With a population over 1.3 billion people coming from 56 different ethnicities and spread throughout China’s 34 provinces,the real China cannot be discovered by simply staying in Beijing, let alone the classroom.
To understand China in its entirety, all of these aspects must be considered. That is why The Beijing Center (TBC), builds an academic trip into each semester. The Silk Road trip in the fall semester retraces the legendary caravan trade route that connected China with Europe for the most part of history and transported not only precious goods but technology, religion and culture between the east and west; in China’s “wild west,” students discover historic treasures, oasis towns, Tibetan and Muslim nomads, and a thriving contemporary trade and cultural exchange between China and Central Asia. The Yunnan trip in the spring semester explores the immense diversity of landscape and ethnic cultures where China meets Southeast Asia; students immerse themselves in the rich rural lives of Yunnan’s ethnic peoples among the Himalayan mountains, trek through the hills and the jungles, and witness China’s development strategy at its Southwestern border.
Each student undertakes a research project for the academic trip and completes a term paper; students can earn three-credits by fulfilling other requirements of the “Engaging China” course which centers upon the trip experience.
These unique trips allow you to see and experience more of China than most people will during their entire lives and prepare you for future careers in many areas that fulfill the “seeing is believing” criteria.