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Asian Cultural History Program

Term To Study: Summer 2013
Application Deadline: Feb 06, 2013
Program Starts: Jun 30, 2013
Program Ends: Aug 05, 2013
Program Category: Multi-Country
Program Type: Faculty-led
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Program Locations:

Cambodia Phnom Penh, Siem Reap
China Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Xi'an
Thailand Bangkok
Vietnam Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City
Contact Phone: 734-487-2424
Contact Name: Dr. Gordon Knutson, Benita Goldman
Contact Email: gordon_knutson@yahoo.com
What is Included: Program fee:
$4595 ( EMU Students) | $4845 (Non-EMU Students)
Includes:

•All air, rail, ferry and bus transportation between cities from Salisbury to Beijing.

•All visas needed for the program.

•Field trips and excursions by train, chartered bus or boat.

•Tickets to all musical events, theater productions or cultural performances arranged by the program.

•Entrance tickets to museums and sites visited by the program.

•International Student Identity Card

•CMI Health Insurance

•Room based on multiple occupancy.

•Couchettes when possible on overnight trains.

•Breakfasts (mostly continental).

•Hotel service charges and local taxes.


What is not Included: Does not include:

•Tuition for six undergraduate credit hours.*

•Round-trip air transportation to and from the U.S.

•Baggage fees

•Most meals other than breakfasts.

•Street car, bus or subway fares within cities to concerts, museums, etc.

•Passports, textbooks, laundry, independent travel and expenses of a purely personal nature.

Refunds

No refunds will be made for meals, accommodations, cultural events or other regularly scheduled activities missed by program participants.


*If there are significant changes in costs beyond the control of Academic Programs Abroad (e.g. rises in the cost of fuel, sharp changes in currency exchange rates) we may require a surcharge. We will, however, do our utmost to keep the price as advertised.
Estimated Costs: The estimated costs above the program fee are based on previous participant's average expenses reflecting a conservative budget and do not include the purchase of beverages or gifts and souvenirs, nor do they take into account the life-style of the individual student or changes in foreign currency exchange rates. Students will be advised on student-rate round-trip airfare after acceptance, and may be able to purchase discount flights.

All program students pay in-State EMU tuition and fees, at the rate posted by the Regents of the University. Tuition and fees are billed separately from the program cost. For more billing information, view program application instructions.

Flight Information
Students accepted into a Cultural History Program will receive ISIC cards and information about finding discount student air travel flights. To preview average roundtrip air costs, visit a search engine. Students should not purchase a flight until advised to do so by the Office of Academic Programs Abroad.

Documents: 
achpcomplete.pdf
asiaitinerary.pdf
Program Description

Experience Asia, Summer 2013

The Asian Cultural History Program is an interdisciplinary Study Abroad experience where students and professors travel to 9 cities in 5 countries to examine art, history & culture. The program integrates reading, writing and research with direct involvement in the locations to give you a richer understanding of the world than book learning alone could possibly provide.
The emphasis is on culture

You will experience culture first-hand, in key centers of learning and art. Guided field experiences combined with reflection will help you to understand world cultures in a more meaningful and memorable way.

You get college credit
This Cultural History Program carries up to six hours of EMU credit. Non-EMU students from across the country participate, and pay in-state EMU tuition and fees.

Our staff is top quality and experienced
Our faculty consists of widely traveled, experienced professors of history and art with top degrees from leading universities. During the last 40 years, our teams have conducted more than 150 successful Cultural History Programs around the world.

ACADEMICS

The “Around the World in 80 Days” Cultural History Program is first and foremost an academic program. Students are required to enroll in twelve hours of credit and to complete all course requirements. Because we follow an extensive travel itinerary, instructional delivery is different from the pattern of fixed class time and standard contact hours of campus courses. On each Cultural History Program, class sessions are usually scheduled around or during the program activities that take up most of the day: visits to museums, monuments and temples, historic sites, governmental institutions, etc. Thus, in a sense most of the waking hours of each day are contact hours because students are actively engaged in some aspect of their academic work. The faculty are careful to balance the program activities described in the itinerary with sufficient time for students to reflect on and discuss the significance of what they have seen and experienced. And because the faculty travel with the group and are always available, meaningful discussions often take place during routine activities such as meals, walking from one site to the next, waiting for trains, etc. Course assignments are also aimed at organizing students and experiences. The faculty allows sufficient time for the completion of most course requirements on the Program. Because of the full itinerary and the academic requirements, there is relatively little free time on this program.

Credit
Students must enroll in twelve hours of EMU credit on the “Around the World in 80 Days” Cultural History Program.

Offered on the European part of the program:
Credit
Students must enroll in six semester hours of EMU credit on the European art of the program. Students enroll in one three-credit course in history and one three-credit course in art, and must complete all course requirements. The courses offered are designed to meet basic studies or general education requirements. Courses at the 300 and 400 level may meet major or minor requirements, or be taken as elective credit. EMU students must take Art 100 before taking Art 379.

Courses
FA 100 Art Appreciation (3)
The aim is to acquaint students with art philosophies, their elements, principles and values. For non-art majors and minors. Most major art museums in the cities on our itinerary will be visited and key works studied. For the art museums to be visited see the itinerary.

FA 379 Art and Architecture of Europe (3)
This course studies the development of Western European art and architecture. Guided tours will be taken of most major museums in London, Paris, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest and Munich. Architectural structures such as churches and palaces of artistic significance will also be visited and discussed on location. EMU students must take FA 100 before taking FA 379.

