The BestSemester China Studies Program enables students to engage China's ancient history from an insider's perspective. While immersed in Chinese culture, students participate in seminar courses on the historical, cultural, religious, geographic and economic realities of this strategic and complex nation.
Students choose between standard and advanced Chinese language and apply their skills by serving in an orphanage or tutoring Chinese students in English.
The program beings and finishes the semester in Hong Kong and introduces students to the diversity of China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Xian and Xiamen. This interdisciplinary, cross-cultural program enables students to communicate and understand the unique culture and people of China with an informed, Christo-centric perspective. By coming to see others we see ourselves. Living in China provides an unusual place to explore your worldview and cultural presuppositions.
The Terra-cotta warriors * Tiananmen Square * The Great Wall * The Forbidden City * Ming Tombs * Shanghai Museum
CSP is interdisciplinary and encourages students from a variety of majors to apply. To gain eligibility you must:
Students receive between 15 and 17 credits depending on the optional courses they pursue. In addition to the courses, there is a service component that may be fulfilled by teaching English or working in a children's home. The required courses for the semester program include:
In addition to these core courses, students may choose from a variety of elective courses:
Global Understanding core credit can be fulfilled by this semester program when students participate in COR210 pre-departure and COR211 upon re-entry. Lab fees apply.
The cost is generally equal to a 16-credit semester at Gordon and includes:
Not included in regular tuition costs are such items as:
APPLICATION PROCEDURE & DEADLINES
All Gordon students applying to a BestSemester program must first submit an online seat application and have an interview with a staff member in the Global Education Office.
Seat applications and interviews for fall semester programs must be submitted online by March 15.You will be notified within 5 days of the decision on your seat application.
After you've been approved by the Global Education Office proceed with the BestSemester application. BestSemester has a rolling admission policy. Fall applications are accepted until June 1 (or spots are filled).
Seat applications and interviews for fall semester programs must be submitted online by September 15. (N.B. This date is earlier than the normal spring deadline!) You will be notified within 5 days of the decision on your seat application.
After you've been approved by the Global Education Office proceed with the BestSemester application. BestSemester has a rolling admission policy. Spring applications are accepted until October 1 (or spots are filled).
This application requests information that will be used to evaluate your eligibility for an off-campus program. The College reserves the right to grant seats to applicants based on proven academic performance, moral maturity and personal motivation.
Please fill out the application form below with your information. Your responses to these questions will be used in evaluating your applications for a seat in an off-campus program. We encourage you to take your time and write considered responses to the personal statement questions.