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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:

August 3 - 15, 2019

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

Program OverviewTerra Cotta

This program examines the evolution of human life in China from its known origins until the beginning of the twentieth century. It presents Chinese history through physical objects and environments and surveys the arts and culture from the Neolithic period to contemporary China. 

The course offered will take place in museums, historical sites and Chinese university classrooms. In addition to classroom instruction, in order to make history more concrete, interesting and enjoyable, this course presents history through artists and their art. Although history books provide accounts of events in the past, artworks provide vivid illustrations of life as it existed at the time. Artworks are a three-dimensional rendition of history and communicate the historical, philosophical, religious and social background of the periods in which they were created. While in China, students will be able to inspect artworks at close range through curator-led visits to museum storage rooms. Among them will be the Palace Museum in Beijing which houses over 2 million works of art and antiquities.

For a draft of the day-by-day itinerary and course syllabus, click here!


  • Participate in a hands-on course which takes places throughout China in museums and at historical sites.
  • Study with museum curators and conservators and get a behind-the-scene look at some works of art. 
  • Learn how to paint Chinese paintings and calligraphy at the Chinese university classrooms.
  • Interact with Chinese artists and Chinese university students. 


This program is open to undergraduate students from all academic disciplines, but Gaines Fellows will be preferred.

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 Maske, faculty member in the Department of Curriculum Instruction and Director of the University of Kentucky Confucius Institute,

Dr. Chelsea Brislin, Associate Director of the Gaines Center for the Humanities,

Mr. Jon Hibbard, 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 HIS 355: Special Topics in Non-Western History since 1789: Chinese History Through Art (3 credit hours).
  • All students will be enrolled in EAP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour).

Housing & Meals

Students will reside in 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.