HIST 102 History of Western Civ., 1648 to World War I (3)
A topical survey of western civilization from the 17th century to World War I. Cultural development and institutional growth are emphasized. The Baroque era, Enlightenment, political and industrial revolutions, nationalism and imperialism are among major topics considered.

HIST 333 Europe Since 1919 (3)
A history of Europe since Versailles with emphasis upon the Communist, Fascist and Nazi revolutions and their impact on the world, the origins and outbreak of the Second World War, and the post-1945 era.


Offered on the Asian part of the program:
Credit
Students must enroll in six semester hours of EMU credit on the Asian part of the program. Students enroll in one three-credit course in history or political science and one three-credit course in art, and must complete all course requirements. The courses offered are designed to meet basic studies or general education requirements. Courses at the 300 and 400 level may meet major or minor requirements, or be taken as elective credit. EMU students must take Art 100 before taking Art 379.

Courses
FA 100 Art Appreciation (3)
The aim is to acquaint students with art philosophies, their elements, principles and values. For non-art majors and minors. Most major art museums in the cities on our itinerary will be visited and key works studied. For the art museums to be visited see the itinerary.

FA 379 Art and Architecture of Southeast Asia and China (3)
This course studies the development of Southeast Asian and Chinese art and architecture. Guided tours will be taken of most major museums in Hong Kong, Hanoi, Saigon, Angkor, Bangkok, Shanghai, Xian, and Beijing. Architectural structures such as temples, mosques, and palaces of artistic significance will also be visited and discussed on location. The EMU prerequisite for this course is FA 100. There is no pre-requisite for non-EMU students.

HIST 379 Special Topic: Aspects of Asian Civilization (3)
A study of selected topics in Asian civilization with a special emphasis on Southeast Asia and China. The course will deal with selected topics related to our visits to museums and sites in China. The topics will range from ancient history to the present emphasizing political and cultural development and interactions between Asia and the West.

PLSC 379 Special Topic: Third World Modernization Models (3)
A study of modernization efforts in the 19th and 20th centuries in Southeast and East Asia.

Credit for Non-EMU Students:
The courses offered are designed to meet basic studies or core curriculum requirements at most universities. Courses at the 300 and 400 level may meet major or minor requirements, or be taken as elective credit.

Students must complete all course requirements even if they do not intend to transfer the credits to their home institution. The decision to accept the credits earned on this program rests with the appropriate officials at the student's home institution. Students should consult with their advisor to learn their institution's policies and procedures regarding transfer credit.


TRAVEL and LODGING

Group Behavior and Solidarity
Living and traveling as a group requires of each member a strong spirit of cooperation and a willingness to place the needs of the group above personal preferences. We expect all members of the group to travel together, stay in the accommodations provided by the program, and participate in program activities together. The Cultural History Programs are interdisciplinary programs. The unique and ongoing dialogue between students and faculty is born in response to program experiences and activities. We expect participants to be receptive to the experiences offered on the program and respectful of one another and of the people and cultures visited.

Backpacks
All Cultural History Program participants are advised to carry an internal or external frame backpack. This facilitates travel and keeps personal effects to a minimum. Accepted students will receive more information on backpack specifications.

Public Transportation
We move quickly using public transportation, which enables program participants to mix as much as possible with local inhabitants throughout the program. In most large urban centers, students will be required to purchase metro/bus passes.

Program Travel
The program fee covers the extensive travel. Most of our transportation will be done by rail, aboard second class express trains.

Round-Trip Air
Once accepted into the program, students will receive information on arranging their air transportation.

Where We Stay
The program fee covers the costs of program hotels, pensions, hostels and couchettes on overnight trains and berths on overnight ferry boats. Accommodations provide participants with a variety of living experiences. International Youth Hostels usually provide dormitory-style rooms with multiple beds, a common sink and shared restroom and shower facilities. Pensions and Albergos are privately-run small hotels. Most accommodations are multiple occupancy. Some accommodations have lock-out periods during the day and curfews at night. You will be expected to abide by the rules and regulations established by the program director at each of the locations. A disregard of these rules may lead to dismissal of the student from the program.

Travel Requirements
All participants must have a valid passport. If you have not yet applied for a passport, please do so immediately. Applications can be obtained at any county court house, passport agency or designated post office. The expiration date of your passport must be at least six months after the program ends. For complete passport information, including printable application forms, visit the State Department website. Applications can also be obtained at any county court house, passport agency or designated post office.

Participants who are NON-U.S. citizens may be required to have additional visas, depending on citizenship and are responsible for securing the necessary visas. The Office of Academic Programs Abroad at Eastern Michigan University will inform non-U.S. citizens about which steps to take to receive visas for countries on the itinerary. The Cultural History Programs cannot be responsible for delays, detainments or losses incurred by non-U.S. citizens due to visa problems arising from their citizenships. Note: Canadian citizens used to be considered equivalent to U.S. citizens by the customs officials of many countries. This is no longer true, and Canadian citizens might now need the same visa as any other non-U.S. citizens to enter some countries on our itineraries.

Because of special discounts available to students and young people, persons 26 and older may be charged an extra fee when they do not qualify for youth discounts.

Quick Facts

Population: 67091089
Capital: Bangkok
Per-capita GDP: $ 9500
Size: 513120 km2
Time Zone: (GMT + 07:00 hours) Bangkok, Hanoi, Jakarta

US State Department

Travel Warning: NO

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