Nowhere on earth is the pace of change more breathtaking than in Shanghai. Anything seems possible in the world’s largest city of 25 million residents, which, in a decade, transformed farmland across the river from “old Shanghai” into the entirely new and globally oriented “second city” of Pudong. Shanghai is among the most exciting and fastest-growing metropolises, on its way to becoming one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. This dynamic and eclectic city is still presided over by the Communist Party of the People’s Republic, though in a manner very different from what Mao envisaged fifty years ago.
Aimed at enabling students to learn about and research globalization from a Shanghai-ese perspective, this intensive program will be a rich, fun, and transformative experience. Students will not only get to know the city of Shanghai, but also participate in the process of globalization from the local perspective. The program emphasizes interactive learning, participant observation, sympathetic understanding, and cross-cultural exchange. These goals will be achieved by way of formal lectures, seminar discussions, cultural exchange labs, field trips, and a mini-research project based on fieldwork and interviews. The hands-on experience and intimate knowledge gained by living everyday life the local way coupled with doing research on Chinese society and culture will be the most memorable part of this program.
All students are expected to have taken at least an introductory course on globalization prior to participating in the summer program as a basic understanding of globalization issues will be assumed for all participants. For more information on prerequisites, please see curriculum section below.
Short courses in survival Chinese will be available to all students on the program.
UCLA students who plan to pursue the Global Studies major or minor may register for a Global Studies Travel Study program at this time, but are expected to have taken Glbl St 1 (offered fall quarter), Glbl St 100A (offered winter quarter) and Glbl St 100B (offered spring quarter) prior to the start of the summer program. Other UCLA students may register for a Global Studies Travel Study program as long as they have taken the introductory course, Glbl St 1 and receive instructor consent. Students from other schools are expected to have taken at least an introductory course on globalization prior to participating in the summer program as a basic understanding of globalization issues will be assumed for all participants. For questions about prerequisites, please contact the undergraduate advisor for Global Studies.
Glbl St 110A (5 units): Globalization in Context
Glbl St 110B (5 units): Globalization In Context Research Seminar
These courses explore the multifaceted nature of contemporary globalization and the social, political and economic faces of development. Students will examine the expansion of markets and its relationship to political processes and social dynamics. General themes about marketization, democratization and culture and identity will be analyzed in the context of the particular experiences of different countries around the world. The courses will combine required readings with class room discussion, experiential learning and primary research.
Glbl St 199: Directed Research (requires instructor consent)
Students will also have the option of enrolling in Glbl St 199, allowing them to do an additional research paper on a topic related to the travel study program. Students may then petition the Glbl St 199 to be used towards an elective category for Global Studies (Culture & Society, Governance & Conflict, or Markets), pending the Department Chair's approval of the final paper. Be sure to obtain your instructor's approval on the subject and format. Please note that deadline sapply even if you plan to travel after the program ends. There is an additional fee for this optional course.
Grades will be based on attendance, class participation, mid-term and final examinations, as well as a research paper. Instructors reserve the right to vary this format.
All schedules, itineraries, and group activities are subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.
You are responsible for purchasing your own textbooks. We strongly suggest you read as much of the text material as possible before you leave. Textbook information will be available at a later date.
Budget and Financial Aid
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Program fee includes registration and course fees, accommodations, program excursions, some meals, and health insurance.
Airfare, tourist visa, textbooks, optional courses, other meals and optional excursions are additional.
Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.
Non-UCLA students will be charged a $50 Document Fee. This is a one-time document fee which covers fees for first-class mailing of official transcripts, diploma and much more. Please visit the Registrar's Office Website for more information. Matriculated UCLA Students: Please visit the Registrar's Office Website for document fee information.
All undergraduate students will be charged a $61 IEI fee per summer. The IEI (Instructional Enhancement Initiative) fee is a course materials fee that is charged in order to support the use of technology in undergraduate education at UCLA. For more information please click here.
We recommend that you budget accordingly to cover optional sightseeing, laundry, Internet cafes, emergencies, etc. How much to budget depends on your travel, entertainment, and souvenir choices. It is always best to overestimate your spending. Take the time to research the cost of living in your destination and the activities you want to participate in while abroad.
We typically advise students to wait until late March to purchase airplane tickets for summer programs.
Optional Course Fee
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Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.
Merit-based scholarships of $1,000 from the UCLA International Institute are available for ten outstanding UCLA Global Studies majors or minors participating on a Global Studies summer program. Global Studies majors/minors must have a 3.50 GPA overall for their academic studies at UCLA. Since scholarships are limited in number, we recommend that UCLA students interested in the program's scholarship also apply for financial aid by the necessary deadlines.
Financial aid for Summer Sessions Travel Study programs is available to qualified UCLA students. All other students should inquire about financial aid at their home institution. For details about the financial aid application process, please visit the financial aid section of this web site
Students will stay in dorm rooms for international students at Shanghai East China Normal University. Dorms consist of standard double rooms with private bathroom, TV, internet access, and air-conditioning.
UCLA International Education Office reserves the right to change housing location. Should this be necessary, we will arrange comparable accommodations elsewhere.
Breakfast is included in the program fee. There are many student cafeterias on campus. The cost is about US $10 per day.
If you have strict dietary requirements, this program may not be able to accommodate your needs. Please let us know when you apply for this program if you have special dietary needs as well as any physical or medical conditions. We will advise you accordingly.
This program includes several excursions as part of its curriculum.
Limited free time is built into this program for independent sightseeing. If you plan on traveling extensively, we recommend that you budget additional spending money.
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