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  • Locations: Chuzhou, China; Huzhou, China; Pujiang, China
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
Group in rice field

Preference will be given to freshmen and sophomores by year (not by credit)

Program Description:
This course is intended for students in the Global Resources Systems major who have no or limited previous travel experience. Through this course, students will explore the different perspectives of the food and agricultural industries through visits to producers and processors, food industries, government and non-government organizations and university partners who are active in food and agriculture. Students will also have the opportunity to visit cultural and historically important sites to better understand China and its role in the world.

The Great Wall

Course Information: Globe 495 Spring 2017 1 credit class (on campus approximately Feb 15-May 5), Globe 496 Summer 2017 2 credit class (in China ), Globe 290 Fall 2017 1 credit (on campus approximately the first half of fall semester)

Criteria for Selection:
Minimum 2.5 GPA is required.  Must be in good academic standing.
Must have a valid passport, or be willing to get one, that is valid at least through January 2018.
Must be willing to participate in pre- and post- departure courses.
Must be able to walk a mile.
Must be able to climb steps.
Must be able to live without wifi.
Must be able to wear an air-pollution mask.

Program Directors: Kevin Duerfeldt , Maggie Sprecher , Shui-zhang Fei

Fresh Vegetable Market
Program fee: estimated $2,400.00 (airfare, housing, in-country transportation, most meals, CISI required health and emergency insurance). 
A generous gift from Cargill provided support for the travel course and the total cost per student is reduced significantly to the estimated cost of $2400.

Out of pocket expenses will vary depending on your personal spending habits - approximately $300 for incidentals, $100 for meals on your own, passport $135, vaccinations approx. $250 depending on your current health insurance coverage.  2 credits of ISU summer tuition and fees.  If you don't already have a passport, and this is your first time traveling abroad, contact to find out how you can have the cost of your passport reimbursed.

ISU Summer Tuition and Fees:  approximately $604 for ISU tuition and $235.50 in fees (example from summer 2016 amounts, T&F amounts for summer 2017 still not known), plus a $105 study abroad admin fee (charged by study abroad center in 3224 MU).
There will be a CALS tuition scholarship available for Summer Tuition for CALS students, but not fees, you would still need to pay fees.

Forbidden City
Day 1 Depart Iowa for Beijing

Day 2 -5
Tiananmen Square/ Forbidden City, Great Wall Tour, Acrobats, and program at China Agricultural University

Day 6-9
Hangzhou and Pujiang area
Overview of Chinese Agriculture lecture, tour of Zhejiang University campus,  explore West Lake, oyster/pearl harvest, grape farmer, nursery tree farmers, local outdoor food market, tea production, and local school

Day 10-13  
Ningbo, Anhui, Shanghai area
Cargill facility, Ningbo port, Shanghai museum,Pudong area, U.S. Department of Agriculture foreign service meeting.

Day 14 Depart hotel for Shanghai Airport – return to U.S. 

Planting Rice

This program is currently not accepting applications.