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Special Focus: Study Abroad in China

International Academic Programs (IAP) reports that 1,350 students participated in its 2012-13 study abroad programs, with China as a top destination. This summer, IAP will launch a new program that will kick off in Shanghai. UW Global Gateway Programs is designed as a short-term experience that will send diverse groups of first- and second-year undergraduates abroad accompanied by a UW–Madison faculty member.

In the inaugural program, to be held in the summer of 2014, Joe Dennis, professor in the Department of History, will accompany 15 students to Shanghai on a four-week experience designed to increase their awareness of China, while learning about the intersection of local and international issues and the forces of globalization.

Click here to read the full story, "UW Global Gateway offers funded, short-term study abroad opportunities.

The new program starting in Shanghai is one of many IAP study abroad opportunities. For insight into the impact of a longstanding program based in Beijing, read International Studies Communication Assistant Neha Alluri's report, "UW students find lasting impact in Feng Shui program in Beijing." (The photo at right is of Feng Shui program leader Professor Wei Dong talking with students at a study abroad fair.)

Also check out International Studies Public Affairs Director Kerry Hill's report on the latest group of language contest winners to emerge from the longstanding and influential UW Intensive Chinese Language program in Tianjin, which is coordinated by UW-Madison Professor Hongming Zhang.

The "Global Gateway," "Feng Shui" and "Intensive Chinese Language" programs are three of the five UW faculty-led study abroad programs in China this summer coordinated through IAP. The other two are: Education Professor Margaret Hawkins' four-week exploration of education in China through a special focus on Xian and Beijing; along with the faculty-led seminar "China: History & Modern Development of Environmental Health" that spends four weeks traveling through different regions of China.

These and other UW exchanges and affliated programs focused on China can all be found on the IAP website.


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Click here to learn about President Obama’s “100,000 Strong Initiative” to increase the number and diversity of American students studying in China.



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