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Alliance for Global Education: Popular Culture and Social Change
Beijing, China
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Summer (Non CU)
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Program Sponsor: Alliance for Global Education 
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Restrictions: CU applicants only
Fact Sheet:
 Lang. of Instruction:
Chinese-Mandarin, English
 Program Type:
Direct Enrollment, Internship
 Minimum GPA:
3.0 Housing: Dormitory/Residence Hall, Homestay
Fields of Instruction: Architecture, Art, Asian Studies, Chinese Language (Mandarin), Cultural Studies, Drama, Economics, Environmental Sciences, Fashion, Film Studies, Government (Political Science), International Relations, Music, Sculpture, Sociology Study Abroad Advisor : Ann Hoover
Program Description:
Study Abroad in BeijingAlliance Logo Crop
with the Alliance for Global Education:
Popular Culture and Social Change

  • Benefit from the Alliance’s community networks with cutting-edge practitioners and scholars of music, arts, and design.
  • Explore the issues driving social change in China through elective coursework in contemporary culture, the arts, economics, foreign policy, and environmental studies.
  • Earn 15 credit hours in the fall or spring semesters or 9 credit hours during the summer term. 
  • Make a documentary film:  learn the art and technique of film-making while exploring a specific area of your academic interests.
  • Build your resume with an internship at a Chinese or multi-national company, arts-related organization, NGO, think tank, or government organization.
  • Gain perspective on the China outside the capital through a field study trip to Yunnan or Qinghai in Western China.

Beijing’s place at the forefront of Chinese popular culture and social change has deeply influenced new generations of Chinese and has profoundly shaped their views of the world.  Its immense scale reinforces the richness of themes to explore in its everyday life.  An ancient seat of government, and home to a vibrant art and music scene, Beijing has emerged as an epicenter for contemporary Chinese culture in a way that extends beyond the elites into the mainstream urban population, creating new cultural possibilities and reflecting larger scale changes in China as a whole.

Visit our website for more information about our Popular Culture and Social Change program, including course syllabi, co-curricular activities, student housing, and previous internship placements. 

Contact a program graduate to learn about the Alliance experience through a student's eyes!

Apply now! Consider submitting an application for one of the Alliance's need-based scholarships at the same time as you apply for you
r study abroad program.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Approx. Start Approx. End
Spring 2015 09/15/2014** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Programs may fill long before their final deadline. * Recommendation--For SPRING: APPLY in MAY to study abroad the following spring. For FALL/YEAR: APPLY in DECEMBER. Later applications are always welcome, but colleges may need time to process your approval.