Global Partners Program in China

Location: Xi'an, China
Program Dates: July 12 – July 27, 2014


Course Overview

This pilot course proposal is a faculty-led global experience that includes face-to-face course instruction  in Xi’an, China.  The project based course is intended to engage students in inter-cultural exchange and interdisciplinary learning, while completing a project of mutual interest and global significance.  This initiative is meant introduce students culturally to responsive research methods and connect interdisciplinary students enrolled at the University of Michigan-Flint (Flint, Michigan) and Shaanxi Normal University (Xian, China) in a meaningful way. 

Country Information

China may be modernizing at a head-spinning pace, but the slick skyscrapers, Lamborghini showrooms and Maglev trains are just eye-catching but wafer-thin gift-wrapping. Let's face it: the world's oldest continuous civilization is bound to pull an artefact or two out of its hat. Travel selectively around China and you can quickly tap into a rich seam of antiquity: ponder the legends and myths of the Forbidden City, rediscover your sense of wonder on the Great Wall or attempt to fathom the timeless expressions of the silent Terracotta Warriors. Submit to the unique charms of Píngyáo – China's best preserved walled town – or get a glimpse of Nirvana at the serene Mògāo Caves outside Dūnhuáng. Meander among the historic villages of Wùyuán, wake with the cock crow in an ancient Hakka roundhouse or join well-dressed Tibetan pilgrims on their circuitous kora around Labrang monastery.

Excerpts about the China from Lonely Planet.


This course is taught by Professor Diane Fuselier-Thompson, professor from the School of Education and Human Services.


  • All undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply
  • All majors are eligible to apply
  • Guest students are eligible to apply
  • Students must be in good academic standing
  • Students must provide name and contact information for at least two references, one of whom has been the student's instructor




The program fee is $1,440. This includes:

  • Travel Visa
  • Housing
  • Occasional meals
  • Health insurance
  • Cultural activities
  • Transportation in China

Additional costs include: 

  • Tuition charges
  • Roundtrip airfare to China
  • Other meals
  • Passport
  • Immunizations

There is a $150 enrollment deposit required at the time of application. Students are required to submit full payment of program fee by March 14, 2014.

Cancellations & Refunds

Students who withdraw on or before February 21, 2014 are eligible to receive $50 from the $150 enrollment deposit. Any withdrawals must be done in writing and submitted to the Education Abroad Office. There will be no refunds after February 21, 2014. Students who withdraw after February 21, 2014 will be responsible for paying the full program fee.

Scholarship Eligibility

  • Students must be accepted into a UM-Flint faculty-led program.
  • Students must be full-time UM-Flints undergraduate or graduate students at the time of the application.
  • Students must have completed a minimum of 24 undergraduate credit hours, or 9 graduate credit hours at UM-Flint at the time of submitting application.
  • Students must have a 3.0 GPA for undergraduates and 5.0 GPA for graduates at the time of submitting application.
  • Students must register for the course associated with the program.

The deadline to apply for a scholarship is Friday, January 24, 2014. 

*Program fee is subject to change based on currency exchange rates.


Course Registration

This is a 6-credit course being offered in the Summer 2014 term. Students are required to register for the following course:

  • SWR- 389 Special Topics


  • Application & $150 Deposit Deadline:  January 24, 2014
  • 50% of program fee: Friday, February 21, 2014
  • Remainder of program fee: Friday, March 14, 2014