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  • Locations: Nanjing, China; Xi'an, China
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Costs (Click term to view): Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Fact Sheet:
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Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Faculty-led Language of instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Housing Options: Home stay, On-campus housing
Class Eligibility: 01 First Year, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior Click here for a definition of this term Non-UD Students: No
Language coursework offered: Yes Field of study: Fine & Applied Arts
Program Advisor: Erin Gahimer Click here for a definition of this term Academic Level: Undergraduate
CAP-Approved Courses: Yes
Program Description:

Visual Culture and Film: Time travel in China Through Film

About the Program

The course discusses how to read the nuance of cultural codes through the medium of film, specifically examining how Chinese culture, religion, and history are depicted through visual language and artifacts in the films. The class will be comprised of students from UD and Nanjing University of Science and Technology (NUST), the host institution in Nanjing, China and co-taught by faculty from both institutions. Students would gain the ability to produce a short film that would communicate information and ideas in thoughtful and creative ways, infusing them with their own cultural backgrounds.

The program consists of coursework, Chinese language lessons, visits to cultural and historical sites in Nanjing, and visits to nearby cities where the studied films were shot. A four-day fieldtrip to Xi’an will include a homestay and visits to the Terracotta Warriors museum and a film studio. This program provides a bilingual, cross-cultural environment with a cultural immersion experience, thereby allowing students to gain intercultural communication skills and improve intercultural competency to be better prepared for our rapidly globalized world. 


Students are required to enroll in the 3 credit hour course noted below. Students are encouraged to consult their academic advisor regarding eligibility for courses, pre-reqs, etc. More information regarding courses can be found in the University Bulletin. In addition, we have listed the current CAP status for the course. However, students should consult DegreeWorks for the most accurate information since courses that satisfy CAP requirements may vary by year of admission or according to a student's major. The Degree Audit is specific to each student. Consult your academic advisor for details.

VAR 330: Comparative Visual Culture and Film: Time travel in China through the films
CAP: Diversity Social Justice; Crossing Boundaries - Integrative

Site Coordinator

Dr. Suki Kwon, Associate Professor, Department of Art and Design


Students must be 18 years of age and older and eligible to take courses for credit at the University of Dayton. Participants in the program must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Students in good academic standing with a GPA below 2.5 may petition the Center for International Programs for consideration. Students must also be in good disciplinary standing.

Pre-Departure Orientation

For all University of Dayton summer programs, pre-departure orientations play a critical role in making a study abroad a valuable learning experience.  All students accepted to participate in University of Dayton’s summer programs are required to take the pre-departure course, UDI 220: MAXIE - Prepare (Maximizing your International Experience). This course helps students develop intercultural communication and sensitivity skills and techniques that can be used in any context, as well as learn site-specific strategies to be employed in-country. Students will be given time to clarify academic and personal goals prior to departure. UDI 220 is a required class for your education abroad experience. It is divided into two parts: the first part involves meeting as a group during the semester prior to departure (5 class meetings plus 2 sessions on concepts of culture and health and safety abroad); the second part includes meeting upon returning to campus in the semester following the in-country experience (two class meetings). 

The details for your MAXIE course are as follows:

UDI 220
CRN: 18412
Mondays, 6:30-8:00pm

Once you have committed to the program, please register for this Spring 2019 mini-course, which meets March 4 - April 29, 2019. Be on the lookout for an email from the Office of Education Abroad with details on how to register.

Cost and Refund Policy

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This program is currently not accepting applications.