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  • Locations: Beijing, China
  • Program Terms: Autumn Quarter
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Program Information:
sociology italy
 Location Beijing, China
Autumn 2017
December 12 – December 21, 2017
 Estimated    Program Fee $1,300 - FUNDING AVAILABLE
 Credits 2 UW credits
 Prerequisites None
 Program      Directors Dr. Kristina M. Straus and Dr. Wei Zuo
 Program  Manager Katherine Kroeger |
 Application    Deadline April 15, 2017
 Information  Session(s) Thur. March 9, 2-3pm: Wallace Hall Commons
Fri, March 31, 12-pm: Center for Teaching and Learning Conference Room, 100 Gerberding Hall
Wed, April 5, 11-12pm: Wallace Hall Commons
Mon, April 10, 1-2pm: Center for Teaching and Learning Conference Room, 100 Gerberding Hall
  General Study sustainability in the U.S. and China! Collaborate with Chinese students from Tsinghua University on sustainability writing and video assignments during Fall quarter and then spend ten days learning with them in Beijing.
Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships


Funding available - $1,300 scholarships for Husky Promise and Pell eligible students!

Program Description

This is a unique opportunity to study abroad for ten days in Beijing, China to culminate a Fall quarter course exploring sustainability and personal choices (ENVIR 495. Sustainability: Personal Choices, Broad Impacts). ENVIR 495 is a broad introduction to sustainability, including foci on consumption, waste, food, water, and energy. An exciting component of this course is that students engage in experiential activities, monitoring or changing their sustainability behavior and then reflecting on that change through the dual lenses of academic material and personal experience.

Throughout the Fall quarter, we will explore sustainability through lecture, reading, discussion, writing, experiential activities, and collaborative work with Tsinghua University students in Beijing. Sustainability is a vital and timely topic and an interactive sustainability class lends itself well to discussion among students at partner universities on two continents. Students on both continents will examine the role of personal choices in affecting broader change towards social, economic, and environmental sustainability, and then learn from each other through international, online writing and video assignments Our goal is that these online connections will increase global engagement in a deep and meaningful way, as students learn the course material not only through reading, lecture, and discussion with other UW students, but also through dialogue and collaboration with students in a very different part of the world. The culminating trip to Beijing is designed to promote connection and conversation between the Chinese and U.S. students while we experience Beijing through the lens of sustainability. How does this city feed itself, take care of its waste, and provide energy and water to its citizens? How does this compare to Seattle and what does this suggest about the ability of each city, each country, and the globe to continue to meet its needs in future generations? As China and the U.S. are key contributors to planetary unsustainability, understanding the sustainability challenges in these two countries is particularly necessary. If we want our students to understand the global nature of environmental challenges and the way that culture affects our perspectives on those challenges and the array of possible solutions considered, collaborating with Chinese students in a quarter-long sustainability class and then visiting those students in their city seems an ideal approach.

Of course, while in Beijing, we will also learn about Chinese culture and history and take field trips to The Great Wall and The Forbidden City.


Beijing, China


In and around Beijing, include the Forbidden City and the Great Wall


Lantinghui Hotel, Beijing. This is a short walk from Tsinghua University


Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

We hope to recruit a broad range of undergraduate students interested in exploring personal choices, sustainability, and the differences in sustainability challenges and solutions in the U.S. and China. Undergraduate students from all class years and all majors are invited to join us and a diversity of majors will make this a stronger cohort of students. We are excited about the opportunity to recruit students into this shorter study abroad experience who would otherwise be unable to participate in a study abroad opportunity, potentially increasing access to the incredible learning that can come through study abroad and equity at our University.

ENVIR 239 is a prerequisite for this study abroad program.  However, students can enroll in this course in Summer or Autumn quarter, 2017. We will select students based on desire and curiosity to study sustainability in China.

There are no physical requirements for this program.


2 Credits


ENVIR 495 (2 credits)

This course introduces students to the implications of and approaches to sustainability, defined by the World commission on Environment and Development (Brundtland Commission) in 1987 as “meeting the needs of society of today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” In this course, we will examine environmental challenges and the broader social, cultural and economic systems that gave rise to those problems, and how both the challenges and the potential solutions differ in the U.S. and China. Finally, we will explore how our personal choices can affect broader change towards sustainability by experimenting with and reflecting upon the possibilities for sustainable living in our everyday lives.

Learning Goals: 

1) Define and explain the term sustainability and several models of sustainability. 2) Deepen content knowledge around environmental challenges facing our planet and the economic, social, and cultural systems at their root. 3) Articulate the importance, challenges and limits of sustainable consumption and citizenship. 4) Gain insight into the possibilities for sustainable living in our everyday lives and for being a sustainable citizen. Communicate the ways that sustainability challenges differ between the U.S. and China and how personal choices towards sustainability might look very different in these two nations.

Program Directors & Staff

Kristina M. Straus, Department of Program on the Environment, Program Director

Dr. Kristi Straus is a lecturer in the Program on the Environment. She is passionate about the excitement and energy of teaching large classes but really values opportunities to get to know students as individuals, and is excited about this study abroad program for that reason! Kristi is deeply invested in sustainability education and is excited about using technology to increase international collaboration and communication around sustainability issues. She wants her students to understand both current environmental challenges and how to make changes that matter in their own lives and the world around them. In addition to teaching Environmental Studies, Kristi researches science education, aiming to understand how to make middle school science more accessible and engaging. Kristi became deeply motivated by sustainability during her two years serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco.

Wei Zuo, Department of Center for Teaching and Learning, Program Co-Director

Dr. Wei Zuo is from China, after graduating from Fudan University, she taught English at New Oriental School for two years. She later earned advanced degrees in economics, education, & English at UW. In her current role as an instructional consultant at CTL, she consults with departments, programs, staff, faculty, and TAs across campus. Wei has also taught Chinese at Seattle Pacific University and Fudan University, in her spare time, she is a DJ in Seattle Chinese and runs her own blog about Studying in the US.

Program Expenses

Cost: $1,300

Estimated Program Fee of $1,300, the UW Study Abroad Fee ($350), airfare, UW Study Abroad Insurance ($62/month), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money.

Average Airplane Ticket Price

$1,000* 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


October 13, 2017

Program Fee Balance


October 13, 2017





Funding available - $1,300 scholarships for Husky Promise and Pell eligible students!?

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.


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

There will be a number of almost full(does not cover $350 Study Abroad Fee) scholarships available to Husky Promise and Pell Grant eligible students.

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

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.


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:

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:

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


$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.