DEADLINE EXTENSION: Applications are due on March 31, 2022. We continue to monitor the situation and will provide ongoing updates. If the UW Tacoma Office of Global Affairs cancels your program due to COVID-19, you will not be charged any study abroad program fees or administrative fees under the control of our office.
This immersive, 15-credit program to Shanghai introduces students to the culture, history, language, and philosophy of China. As an ancient yet modern metropolitan center of China, Shanghai offers a myriad of Buddhist temples, Taoist shrines, historical sites, and cultural centers that tell about the Chinese history and philosophy. Greater Shanghai also hosts the newly discovered pre-historic site of Liangzhu. With one of the largest population concentrations in the world, Shanghai grows increasingly diverse in its culture, providing a perfect kaleidoscope for our students to develop a comprehensive understanding of the country. Most importantly, as the industrial center of the country Shanghai is a living testimony of China’s long and winding road toward building a modern nation. Shanghai is also an important site in China’s modern history, having been a focal point of 19th century encroachment by the western powers, hosting the founding of the Communist Party of China in 1921, and experiencing Japanese military aggression during the WWII period.
The program is designed to allow students to visit some of these many sites. Upon their visits, students are to write papers and complete assignments to reflect on the historical and cultural significance of these sites they visit.
Leading up to the four-week in country portion of the program, students will engage in study abroad related coursework. Students will be required to participate in a schedule of activities that will incorporate material from all three of the program courses (Philosophy, History, and Conversational Chinese/“Experiencing China”). These activities will include guided online discussion sessions and writing assignments. Additionally, students are expected to reflect on their study abroad experience by writing a “Letter to a Future Participant” after the program concludes. This will be an opportunity for students to reflect on what they have learned from the program and provide advice for a future study abroad participants.
This study abroad program is taught by Drs. Mary Hanneman, Yi Li and Lily Li from UW Tacoma and Tacoma Community College.
This program does not have any prerequisites or language requirements. Students receive a total of fifteen credits for the program as follows:
THIST 251 Global 20th Century (5 credits)
Surveys the interactive political, economic, cultural, and social developments that shaped the 20th-century world to the present, using China’s 20th century experience as an entry point.
Learning Goals Include:
Understand the historical and continuing impact of main issues in the global experience of the 20th century, including
Imperialism and colonialism
Communism and its opponents
Nationalism, ultra-nationalism and Fascism
Race, racism and their impact on international relations and politics
Cold War politics and international relations
TPHIL 315 Chinese Philosophy (5 credits)
This course introduces to students the major intellectual currents in China focusing on Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism.
Learning Goals Include:
Identify and explain the unique paradigms and assumptions that help shape the Chinese worldview.
Identify and explain changes in the Chinese worldview over time
Evaluate these changes in the contemporary period.
Explain Chinese traditional and modern culture to a greater audience.
TIAS 480 Experiencing China (5 credits)
This course will introduce students to Chinese culture and our host cities. Topics will include Chinese language, art, calligraphy, martial arts, and other topics. These topics will be explored through a combination of field trips, lectures, discussion, and written assignments.
Learning Goals Include:
Develop a theoretical understanding through the direct experience of Chinese society, culture, history, and philosophy
Develop intercultural knowledge and understanding.
Develop reflective skills based on their reflections on globalization, experiences in a foreign country, inter-cultural interactions, discussions and presentations with their peers and instructors, both Chinese and American.
Optional: TCHIN Chinese Language (5 credits)
Students can choose to enroll in Conversational Chinese instead of TIAS 480. This course is geared towards students with different levels of skill in Mandarin. It will enhance and reinforce TCHIN 101, 102, and 103.
Learning Goals Include:
Develop students' conversational skills in Mandarin Chinese
Learn proper social etiquette for varying social situations and interactions
The program runs from June 19-August 13, 2022. Students will spend July 17 to August 13 in China and will be required to participate in online instructional activities before traveling to China.
Students will be staying in hotels. Rooms are double occupancy; single rooms may be requested in advance (depending on availability; additional fees apply). Rooms include bathroom with western-style toilet and are equipped with a telephone, television, air conditioning, bed linens and towels.
Undergraduates from any UW campus may apply. The program best suits undergraduate students with or without previous experience related to China. Students in History, Philosophy, Economics, Business and other programs will find this study abroad program attractive. The credits can be applied toward the UWT/ IAS Asian Studies minor. We also welcome applications from non-matriculated students. Students who have not yet earned a high school diploma or equivalent are not eligible for our study abroad programs.
Applications are due on January 31, 2022. Applicants will be notified of acceptance decisions by February 14, 2022. Once accepted to the program, applicants will need to confirm their participation in the program by March 1, 2022.
Travel Documents and Insurance
All program participants must have a valid passport in order to travel to China.
For up-to-date information regarding obtaining a visa to enter China, please contact program leaders Drs. Mary Hanneman or Yi Li.
The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program.
The University of Washington requires students engaged in educational activities abroad – including study, research, internships or community engagement – to purchase UW Student Abroad Insurance. If you are a current UW student, you are required to purchase coverage UW Student Abroad Insurance. Details are on the UW Study Abroad Insurance page.
Transportation to and from the airport in the U.S.
Personal expenses (phone calls, eating out, etc.)
Payment Due Date: July 8, 2022
Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.
The $450 UW Study Abroad Administrative Fees are non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun (please refer to Emergency Withdrawal information below, if applicable). The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by the Office of Global Affairs. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and copy your program director(s) providing notice that you will no longer be participating in the program. You will also need to respond to any further communication from the Office of Global Affairs to finalize your withdrawal.
If a program is cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, student will not be charged either the UW Study Abroad Administrative Fee or the UW Tacoma Study Abroad Program Fee.
If you cannot participate in a study abroad program, you may submit an Emergency Withdrawal Petition. If granted, the Emergency Withdrawal may allow for partial relief from your financial obligations to the program.
An Emergency Withdrawal Petition may be submitted in the following circumstances:
Unanticipated change in financial situation
Death in immediate family
Active military duty
Unusual or extenuating circumstances
To submit an Emergency Withdrawal Petition, complete this form and email it to email@example.com.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
For UW Tacoma students, you can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the UW Tacoma Office of Financial Aid.
For UW Seattle or Bothell Students, you can apply by filling out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Financial Aid.
Consult the Financial Aid section on the UW Study Abroad website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips
Please also review this list of scholarships: these are opportunities that can help fund your study abroad experience. Please note that many of them have deadlines before your study abroad application is due. For help with the application process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated, and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:
Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
UW Tacoma students can attend a How to Fund Your Study Abroad event - more information is on the Events page of our website.
Changes in Cost or Scope of 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.
To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an online pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad as well as your program-specific orientations, offered by your program directors. Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.
If viable enrollment is not reached by April 1, 2022 the program will be cancelled. Participants will be notified and the administrative and program fees will be refunded.
The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at tacoma.uw.edu/drs.