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  • Locations: Suzhou, China
  • Program Terms: Fall
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  • Restrictions: Furman applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

The application period for this program has not started.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-led Language of Instruction: Chinese, English
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Areas of Study: Asian Studies, Chinese, Chinese Studies, Philosophy
Faculty Director or Program Advisor: Dongming Zhang - Modern Language & Literatures/ Asian Studies Applicable Financial Aid: Federal Aid, Furman Institutional Aid, Furman Merit Based Scholarships, State Aid, Study Away Scholarship
Internship: Yes Foreign Language Immersion: Yes
Type of Course Credit: Combination: Furman and Transfer Credit Hours Per Term: 16 credits
Housing: Dormitory/ Residence Hall Program Features: Internship, Language Immersion
Program Description:




This is a faculty-led semester study away program in China. During the program, students will be guided in their exploration of various sites that have shaped China’s ancient and recent history, including: Minority China (Tibet), modernized China (Shanghai), ancient and contemporary capitals (Xi’an and Beijing), and Taiwan. The host city of the program is Suzhou, 25 minutes from Shanghai by train.  Praised as "Venice of China," Suzhou has over 2,500 years of rich history and abundant relics of the past. Suzhou is also one of the most prosperous cities in contemporary China. Local excursions will be arranged to discover the mixture of China’s tradition and modernization in and around Suzhou. The academic program will offer small Chinese language courses at all levels as well as content courses on Chinese literature, film, economy, and society.

To learn more academic, environmental, physical and health expectations for this program view our China Program Inventory



Photo taken of buildings in Taipai

CHN 230 Survey of Chinese Literature
TA (Critical, Analytical Interpretation of Texts) and WC (World Cultures)
Instructor: Dongming Zhang
The development of literature in China from its beginnings to the modern period. Through study of representative works in English translation, the course offers an overview of Chinese literature and examines the role of culture and society.
The course satisfies MLL electives, Asian Studies electives and course requirements for Chinese Studies major. 4 credits.
CHN 225 Chinese Film
VP (Visual and Performing Arts) and WC (World Cultures)
Instructor: Dongming Zhang
Cultural, intellectual, artistic and social issues that lead to an informed understanding of Chinese film, film analysis, and China. Selected films are organized under the topics of gender, ethnicity, melodrama, and urbanism. The course satisfies MLL electives, Asian Studies electives and course requirements for Chinese Studies major. 4 credits.

CHN-320 Travel Study in Chinese Culture
Instructors:  Dr. Harrison Meng from Soochow University
Study of the Chinese people, society, culture and civilization. The course satisfies MLL electives, Asian Studies electives and course requirements for Chinese Studies major. 4 credits.


CHN-110 Elementary Chinese I:
Instructor: Language Instructors from Soochow University
Introduction to the sound system and grammatical structures necessary to develop listening and speaking skills in Mandarin Chinese. Initial reading and writing exercises with basic Chinese characters. An appreciation of Chinese culture underlies the orientation of the course. 4 credits.

CHN-201 Intermediate Chinese I:
Instructor(s): Language instructors at Soochow University
(FL - Foreign Language)
Continuation of development of proficiency in listening and speaking, while expanding reading and writing skills, using materials of a literary or cultural nature. Includes a review of grammar. 4 credits.

CHN-301 Intermediate Chinese III:
Instructor(s): Language instructors at Soochow University
(FL - Foreign Language)
A continuation of intermediate Chinese sequence emphasizing oral skills and idiomatic usage. Students will be required to speak extensively in class. Supplementary materials will be added to the text. Satisfies Asian Studies elective and course requirements for Chinese Studies major. 4 credits.

CHN-401 Advanced Chinese I:
Instructor(s): Language instructors at Soochow University
(FL - Foreign Language)
Continued study emphasizing advanced conversation skills. Special focus on effective exchange of more complex ideas in daily life and topics of interest. Satisfies Asian Studies elective and course requirements for Chinese Studies major. 4 credits.


Program Fee

Students will pay 2018-2019 semester tuition, room, and board plus a $250 study away program fee. Federal, State and Furman financial aid that a student normally receives will apply. Questions about financial aid should be directed toward the Financial Aid Office.


To confirm participation in a study away program, a non-refundable $500 deposit (which applies toward the study away program fee) is due two weeks after acceptance. The final payment deadline will be specified in the Financial Agreement associated with the program.

Study Away Need-Based Scholarships

Need-based study away scholarships are available. Priority is given to students who have not previously participated in a study away program. Townes, Duke, and Hollingsworth Scholars should alert the Rinker Center for Study Away to apply their one-time study away stipend to their study away program.

Study Away Program Fee Inclusions

Roundtrip airfare from a designated city to program location*
Lodging for the duration of the program
Meals for the duration of the program*
Transportation for program-related activities/events
Entrance fees to programmed activities/events/venues
Tours included in the study away program
Group meals (students will know ahead of time how many group meals will be provided)
Emergency Medical Insurance (on international programs)
International phone plan allowance for basic communication purposes*
*may be in the form of a program fee credit

Program Fee Exclusions

Transportation to the designated departure city (for international programs)
Required books/materials/supplies/equipment/gear
Passport fees

Optional Program Expenses

International cell phone charges above the provided allowance
Trip cancellation or interruption insurance 
Personal expenses and souvenirs
Transportation, meals and lodging for independent travel

Additional Info


Semester faculty-led programs are open to Furman University students of all majors, subject to any course prerequisites. Successful applicants will demonstrate a marked academic, vocational, or personal interest in the program. The faculty directors of this program will read all applications and admit the most qualified individuals.

Health & Safety

The Rinker Center for Study Away and International Education reviews all study away programs on an annual basis, and more frequently as needed, to plan for and mitigate risks associated with the health and safety of participants while traveling. In this day and age, nothing is risk-free. Students and faculty are instructed to remain vigilant and cautious at all times and will receive additional instructions during a mandatory pre-departure orientation session and on-site orientation programming. When students commit to a study away program, they are asked to self-disclose personal information - which may include allergies, medications, disabilities, mental health conditions, medical concerns, and past medical histories. This information is shared with the faculty directors and study away staff for use during medical emergencies, and in an effort to be aware of and plan for situations that may arise or accommodations that are needed while students are away from Furman's campus resources. It is extremely important for students to be transparent and forthcoming about their concerns, needs, and medical histories prior to the start of the program as well as during the program. Furman University contracts with Educational and Institutional Insurance Administrators (EIIA) to provide medical and emergency services to students while traveling abroad on Furman study away programs. Students participating in study away programs in the United States are required to show proof of medical insurance.

This program is currently not accepting applications.

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