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  • Locations: Beijing, China; Xi'an, China
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 01/10/2019 ** Rolling Admission 05/22/2019 06/05/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short Term Faculty Directed Area of Study: Geography (GRY), Journalism (JRN), Media (MED)
Minimum Required GPA: 2.0 Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Hotel Language Courses Offered: No
Internship or Service Learning: None College Designation: CNAS, COAL
Open to Non-MSU Student: Yes MSU Registrar's Term: Spring
Program Description:
Western China


The purpose of this program is to offer MSU students the opportunity to get to know something about the following topics through direct international experience:
  • Geography of China and in particular western China,
  • History of Beijing, Xian, and Lhasa. In particular their importance to understanding Chinese History,
  • Xian, is the capital of Shaanxi Province in northwestern China. It is one of the oldest cities in China and one of the four great ancient capitals. It is at the start of the Silk Road. It is also home to the world famous Teracotta Army and Horse Museum, 
  • Learn and understand the importance of the Silk Road,
  • Learn about the unique Tibetan culture and history,
  • Direct cultural experience with the Chinese and Tibetan people
  • Implementing a pre-production plan for documentary film
  • Field production under difficult cultural and environmental conditions
  • Story-telling across cultures
  • Direct experience using the Chinese language

Program Fee: $4,620

Program Fee Includes:

  • Airfare
  • Accommodations
  • In Country Transportation
  • Meals
  • Tips to tour guide and driver
Program Fee Excludes:
  • In-state tuition for the course(s) itself
  • Transportation to/from designated airport
  • Passport/visa fees
  • Ground transportation for personal trips
  • Souvenirs & other personal purchases (e.g. coffee, clothing, etc.)
  • Immunization
Course(s) Offered:
  • GRY 470 (2-4) - Graded Pass/Not Pass only
  • JRN 300 (3)
  • MED 300 (3)

Maximum Credit Hours: 6

Andrew R. Cline
Media, Journalism & Film (MJF)

Paul A. Rollinson
Geography, Geology & Planning (GGP)


Pre-Departure Meeting Dates Pre-Departure Meeting Topic
TBD Common Course Activities for All Students regardless of course enrollment
Four formal lectures / seminar sessions will be held prior to departure to China. The following topics will be the focus of the meetings:

- Introduction to Chinese geography, language, and its people
- Introduction to Chinese traditions, culture, and history

Once these topics are addressed sufficiently, the remainder of the meetings will focus on foundational material in the specific content areas that will maximize the learning opportunities while in China.
TBD Formal lectures / seminar session
TBD Formal lectures / seminar session
TBD Formal lectures / seminar session
Program Itinerary   
May 22- 24 Depart, Arrive Beijing, Welcome dinner, Beijing Tour, Depart on high-speed train
May 25- 26 Arrive Xi'an, Terracotta Army Museum, Depart on high-speed train
May 27- 28 Arrive Xining, Tibet Medicine Museum, Depart overnight train
May 29- June 2 Arrive Lhasa, city tour, Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Lake Yamdrok, free day, Depart by air to Beijing.
June 3- 4 Arrive Beijing, Great Wall, free day
June 5 Depart for Springfield
Post-Program Meetings Topic
TBD MED 300/JRN 300: Individual meetings with students to collect materials and discuss assignments.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial Aid and scholarships are only available to currently enrolled MSU students. If you are a visiting student from another institution, you will need to work with your home institution Financial Aid Office to identify any available aid.

The seven colleges at Missouri State University are pleased to announce their respective Study Away Scholarships. A scholarship fund has been established by MSU’s President, International Programs, and the respective college to assist students with their study abroad. Search available college scholarships here!

Other Financial Aid:
Study Away Programs works closely with the Office of Financial Aid to make funding readily available for our study away students.  Before students can schedule an appointment with Financial Aid, you must submit an approved STFD Budget Worksheet to Study Away Programs.

Study Away students may be able to use their institutional aid, grants, or loans for their study abroad.  Students are encouraged to meet with Financial Aid as soon as possible to plan appropriately for their time abroad.  Please request a Study Away Financial Aid Counselor when making an appointment.


Billing & Procedures

  • Tuition fees are not included in the program fee and will be charged to your University account separately and will be subject to MSU's billing and payment policies.
  • The program fee will be billed within approximately one week of the application deadline.  This fee includes the International Programs Academic Experience Fee. 
  • The program fee is due in full according to the standard program payment deadline (please refer to the "Financial Responsibility, Cancellation, and Withdrawal Policy" signature document). If a student is planning on financial aid to cover some or all program costs, the student must provide documentation to Study Away at least two weeks prior to the program payment deadline.
    • Students who have not paid the MSU portion of the program fee will be withdrawn from the program and dropped from the course.
  • MSU students will be billed through their University accounts.
  • Non-MSU students and program guests must pay through the Study Away storefront.
Cancellation & Refund Policies
  • If a student withdraws from the program, the participant will be liable for 15% of the total program fee, the International Programs Academic Experience Fee, and any non-refundable purchases made on the participant's behalf.
  • When the program begins, no refunds will be issued under any circumstances.

All withdrawals must be complete the STFD Program Withdrawal Form with the Program Director's signature to Study Away Programs, Plaster Student Union 209.