General Information

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Nicole Huang

Contact Information

  • The Wisconsin China Initiative is housed in the Division of International Studies, which is located on the second floor of Bascom Hall.
  • Laurie Dennis (Division of International Studies staff), WCI Associate Director, TEL: (608) 265-6640, 245 Bascom
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Recognizing the importance of China to the economic and political future of Wisconsin and the United States, the Division of International Studies has convened an exceptional group of faculty, alumni, and leaders in business and government to bolster research and teaching about China, to create new partnerships between Chinese higher education institutions and the UW-Madison, and to develop plans for strategic engagements between China and the State of Wisconsin. The goals of the China Initiative are to:

  • Build an effective platform for UW engagement with the China region

  • Serve the Wisconsin Idea by disseminating knowledge beyond the classroom

  • Partner strategically with government and business groups across the Upper Midwest

  • Deepen and expand education and research about China

The Wisconsin China Initiative includes the following exchange programs:

  • Beijing, China Tsinghua University: This exchange program allows participants to enroll in university courses in a variety of fields while studying alongside international and Chinese students. This program is ideal for students from business, science and engineering majors who wish to take courses taught in English as well as for students who wish to continue studying Chinese language. Students can particpate during the spring semester or for a full academic year.

  • Beijing, China Feng Shui International Seminar: This four-week summer course, led by a UW-Madison professor, examines how the physical environment affects human behavior with special attention to the application of Feng Shui.

  • Beijing, China Contemporary Issues in China, Honors Program: Offered by the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES), the Contemporary Issues in China program is a specially designed Honors option open to UW-Madison students enrolled in the Letters and Science Honors program. UW-Madison students join honors students from other Big Ten universities to participate in an innovative academic program that features a series of advanced-level courses on the history, economics, and culture of China, Chinese language courses, and extensive field trips and travel incorporated directly into the curriculum. This program is offered spring semester only.

  • Excursions into Chinese History: Sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies, this 4-week traveling program begins and ends in Beijing, but also travels to other parts of China, studying the complex history that makes up modern day China. Places to visit may include Xi'an, Yan'an, Changsha, Hangzhou, and Shanghai but locations may vary.

  • Hong Kong, Chinese University of Hong Kong: Students on this exchange program will directly enroll at the university and take courses open to international students that are taught in English. Preference is given to linguistics majors, but students outside this department can also apply. Students can participate during the fall or spring semester, for a full academic year, or for the summer session.

  • Hong Kong, Chinese University of Science and Technology: Students on this program can take science and technology courses with Chinese and international students at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). The school of science offers a whole spectrum of programs in biological science, physical science and mathematical science and also offers research opportunities for students. Preference is given to students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and students can participate for the fall or spring semester or for a full academic year.

  • Shanghai, China: New Program for May 2014: First and Second Year students will spend 4 weeks in China with 15 fellow Badgers.  Each student selected to participate on the program will receive a Global Gateway scholarship. This unique summer program focuses on understanding and awareness of Chinese history and culture in the context of modern-day forces of globalization. The format combines classroom learning with out-of-class activities and excursions in and around Shanghai. The program in Shanghai is offered by UW-Madison on the campus of East China Normal University, in cooperation with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE).

  • Tianjin, China: This is an intensive 10-week summer language program under which students take courses in Chinese language and culture at Nankai University. Clickhere to read about the 2011 summer program.

  • Zhejiang, China: The College of Engineering offers specialized classes for credit through an annual summer program held at Zhejiang University. The program involves UW-Madison faculty teaching engineering courses at the ZU's Hangzhou campus.