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  • Locations: Taipei, Taiwan; Xiamen, China
  • Program Terms: Summer A-Term
  • Budget Sheets: Summer A-Term
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Program Information:

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Location Xiamen, China and Taipei, Taiwan
Academic Term Summer Quarter (A Term) 2018
June 24 – July 22, 2018
Estimated Program Fee $6,050
Credits 15 UW credits
Prerequisites None
Program Directors Mary Hanneman; William McGuire; Yi Li
Program Manager Courtney Kroll |
Priority Application Deadline

Application Deadline
January 31, 2018
February 15, 2018
Information Sessions TBD. Contact Program Director for more information.
General This program offers students an immersive educational experience studying the history, culture, and economies of both China and Taiwan. Comparing and contrasting Mainland China and Taiwan, students will discover how the modern experience of these two locales has been intimately intertwined.  
Visas A tourist visa is required to enter China. U.S. citizens are not required a visa to visit Taiwan. If you are an international student, contact ASAP. 

Program Description

The goal of this program is to give students an immersive educational experience that will introduce them to the history, culture, and economies of both China and Taiwan. Students will also receive some training in Chinese language, but that will not be the main focus of the program, nor is prior knowledge of Mandarin required. In the past, this program has focused exclusively on China, but we have added Taiwan to the itinerary because of the interesting comparisons that can be made between the two.
Students will spend most of their time in Xiamen and Taipei. Although these two cities are only about 200 miles apart, they have experienced radically different political, cultural, and economic systems since 1949.  On the mainland, the Chinese Communist Party dominates while in Taipei, the Nationalist Party has played a central role.  Conflict between these two parties began in the early 20th century and has been central to China's – and East Asia's – historical development ever since. Until recently, Xiamen was part of a relatively autarkic, communist system, while Taipei was part of an open, market-oriented system. Comparing Xiamen and Taipei will provide broader lessons about the development of Asia after World War II. Opportunities to visit important historical, cultural, and economic sites in both cities will enable students to order to learn more about these contrasting systems and apply these lessons to an analysis of Asia more generally.

UW students and Tacoma Community College students may apply



Xiamen, China and Taipei, Taiwan


Xiamen, China and Taipei, Taiwan


Students will be housed in double occupancy university dorms.

Field Trips

The program begins in Taipei, Taiwan and after two weeks moves to Xiamen, China. 



Prerequisites and Language Requirements



15 UW Credits


TECON 332: Rise of East Asia - 5 credits

This course examines the rapid economic development of East Asian countries since World War II. We will discuss the radically different development models adopted by Asian countries during this period, to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses. We will pay particular attention to the cases of Taiwan and China. The recent experiences of these two countries reflect different political and economic philosophies that can help us understand recent political-economic trends in East Asia. We will also increase our understanding of what the future might hold for the region.

Learning goals include:
1. Become familiar with the institutional features of different models of economic development in East Asia 2. Gain an in-depth understanding of the nuances of the economic development process in specific East Asian countries such as Taiwan, Japan, and China 3. Be able to work well with others in order to carefully analyze book chapters, scholarly journals, and news articles such as those in The New York Times 4. Students will be evaluated based on their participation in discussion, both online and in class, as well as their performance on exams and quizzes.

TIAS 480: Experiencing China - 5 credits

The course will explore Chinese and Taiwanese history and culture through a combination of field trips, lecture, discussion, assigned readings and written assignments. Students will participate in field trips to selected cultural and historic sites.

Learning goals include:
1. Students will develop sufficient proficiency in Chinese for basic social interactions. 2. Students will identify similarities and differences between Chinese and Western perspectives on the topics covered in class. 3. Students will learn to independently perform everyday tasks in our host city. 4. Students will be evaluated based on their participation in classroom activities, oral presentations, and performance in short in-class quizzes.


