Study Abroad Through Dragons-Naropa: China

Good for: Traditional Eastern Arts students, Environmental Studies students (i.e. the environmental impacts of a society in rapid economic growth), and those interested in studying Mandarin.  


Dragons' study abroad semester program in China does more than introduce the contemporary China; our semester program takes students deep among this country's various faces and across disparate urban and rural landscapes. Exploring little-seen sides of this vast land, we challenge many preconceived Western notions about this country. Students venture into remote areas where China is still dramatically underdeveloped. Students explore regions of extraordinary natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. Cultural exploration is balanced with a strong language curriculum and a comprehensive, interdisciplinary exploration of modern Chinese history and economic development, society, and cultural tradition.

Kunming in the southeast of the Tibetan Plateau is our home for six weeks of the Dragons semester abroad program. This "city of eternal spring," the capital of China's southwest Yunnan Province, is an ideal location from which students explore Han Chinese/minority relations, economic reforms and development, environmental concerns, and China's rich history. Through classes, lectures, discussions, and mentorships, students examine traditional Chinese approaches to healing, cooking, body discipline, art, and music-making. In Kunming, students live independently with Chinese host families, many of whom represent the "new class" within contemporary society.

Two travel segments bookend our Kunming experience, with options to sink deep into Central Asian culture in China's Northwestern Provinces, or traverse the dramatic valleys of the Hengduan Mountains in Northwestern Yunnan, or connect to Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries, or cross ancient stone bridges to link Southeastern villages. With a broad curriculum and an itinerary designed to explore both thriving urban centers and undeveloped villages, Dragons' China semester abroad program offers an unparalleled comprehensive overview of today's China.

Course Descriptions

Dates for Fall Semester: September 15–December 6 (Course work begins a month before departure and is done at home.)

Dates for Spring Semester: February 12–May 1 (Course work begins a month before departure and is done at home.)


Naropa Tuition*: $15,200
Room & Board: $3,925
TOTAL: $19,125

*Tuition includes 12–16 credit hours plus in-country travel and excursions.

Additionally, you will be responsible for:

Airfare:  Approximately $1,700
Travel insurance: Approximately $465
Visa: $190
Books & supplies: Approximately $125
Immunizations: Varies
Personal expenses: Varies

are available to offset all of these costs. Your state and federal financial aid plus Naropa aid (scholarships/grants) apply for this Dragons' program. Work-study monies do not apply.

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