2020 Summer China Ethnographic Field Study Program

Study Trip Dates: May 3-15, 2020

UTC students in ChinaSummer China Ethnographic Field Study Program

The Department of Social, Cultural and Justice Studies inaugurated the Summer China Ethnographic Field Study Program in 2018 to provide students with a constructive ethnographic learning experience.  This program would not be possible without the generous gift of Dr. Clive Kileff, a professor emeritus of the Department of Social, Cultural and Justice Studies at UTC.

Program Application

2020 Summer China Ethnographic Field Study/Course

Collaborating with Gary W. Rollins College of Business, the 2020 Summer China Ethnographic Field Study, from May 3rd to May 15, 2020, will be led by faculty members from both Department of Social, Cultural and Justice Studies and Gary W. Rollins College of Business. During the 12 day study tour, students will visit four historically and contemporarily significant cities including Shanghai, Xi’an, Shangqiu and Nanjing. Here is the detailed program description including a daily activity schedule provided by WorldStrides (UTC China Program).

UTC students in Nanjing, ChinaCourse Format: Online/field trip

This course is divided into two parts - the field study (2-week ethnographic experience in China) and the seminar. The second part of this course will be conducted online via UTC Learn.


Course Registration and Credit

Participants who are majors in the Department of Social, Cultural and Justice Studies will be required to enroll in any one of the following courses. 

  • ANTH 4999
  • SOC 4999
  • GEOG 4999
  • CRMJ 4999

These are 3 credit-hour courses which count as upper-level (3000-4000) elective towards each of the respective program requirements.

These courses will be available for enrollment on or after February 17, 2020.  

UTC students in Sanghai, ChinaCourse Description

The main objective of this course/program is to provide students with a constructive ethnographic learning experience. By participating in this study abroad, students will be able to discuss and describe – from a culturally relevant perspective – differences in cultural expressions observed in the various Chinese cities that they will visit. They will focus on a particular aspect of Chinese culture and explore differences on how this particular cultural element is expressed in different cities and circumstances. Lastly, they will have the opportunity to interact with Chinese students and be able to compare and contrast norms and practices in U.S. vs. Chinese institutions of higher education.  

Performers in Shangqui, ChinaEligible Participants

Students who are enrolled in any degree program are eligible to apply for the program. However, only majors in the Department Social, Cultural and Justice Studies are qualified to apply for the Ethnographic Study Abroad Scholarship offered through the department of SCJS.  (We also allow non-degree seeking students to participate in faculty-led trips as long as they are either enrolled in the faculty member's course linked with the trip or they enroll in the 1-cr MLNG 2000 course).

Cost (Approx.)

  1. Program fee: $3,000 (Approx.)
    • This estimated cost covers lodging, breakfasts, local transportation, tour guide, tours and associated admission fees, and visa application fee.
  2. Airfare Cost: $1,000 (Approx.)
    • Participants need to book their own flight to and return from Shanghai Pudong (PVG) international airport. Departing day is May 3rd and returning day is May 15th.
  3. Cost of a three-hour credit summer course: $1,200 (Approx.)

Terra Cotta soldiers in ChinaScholarships

Ethnographic Study Abroad Scholarship $2,000

The Ethnographic Study Abroad Scholarship is a gift from Dr. Clive Kileff, a former faculty member of the department.  This scholarship is only available for the majors in the department of SCJS.

UTC Center for Global Education Study Abroad Scholarships

The Center for Global Education also offers $1,000 scholarships for eligible individuals. 

The UTC link for information on the trip and this scholarship can be found here.


Course instructor- Dr. Zibin Guo (zibin-guo@utc.edu)

UTC students in Xian, ChinaCourse Registration

Submit a Application to be considered for this course: Application 


Study Trip Schedule (subject to change)



May 3  

Depart U.S. for Shanghai, China

Day 1 - May 4

Arrive Shanghai, China

Day 2 - May 5

Shanghai, China

Shanghai City Tour

Includes visits to:

  • Yuyuan Garden
  • Shanghai Tower
  • Shanghai Urban Planning and Exhibition Center
  • French Concession

Welcome Dinner (Chinese family style)

Day 3 - May 6

Shanghai, China

Cultural Immersion - Explore Shanghai!

Includes visits to:

  • Jade Buddha Temple
  • The Bund
  • Nanjing Road
  • Shanghai Museum 

Business Visit

Day 4 - May 7 

Farewell to Shanghai/Transfer to Xi'an

Flight from Shanghai to Xi'an

Cultural Immersion - Visit the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum in Xi'an, China

Day 5 - May 8

Xi'an, China 

Spend a free day exploring Xi'an!

Day 6 - May 9

Farewell to Xian/Transfer to Shangqui

Transfer to Shangqui via train

Business Visit in Shangqui

Day 7- May 10

Shangqui, China

Cultural immersion in Shangqui

Includes visits to:

  • Yingtian Academy
  • Zhang xun Temple

Day 8- May 11 

Shangqui, China

Visit to Shangqui Normal University

Business Visit

Day 9 - May 12

Farewell to Shangqui/Transfer to Nanjing

Cultural Immersion in Nanjing

Includes visits to:

  • Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum
  • Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum

Day 10 - May 13 

Nanjing, China

Visit to Hohai University 

Day 11 - May 14

Farewell to Nanjing/Farewell Dinner

Enjoy a free day to explore Nanjing!

Group Farewell Dinner (Chinese family style)

Day 12 - May 15

Return Home

Coach transfer to airport for travel back to U.S. 


May 16 - May 18


(extra costs apply)

  • Transfer from hotel to train station for train from Nanjing to Beijing
  • Tour of Mutianyu Great Wall with roundtrip cable car
  • Two nights (twin occupancy)