Summer Travel Study

Medicine: East-West Medicine in Shanghai

  • Dates

    Summer 2018 Dates TBA

  • Location


  • Program Fee

    UC Undergrads: TBA

    UC Grad Students: TBA

    Visiting Students: TBA

    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

Courses TBA

Course objectives:

  • To understand the concept and philosophy of Chinese medicine behind the practice within the framework of Chinese culture
  • To observe Chinese medicine practice and the various techniques in different clinical settings, such as solo practice, community health centers, and hospitals.
  • To get a glimpse of how Chinese healthcare system functions
  • To explore some hands-on self-care techniques for managing your own health, including herbal preparation, Chinese massage, acupuncture and moxibustion.  

Budget and Financial Aid

Budget Estimate UC Undergrads UC Grad Students Visiting Student
Program Fee  TBA  TBA  TBA
Textbooks  TBA  TBA  TBA
Airfare  TBA  TBA  TBA
Meals  TBA  TBA  TBA
Spending Money  TBA  TBA  TBA

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

We typically advise students to wait until late March to purchase airplane tickets for summer programs.

Optional Course Fee
Optional 199 UC Undergrads UC Grad Students Visiting Students
Course Fee TBA TBA TBA

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

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 centrally located hotels in each city. Rooms are double occupancy.

UCLA International Education Office 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.

Registration opens November 15, 2017 at midnight! Sign-up to add your name to the interest list.