China is a growing economic and political player on the world stage. It will undoubtedly impact your professional career in ways no one yet can determine. This program will provide you with an opportunity to experience and learn about this country, its people and culture to be better prepared for what the future may hold while you earn credit towards your NC State degree. But don't take our word for it, see what the faculty and participants of the 2017 program had to say.
This program is based in one of China's most beautiful cities, Hangzhou (1.5 hours south of Shanghai). Become immersed in campus and Chinese daily life through special cultural and class activities, planned excursions (including a pre-program to Beijing) and scheduled interaction events with Chinese students. Past participants have seen a Shanghai acrobats performance, visited the 400 year old Yuyuan Gardens, walked the Great Wall, learned about traditional Chinese Medicine, and engaged with local Chinese students from Zhejiang University.
Students select two courses from the following 3-credit hour options, for a total of 6 credits. NC State faculty teach all courses except FL 295, which is taught by local Zhejiang University faculty and is for transfer credit only. All other courses taken will earn NC State credit.
- PS 231: Intro to International Relations
- MAE 214: Solid Mechanics
- STS 490: Geographies of Energy
- FL 295: Elementary Chinese (earns transfer credit)
- NC State Program Cost
- Program Dates
- Hangzhou, China
- Beijing, China
- Shanghai, China
- 2.0+ GPA
- Not on active disciplinary probation
- Not on academic integrity probation currently or during the prior semester
The city of Hangzhou, with a population of 6.8 million, is the capital of Zhejiang province. It is a political, economic and cultural center known for it scenic beauty that draws many Chinese tourists. The International College of Zhejiang University is located on the Yuquan campus west of the city center at the base of low mountains. The mission of the College is the teaching of Chinese language and culture. Zhejiang University was founded in 1897 and is considered to be one of the three most outstanding universities in China. Located near the Yuquan campus is West Lake, one of Hangzhou's most renowned scenic features. The lake covers two square miles and is surrounded by parks, pavilions and cultural sites.
Students choose two courses from the following 3-credit hour options, for a total of 6 credits for the entire program.
PS 231: Introduction to International Relations, 3 credits
Dr. C.E. Griffin, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
The goal of this course is to introduce students to the key concepts, issues, events, and actors that contribute to an informed understanding of the nature of relations between and among nations. Politics, economics, culture, ethnicity, nationalism, terrorism, national and international sovereignty, self-determination, interdependence, and international governmental and non-governmental organizations, and globalization are among the concepts that will be covered. American students, in particular, will learn that the critical issues and actors influencing international relations originate outside of the US, in most cases. Nevertheless, the events precipitated by those issues and actors almost invariably have some impact upon Americans at home. This factor is perhaps the most important reason why students must understand the interrelationship between issues, actors and events. Additionally, students will learn to think about and make the connections between domestic and international issues, actors and events, including China's role as an emerging global actor. This course, therefore, is about life, and is important to political science- and non-political science majors alike.
MAE 214: Solid Mechanics, 3 credits
Dr. Yong Zhu, Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
This course studies concepts and theories of internal force, stress, strain, and strength of structural element under static loading conditions. Constitutive behavior for linear elastic structures. Deflection and stress analysis procedures for bars, beams, and shafts. Introduction to matrix analysis of structures. Prerequisites: MA 242 and C- or better in [MAE 206 or CE 214]
STS 490: Issues in Science, Technology, and Society - Geographies of Energy, 3 credits
Ms. Lisa Marshall, Director of Outreach, Retention & Engagement - Instructor – Adviser, Department of Nuclear Engineering
Energy plays an increasingly vital role in today’s society where questions around technologies, economics, living standards, policies & legislations are debated. This course will provide an introductory exploration of energy landscapes as influenced by such geographical factors as physical geography, political systems, cultural issues, history and economics/globalization. Energy resources will be examined at various scales – from extraction to production-distribution-acquisition-consumption through post production/waste management. What does it mean to have energy security from a technical and/or social standpoint? How does a state go about securing its energy? Where does or should such issues as climate change or use of risk technologies factor into decision making? National and regional boundaries along with typical binaries as developed-developing, east-west and biophysical-human are being challenged. Instead, a complex network of resources, actors, implications and outcomes arise.
FL 395: Elementary Chinese, 3 credits
This course will be taught by Zhejiang University International College faculty.
Calendar of Activity
The program will begin with a tour in Beijing following arrival of the group in China. Activities and tours may include: The Great Wall, Forbidden City and Summer Palace, Tienanment Square, Temple of Heaven and Olympic sites. The trip by overnight train to Hangzhou will be followed by orientations to the Yuquan Campus of Zhejiang University and the City of Hangzhou including a boat ride on West Lake and a visit to the Wushan Square (shopping street). Other activities may include day trips to Wuzhen, (an ancient water town) and the Dragon Boat Festival (Xixi Wetlands), attendance at West Lake Impressions (sound and light show), several cultural lectures (history, Chinese festivals, etc.), social events with Chinese students and other cultural/ social experiences as time and schedule permit; for example a visit to a Tea Plantation and attending the Romance of the Song Dynasty. Students will spend the final few days of the program in Shanghai, before departing China.
Participants will be housed in air conditioned double rooms with private bath in the International College facility on Yuquan campus. Meals are the student's personal responsibility. There is a dining facility in the International College as well as several student cafeterias across the campus. Food in China is relatively inexpensive, especially on the campus. However, you should expect to budget about $400-$500 for meals for the entire program to cover eating off campus occasionally.
Costs, Financial Aid, and Scholarships
Cost information is shown in the summer budget link above. Financial aid
is generally available to help qualified NC State students meet the expenses of NC State study abroad programs. For additional funding, NC State students should consider applying for a study abroad scholarship
from the Study Abroad Office. College of Engineering students who apply for the study abroad scholarship will be considered for the College's High Impact Awards.
The University reserves the right to alter the program format and/or costs in case of conditions beyond its control. If the program is canceled or a student withdraws, a refund of program costs may not be available in all cases. Please refer to the Study Abroad Office Refund Policy for details. Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org