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Minimum GPA: 2.50

Terms and Dates:

  • Fall 2019
  • Spring 2020
  • Fall 2020
  • Spring 2021


Kristen Grace

Cornell Affiliations:

Global Learning

Off-campus partner:

SIT - School for International Training


Opportunity Description

Discover China’s rich multicultural history and pressing health and environmental issues in Yunnan Province and Beijing.

What is unique about this program?

  • Learn, observe, and practice Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophies and treatment methods
  • Experience China’s ancient capital, Beijing, and areas in Yunnan Province rich in natural beauty and home to Bai, Yi, Naxi, and Tibetan ethnic cultures
  • Be immersed in Chinese culture
  • Receive small-group instruction in Chinese language from ACTFL-certified instructors
  • Study the role of indigenous knowledge in health preservation, environmental protection, and sustainable development in China

What is unique about Kunming?

Kunming is Yunnan Province’s largest city and political, economic, and cultural center. It is called “the City of Eternal Spring” and is famous in China for its nice climate, green environment, and good air quality. You will spend three weeks with a family in urban Kunming. Through this experience, you will likely gain a deeper understanding of China’s increasingly complex and economically stratified society. When possible, you will be placed with a family that shares professions or interests related to your Independent Study Project (ISP) topic. In many cases, the homestay family becomes an important contact for your ISP.

How do I choose among programs?

  • See the Office of Global Learning’s “Selecting a Program” page for information on program types and considerations
  • Use the search features on the Experience Cornell  Opportunities page to filter for programs approved by your college, and by particular subject areas
  • Go to the “Get Advice” page for information on drop-in advising hours, scheduling an advising appointment, returned student contacts, and college advisors for study abroad
  • Find out about upcoming events, check out FAQs, and read stories from returned study abroad students

How do I apply?

Applying to study abroad is a two-step process. You may complete both steps simultaneously, but the Cornell approval process must be complete before your program advisor in the Office of Global Learning can submit any approval or nomination to the program.

  1. For Cornell Approval, click on the "Apply" button on this webpage. Applications are approved by the Office of Global Learning on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this page.
  2. For Program Admission, complete an external application directly on the program’s webpage, using the link in the “Snapshot” section. (Note: This deadline may be in advance of the general Cornell deadline for approval. Many programs fill by rolling admission.)