Center for International Education


History & Cultural Perspectives

Next trip tentatively scheduled for spring 2016.

This trip fully immerses college students in the culture, history, society, and economy of China. The experience is designed to expose students to China's rich diversity and dynamic vibrancy – traits largely unknown to most Americans. We travel from rich coastal areas to poor interior zones, study the clash of traditions with the fast-paced race to modernize, witness explosive capitalism under the watchful gaze of the Communist Party, and experience the dizzying shift from extreme urbanization to sleepy rural villages.

Program Highlights:

  • For 15-18 days, students crisscross the country with Professors Nevan Fisher and Yuanting Zhao, specialists in China's history and performing arts.
  • The tour follows a grand circuit across China's vast expanse, including the mega-cities of Beijing, Shanghai, and Xi'an, as well as the remote mountains of Hunan Province in the central southwest and the rice fields and karst topography of the far south.
  • These locations include both the political and economic capitals of the country and the historic capital of an empire from more than a thousand years ago.
  • See firsthand the dramatic natural landscape featured so prominently in traditional Chinese paintings  and in contemporary American cinema.

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China Trip 2014

    Annie Talarico '14 with students at Vermont International Academy, Shanghai, China
    Reka Csima and Rochelle Ruffer at the Great Wall of China Mutianyu section
    Dr. Nevan Fisher and students in Huangshan (Yellow Mountain)
    Reka Csima, Zachary Hasenauer, Rochelle Ruffer in Tiananmen Square in Beijing China

    Program Directors

    Nevan Fisher

    Nevan Fisher

    Associate Professor in History & Political Science
    Director of INS in International Studies
    Director of CIE in Center for International Education
    Golisano Academic Center 119-A
    Yuanting Zhao

    Yuanting Zhao

    Professor of Theatre Arts / Costume Design / Chairperson in Theatre and Dance
    Arts Center 20