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Open to non-NU students.
Location: Beijing, China
Institution: Peking University
Term: Summer Quarter (2014 Program Dates: June 23 - August 17)
Application Deadline: March 1, 2015
Fellowship Application Deadline: March 1, 2015
Language Requirement: None - all classes are taught in English


The Northwestern IPD Public Health in China program introduces students to major public health issues in China and to the theory and practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Students study the Chinese public health system, looking into key players and institutions; the challenges of HIV, TB, and other infectious diseases; and control measures. Students also gain an understanding of traditional Chinese medicinal practices, including acupuncture, massage, and herbal remedies. Public Health courses are taught by faculty at Peking University Health Science Center and include site visits to local hospitals, clinics, TCM centers, and an herb-collecting excursion to Lin-Long Mountain.


Founded in 1898, Peking University, colloquially known as "Beida," was the first formally established modern national university of China. With over 30,000 students, of which seven percent are international students, Peking University is a premiere institution for education and research, particularly in natural and social sciences. It is frequently ranked as one of the best universities in China. The campus is located in northwest Beijing, in the Haidian district, which is concentrated with many well-known colleges and universities.


Public Health in China (1 credit)
This seminar consists of a series of lectures on the health care system and public health in China. Lectures will introduce students to the most common health problems in China, the role of government, the organization of the health care system, and issues such as environmental health, SARS, HIV/AIDS, and emergency preparedness and disaster relief.
Course Instructor: Peiyu Wang

Traditional Chinese Medicine (1 credit)
Students will learn about acupuncture, massage, and herbal remedies and the role of Traditional Chinese Medicine in contemporary Chinese culture. This course will also include a weekend herb-collecting excursion to Lin-Long Mountain.
Course Instructor: You Xu

Chinese Language: Interdisciplinary Course (2 credits)
While there is no language prerequisite to participate in the China summer program, students are required to take intensive language training while in China. Seven levels are offered, depending on the student’s skill level. The material covered during the program is equivalent to two quarters of Chinese classes at Northwestern.
The courses are taught by Chinese language instructors from the local university.


All students on NU-IPD programs in Beijing will have the opportunity to participate in several guided excursions to famous sites in and around the city of Beijing.  Excursions include trips to the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, and the Summer Palace, among others.


Students on all NU-IPD programs in Beijing live in the Zhong Guan Xin Yuan international dormitory in shared suites. Rooms are air-conditioned and furnished, and Internet is available via Ethernet connection. Group lunches are provided on weekdays, but students are responsible for breakfasts and dinners. 


Excursions Within Beijing
Students participating in NU-IPD summer programs in Beijing will participate in weekend excursions to important historical and cultural sites, which will give context to Chinese society and civilization. Visits typically include guided tours of Tian'anmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, and the Summer Palace, among others. In addition, students will view cultural performance pieces such as classical Peking opera and an acrobatics show.

The Great Wall
An annual highlight of the program, students will have the opportunity to climb one of the most beautiful and well-preserved sections of the Great Wall of China, the Jinshanlong section.


Summer 2014 Program Fee= $7,000, which includes tuition, housing, program-related excursions, some meals, visa, and HTH Worldwide health insurance. Students should also budget $850 in fees, about $2,500 for international airfare, and approximately $2,200 for books and discretionary expenses, including meals, non-program transportation, personal travel, and incidentals.

Students applying to this program may be eligible for IPD Study Abroad Fellowships and for external funding opportunities. Students participating in this program are subject to Withdrawal Policies for Northwestern-Sponsored Programs.

For more information about billing, finances, and financial aid for study abroad, please refer to the Money Matters resource page of the Study Abroad Office website or contact Krista Buda Bethel in the Financial Aid Office.