• Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate Student
• 2.0 cumulative GPA
• Language Pre-requisite: None
• Open to UW-Madison degree-seeking students and Wisconsin residents seeking a degree at a US college or university. Preference is given to UW-Madison students
• Good academic and disciplinary standing



Classroom Language



Hotels, Residence Hall

Program Duration

Summer: Late May – Mid-June

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

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China, Beijing
UW Art, Design and Wellness in China

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Spend four weeks traveling through China while studying art, design and wellness.  Students from diverse majors are encouraged to participate in this UW-Madison faculty-led seminar focusing on Chinese culture, arts, design, history development, and wellbeing.  Places to visit may include Beijing, Chengdu, Suzhou and Shanghai.

The leading center of learning for over 700 years, China is home to breathtaking historical sites such as the Forbidden City and Imperial Palace, as well as modern building innovations of sleek office high rises and emerging industrial quarters. The extremely unique and important concept of Feng Shui has shaped many aspects of the way Chinese buildings, palaces, and other public and private spaces have been designed and built, making the entire city a laboratory for studying Feng Shui's impact on design, culture and economical development. 

Over 5,000 years old, China has been developing at an amazing speed and now welcomes visitors from all around the world to explore its past and present. The biggest country in Asia and having the largest population in the world, China displays an extraordinarily rich cultural art design heritage. 

With Feng Shui principles deeply embedded within the East Asian’s way of life, China is a perfect venue for studying Asian culture, art, design, and its impact on human development and wellbeing.

Learning Objectives

We have overall Goals and Expectations for Study Abroad Participants, covering the personal, academic and professional aspects of study abroad. Additionally on this program, you can:

Gain a basic understanding of Chinese culture, arts, design and wellbeing through hands-on information gathering at key historical sites

Be able to articulate own view of well-being through exposure to Western and Eastern concepts of well-being

Demonstrate an understanding of Chinese culture and act in culturally appropriate ways

Engage in meaningful cross-cultural interaction with Chinese citizens

Understand how individual citizens can play an integral role in fostering foreign relations