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  • Locations: Beijing, China; Shanghai, China; Xi'an, China
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Program Cost and Budget: Summer
  • This UK Education Abroad program is not currently accepting applications. Please contact your EA Advisor or UK Education Abroad to determine if it is still possible to apply to this program.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

June 11 - 23, 2019

(Depart from U.S.A. - Depart from host country)

Program Overview

EDC 575 explores the context of teaching and learning in Chinese society, both within and outside of the classroom. This course critically examines different perspectives on education and culture while also exploring anxieties and aspirations about schools, the ways that popular culture and the standardized testing system influence schooling and the impact of central governance and regional dynamics on teaching and learning. EDC 575 considers what roles schools play in the Chinese society as well as the specific dimensions and practices of schools in China.Chinese Students

On this faculty-directed program, students will receive 64 hours of class time in China where students will travel with the instructor to visit Chinese K-12 schools and universities, sit in classrooms with Chinese students to gain a real-life experience of Chinese school culture and engage in discussions with Chinese students on Chinese and American education. Furthermore, authentic materials such as museum artifacts will be examined. Students will have the opportunity to conduct on-site interviews to gain first-hand materials regarding Chinese education - past and present. In addition, students will have the opportunity to visit cultural and historical sites to develop an understanding of the rich culture in which education is an integral part.

For a sample of the day-by-day itinerary, click here!


  • Visit two of the eight wonders of the world - The Great Wall of China and the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horse.
  • Visit Chinese K-12 schools and sit in classes to experience the Chinese way of teaching and learning.
  • Interact with Chinese students and teachers on topics that are of the same interest and conduct interviews with them.
  • Study Chinese calligraphy and painting on a Chinese university campus and learn about the magic of Chinese characters.
  • Visit the world-renowned Shanghai Museum to see artifacts which are thousands of years old.


This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all academic disciplines, as well as select STEAM Academy students, although it will be of particular interest to students from the College of Education. 

For more information on how to apply to the University of Kentucky as a visiting student, go to UK Admissions or UK Graduate School Admissions. Non-UK students should consult with the program director prior to applying to ensure that they have the proper academic background for the course.

For More Info, contact:
Dr. Huajing Xiu Maske, faculty member in the Department of Curriculum Instruction and Director of the University of Kentucky Confucius Institute,

Mr. Laurence Tuccori, EA Advisor,

Academic Credit

UK Faculty-Directed programs are conducted by University of Kentucky faculty and staff. UK GPA credits and grades will be awarded by the program director for the successful and timely completion of all required program activities and assignments, including any required on-campus meetings before or after the program's international travel.

  • Students will enroll in EDC 575: Education in Chinese Culture (3 credit hours).
  • All students will be enrolled in EAP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour), but graduate students will not be required to complete EAP 599-related coursework. Graduate students may opt out of EAP 599 altogether if they wish, however, graduate students who opt out of the course altogether will have to pay tuition for the above listed course(s).

Housing & Meals

Students will reside in university student guest houses and hotels for the duration of the program. Most meals will be provided by the UK Confucius Institute, but students will be responsible for the cost of all other meals on their own. Please contact the Program Director, Dr. Huajing Maske, for more information.

Program Costs

Costs and cancellation policies vary by program. Please see the "Program Costs and Budget" information page. Be sure to consider the associated UK costs, program specifications, and related travel expenses. 

This UK Education Abroad program is not currently accepting applications. Please contact your EA Advisor or UK Education Abroad to determine if it is still possible to apply to this program.