Drake’s RaySociety China Seminar

Program Start:

Monday, May 21, 2018

Program End:

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Primary Trip Segments

  • Beijing, China:

    Exploring China’s Heritage in the Capital
  • Shanghai, China:

    China’s Modern Ascension
  • Nanjing, China:

    History Along the Yangtze River
  • Hong Kong, China:

    A Cultural Bridge Between the East and West

Program Highlights

  • Exploring Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City
  • Walking along the Great Wall of China
  • Touring the Shanghai Museum and Propaganda Poster Art Centre
  • Strolling around the scenic Xuanwu Lake
  • Riding the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car to the Tian Tan Buddha

Faculty Leaders:

David Skidmore & Peiqin Zhou

Program Description

Drake’s RaySociety 2018 China Seminar will consist of the following program portions:
  • During the Beijing portion of your China Seminar, participants will gain a deeper understanding of China’s cultural heritage through historically significant site visits, daily interaction with a range of Chinese peers and experts, and immersion in China’s everyday living environment.
  • During the Shanghai portion, participants will be introduced to China’s modern political ascension by visiting local sites, attending guest lectures with leading experts in their respective fields, and participating in group discussions.
  • During the Nanjing portion, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the political history of the city by visiting local museums and memorials, and by attending further guest lectures and presentations.
  • During the final Hong Kong portion, participants will discover the bridge that the city builds between Eastern and Western cultures. There will be opportunities to visit various sites around the city, as well as participate in relevant lectures, presentations, and discussions.

Pre-Departure To-Do List

Please complete each of the following steps in preparation for your China Seminar. As always, feel free to contact CLI by phone at 888-781-8383 or by email at anias@studycli.org.
  1. Decide if you will fly with the group or arrange your own airfare
    We encourage you to fly with the group, but if you would like to make your own airfare arrangements, you have the option to do so. This decision must be made by Tuesday, January 30, 2018. Please then notify CLI of your decision by completing our Student Information Form (see below).
  2. Complete CLI’s Student/Participant Information Form
    Complete CLI’s Student Info Form by Tuesday, January 30, 2018. Be sure to enter information exactly as it appears on your passport. If you do not currently have a valid passport, you are still able to submit the Student Information Form using these instructions. Your program is titled “Drake’s RaySociety 2018 China Seminar”.
  3. Secure your passport
    If you do not already have a passport that will be valid for at least six months after your program end date, please visit the U.S. State Department for instructions on how to obtain one.
  4. Secure your visa
    Thoroughly review your Chinese Visa Application Guide and submit all required application items to your faculty leader by Friday, March 23, 2018. All travelers are responsible for researching and complying with the appropriate visa requirements for the country/countries where their program is being held. Please note that Hong Kong and China require separate visas for some passport holders (not United States citizens).
  5. Complete CLI’s allergies and dietary restrictions form
    Complete our medical allergies and dietary restrictions form upon reading this prompt. It’s important that we have access to information regarding any medical allergies you may have or other medical considerations we should be aware of. Please also use this opportunity to inform us of your dietary restrictions (if any).
  6. Explore CLI’s list of online learning resources
    A great selection of free Mandarin learning resources is available online. Please take time to review and familiarize yourself with the resources overviewed on CLI’s Online Learning Resources page.
  7. Review CLI’s Pre-Departure Packet
    In an effort to better prepare you for your time abroad, CLI has put together this detailed pre-departure packet. Be sure to review all information carefully and contact CLI at anias@studycli.org with any additional questions you may have.
  8. Review the day-to-day itinerary of your program
    Get acquainted with the activities and site visits planned for your time abroad by reviewing your Drake’s RaySociety 2018 Itinerary.
  9. Review important travel information
    Make sure you have thoroughly reviewed health and safety information from both the CDC and the U.S. State Department well in advance of your departure to China. The State Department highlights that “China remains a very safe country” for most travelers. That said, when traveling to any foreign country, it is important that you familiarize yourself with relevant health and safety information.