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Beijing, China; Xi'an, China (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Summer
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Area of Study:
Humanities, Psychology
Program Description:
Program Description:
China Great Wall  


Term:  Summer 2018

Trip Highlights:
  • Experience China’s ancient history and culture through visits to the cities of Beijing and Xi’an
  • Connect with students from Beijing Union University
  • Walk the Great Wall of China
  • Visit the Forbidden City, Terra Cotta Warrior Museum, Temple of Heaven
  • There is no language requirement. Your professor and guide will be with you to navigate while in China.

PSY 2012 Intro to Psychology 3.0 
SLS 2352 Career Development in the Workplace 3.0
SLS 2930 Special Topics/Individual Study 1.0
ASN 2002 Introduction to Contemporary Asian Societies 3.0
CHI 1930 Study Group:  Chinese Conversation and Culture 1.0

Estimated Cost:  

The program fee for the study abroad program to China typically will cover:
  • Round-trip airfare from Florida to Beijing, China
  • All in-country transportation
  • All in-country accommodations
  • Visa fee and processing
  • Most meals
  • Lecture, tours, museums, and other activity fees
  • International Insurance
*Pending approval
Estimated costs not included in the Program Fee:

Tuition $320.31*( 3 credit)
Books Currently Unknown
Passport $165
Visa Included in Program Fee
Other meals (2 dinners) $25
Immunizations Several Suggested, none required
Personal Spending Money $50
Trip Cancellation Insurance Suggested, $150 not included below
Total: $560.31*

*Please note: The estimated total cost is an approximation, and individuals will differ based on their selections.

Read through the Cancellation and Withdrawal Policy to understand payment expectations. This policy will accompany the Study Abroad Application form that you must fill out and sign to join a program.

Payment Plan:

The payments expected for the program will follow the calendar below. 

Payment Amount Due Date
$130 (Non-Refundable Deposit and Application fee) Due with Application
$500 November 17, 2017
$1,500 February 16, 2018
$575 March 9, 2018
$1,000 April 6, 2018
* Payment dates are subject to change. Participants will be informed via email if changes occur. 

How to Make a Payment:

To make a payment, go to the Cashier's Office in the Northwest Campus. The Cashier's Office accepts payments in cash, by check and by credit card. You can make your payments on the phone.  More info here.

If you are not able to make a payment according to the dates assigned by Santa Fe College's International Education Office, it may still be possible for you to join the program; however you will likely incur increased costs.

Local Laws and Special Circumstances
Click here to read about the local laws in China as provided by the U.S. State Department. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact the International Education Coordinator and/or the faculty leader(s) for your program. 

Safety and Security
Please read the safety and security information  provided by the U.S. State Department by clicking here. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact the International Education Coordinator and/or the faculty leader(s) for your program.


Please click here to visit the Center for Disease Control website for immunization information and requirements for China.

Click here:  Alachua County Department of Health, to access information about Foreign Travel.

Tentative Itinerary:
Trip dates: May 23, 2018 – June 6, 2018

   Day 1
  • Depart from Florida 
   Day 2
  • Arrive Beijing, China
  • Move to Beijing Union University
  • Walk through the surrounding areas
  • Spend night in Beijing  
    Day 3
  • Listen to lectures on Chinese Folk art and Chinese Folk religions
  • Discuss religion and philosophy, meeting with BUU student groups
  • Visit Lama Temple, Guangfu Temple and local churches  
    Day 4
  • Walk the Great Wall at Ba Da Ling
  • Spend night in Beijing  
    Day 5
  • Visit the Forbidden City, Tian’an Men Square, and the National Museum of China
  • Spend night in Beijing 
    Day 6
  • Visit the Summer Palace, Kun Ming Lake and the Oriental Plaza
  • Spend night in Beijing 

    Day 7
  • Visit the Temple of Heaven and Hong Qiao market
  • Take an Olympic sights and city tour
  • Spend night in Beijing

    Day 8
  • Learn more about Chinese art forms by visiting 798 Art District
  • Take an overnight train to Xi’an

    Day 9
  • Visit a museum where Terra Cotta warriors and Qin tombs are displayed
  • Visit one of the four largest museums in China, the Shangxi Provincial Museum
  • Walk around the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a holy place for Buddhists and a National Key Cultural Relic Preserve

    Day 10
  • Tour the Ming City Wall and the Great Mosque
  • Take an overnight train to Xi’an 

     Day 11
  • Ride on Beijing’s subway system
  • Visit IKEA or Wal Mart
  • Eat Lunch at KFC or another fast food restaurant
  • Spend night in Beijing

     Day 12
  • Hutong visit in old city Beijing
  • Spend night in Beijing

     Day 13
  • Free Activity Day

     Day 14
  • Closing ceremony; farewells and departure
  • Depart Beijing Airport
  • Arrive back in Florida
Application & Scholarships

In order to apply for this Study Abroad program and for all Santa Fe College Study Abroad Scholarships please complete this online application. (Note that you will have to create an account. Do not try to log in with your Santa Fe credentials).

Faculty Leaders:

Li-Ren Kaplan

Professor Li Ren-Kaplan holds a Ph.D. in intercultural communications, wherein she completed research in various media and government public-relations campaigns within China.  She attended Peking University as an undergraduate, is fluent in Mandarin, and travels in China annually.  She is personally familiar not only with the logistics of travel in China, but also with many important sites in Beijing. She has led this trip 4 times in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014 & 2016. She has extensive connections with BUU administration & faculty.


Kalpana Swamy

Dr. Kalpana Swamy was born and brought up in Bengaluru, India where she visits every year. Dr. Swamy has a Ph.D in Industrial and Organization Psychology and is the chair of the Department of Development Instruction. After serving SF for 14 years as a counselor, she is now Chair of the Department of Student Development Instruction. She has taught for the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences (General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology) and SDI (College Success, Life/Career Development). She currently serves on the International Education Study Abroad Committee and has presented workshops on Dealing with Culture Shock. In 2016 she experienced the China study abroad trip firsthand, as a student! 



This program is pending approval. All figures are subject to change. For more information, contact the International Education Coordinator.

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