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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 12/12/2018 ** Rolling Admission 05/28/2019 06/09/2019

** 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: Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS), Special Education (SPE)
Minimum Required GPA: 2.0 Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Hotel Language Courses Offered: No
Internship or Service Learning: None College Designation: COE
Open to Non-MSU Student: Yes MSU Registrar's Term: Spring
Program Description:
China Education


Explore the K-12 education and culture of China in this Study Away to Xi'an and Beijing, China! Immerse yourself in the China experience through culture & language lessons on the campus of Shaanxi Normal University, visits to K-12 regular & special education schools, bike rides along the Xi'an Old City Wall, and eating & shopping at the Great Tang All Day Mall. Explore the beauty & history of China through tours such as Terracotta Warriors & Big Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi'an, as well as 3 days in Beijing touring the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, Imperial Gardens, and shopping in the Silk Market!

Program Fee: $3,530

Program Fee Includes:

  • Airfare
  • Accommodations
  • International Programs Academic Fee
  • In Country Transportation
Program Fee Excludes:
  • In-state tuition for the course(s) itself
  • Transportation to/from designated airport
  • Passport/visa fees
  • Meals
  • Ground transportation for personal trips
  • Souvenirs & other personal purchases (e.g. coffee, clothing, etc.)
  • Immunization
Course(s) Offered:
  • IDS 297 (3)
  • SPE 540 (3) 
  • SPE 640 (3)
Maximum Credit Hours: 3

Kim Finch
Counseling Leadership and Special Education

Tamara Arthaud
Counseling Leadership and Special Education


Pre-Departure Meeting Dates Pre-Departure Meeting Topic
TBD Prepare travel visa applications and secure all travel requirements (i.e., immunizations, travel documents, etc.)
TBD Engage in online webinars involving basic language and social norms of China to prepare for basic travel (i.e., airports,
restaurants, shopping, etc.), K-12 school visits, and campus interactions at Shaanxi Normal University
Program Itinerary   
May 28 Leave early in the day on flight to Beijing, China
May 29 Arrive in Beijing Airport & transfer to flight to Xi'an. In Xi'an, check in at
Shaanxi Normal University campus hotel
May 30  Tour SNNU campus. Meet SNNU faculty and students from the educator
preparation programs, including regular education (K-12), special education, and educational leadership. Visit SNNU education class sessions & engage in discussions regarding education in China and the U.S.
May 31 Shared experiences with SNNU education majors and faculty. Pair up SNNU
students with MSU students and visit SNNU K-12 on-campus school to
observing classrooms & visit with faculty/administration. EAD students visit
with SNNU Campus School principal and administrators
June 1  Tour Terracotta Warriors & Horses; Ride bikes around Xi'an City Wall; Dinner
at Great Tang All-Day Mall
June 2 Tours: Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Shaanxi Museum, & Muslim Street; Explore
restaurants & shops near campus
June 3 Shared visit to area schools: Pair students from SNNU with MSU students to
visit classrooms in area. Potential visit #1: Special Education School (visited last spring) - Tour school; then place MSU +SNNU students in classrooms for shared observations. Follow up with SNNU, MSU, & SPE faculty discussions
June 4 Shared visit to area schools: Pair students from SNNU with MSU students to
visit classrooms in area. Potential visit #2: Public school in the area for typical learners - Tour school; then place MSU +SNNU students in classrooms for shared observations. Follow up with SNNU, MSU, & SPE faculty discussions
June 5 Shared visit to SNNU faculty member's Learning Disability Clinic. Pair up
students and faculty (SNNU & MSU) to visit clinic, discuss diagnosis and
services in China and U.S., then return to campus for "debriefing" and shared learning discussion about education in China and U.S
June 6 High speed train from Xi'an to Beijing; Afternoon/evening - shopping and
dining in Beijing
June 7 Tours: Forbidden City; Great Wall
June 8 Tours: Imperial Palace; Shopping and exploring Silk Market
June 9 Fly home from Beijing to Springfield, MO
Post-Program Meetings Topic
TBD Complete journals outlining experiences and knowledge gained during Study Away
TBD Develop reflective essays outlining impact of Study Away on their personal growth in the area of Cultural Competence as one
of the three pillars of theMissouri State University Public Affairs Mission

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.