Tibet in Modern China: Historical and Contemporary Influence of Tibetan Culture
In these two courses, we will explore the contemporary legacy of more than a millennium of the influence of Tibetan Buddhism, Tibetan culture and society on Chinese empires and states. We will visit important Buddhist and Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and temples, a Tibetan Medicine Hospital, and sites of Tibetan culture. In the north, we will see the influence of Tibet on imperial China in Beijing's Forbidden City and Yonghegong – the ‘Lama Temple.’ We will also explore the many temples and monasteries scattered across the five mountain tops of Wutaishan. A famous site of Buddhist pilgrimage past and present, it is also the site of several important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries. In the southwest, we will explore Tibetan monasteries and cultural sites in the capital of Sichuan Province, Chengdu, and along the eastern edge of the Tibetan Plateau, in the old frontier town of Dartsedo, on the Tagong grasslands, and in Jiaju Tibetan Village. In each of these sites, we will investigate the interaction of the two societies today and the resonance of history therein. More generally, we will also study the relationship between an ethnic minority nationality and the majority culture and society of the PRC, the historical foundations for this relationship, and the role tourism plays in the place of Tibetan culture and Tibetan Buddhism within contemporary Chinese society.
HIS 3538 – Tibet in Modern China – 3 credits
REL 3530 – Tibetan Buddhism in Modern China – 3 credits
All students are strongly urged to attend a Faculty-led Study Abroad Financial Workshop prior to submitting the signed application to OIED. These workshops are held throughout the semester. We will answer your questions about program payment schedule, cancellation policy, financial aid and other funding sources, financial planning, and other related topics. ALL IN-PERSON WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD IN THE PLEMMONS STUDENT UNION. Online and evening workshops are available on (TBD). For workshop dates and to register for a workshop, please click here.
Billable Program Cost: $ 4,648.88
Includes: airfare, in-country program transportation, lodging, international health and evacuation insurance, program events, most meals, and OIED/CCS administrative fee.
Estimated Additional Student Cost: $ 745.00
Estimated costs include but are not limited to: visa, immunizations, personal expenses, and some meals.
* Non-US citizens may need to apply for a visa before entering China
** Tuition and fees for summer program are not included in this cost. Please go to this link
and scroll down to "Study Abroad Rates" to determine what tuition and fees you will be charged based on your individual status. Please note that summer tuition and fees are updated during the spring semester.
Appalachian reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond the university's control. Further details about Appalachian's withdrawal/cancellation policy can be found at this link.
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If you plan to use any form of financial aid (loans, grants, scholarships) to participate in a short-term, faculty-led education abroad program, we strongly recommend that you take the following steps before applying to the program:
- Complete your FAFSA for the academic year in which the program is offered. Please be mindful of Financial Aid deadlines!
- Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website at http://financialaid.appstate.edu/study-abroad. Read all the information carefully and print the Study Abroad Agreement Form for the appropriate term that you are requesting an increase in financial aid due to studying abroad.
- Go to the Office of Financial Aid on the second floor of the JET Building to discuss your financial aid eligibility with Kim Overcash or Laura Sullivan PRIOR to applying to the program.
The international component of this course will run from 5/15/18 to 6/8/18.
Five (5) meetings; dates and times TBD.
Dr. Scott Relyea
Assistant Professor, Department of History
Dr. Relyea has lived, studied, and researched in China, largely in Sichuan Province. He has traveled extensively in China and elsewhere in Asia, including in the towns on the Tibetan Plateau which we will explore during this study abroad experience. A historian of late 19th and early 20th century Chinese history, his research focuses on the political, economic, and social incorporation of the Tibetan regions of western Sichuan into the Chinese state. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
Dr. HE Xi
Adjunct Lecturer; Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures
Dr. He was born in China. She studied and worked in Beijing for 6 years before beginning Ph.D. studies at the University of Chicago. She specializes in Sanskrit and Buddhist studies. Dr. He has travelled and studied extensively in both China and India. She lived with Tibetan families studying and reading Sanskrit and Tibetan texts in Dharamsala and Sarnath, India. Her research focuses on Buddhist narratives, women and gender, and emotions in South and East Asian Buddhist traditions.
How to Apply
- CONTACT THE FACULTY DIRECTOR(S) TO DISCUSS THE PROGRAM
- SUBMIT YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION
- Log in to AppalNET/Banner Self-Service.
- Select the "Direct Link to Web Self-Service" using your AppState username and password.
- Select the Student Tab.
- Scroll down and click on the "Faculty-Led Study Abroad Application Packet*" link.
- Select the program-specific application form from the programs drop-down menu.
- Fill out, save, and submit the online application.
- PRINT, SIGN, AND DATE THE PAPER APPLICATION FORM
- PAY THE NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT
- Walk to the Office of Student Accounts, located on the 2nd floor of the John E. Thomas building.
- Give the name and term of your program to the Cashier who will look up the deposit charge on your account (e.g., Poland COM Summer 1).
- Pay the non-refundable deposit by check, cash, debit card, or money order. Please note that Student Accounts can no longer accept credit card payments in person, but they can take credit card payments online. Online credit and debit card payments are subject to a non-refundable 2.75% transaction fee.
- BRING YOUR SIGNED PAPER APPLICATION TO OIED
- Walk to the Office of International Education and Development (OIED), located on the 3rd floor of Plemmons Student
Union, Suite 321.
- OIED will make your enrollment official upon reception of your signed paper application and verification of deposit payment.
All students are strongly urged to attend a Faculty-led Study Abroad Financial Workshop prior to submitting the signed application to OiED. These workshops are held throughout the semester. We will answer your questions about program payment schedule, cancellation policy, financial aid and other funding sources, financial planning, and other related topics. ALL IN-PERSON WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD IN THE PLEMMONS STUDENT UNION. Online and evening workshops are available on (TBD). For workshop dates and to register for a workshop, please click here
You will NOT be enrolled in the program until you have completed all 5 steps above.
You are strongly encouraged to share the information contained in the Faculty-Led Education Abroad Program Online Student Application Form with your family and loved ones (including the Student Handbook), before submitting your application.
DEADLINE TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION:
Programs are open until full. If a program is full, the Faculty-led Education Abroad Program online student application form for that program will be deactivated and you will no longer be able to apply. The application deadline is 03/15/2018 but applications are accepted on a rolling basis so students are encouraged to apply early.
Appalachian reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond the university's control.