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Summer: Rutgers- Science and Culture of Green Tea
Hefei, China (Outgoing Program)
Hefei is the political, economic, and cultural heart of the Anhui province in eastern China. A city of over seven million, Hefei was once an agricultural market town, but has since grown significantly to the economic center that it currently is. There are a number of universities and research centers in Hefei, including Anhui Agricultural University, where students will base their studies of local green tea production. The University, and the surrounding area, serve as an excellent environment for the study of the health benefits of green tea, as well as the economic impact of this important crop.
Brewed tea is second only to water in worldwide consumption. Annual production of about 1.8 million tons of dried leaf provides world with per capita consumption of 40 liters of beverages annually. Tea is generally classified into three types based on different processing methods, specifically green tea (non-fermented tea), oolong tea (partially fermented tea), and black tea (fully fermented tea). China is the main producing and consuming country of green tea which is considered to have the most health benefits. In this course, we will teach the plant science, cultivation and harvesting in tea plantation, and give students the opportunity to learn the different steps of green tea processing in a tea manufacturing plant. In a classroom setting, we will also talk about the chemical changes of tea components during processing as well as the health benefits of drinking green tea for management of age-related diseases such as heart disease, cancers, and neuro-degenerated diseases. The students will also learn how to taste and evaluate green tea, how green tea is further classified based on the quality factors and the economics of green tea.
A significant portion of this course including plant biology, sensory evaluation and some health beneficial properties of green tea will be taught by faculty members of the Anhui Agricultural University. Students will have plenty of opportunity to interact with Chinese academic environment. We will include several graduate and undergraduate students of Anhui Agricultural University to participate in this class. They will also accompany us on the visits to tea plantation and manufacturing facilities.
To view the program’s 2016 syllabus, please click here. Please note this is a sample syllabus, all of its content is subject to change.
For information about study abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Arrival: May 25th
Departure: June 12th
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted and the program dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
Students will be housed in dormitory-style rooms at Anhui Agricultural University
Program Costs: Summer 2016
For more information about the additional non-billable expenses please click on the Budget Sheet links near the top of this page.
For more information about finances, including information about financial aid, please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Center for Global Education withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance and are reviewed on a first-completed basis. For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.
SEBS International Summer Scholarships- Available to SEBS students only. For more information please visit the SEBS Scholarships web page.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and national scholarships.