• 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

Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline
Summer 2018  TBA

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

Questions about this program?
Contact a Peer Advisor!

China, Beijing
UW Art, Design and Wellness in East Asia

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This program will run next in summer 2019.

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

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 and Japanese 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. Since end of World War II, Japan has become an excellent example for successful economical development and same time to maintaining traditional Japanese culture. Toyko is one of most exciting cities in the world, students will not only visiting the most commercial and economical developed areas but the traditional villages, entertainment centers and public services.

With Feng Shui principles deeply embedded within the East Asian’s way of life, China and Japan are 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 and Japanese 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 and Japanese culture and act in culturally appropriate ways

Engage in meaningful cross-cultural interaction with Chinese and Japanese citizens

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