An Exciting Opportunity for Education Students: International Study Tour to China

Northeast Normal University located in Changchun, Jilin Province, China (Image Source: Wikimedia)

In May 2016, the Faculty of Education is offering a new course: Education (EFDN 498) – International Study Tour to China

Education students at the University of Regina are invited to register for the Faculty of Education, International Study Tour. This is a three-credit, comparative-education class held at Northeast Normal University located in Changchun, Jilin Province, China. The 3-week study tour blends cultural activities, formal instruction, with in-class observation/participation. Visits to local schools and a short home-stay component are also included.

This year’s (2016) study tour commences on May 9th and finishes on May 28th. Students will participate in twenty-three (23) hours of academic instruction (in English) provided by a faculty member from the host university. The in class component will include a segment on the Chinese educational system as well as a look at Chinese educational history. Participants will also have the opportunity to assist Chinese educators in English language classes. In these classes students will complete eight (8) hours of field experience.

This trip will lend students the opportunity to appreciate local culture while learning and engaging in China’s rich history. Cultural activities will include visits to a number of important Chinese cultural and historical sites. While in Changchun students will reside in a Northeast Normal University Residence (meals not provided). Students will also be given the opportunity to stay with a Chinese family as part of a short home-stay (weekend) experience.

A 3-day excursion to Beijing will complete the 3-week program. The Beijing component will include a tour of the Forbidden City and the Great Wall. Further activities in Beijing will be coordinated through the Beijing Language and Culture University. While in Beijing accommodations and meals will be provided.

A maximum of 20 students will be accepted to participate in this course. Registrations will be handled on a first come first served basis. Successful completion of the study tour (related academic and practical components) is worth 3 credits and will be accredited on a pass/fail basis. It should be noted that EFDN 498 is treated as an elective so students may wish to consult with their academic advisor regarding their program. Course tuition is NOT included in the cost of the study tour. Students have the opportunity to apply for a $1,000 CAD Travel Bursary. This money is administered through University of Regina International (URI) to students in good standing (academic record).

Assessment and coordination are the responsibility of the University of Regina’s Education instructor accompanying the tour. Costs associated with the Study Tour are set at $900 USD (to be finalized) per students, plus air fare and personal expenses.

Interested students should contact Ms. Li Liu at the following e-mail address:

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