Summer Travel Study

Medicine and Global Health: East-West Medicine in Shanghai

  • Dates

    June 23, 2019 – July 20, 2019

  • Location


  • Program Fee

    UC Undergrads: $5,200

    UC Grad Students: $5,700

    Visiting Students: $5,700

    Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.

Over the last six decades, the Chinese government has meticulously planned and implemented Chinese integrative medicine into various institutional contexts, where Chinese medicine and western medicine are blended to provide health promotion and disease treatment to patients. Shanghai, China’s largest and most modernized city, provides students with a chance to witness the unique integration of traditional culture, modern technology, and global perspectives.

The practice and understanding of integrative medicine (IM) varies throughout the world. In order to enhance understanding and to facilitate international collaboration and IM development worldwide, the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine (UCLA-CEWM) is offering this 8-unit program on global perspectives of integrative medicine in China. This program will be hosted in Shanghai partnering with the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SHUTCM). SHUTCM is one of the best Chinese medicine universities in China and the “innovative talents cultivation experimentation base” by China’s Ministry of Education.

The University has more than 2,200 international students enrolled and contains 20 colleges or departments, three directly affiliated top-level hospitals. Through this program, students will learn about basic concepts and various techniques of Chinese medicine, China’s rapidly changing landscape, and integrative medicine strategies being implemented to address personal and community health issues.

The 8-unit program consists of two courses. In one course, students will learn about basic concepts of Chinese medicine and its roots in Chinese culture as well as the modernization of Chinese medicine. In the other, students will learn about China’s rapidly changing healthcare landscape and integrative medicine strategies being implemented to address personal and community health issues. The second part offered in partnership with Fudan University School of Public Health.


Required Courses

All students will enroll in two required courses while attending the program. Students may choose to receive Medicine or Global Health credit:

  • MED 180A or GLB HLT 110A (4 units)
  • MED 180B or GLB HLT 110B (4 units)

Course Descriptions

MED 180A or GLB HLT 110A:  Chinese Medicine – Its Cultural Origins and the Impact of Modernization (4 units)

Prerequisites:  None

This course focuses on the concepts and philosophy of Chinese medicine within the framework of Chinese culture.  Students will gain an understanding of Chinese medicine’s scientific value and observe the practices of acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, and herbal medicine through visits to research labs, hospitals, clinics, and herbal gardens.  Through lectures and activities, students will also gain an understanding of cultural, social, and environmental impacts on public health.

MED 180B or GLB HLT 110B:  Integrative Medicine Practices in the Chinese Healthcare System (4 units)

Prerequisites:  None

Building upon MED 180A/GLB HLT 110A, this course focuses on the integration of Chinese and Western medicine.  Students will learn key principles of Integrative Medicine (IM), incorporating conventional and complementary healthcare approaches.  Lectures and discussions will be enhanced by observation of IM practices in local hospitals and community health centers in addition to mind-body practices such as Tai chi.  Through examination of the Chinese healthcare system, students will gain an understanding of health issues and practices in a global context.


TBA.  Syllabus and schedule are subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.


Travel Study courses must be taken for a letter grade.  Grades will be based on class attendance and participation, assignments, and final presentation/paper.  Grading criteria is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.



Budget and Financial Aid

Budget Estimate UC Undergrads UC Grad Students Visiting Student
Program Fee  $5200  $5700  $5700
Textbooks (estimate)  $150  $150  $150
Tourist Visa $140 $140 $140
Airfare (estimate)  $1900  $1900  $1900
Meals (estimate)  $500  $500  $500
Spending Money (estimate)  $500  $500  $500

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.

Document Fee

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.


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.

Purchasing Airfare

Please do not purchase airfare until instructed to do so by your Travel Study Program Coordinator.

Financial Aid

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

On Location


Participants will reside in a conveniently located hotel or student residence hall.  Rooms are double occupancy.

UCLA Summer Travel Study reserves the right to change housing location. Should this be necessary, we will arrange comparable accommodations elsewhere.


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.