• 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 16 - June 10, 2016

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

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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. While in China, students and faculty will be hosted by Shaanxi Normal University in Xian. Participants will participate in a comparative schooling and teacher education seminar alongside local Chinese students, taught collaboratively by Shaanxi faculty members and the participating UW faculty members. Students will also be paired with Shaanxi students for the duration of their stay in Xian, to offer maximum opportunities for sharing ideas, experiences, and learning. Chinese students will host UW students in out-of-class times, including introducing them to the campus and city. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in introductory language, culture, history and martial arts lessons.

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

Various modes of inquiry and intellectual orientations are used to investigate, from a comparative and/or cross-cultural perspective, the following aspects of education in China:

- educational change and modernization
- the interaction between education and development (social, political, economic)
- the politics of educational reform
- educational philosophy, policy and planning
- the interrelationships of particular aspects of schools, societies, and cultures
- curricular and pedagogical approaches in schooling, with a particular focus on languages and literacies

This program will run every other summer.

Learning Objectives

IAP has 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.