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Journey to China
Beijing, China; Chengdu, China; Multiple Cities, China; Nanjing, China; Qufu, China; Shanghai, China; Xian, 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:

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Summer 2015 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, the Panda Breeding and Research Center, and the Terra Cotta Warriors!
  • Earn 6 Upper Division General Education credits (Non-Western Culture)
  • Use your banked hours and save on tuition/fees
  • PITF Airfare scholarship GUARANTEED for ALL Journey Program participants
  • Rolling admission through March 1st or until the program is full
Program Requirements
In addition to meeting the study abroad eligibility requirements, you must also have:
  • 2.5 Combined Retained GPA
  • 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. More itinerary details will be added as available.

Journey to China 2015 program will visit six cities across China, including Beijing, Chengdu, and Shanghai! Highlights of the itinerary include:
  • The Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City in Beijing
  • The Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi'an
  • The Panda Breeding and Research Center in Chengdu
  • The Confucius Family Mansion in Qufu
  • Sun Yat-Sen's Mausoleum in Nanjing
  • The Bund in Shanghai
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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 (Non-Western Culture, taught by Professor Bo Kong)
  • IAS 3930/5830 - Journey to China:  Chinese Culture, History and Language (Non-Western Culture, taught by Professor Nian Liu)
2015 Projected Dates
May 13 - Depart from the US for China
June 2 - Depart China for the US

Money Matters
The budget estimate for the 2015 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
    • 2nd payment = $1500 due March 13th, 2015
    • 3rd payment = $1500 due April 10th, 2015
  • Airfare - ~$1800 ($2000 PITF scholarship awarded to all Journey to China participants)
  • Visa - ~$270 (information and guidance will be provided by your OU study abroad adviser)
  • Education Abroad Application Fee - $35 (charged to your Bursar account)
  • CMI (formerly FrontierMEDEX) Health & Travel Insurance - ~$40

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

Accommodations for Summer 2015 are still under consideration. Students generally live together in a mixture of hotels and guesthouses that vary with each city visited.

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

for the Summer 2015 Journey to China program! Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants with complete applications will be emailed and directed to submit a nonrefundable $500 deposit, which guarantees their spot in the program. Note that as part of your application you are required to meet with a Study Abroad Adviser - click here to schedule an appointment. 

More Information

Your Study Abroad Adviser for Journey to China is Shanna Vincent. Please contact Shanna by email or make an appointment if you have any questions about this program.

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 2015 03/01/2015
Rolling Admission 05/14/2015 06/02/2015
NOTE: Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning in November, with an expected final deadline of February 27th.
Summer 2016 02/21/2016 03/04/2016 TBA TBA

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