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Journey to China
Multiple Cities, China (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
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Restrictions: OU applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Journey Programs Language of Instruction: English
Non-English Language Prerequisite:
No Language Preqrequisite Housing Type: Hotel or Guesthouse
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Study Abroad Adviser: Shanna Vincent
Program Description:

Brochure Header - Journey to China

November 30, 1:30-2:30 PM
December 2, 10:00-11:00 AM
December 3, 10:00-11:00 AM
December 4, 11:30-12:30 PM
December 9, 10:00-11:00 AM
December 10, 4:00-5:00 PM
December 15, 4:00-5:00 PM
December 16, 2:00-3:00 PM
December 17, 9:00-11:00 AM

Check in at Hester Hall 144 for walk-in advising.

Summer 2016 Highlights
  • Travel throughout China with OU professors and other OU students
  • See world famous cities and landmarks such as the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, and the Terra Cotta Warriors!
  • Earn 6 Upper Division Humanities General Education credits 
  • Use your banked hours and save on tuition/fees
  • PITF Airfare scholarship GUARANTEED for ALL Journey Program participants
  • Rolling admission begins November 18th
Program Requirements
In addition to meeting the study abroad eligibility requirements, you must also have:
  • Passport (valid through eight months after return from study abroad)
  • 1 recommendation letter from any OU professor
  • Visa
Program Overview
Journey programs are designed to fulfill General Education requirements while traveling throughout a country with OU professors and students. For this program, you will visit several important cities and sites within China, including cultural and heritage sites, temples, museums, and universities. 

The Journey to China 2016 program itinerary will be announced in the Fall 2015 semester.

Journey to China will offer the following two courses taught in English, both of which are approved for General Education credit. You are required to take both courses in order to participate in this program.
  • IAS 3930/5830 - Journey to China: China’s Rise: A 360-Degree Examination (Professor Bo Kong, Gen-Ed Non-Western Culture)
  • IAS 3930/5830 - Journey to China: Chinese Culture, History and Language (Professor Nian Liu, Gen-Ed Non-Western Culture)
Summer 2016 Dates
May 29-June 20, 2016

Money Matters

The budget estimate for the 2016 Journey to China program is below; this budget does not include personal expenses. 
  • OU Tuition & Fees - normal in-state or out-of-state rate (financial aid, scholarships and/or banked hours may apply)
  • Program Fee - $3500 (includes housing, in-country travel, and most meals) 
    • 1st payment = $500 nonrefundable deposit due with program acceptance
    • 2nd payment = $1500 nonrefundable program fee due March 10, 2016
    • 3rd payment = $1500 nonrefundable program fee due April 7, 2016
  • Airfare - ~$1800 (PITF scholarship of at least $500 awarded to all Journey to China participants)
  • Visa - ~$275 (more information and guidance will be provided by your OU study abroad adviser)
  • Education Abroad Application Fee - $50 (charged to your Bursar account)

There are also a number of scholarships available for study abroad students, including but not limited to the following:

Students will live in hotels and will generally have one OU roommate throughout the program.

Application Instructions
The first step to apply for this program is to attend a Study Abroad 101 session, offered weekdays throughout the semester.

The Journey Programs Launch Party will be November 18th at 4:30 PM in Hester Hall 146. Phase 2 applications will open immediately following this event. Once the application opens, click the Apply Now button at the top of this page and then complete the online application until every box is checked off. Notice that you are required to meet with an Education Abroad Adviser as part of your Phase 2 application - you can attend the Journey Programs Launch Party OR attend one of the walk-in hours at the top of this page to fulfill the Phase 2 Meeting requirement!

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning November 19th. Applicants with complete applications will be emailed and directed to submit their nonrefundable $500 deposit, which guarantees their spot in the program. The online application includes things to read, sign, and complete. You will need one letter of recommendation from a professor who has graded you, and you will need to answer three essay questions:


  1. Why have you applied to this specific study abroad program?
  2. What are 2-3 goals you’ve set for your study abroad experience and how will you accomplish them?
  3. What are 2-3 challenges you expect to face abroad and how will you overcome them? 

Student Experience

JTC Photos 2014

"You may be nervous about going to an unfamiliar country thousands of miles away. That is perfectly reasonable. But don't let that stop you from going. Get out there, make friends, go on some crazy adventures. I promise you, it will be so eye opening, and you will have the time of your life." - Brian, Summer 2015

"This Journey program provides the perfect opportunity for students who are looking forward to a short and adventurous study abroad program. Although it was a short trip, we had time for classes and traveling to six different cities was amazing. Traveling in a group setting also gives an opportunity for making new friends. Traveling in a big group like this also made it less intimidating and more fun while being on foreign land." - Ngan, Summer 2015

"The best part of studying abroad on a Journey program was that it was constant traveling and excitement. Every day we were experiencing all parts of the cities. The people on the program, including the advisor, the professors, and fellow students, made the experience even that much better. I can honestly say that I have walked away from this journey program with the experiences of a lifetime and friendships that will last forever. " - Alyssa, Summer 2014

More Information

This study experience will involve some rugged travel and hiking. Each student should consider his/her own physical fitness as well as his/her tolerance to extreme heat and non-standard accommodation.  Additionally, students may need to get vaccinations and medications prior to departure.  It is each student’s responsibility to ensure his/her routine vaccinations are up-to-date and to inquire whether there are recommended and/or required vaccinations or medications for the country/countries he/she will visit (including any countries he/she will visit which are not part of the study abroad program’s itinerary).  To find comprehensive information regarding international travel, including recommended or required vaccinations and medications, visit the U.S. Department of State’s website and the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.  We recommend students visit a healthcare provider and acquire any necessary vaccinations and medications at least two (2) months prior to departure. Goddard Health Center (on the OU campus) is a good place for students to acquire the appropriate vaccinations and medications.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2016 02/28/2016 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.