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Culture and Arts in China
Howard Community College (HCC) in Columbia, Maryland, will offer a summer study program for learning Chinese culture, arts, history, and language. Participants will fly to China for three weeks with an HCC professor as Program Director and work with a team of Chinese professors including artists, academicians, and language teachers. This study abroad program will involve significant academic course work, traveling, and walking.

Students have the opportunity to earn three credits for Fine Arts 102 (HCC) studying art, culture and history of China. The course involves academic course work; hands on experiences; artists’ demonstrations; field trips to ancient artifact sites, museums, theatres, galleries and artists’ studios; visits with local Chinese families, and more.

Students also have the option of participating in the program on a non-credit basis. However, all participants, including those taking the program for non-credit are expected to participate in all activities of the program.

Host Institution in Beijing
The Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) will be our host institution. CAFA is the best Fine Arts institution in China. Located in the Chaoyang District of Beijing, the school was founded in 1918 and became CAFA in 1950. CAFA is not only the leading higher education institution in studio art, but it is also a comprehensive school in Fine Arts. It offers BFA, MFA, and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in studio art, art history, and art theory. Its international education program is among the best in the country. CAFA will provide students with a unique opportunity to see and to participate in the art and culture of Beijing. CAFA will also offer state of the art studio facilities, faculty, visiting artists, and a series of lectures on traditional, contemporary Chinese and international art. CAFA students have access to a rich array of galleries, museums, artists’ studios, and places of historical interests in Beijing and China.


Participants will spend the first five days traveling from Shanghai, the commercial center of China, to Xi-an, where the terracotta warriors were unearthed. Next, the group will travel to Beijing, the capital of modern China. Participants will spend 11 days, in Beijing, studying and visiting attractions of important historical, cultural, and artistic significance.


HCC students who wish to receive college credits need to register for the Fine Arts 102 course before going to China (see HCC Summer Credit Schedule of Classes). Students from other colleges and universities who want to receive credit for the course must get written permission from the appropriate department of their school prior to program departure.


The cost of the program (not including the cost of taking courses for credit) is $3,950*.

(Limited Financial Aid available for HCC credit students.)

The $3,950* cost includes:
• International airfare and domestic airfare in China.
• Ground transportation - to and from airports in China and scheduled excursions.
• Fees, lodging, and most meals at host institution
• Hotels and most meals in Xi’an and Shanghai
• Museum and theatre entrance tickets.

Additional costs not included in the program:
• Visa (about $140).
• Some meals.
• Personal expenses

Program will be limited to 20 participants.

* HCC reserves the right to increase the cost of the Program Fee up to 10% due to increased program costs, flight costs, and/or currency fluctuations. The Program is subject to modification and cancellation at the discretion of HCC.


Yifei Gan
Phone: 443-518-4413


$500 Non-Refundable due: at Registration
$1,725 Initial Payment due: January 16, 2015
$1,725 Final Payment due: February 13, 2015

Note: If you do not make payments on time you will automatically be dropped from the program and will not be able to re-register.


Contact Program Director, or
International Education Office, CL 113
Howard Community College
Phone: 443-518-1640
Fax: 443-518-4571

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