • 45 hours of intensive Chinese language classes (beginner to advanced, level determined by placement exam).
  • Seminars on Chinese history, culture, economics, and politics.
  • Field excursions in and around Beijing, including the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, as well as local business sites.
  • A week-long travel to Qingdao.
  •  Informational meetings during Spring Quarter 2015 will prepare students for travel abroad.

On-campus preparation begins, preceding the four-week stay in China, and final project work will be due by the end of the UWT summer term (August 21st).

Housing and Accommodations

Students will stay in off-campus housing located within walking distance of Renmin Univeristy. 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 a Western-style toilet. All rooms are air-conditioned, cleaned daily by guesthouse staff, with linens provided, and have wifi access.

Health Requirements

No immunizations are required for China. However, it is advisable that you are up-to-date on your regular immunization schedule. Please consult your personal physician or local health board.


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).


Application materials are due by 5 p.m. on April 17, 2015. Applicants will be notified of acceptance decisions by April 20. Once accepted to the program, applicants will need to confirm their participation in the program by May 4. Image courtesy of the China National Tourist Office (CNTO) New York

Travel documents and insurance

A U.S. passport valid 6 months beyond your anticipated date of return to the U.S. is required. For up-to-date information regarding obtaining a visa to enter China, please contact program leaders: Dr. Mary Hanneman, Dr. Yi Li or Dr. Will McGuire.

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...]

Program Cost

The total cost of the program is *$4,900.

Included in the cost of the program:Image courtesy of the China National Tourist Office (CNTO) New York

  • Course fee (in lieu of tuition) for 15 UW credits
  • Instructional costs in China
  • Lodging (double occupancy) in Beijing and Qingdao.
  • Ground transportation in/around Beijing and Qingdao.
  • Museum entry and guide service fees
  • Meals during the Qingdao excursion
  • Orientation dinner and graduation banquet

Not included in the cost of the program:

  • 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
*$4,650 July 10, 2015

Methods of payment:

Students riding camel

The Administrative Fee of $250 is due upon acceptance to the program. This payment can be made online, in person, or by mail.

To make the payment online, click this button to proceed. Please note: Visa or Mastercard only.

Pay Administrative Fee

To pay by check, please make a personal check, cashier's check, or money order payable to University of Washington Tacoma and write "China Summer 2015" in the memo line of the check. Submit the check in person to the Cashier's Office by visiting the Carlton building on the fourth floor (CAR 400) or mail it to the following address:

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

The Program Fee is charged automatically to your student account upon registration and can be paid online through your MyUW account. Please note: Students do not register Image courtesy of the China National Tourist Office (CNTO) New Yorkthemselves for this program. Once a student is accepted to the program, the Office of International Programs will register the student after the Administrative Fee has been paid and all appropriate program documents have been received.

For questions about the payment schedule or the methods of payment available, please contact Tracey Norris, Study Abroad Coordinator, at 253-692-4426 or email tvnorris[at]

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®, may not cover the cost of study abroad programs. Check with a financial aid advisor to understand how your funds apply toward study abroad. Students may be asked to provide a student financial aid budget to the Financial Aid office for your study abroad program. Please email the Office of International Programs to request the student financial aid budget at uwtintl[at]

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 disbursed. 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 May 11, 2015, all payments except the $250 Administrative Fee, will be refunded to you.Image courtesy of the China National Tourist Office (CNTO) New York
  2. If you withdraw on or after May 11, 2015, but prior to June 21, 2015, you are obligated to pay 50% of the total cost of the program.
  3. If you withdraw on or after June 21, 2015, 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 received by the Office of International Programs in one of three ways: in-person in GWP 102, emailed to tvnorris[at], or by mail to the following address:

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

Changes 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 May 11, 2015, the program will be cancelled. Participants will be notified and the Administrative Fee will be refunded.

Image courtesy of the China National Tourist Office (CNTO) New York

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 in the application process contact Disability Support Services at least ten days in advance of the study abroad program application deadline.

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