• Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate Student
• Preference for juniors and seniors in the School of Education
• 2.5 cumulative GPA
• Language Pre-requisite: None
• Open to UW-Madison degree-seeking students only
• Good academic and disciplinary standing



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Program Duration

Summer: May 14-18 in Madison, May 19 - June 8, 2018 in China

Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline
Summer 2018  2/16/2018

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

Questions about this program?
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China, Xian
UW Comparative Education in China

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This program runs every other summer and will run next in 2018.

You have an exciting opportunity to investigate and explore education in China during this 4-week summer program that includes a 3-week stay in China, led by Professor Margaret Hawkins from the School of Education.

The first week of the program will consist of class meetings on the UW-Madison campus, with readings and discussions on Chinese history, ethnic groups and cultures, languages, and education (with attention paid to educational systems and policies, language policies, systems of literacy, and approaches to teaching and learning).

The next three weeks of the course will take place in Xian and Beijing, China. You will participate in a comparative schooling seminar alongside local Chinese students at Shaanxi Normal University. This course will be taught collaboratively by the UW Program Leader and local faculty. You will be partnered with Shaanxi students for the duration of your stay in Xian, to share ideas, experiences, and learning. You will also have the opportunity to visit local schools and participate in introductory language, culture, history and arts lessons.

You will spend the final 3 days of the program in Beijing, visiting local sites, in order to deepen your understanding of the country, its culture, its people and its history.

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:

The objectives of this program are:

- to learn about educational policies and practices in China;

- to gain the perspectives of Chinese nationals (peers and faculty at SNU) on the Chinese educational system, and engage in comparative analysis with them;

- to learn about and experience college life on a Chinese campus;

- to learn about the rich history and cultures of China, with a particular focus on Xi’an and Beijing;

- to gain an understanding of culture and life in Xi’an, and the context within which schooling is embedded.