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SIT: China, Language, Cultures, and Ethnic Minorities
Kunming, China
Program Terms: Fall,
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Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
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Restrictions: CU applicants only
Fact Sheet:
 Lang. of Instruction:
Chinese-Mandarin, English
 Program Type:
Direct Enrollment
 Minimum GPA:
2.5 Housing: Camping, Homestay, Hostel/Hotel
Fields of Instruction: Anthropology, Asian Studies, Chinese Language (Mandarin), Cultural Studies, Humanities, Independent Study, International Relations, Social Policy, Sociology
 Class Rank:
junior, senior, sophomore
Study Abroad Advisor : Ann Hoover
Program Description:

Gain a deep understanding of cultural diversity and minority relations in Yunnan Province and on an excursion to Beijing, while earning up to 10 credits of Chinese language study.

Based in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province, this program examines the social, historical, and cultural factors shaping and sustaining China’s minority communities.

Topics of study include:

  • Traditional Chinese cultures and beliefs
  • The growing gap between urban and rural life in China
  • The impact of tourism on minority cultures
  • Students learn from leaders at academic institutions and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) such as Yunnan Nationalities University, Yunnan University, Yunnan Normal University, Yunnan Social Science Academy, Yunnan Arts Institute, Yunnan Traditional Medicine Hospital, and the Lijiang Dongba Cultural Research Institute.

Yunnan Province serves as a hub of NGO activity in China, allowing students to closely examine the evolution and modes of operation by which these organizations must work with the government in order to accomplish their objectives.

Intensive Chinese Instruction
Students can rapidly advance their Chinese through the program's intensive language component, which yields six academic credits. Interested students may also choose to undertake an additional 60 hours of intensive Chinese in lieu of the traditional Independent Study Project, granting them a total of ten language credits.

Excursions to Dali, Lijiang, Zhongdian, and Beijing
Program excursions bring students into close engagement with local scholars; medical and development professionals; and Daoist, Buddhist, Islamic, and Christian religious leaders. 

Living with host families — through the program’s two homestays — allows students to experience daily Chinese life in urban and rural settings.

Students discover China's rich multicultural history and gain broadened perspectives on the major issues and challenges confronting China today.

The excursion to China’s capital, Beijing, enriches students’ understanding of Yunnan Province’s place in China’s history and the relationship between central government policy regarding ethnic minorities and the lived experiences of Yunnan’s minority groups. In Beijing, students meet prominent academics and visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Great Wall and the Forbidden City, along with Tiananmen Square and other significant locales in this metropolis.

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.