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  • Locations: Guiyang City, China
  • Program Terms: Summer A-Term
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Program Information:
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 Location Guizhou, China
 Academic
 Term
Summer A
June 15 – July 15, 2017
 Estimated    Program Fee $3,200
 Credits 6 UW credits
 Prerequisites None
 Program      Directors Daniel Winterbottom; Liu Juanjuan
 Program Manager Carrie Moore | studyabroad@uw.edu
 Application    Deadline March 15, 2017
 Information  Session(s) Contact Program Director for more information.
       HIGHLIGHTS
  General This program will be in collaboration with students and faculty from the School of Geography and Environmental Sciences, Guizhou Normal University Guiyang, Guizhou province. We will be living and working in an ethnic minority village near  Qianxi City, Guizhou Province  to work with the community to create a portion of a city park.
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Program Description

This program will be in collaboration with students and faculty from the School of Geography and Environmental Sciences, Guizhou Normal University Guiyang, Guizhou province. We will be living and working in an ethnic minority village near  Qianxi City, Guizhou Province  to work with the community to create a portion of a city park.  The project has not been established but might be a garden for kids to play or a public space for villagers to gather and dance that respects their cultural values and expresses the local sensibility. Students from Normal University Guiyang our partner on the project will also collaborate with the team. We will be creating a series of garden and sculptural elements to complement other features planned for the park.

The village is about 3 hours from Guiyang, a large city in Southern China.

This is a program where students will design and construct the landscape elements and learn: Principles of craft and design, construction drawing documentation, construction, craft and materiality and field sketching. We will be working with local Chinese builders who specialize in traditional building techniques.

The location of the program is unique in that the area has many ethnic traditional villages in close proximity to the program site and unique geological and ecological features such as karst canyons and waterfalls. The surrounded area has many active areas that feature cheap local cuisine and nightlife with many students in the area. There will be several field trips to sites of cultural and ecological importance. Guizhou is one of the most impoverished provinces and has spectacular landscapes and villages filled with art, culture and vernacular landscapes.  The field trips will bring students to some of the emblematic sites of southern China and work with traditional craftsmen that are experts at their trades.

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Location

Guizhou, China

Sites

Guiling and a minority village

Housing

We will stay in hotels or communal apartments which are the most affordable options and close to the project site.

Academics

Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

The program is open to all students from all disciplines and previous construction experience is not required. The focus is on environmental therapeutic design and construction. Other themes will be craft and material fabrication. Historic/cultural design, working with disabilities, ecology and art. The program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students from with the U of WA and other universities and colleges. Non-matriculated students should apply. The accommodations will be small-scale dormitory with shared rooms.

The program will require physical effort so all applicants should be able to work for 8 hours per day. Some of the field trips require walking and hiking. Most of the people we will be working with speak English and translators will also be involved with the project.

Visas are required. And we recommend students apply for the travel visa (it is a 10-year visa).

Credits

6 Credits

Courses

LARCH 498/598 – Community Design Studio (6 credits)

Design as social and community action. Service-learning studio with emphasis on the role of design in community building and place making in urban neighborhoods. Exploration of the social, economic, political and physical dimensions of urban design. Application of methods and approaches in citizen participation, community actions and political process.

This program will be in collaboration with students and faculty from the School of Geography and Environmental Sciences, Guizhou Normal University Guiyang, Guizhou province to work with the community to create a portion of a city park.  The program has not been established but might be a garden for kids to play or a public space for villagers to gather and dance that respects their cultural values and expresses the local sensibility. Students from Normal University Guiyang our partner on the project will also collaborate with the team. We will be creating a series of garden and sculptural elements to complement other features planned for the park.

Students will design and build the project under the guidance of faculty from the U of WA and Normal University Guiyang. We will take several field trips to important cultural landmarks in southern China and tour the city of Guiyang, several times with specific foci using local guides. The program is open to all students from all disciplines.

Learning Goals: 

Exploring craft and design to gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between the two: Effort and engagement in the process.

Construction methodology: Performance during the construction process, effort, leadership and growth Engagement in the field trips: Journal entries

Program Directors & Staff

Daniel Winterbottom, Department of Landscape Architecture, Program Director

nina@u.washington.edu

Liu Juanjuan, Program Co-Director

Program Expenses

Cost: $3,200

Estimated Program Fee of $3,200, the UW Study Abroad Fee ($350), airfare, UW Study Abroad Insurance ($62/month), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money. Daily meals are included in the program fee.

Average Airplane Ticket Price

$1,000 - $1,600* roundtrip

*Subject to when & where you buy your ticket

Payment Schedule

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Payment Type Payment Amount Payment Due Date
Non-Refundable Study Abroad Fee $350 July 7, 2017
Program Fee Balance $3,200 July 7, 2017
TOTAL FEES CHARGED $3,550 -

Scholarships

There are a variety of scholarships available to help fund your study abroad experience. Visit the Global Opportunities page for more information and application deadlines.

Orientation

To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by the Study Abroad office as well as your program-specific orientations, offered by your program director.

You must register for orientation through your online study abroad account in order to attend scheduled orientations. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current orientation schedule.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most forms of financial aid can be applied to study abroad. You can verify that your financial aid award will apply to your program costs by contacting the Financial Aid Office. Financial aid or scholarships awarded as tuition waivers or tuition exemptions might not apply so you will need to verify that these funds are eligible for use with study abroad by contacting the funding office.

Financial aid and most scholarships are disbursed according to the UW academic calendar (at the beginning of the quarter). If your program starts before the start of the UW quarter, your financial aid will not be available to you prior to your departure. If your program starts after the first day of the quarter, your financial aid will be disbursed at the start of the program. In either of these cases, you will have to finance any upfront costs such as airfare, health insurance and the start of your time abroad on your own. Please take this into consideration when you are making plans.

Revision Request

In some instances you may qualify for an increase in your financial aid award (typically in loan funds). Check with the Financial Aid Office about your options. To request a revision in your aid, you will need to submit the following paperwork to the Financial Aid Office:

  1. Revision Request Form
  2. Budget of student expenses for your program: The UW Study Abroad Office will upload this budget to your study abroad account after a signed contract has been submitted to the UW Study Abroad Office. You can request an unofficial copy of this budget by emailing studyabroad@uw.edu.

Visit the Finances section of our website to learn more about disbursement, revising your aid package, short-term loans and scholarships.

Application Process

The application includes a Personal Statement, three short answer questions, two recommendations from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the on-line application process students may be contacted by the Program Director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.

Visas

UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. You can do so by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country.html.

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting: http://www.state.gov/s/cpr/rls/fco/index.htm

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at disability.uw.edu.

Withdrawals

$350 of the total program fee and the $350 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable and non-revocable once a contract has been submitted, even if you withdraw from the program. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the date (business day) a withdrawal form is received by the UW Study Abroad Office. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

1. Provide notice in writing to the Program Director that you will no longer be participating in the program for which you have signed a contract and accepted a slot.

2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to the UW Study Abroad Office, 459 Schmitz Hall.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.