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LSU in China
Beijing, China; Changsha, China; Xian, China (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Summer
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Housing Options: Apartment (shared), Hostel/Hotel APA Program Type: Summer Programs
Credit Type: LSU courses & credit APA Advisor: Jill Clemmons
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Art, China, and you.  Begin your summer in Shaanxi with a traditional Chinese arts and culture program. Shaanxi is home to the legendary Terra Cotta Army and  DaMing Palace.  After your week in Shaanxi, the group will move to Hunan.  In Hunan you will study architecture and interior design.  Spend your days sketching and visiting museums as you explore the unique culture of Hunan.  Join Ms. Jun Zou on this once in a lifetime opportunity to be a student, tourist, and artist in China.  

This program allows you to develop a global perspective and approach to thinking and problem-solving.  Through site visits, you'll understand cultural differences, with emphasis on the typical regions of China.  You'll have the opportunity to work/mingle with local students to gain experience in art, architecture, interior design, and designing with an awareness of the planet and different cultural/social groups.

Great Wall of ChinaAll of the planned excursions have been chosen to develop your understanding of Chinese culture through economic, historical, social, and aesthetic perspective.  You will visit cultural centers, history museums, aboriginal villages, performing arts festivals, and live performing arts events.

You've heard about China; you've seen images of Chinese culture in movies, songs, and literature.  This is your chance to experience Chinese culture for yourself!

Dates & Costs

Start Date End Date Program Fee LSU Tuition & Fees
(undergraduate, 6 hours)
May 21 June15 $4,700 tbd

Program Fee Includes

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    Roundtrip airfare between the US and China
  • Transportation between cities in China
  • Housing at the hotel on the campus of Hunan University
  • Fieldtrips and cultural events
  • 3 group dinners
  • Health insurance

Program Fee Does NOT Include

Bamboo Slips Museum

Tuition and Fees: You must pay tuition and fees for all courses you take through LSU.  The tuition you pay is based on whether or not you are a resident of Louisiana.  If you are an out of state student, you will pay out of state tuition and fees for all courses taken through LSU.

Spending money: You should plan to purchase meals while in China not covered by the program fee.  There are student cafeterias on campus where you can choose from a large variety of food options.  You should budget a minimum of $300 for food.  In addition, you will also want funds available for snacks, souvenirs, and outings with friends.

student with passportPacking Suggestions:

  • Passport and visa
  • Casual wear for late spring and the beginning of summer (weather will be similar to Baton Rouge)
  • Raincoat or umbrella
  • Rain boots or waterproof shoes
  • Walking shoes
  • Clothing for attending dance concerts
  • Dance clothes (pants or capris) for Chinese dance lessons
  • Light jacket or sweater
  • Personal computer and phone


Yue Lu AcademyYou must meet all pre-requisites for the courses you take on the program.

Prerequisites are liseted in the LSU Course Catalog.

ID 3765/3759 (Special Studies in Interior Design) - This course allows you to develop a global perspective and approach to thinking and problem-solving.  Fieldtrips have been chosen to highlight cultural differences and emphasize the host region of China.  Students from LSU will team up with students from Hunan University to work on regional architecture/interior design projects.

ewbsite 4ART 1001 Art Appreciation/ARTH 2411 Asian Art - This course focuses on Chinese cultural, societal, and economic influences on architecture and interior design, examining both contemporary and historical periods.  A series of site visits will help showcase the cultural, social, and economic differences.  This course will include traditional Chinese art classes at Shaanxi Normal University with local students.
Course Description
ID 3759/3765 Special Studies in Interior Design
ART 1001 or Art 2411 Art Appreciation or Asian Art

All students will take ID 3759/3765 and ART 1001/2411


May 3 Summer fee bills available via myLSU
May 18 Summer fee bills are due
May 21 Depart the US
May 22 Arrive in Xian
May 23 Orientation to the School for Fine Arts at Shaanxi Normal University
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May 30 Depart to Changsha, Hunan, China
May 31 Orientation to the College of Architecture at Hunan University
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June 5 Yuelu Academy, Yuelu Mountain, Orange Island
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June 9 Zhang Gu Yin Village, Hunan Provincial Museum
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June 13 depart Changsha, arrive in Beijing
June 14 Forbidden City, Great Wall
June 15 Depart to Baton Rouge

Please note: Itinerary is tentative and subject to change


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Ms. Jun Zou
Program Director - China
Interior Design Jun Zou

Eligibility & Withdrawal

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In order to be eligible for the program, you must:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 (undergraduate) or 3.0 (graduate students).
  • Be at least 18 years old by the first day of the program
  • Not be on disciplinary or scholastic probation
  • Have the prerequisites for the courses you take

NOTE: This program is open to students from all disciplines. Qualified applications from other insitutions are also welcome.

Application Deadline
March 23, 2018

Although the application deadline is March 23, you are advised to register early in order to secure a spot in the program. The program will fill on a first come, first served basis from those who meet the eligibility requirements.

Deposit: A $500 deposit will be placed on your LSU billing statement at the time that you apply to the program. Students at other universities must send in a check or money order (made payable to "Louisiana State University") for the $500 deposit along with their applications.

The $500 deposit is nonrefundable after February 2, 2018.

Payment Deadlines: the $500 deposit is put on your billing statement and is due at the time that the charge appears.  The rest of the program fee (minus the $500 deposit) and the tuition/fees for the courses will appear on your summer fee bill.  Those fee bills are available via myLSU in early May and are due in mid-May (exact dates TBD by Registrar).

If you withdraw from the program: After February 2, you will be responsible for making payments on your study abroad program, even if you do not go on the program. The amount that you will owe is based on the date on which you withdraw. The schedule of payments is:

Date Withdrawal Costs
Withdrawal after February 2, 2018 $500 deposit is non-refundable; student is obligated to pay for any non-refundable reservations the program has already paid, or is already contractually obligated to pay, on the student's behalf

Parents: Have questions about the study abroad process?  Want to ask questions?  We have a Facebook group just for parents of students going on our summer programs!  Join us here.
Depart Xian, arrive in Changsha

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This program is currently not accepting applications.