Redefining the Classroom

Deadline for summer study in China is February 27

Posted: February 4th, 2009

CONTACT: John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail; Prof. Guidi Yang, e-mail.

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Note: Registration deadline and trip deposit is due by Febuary 27.

XI'AN NIGHT SHOW – Students in the summer 2008 China study group enjoy evening entertainment over dinner at the Tang Dynasty Show in Xi'an. Left to right are Jeff Laudadio (from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.), Justin Dickinson, Jr., (St. Ignace. Mich.), Amy White (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.), Nicole Raspor (Escanaba, Mich.), Ian Bergman (Newberry, Mich.), Kurt McDonald (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.), and Jeremy Searls (Kalamazoo, Mich.). Enrollment for next summer's China trip is open until Feb. 27. (Courtesy of Guidi Yang)

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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Lake Superior State University's Office of International Education invites students to study in China early next summer between May 11 and June 17. This will be the third summer that LSSU students have the opportunity to study in China.

"Students from any discipline are welcome," according to Prof. Guidi Yang of LSSU's Office of International Education. "No Chinese language ability is required."

Students will experience Chinese culture by living in Shanghai, the financial and commercial center of the country, while taking two three-credit courses through Shanghai University. Survey of Chinese Culture fulfills LSSU's humanities requirement for graduation, while the Chinese Cultural Diversity course meets the diversity graduation requirement.

Students will also travel with LSSU faculty to historic sites and take cultural field trips during their stay. One-day excursions are planned to Suzhou, a major silk production center, and the 1,700-year-old water town Zhujiajiao. Two days are planned for Hangzhou, home to the vast West Lake complex. Students visit the ancient capital city of Xi’an June 10-12 to see the famous Terra-Cotta Warriors, the Xi’an City Defense Wall, the Bell Tower, and take in the Tang Dynasty Show.

Beijing, June 13-16, rounds out the trip with visits to cultural sites like the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Ming Tomb, 2008 Olympic venues such as the Bird’s Nest stadium, and performances of the Beijing Night Show and Beijing Opera. A completed application for summer 2009 in China and a $1,600 deposit are due to LSSU's international education office by Feb. 27. Yang encourages anyone interested in the trip to apply quickly, as it will take six to eight weeks for a U.S. passport to be processed and one to two weeks to get a visa from the Chinese Consulate General in Chicago. Full payment is due by April 22.

The total price of $5,660 includes tuition and fees for six LSSU credits, round-trip airfare between Sault Ste. Marie and China, travel insurance, lodging and two meals a day, all side trips, and any admission fees. Not included are passport and visa fees, textbooks, laundry, drinks, some local transportation, independent travel, and personal expenses.

For more information or to reserve a spot for the trip, email LSSU's international education office. An application form can be downloaded from the international education web site. Send completed application forms and deposits (payable to Lake Superior State University) to: Guidi Yang, 114 Arts Center, Lake Superior State University, 650 W. Easterday Ave. Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. 49783, or stop by the Office of International Education in 114 Arts Center.

You may also contact Yang at 906-635-2181 or Thomas Schirer at 906-635-2593 for more information.