Fulbright-Hays GPA Program

The China Program Center at UMass Boston received a federal grant from the Department of Education to run a Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad (GPA) program: Advanced Chinese Language Immersion (Long Term Program for undergraduate students and recent graduates).

Advanced Chinese Language Immersion
(Long Term Program)

Objectives and Participants: This program allows us to recruit 16 undergraduate and/or graduate students for an eight-month-long program in China. Key components of the program include Chinese language study on campus, internship at Xi’an High Tech Industrial Zone, home stay program to celebrate Chinese New Year, tours and field trips, group projects including American Culture Ambassador Project, China in Depth Project, Business Culture Difference Internship Project and a Program Completion Ceremony.

Upon completion of this program, our students will improve their Mandarin proficiency to intermediate high or advanced-low levels, gain understanding about Chinese culture, especially Chinese business culture, and grow professionally in a global market. This program will help our students to become China hands and prepare our students to become the bridge between the American and the Chinese business world.

Credits: 9 undergraduate credits from UMass Boston and 12-20 credits from Shaanxi Normal University.

» Please click here for the application package including detailed program information for the long term program. [pdf 713kb].

The three courses of UMass Boston

1. HIST 321 Modern China: A Documentary Film Approach
China’s modern history from late 18th century to present is full of dramatic changes. The Chinese experienced a series of huge historical events: a golden age under the rule of Manchus, unprecedented challenges from the West, collapse of the Qing Dynasty, the establishment of the Republic of China through Sun Yat-sen’s revolution, a nation-wide chaos from competition from different warlords, Japan’s invasion, the civil war between Mao Zedong and Chiang Kai-shek and the victory of Chinese Communism, the Cold War, Mao’s Cultural Revolution and Deng Xiaoping’s economic reform. Amazingly, China has become an economic giant from a “Sick man in East Asia” even though it experienced so many ups and downs in more than 150 years. This course will make use of documentary films to help you understand modern Chinese history and find out historical and cultural “secrets” behind the successful development of China. Moreover, China is facing a new challenge in the 21st century. Whether China could move forward from these new challenges with its tradition, wisdom and vision is another critical issue. This is an open-ended course, which will offer you a historical review of China’s transition from an agrarian society to a modern state, and suggest a future vision of its possible direction in the future. 

Credits: 3 undergraduate credits, 39 contact hours

By fully participating in this course, you should be able to:

  • learn China's political, cultural and economic history from late 19th century through 2012.
  • explain why, from the Chinese perspective, their history from the 1840s through the 1940s is a century of humiliation.
  • explain how Chinese people reject, devalue, and re-appreciate their own culture during their transition from an agricultural society to a modern China over 150 years.
  • find out the differences between China's Nationalist and Communist Revolutions, which allowed Mao's peasant army to defeat Chiang's modern military armed with American weapons.
  • learn how the international situation and Mao's ideology affected his domestic policies.
  • understand Mao's image as both a Satan and a God-like deity in the mindset of the Chinese people.
  • understand the difficulties and challenges of Deng Xiaoping's Economic Reform.
  • evaluate the achievements and negative consequences of Deng Xiaoping.
  • Analyze the impact of different policies of Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao.
  • learn Xi Jinping's Chinese Dream and his approaches to reach him goals.
  • analyze how China's rise impacts the world, particularly, the United States.
  • learn Chinese history through multi media perspective.
  • learn Chinese historical and cultural legacy that lead to the success of China' economic reform.
  • compare the United States and China from geographic, historical, political and economic perspectives.

2. Contemporary China In Depth (3 undergraduate credits)

3. Internship in China (3 undergraduate credits)

Schedule & Location

January 12 - August 19, 2016

Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an, Shaanxi, China.

More Information

For additional information, please contact:

Kaitlyn Lee
p: 617.334.9351