Study Abroad Through Dragons-Naropa: China
Good for: Traditional Eastern Arts students, Environmental Studies students (i.e. the environmental
impacts of a society in rapid economic growth), and those interested in studying Mandarin.
Dragons' study abroad semester program in China does more than introduce the contemporary
China; our semester program takes students deep among this country's various faces
and across disparate urban and rural landscapes. Exploring little-seen sides of this
vast land, we challenge many preconceived Western notions about this country. Students
venture into remote areas where China is still dramatically underdeveloped. Students
explore regions of extraordinary natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. Cultural
exploration is balanced with a strong language curriculum and a comprehensive, interdisciplinary
exploration of modern Chinese history and economic development, society, and cultural
Kunming in the southeasfd the Tibetan Plateau is our home for six weeks of the Dragons
semester abroad program. This "city of eternal spring," the capital of China's southwest
Yunnan Province, is an ideal location from which students explore Han Chinese/minority
relations, economic reforms and development, environmental concerns, and China's rich
history. Through classes, lectures, discussions, and mentorships, students examine traditional
Chinese approaches to healing, cooking, body discipline, art, and music-making. In
Kunming, students live independently with Chinese host families, many of whom represent
the "new class" within contemporary society.
Two travel segments bookend our Kunming experience, with options to sink deep into
Central Asian culture in China's Northwestern Provinces, or traverse the dramatic
valleys of the Hengduan Mountains in Northwestern Yunnan, or connect to Tibetan Buddhist
Monasteries, or cross ancient stone bridges to link Southeastern villages. With a
broad curriculum and an itinerary designed to explore both thriving urban centers
and undeveloped villages, Dragons' China semester abroad program offers an unparalleled
comprehensive overview of today's China.
Naropa students may choose to do the program for 12-16 credits.
- ANT 250B Regional Seminar: China in Transition
- This course provides students with a solid background in modern Chinese history, setting
the stage for a grounded understanding of the myriad social issues that China faces
today. This course surveys issues related to education, public health, the environment,
civil society, economic development, law, gender, ethnic minorities, human rights,
and popular culture. Taught by instructors and guest lecturers, students engage local
experts in discussion, including local professors, development workers, business professionals,
health care practitioners, scholars and artists. Special guests enhance formal classes
by guiding students in lessons in various Chinese arts and pastimes, such as calligraphy,
martial arts, ink painting and culinary design. Each hands-on experience addresses
the importance of these art forms in modern Chinese society. Lectures are supplemented
with readings, films and field trip to schools, health clinics and local non-governmental
organization (NGO) project sites. In addition, our travels in China take us to communities
where these issues are vividly displayed, providing invaluable opportunities for study
and reflection. Students are required to complete various writing assignments throughout
the course and will prepare a final research paper on a social issue of their choice.
- ANT 211B Contemplative Intercultural Development and Leadership
- The process of understanding self in relation to others in our globalized world is
essential in the 21st century. The purpose of this course is to carefully examine
who we are through the experience of living, learning and engaging in the region.
Through both guided and organic processes, students examine global citizenship, develop
effective intercultural and interpersonal communication skills and explore the depths
of their internal landscape in relationship to the outside world. From this wellspring
of inner knowing, students discover their own authentic leadership capabilities and
strengths as a responsible and curious citizen of the globe.
- ISP 325B Independent Study Project
- The Independent Study Project (ISP) offers each student the opportunity to conduct
in-depth study on a subject of their choice. Students will be matched with two ISP
Advisors; a program instructor who has experience and knowledge relevant to the student's
ISP topic as well as a member of the local community with whom the student will study
or apprentice. An ISP may involve either an academic focus of inquiry, or learning
a skill which would require an apprenticeship.
- Mandarin Language I, II, III - CHIN 150, 250, or 350
- Students will participate in daily formal Mandarin lessons for approximately two hours
per day while traveling and during extended home-stays with Chinese families. Classes
focus on increasing vocabulary, improving grammar and pronunciation as well as learning
to read and write Chinese characters. Additionally, students will be assigned customized
language projects that will give them the opportunity to practice their language skills
and develop the oral proficiency necessary to converse with native speakers. Experiential
activities such as field trips to markets or temples and guided interaction with native
speakers will supplement formal classroom instruction. There will be additional opportunities
for supplementary one-on-one tutoring sessions with Dragons instructors or local teachers.
Students interested in studying Chinese characters intensively may do so outside of
class with instructor support.
Dates for Fall Semester: September 15–December 6 (Course work begins a month before departure and is done at home.)
Dates for Spring Semester: February 12–May 1 (Course work begins a month before departure and is done at home.)
COST FOR 2017-2018
|Room & Board:
*Tuition includes 12–16 credit hours plus in-country travel and excursions.
Additionally, you will be responsible for:
|Books & supplies:
Study Abroad Scholarships
If a student chooses a Naropa Sponsored (Dragons) or Affiliated (SIT) programs, he/she
may apply for one of Dragons', or SIT scholarships. In addition to those funds, students
may apply for one or more of the other general/regional scholarships for Study Abroad.