Comparative Study Tour: Educational Changes in China

UMass Boston Takes China collage

The College of Advancing and Professional Studies, the Confucius Institute, and the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Massachusetts Boston are pleased to announce the following international summer program in China.

Courses and Credit - Schedule & Fee - To Apply - Faculty - Request More Information

Program Highlights

About the Program

China, the world’s most populous country with 5000 years of history, has undergone tremendous transformation in the last 30 years, becoming a more open society with a dazzling rate of economic growth. The size and success of the Chinese system of education is just one intriguing aspect of this country. “What’s going on in China” has become, in the words of one scholar, “the biggest story on the planet at the moment.”

This comparative study tour will provide students with opportunities to explore the educational system and education reforms in China. As the Chinese continue to improve their economic, political and social foundations, they also look to strengthen their educational systems. Our goal is to learn about Chinese educational programs and reforms and to compare them with the American experience. In addition to daily classes, participants will visit various schools and cultural sites in Beijing and participate in China’s New Education Annual Conference. American students will interact and share experiences and reflections with Chinese educators who will join them in this tour. No prior knowledge of the Chinese language is required.

Video: UMass Takes China 2016 (you will be directed to Google Photo)

Courses and Credit

Participants will earn six graduate credits in EDLDRS 712 Comparative Study Tour: Educational Change in China and the United States.

Schedule & Fee

July 5 – July 15, 2018

* Covers tuition, lodging, most meals and excursions. The fee is based on a minimum enrollment of 10 participants; if less than 10, a surcharge will apply.

The program fee does not include transportation between the United States and China, rail transportation within China, or the cost of a visa.

To Apply

The program is open to applicants from the College of Education and Human Development, other universities and colleges, and to teachers and administrators from the Boston Public Schools and surrounding districts. We encourage graduate students and practicing educators to apply.

Application Deadline: April 15, 2018*

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* Class size is limited to 20. Completed applications will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis until the course is full. Early applications are strongly encouraged. Applications received after the deadline will be considered if space is available.

The Faculty

Instruction will be provided by Wenfan Yan, PhD, Director and Professor of the Institute of International Comparative Education at UMass Boston.

Request More Information

For more information, please contact:

Erika White

For further academic information, please contact:

Wenfan Yan, PhD
Professor and Director
Institute of International Comparative Education


Please be advised that international programs are subject to change, slight or major, at any time due to circumstances beyond our control; this includes any and all fees, dates, itinerary, and program activities. We will do our best to inform all applicants of any changes in as timely a manner as possible.