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CHINA STUDY ABROAD – SPRING/SUMMER 2019 – Chinese 8 Study Abroad in China – Laney College

May 27 - June 7

Faculty Leader: Han Lu

1) ONLINE APPLICATION/$150 DEPOSIT  (Deadline February 28, 2019): Register Here – Please select: CHINA (May 27 – June 7, 2019) Laney College Study Abroad in China – Please include copy of passport with deposit payment


Financial Aid Checklist for Study Abroad – Apply online at FAFSA.GOV for the 2018/19 application period

Hostelling International USA – $2,000 travel scholarship


Peralta Colleges Foundation Scholarships (Application Deadline March 1, 2019)

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship (Application Deadline March 5, 2019) – Applications will open in mid-January 2019.

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For more information contact Drew Gephart, International Services Manager at dgephart@peralta.edu

COUNTRY: China (Shanghai, Ningbo and Beijing)

COLLEGE/CLASS: Laney College – Chinese 008 – Study Abroad in China – Course #TBD – (3 TRANSFERABLE CREDITS).

Course Description – This course combines traditional and experiential learning. Students will study Chinese language and explore the history, economy, society and culture of China. During the two-week program, students will study at Ningbo City College in Zhejiang Province and complete several cultural excursions, including trips to Shanghai, Hangzhou and Beijing.

DATES: May 27-June 7, 2019

COST: $2,250

Additional Expenses not included (paid separately): Travel insurance, passport (if you do not have one already), and enrollment fees


February 28, 2019$150 (non-Refundable Deposit)

March 28, 2019: $1,050 (refund deadline April 25, 2019)

April 26, 2019: $1,050 (final payment non-refundable)

All cancellations must be sent in writing via email to Drew Gephart at dgephart@peralta.edu. Cancellations are effective on the date and time they are received. A student must still submit their cancellation in writing to receive a refund, even if they miss a payment deadline. Deposit and cost of flight are non-refundable. (unless alternative flight option is selected)

$150 Deposit and Recurring Payments made by check to “USEF”, subject “China Study Abroad”, and turned in person or mailed to:

Peralta Community College District
Office of International Education
333 East 8th Street
Oakland, CA
c/o Drew Gephart

Please include copy of passport with deposit payment.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Drew Gephart (dgephart@peralta.edu) / 510-587-7834

Tentative Schedule

Date Day Time Activities
May 27th


Leave for China


Mon. All Day Everyone meets at the airport.
May 28th



Tue. All Day Arriving in Shanghai Pudong Airport

Check in to the hotel

May 29th



Wed. All Day One-day tour of Shanghai


Learn about Shanghai’s history and economic development

May 30th




Thu. 8:00 am


Breakfast and Orientation
10:00 am Welcome ceremony
1:00-6:00 pm Around Ningbo: Visit Garments Museum

Flower Display Museum

Wanda Plaza


May 31st





Fri. 9:00 am Experiencing Ningbo History:

A visit to Tianyi Temple, Yuehu Lake and Tianyi Square

Survival Chinese: Greetings and Everyday basics

1:00-6:00 pm Experiencing Ningbo History: Drum Tower


Survival Chinese: Shopping


June 1st






Sat. 9:00 am Handouts: Chinese Tea Culture


Experiencing Chinese tea ceremony

1:00-6:00 pm Explore the culture of Ningbo: A visit to Ningbo Museum


Survival Chinese: Going Places


June 2nd



Sun. 9:00 am Experiencing ancient paper-making and Chinese Calligraphy


Survival Chinese: Getting information

2:00-7:00 pm Engaging with local communities: meeting and dining with local families
June 3rd



Mon. All Day Excursion to Hangzhou: Explore the History of West Lake and Teahouse Culture
June 4th



Tue. 8:00 am Ningbo to Beijing


Handouts: A Brief History of China

June 5th



Wed. All Day Handouts: the Great Wall of China


Visit the Great Wall

June 6th



Thu. All Day Handouts: the Forbidden City


Visit Forbidden City, Palace Museum, Tian’an Men square, and Wangfujing

June 7th



Fri. All Day Depart for the US



All students participating in this program will need to complete the following:

  1. Pre-Travel Study Abroad Information Form
  2. Enroll in the course associated with this program
  3. Check with the Financial Aid Office to see if you are eligible for Aid and review this Financial Aid Checklist for Study Abroad
  4. Apply for Scholarships through the Peralta Colleges Foundation and GILMAN SCHOLARSHIP https://www.gilmanscholarship.org/
  5. Read and sign Study Abroad Assumption of RisksWAIVER AND RELEASE AGREEMENT, &  STANDARDS OF STUDENT CONDUCT
  6. Apply for a Passport (if you do not have one already – Check expiration date on Passport as well)
  7. Read our Pre-Departure Handbook
  8. Register with the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) – https://step.state.gov/step/
  9. Attend mandatory pre-departure orientations (Dates: TBD)
  10. Obtain proper immunizations as listed on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website – https://www.cdc.gov/


May 27
June 7
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