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Thanks to a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, Furman’s Asian Studies Department is delighted to offer the First Year China Experience (FCE). The FCE offers twelve selected students the opportunity to take a China and the Environment First Year Writing Seminar team-taught by a China specialist and a Sustainability scientist, a year of Chinese language training, and a two-week fully funded study tour of China in May after their freshman year!

 A Fully-funded study tour to china

What's the catch?! There is no catch! None of China’s environmental issues can truly be understood or addressed without exploring the country’s history, politics, economics, and culture as well as the natural science of China’s environmental challenges. We aim to spark students’ interest in China’s environmental issues early in their academic careers so they have time to explore them in more depth if desired. We hope you’ll “catch the bug” and want to explore these issues more, but even if you only immerse yourself in the study of China’s environment during your freshman year, we are confident the experience will shape how you understand both yourself and the complexities facing the citizens of all other countries. Come see China to see the world!

what can i expect? 

The program starts with a rare opportunity to take a team-taught First Year Writing Seminar on China and the Environment. The 2017-18 Seminar and Study Tour will be co-directed by Dr. Kate Kaup (James B. Duke Professor of Asian Studies and Political Science) and Dr. Ruth Aronoff (Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Studies). You will also take a Chinese language course in the fall and spring, so you’ll be ready to practice your Chinese when we travel to China for two weeks in May. In China, our tour will explore China’s vast diversity and bring us from the political and financial capitals of Beijing and Shanghai to the remote rural mountains of Yunnan Province. We’ll meet with villagers, government officials, NGO leaders, scholars, and scientists all working on and affected by China’s environmental conditions.

For More Information see our list of Frequently Asked Questions Below. Call the Asian Studies Department at 864-294-2545, or email Asian Studies Programs Coordinator Robert Lang at

The Deadline for Application is JUNE 30th, 2017 (notifications by July 10). 

To apply online, click here




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