Your Time in China

A famous Chinese writer of the 1930s once called Shanghai “a heaven built on hell” to describe the city’s unparalleled wealth and decadent lifestyle. Paradoxically, Shanghai was also the birth place of Chinese Communist Party. A city once divided by foreign powers in different concessions from late 19th to early 20th century, Shanghai was the epitome of Western imperialism in China. During World War II, Shanghai provided a safe haven for thousands of migrants and refugees, including some 20,000 Jews, escaping persecution, transforming Shanghai into a multicultural city. Now Shanghai is a global city, a fashion center, and the financial hub of China. The complexity of Shanghai’s history and culture makes it one of the most intriguing cities in the world.

While at Fudan University students will engage in a robust, 15-credit curriculum that consists of intensive Chinese language study, medical anthropology courses and multiple visits to a variety of different types of healthcare facilities, including Western-style hospitals, community health centers, psychological counseling centers and Traditional Chinese Medicine clinics. Students will learn about the culture of China, the history of medicine in China and the current healthcare issues that the country faces today. Students will become totally immersed in the daily lifestyle and culture of Shanghai. 

To foster deeper cultural understanding, a variety of excursions and activities will be offered to complement students’ coursework and provide an opportunity for closer engagement with Chinese culture. We will balance the rich cultural offerings in Shanghai with exposure to China’s diverse social, environmental and ethnic landscapes. Excursions may include trips to Beijing to see the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, Summer Palace, and Temple of Heaven; to ancient capital Xi’an to see the Terracotta Warriors; to Zhejiang Province to visit two famous cultural cities, Shaoxing and Hangzhou; to the Republican capital of Nanjing, the water township of Tongli and Suzhou City; as well as to experience “Red tourism,” a nostalgic journey to the Red China of the recent past.

To see the impact that the Global MedPrep Scholars Program has had on our most recent group, click here.