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Embedded Spring: China's Capitals Across Time
Beijing, China; Nanjing, China; Xi'an, China (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Embedded Spring
Budget Sheets Embedded Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Embedded Spring 2017 12/15/2016
Rolling Admission 05/15/2017 05/26/2017
NOTE: Tentative program dates. Students will arrive on the start date and depart on the end date.

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Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Daniel Loughrey
Language of Instruction:
Suggested G.P.A.:
Good Academic Standing
Number of Credits per Semester:
Program Description:
The Program
  • Explore Chinese capitals through time, stopping by imperial historic sites in Beijing, Nanjing, Kaifeng, Luoyang, and Xi'an
  • Learn about the linguistic impacts of these primarily northern capitals and how they impact the common koine language
  • Discover how war, dynastic change, and population upheaval affect cultural development and influence cultural and linguistic norms
Your Host Country: China 
China, the most populous state in East Asia, has an incredibly long and rich history. China has a long history of dynastic rule (starting in the neighborhood 2000 BCE) and linguistic diversity. This program explores the link between the language and culture of China through travel to various important imperial sites and the modern capital of Beijing.

   Faculty Director Profile:
Richard V. Simmons

Professor Simmons' research focuses on the history, geography, and relationships of the Chinese dialects. He has lead study abroad programs to China for over ten years. 

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This program is only open to students enrolled in the SAS Honors Program or Rutgers Honors College.

To view the program’s 2017 syllabus, please click here. Please note this is a sample syllabus, all of its content is subject to change.

The course will examine capitals in Chinese history and their relationship to the ebb and flow of historical events and cultural changes. We will consider the impact of dynastic change and population movement on the nature of language and culture. Since at least the Táng Dynasty (618-907), China has had a diverse set of languages and dialects as well as a common koiné language spoken broadly across China by officials and merchants. That koiné language has often, but not always, been associated with the dialects of capital cities. Since the various capitals of China have always been based in the north, or have had populations with northern origins, the koiné has always been a Mandarin based language. Though China’s classical written language was independent of any specific spoken dialect, the common spoken koiné did have influence on the language of literature and literary expression. Thus literary innovation has usually flowed from north to south throughout Chinese history. This course will explore the history of a set of five historical capitals of China and consider the evolution of Chinese culture and literature as it was affected by dynastic change and the evolution of the spoken Mandarin koiné from the Táng through the Qing (1644-1911). We will discover the many ways that wars, dynastic change, and population upheaval affect cultural development and influence cultural and linguistic norms. 

For information about study abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

Accommodations and Meals
Students will be housed in double rooms in four-star hotels throughout the program. Breakfast will be included at the hotels each morning, and lunches and dinners will be provided by the program. 

Financial Information
Program costs for 2017 will be updated by the end of the Fall semester. 

For more information about finances, including additional non-billable expenses for this program, please view the program budget sheet.

For more information about Finances, including information about financial aid and tuition remission 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.

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