THIST 251: The Global Twentieth Century - 5 credits

The first half of the tumultuous 20th century was the crucible for two world wars and many smaller conflicts, and the experience of East Asia serves as a microcosm of these larger global events. During the second half of the century open military conflict was replaced by the bipolarization of power and the Cold War. These wars, both “hot” and “cold” emerged out of a plethora of underlying issues that came to the fore over the course of the 20th century such as the effects of imperialism and colonialism, the conflict between communism and capitalism, the emergence of nationalism and fascism, conflicting territorial ambitions and claims, the development of the Cold War and the negotiations over the post-Cold War world order.

Learning goals include:
1. Understand and analyze Asia’s role in and impact on the global 20th century including the historical and continuing impact of main issues in the global experience of the 20th century such as: Imperialism and colonialism; Communism and its opponents; Nationalism, ultra-nationalism and Fascism; Race, racism and impact on international relations and politics; Cold War politics and international relations 2. Read, analyze and interpret documents regarding Asia’s role and impact in 20th century global history. 3. Formulate meaningful historical questions 4. Develop and articulate historical arguments based on course readings, discussions and direct observation: 5. Participate in discussion on class topics 6. Write cogent and coherent essays and reviews on course topics 



Mary Hanneman

I earned my Ph.D. in Modern Japanese History from the University of Washington Seattle. My main focus in my research has been on early 20th century Japanese nationalism.  I am also interested in looking at nationalism from a comparative perspective as well as issues of national identity.  This summer program will give us an interesting opportunity to examine differing national identities within the context of global Chinese culture. I teach upper and lower division courses on modern Japan, China and Korea. I also teach a course on WWII in Asia which was a time when the histories and cultures of East Asia intersected in a devastating and destructive way that the region (and the world!) is still grappling with. For the past nearly ten years I have been involved in running a summer study abroad program in China.

William McGuire

I am an assistant professor of economics in the division of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs. My research interests are mostly in areas of applied microeconomics, including international trade and economic development. I have done theoretical and empirical work on the resolution of credence good problems in weak regulatory environments. The empirical portion of this work has mostly focused on China, where I have studied food safety and the role of voluntary industry standards in environmental protection. I have also studied the connections between innovation and growth in China. I am also developing a new research program on environmental valuation in Washington State. My teaching reflects my research interests. In addition to the basic theory courses, I teach upper-level electives on the Chinese economy and international political economy. I also teach a course on ethics and economics, where we study the many points of intersection between neoclassical economic theory and normative ethics.

Yi Li

I have taught world history in TCC for the past two decades.  Trained as a modern Asian historian in the graduate school, I am interested in topics involving modern China and Japan, especially the social and economic history.  My researches often address the rapid changes in China since the late 18th century but my focus is usually on the late 19th century and early 20th century.  In addition, I often make attempts to draw comparisons between the Chinese experience and their Japanese and Western contemporaries, and seek to incorporate my findings in the classroom teaching.  As a native speaker of Chinese, I often share my personal experience with the students and provide them a perspective somehow different from the regular textbooks.  I find it to have worked out the best for both myself and for the students to be part of the study abroad program, as it provides an unique opportunity to gain, develop, and reassess our understanding of the country.



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $6,050

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1200-$1500)
  • Food (about $30/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: July 6, 2018

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.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • For UW Tacoma students, you can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the UW Tacoma Office of Financial Aid
  • For UW Seattle or Bothell Students, you can apply by filling out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the the Office of Financial Aid
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • UW Tacoma students should consult the Study Abroad Scholarships website to learn more about scholarship opportunities. Student Fellowships can also help you learn about additional opportunities. 
  • UW Seattle or Bothell students should consult the Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities. 

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • UW Tacoma students can attend a How to Fund Your Study Abroad event - more information is on the Events page of our website. 
  • UW Seattle or Bothell students can attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website. Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.



Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you 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.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session. Orientations are also held on the UW Tacoma campus. 

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


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. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements 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


The $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. 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 business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. 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.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.