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Short Term | Exploring China: Places, Culture and Cuisines
Beijing, China; Hangzhou, China; Shanghai, China; Suzhou, China; Xi'an, China (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer A
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Chinese Culture and Cuisine, Culture, Destination Marketing, Hospitality, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Management, Marketing Housing Options: Hotel, Student Housing
Language of Instruction:
English Minimum GPA: 2.75
Visa Required: Yes Minimum Number of Credit Hours: 06
Academic Level: Undergraduate
Program Description:
Exploring China: Places, Culture, and Cuisines
Beijing, Hanghzhou, Shanghai, , Suzhou, Xi'an China
Summer A
June 3- June 24

Application deadline: February 9
Commitment deadline: February 16

Shanghai Pudong

Program Description:

In collaboration with the Hospitality Management, Event Management, and Foodservice and Lodging curricula, the UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management presents "Exploring China: Places, Culture & Cuisines" as a short-term study abroad program for undergraduate students. Offered in Summer A, students will visit the intriguing and world-famous destinations of Beijing, Hangzhou, Shanghai, and Xi'an where they will explore the ancient and modern culture and cuisines of China. 
Forbidden City

Recently, U.S. Present Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping declared 2016 as the "China-U.S. Tourism Year," promoting visitation between these two countries, recognizing the importance of the role tourism across these major economies. This short-term study abroad program to China affords students a unique cross-cultural opportunity, where they will visit four distinct destinations, interact with undergraduate students from China's leading Tourism Management programs, immerse themselves in ancient Chinese cultural experiences, and taste the regional cuisines of China. The cities (and sites) on the itinerary are Beijing (The Great Wall of China; The Summer Palace; The Temple of Heaven; The Forbidden City and Tian'anmen Square); Xi'an (Terra Cotta Warriors; Huaqing Spring; & Banpo Village; Famen Temple; Maoling, & Qianling Museum; Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show); Hangzhou (Westlake Boat Tour; Linying Temple & Six Harmonies Pagoda; Xixi Wetlands, Food Tour & Night Market); and Shanghai (Nanjing Road; The Bund & Yu Garden; Pudong Walking Tour & Night Market and Shanghai Disney). In addition to these scheduled activities students will engage in scheduled lectrures and intercultural exchanges with undergraduate peers from Beijing International Studies University, Xi'an International Studies University, Zhejiang University, and Fudan University. Woven throughout these experiences, students will enjoy regional Chinese cuisine, participate in culinary tours, practice traditional Chinese food preparation methods, and learn about the art of Chinese medicine. 
China Map

Two courses offered at UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management will serve as the foundation for the study abroad program and will be offered in Summer A, with 18 days of travel scheduled near the end of the term. FSS 3008 Culture and Cuisine and HFT 4561 Destination Marketing and Management will prepare students to understand and appreciate the culture and cuisines of China within the tourism context. Both classes will be taught in mixed mode where students will be assigned readings for online group discussion, prepare group intercultural projects for poster presentation in China, and become acquainted with Chinese social norms. During he travel portion of the study abroad, students will journal and record their experiences via social media. 

Students registered for "Exploring China: Places, Culture & Cuisines" must enroll in FSS 3008 and HFT 4561 for a total of 6 credit hours. All participants in the program will travel to and from the United States accompanied by a UCF Rosen College instructor according to the itinerary listed in the syllabus. 

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completing all assignments, activities, projects, and travel associated with FSS 3008: Culture and Cuisine and HFT 4651: Destination Marketing and Management, at the end of the study abroad program, students should be able to;
  1. Employ intercultural understanding and appreciation through an examination of Chinese culture and food from ancient times to modernity. 
  2. Generate a professional intercultural presentation based on a tourism destination perspective with respect to the hotel industry, event management, food and beverage, transportation, or any other discipline related to international business, management, and/or social studies. 
  3. Evaluate potential ideas for enactment, or areas of improvement, which could be applied in the tourism management context within either the student's home country, or other regions visited on this study abroad program. 
Program Courses:
  • FSS 3008- Culture and Cuisine
  • HFT 4561- Destination Marketing
Course Syllabus:

Program fee: $3,790
For details on what the program fee includes please see the program Budget Sheet. 

Payment 1: $1,000
Payment 2: $2,790

The following services are included as part of the program fee:
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Excursions
  • Local transportation
  • Local flight
  • Cooking/laundry facilities
  • Travel insurance
  • UCF Abroad administrative fee ($350)
The following are not included:
  • Tuition
  • Flights to/from China

Program Leaders: Dr. Cynthia Mejia, Dr. Wei Wei
Program Leader emails:,


This program is currently not accepting applications.