Academics

Fulbright-Hays GPA Programs

The China Program Center at UMass Boston received two federal grants from the Department of Education to run two Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad (GPA) programs: Chinese Language and Culture Enrichment (Short Term Program) and Advanced Chinese Language Immersion (Long Term Program).

Programs

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. [1 MB pdf].

Chinese Language and Culture Enrichment (Short Term Program)

HIST 697 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 Yet-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 graduate credits, 39 contact hours

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

  • understand China’s political, cultural and economic history from late 19th century through 2012.
  • understand why, from the Chinese perspective, their history from the 1840s through the 1940s is a century of humiliation.
  • understand 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.
  • understand 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.
  • understand 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.
  • understand the achievements and legacy of Deng Xiaoping.
  • understand different policies of Deng Xiaoping’s successors of Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao.
  • understand Xi Jinping's Chinese Dream and his approaches to reach him goals.
  • understand 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.
  • understand American culture better from comparison with Chinese culture.

» Please click here to access the application package [1.7MB pdf].


Schedule & Location


Schedule
Long Term Program
January 18 - August 17, 2015

Short Term Program
TBA

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

More Information

For additional information, please contact:

Kaitlyn Lee
p: 617.334.9351
e: kaitlyn.lee@umb.edu