2018 Course of Study

Davidson students who successfully complete the program will receive four Davidson course credits.  In 2018, course offerings will include:

  • POL 249: Business and Politics in China. Offered by Dr. Bullock, this course will examine how public and private actors interact in the People’s Republic. Students will explore a wide range of case studies from across China related to corporate governance and supply chain management, business innovation and entrepreneurship, environmental information and regulation, foreign direct investment and joint ventures, labor rights and intellectual property rights, among other topics.  In the course, students will also learn to a variety of social science methods to examine a particular company, government agency, and issue of their interest.
  • CHI X01 Chinese Language (level-dependent). Accessible, engaging and rigorous courses that will be customized to each student’s Chinese level. A Chinese language instructor will use the Davidson College Chinese language curriculum to teach Chinese (10 hours/week) in small group tutorials.  These courses will be designed to dovetail with the Davidson Chinese language curriculum so that students can move seamlessly between courses on campus and courses in China.
  • Two Courses Taught by Fudan University Faculty: Students will be able to choose 2 courses among nearly a dozen options taught in English by faculty in Fudan University’s School of Social Development and Public Policy. Some of the likely courses to be offered include the following options (more information about these courses will be posted here as they become available):
    • The Chinese Marketplace, taught by Professor Pan Tianshu (PhD Anthropology, Harvard University) 
    • Religion in Chinese Society, taught by Professor Fan Lizhu (PhD Sociology, Chinese University of Hong Kong)
    • China’s Social and Economic Transformation, taught by Professor Shen Ke (PhD in Economics, Peking University)
    • Shanghai History, taught by Professor Allison Rottmann (PhD in History, UC Berkeley)
    • Chinese Society and Culture, taught by Professor Yu Hai (MA in Philosophy, Fudan University)
    • China through Contemporary Film, taught by Professor Zhu Jianxin (PhD in English Literature, Shanghai International Studies University)
    • Psychology and Life: A Cross-Cultural Perspective, taught by Professor Gao Jun (PhD in Clinical Psychology, Peiking University)
    • Culture, Health and Medical Practices in Contemporary China, taught by Professor Zhu Jianfeng (PhD Anthropology, University of Minnesota) 

The Fudan University campus


2018 Summer research funding for East Asia

Chase Conrad and a friend snapped by a Yangjuan student who had a knack for his camera.

Davidson students are eligible to apply for the Hirose Award, which will fund independent projects in East Asia. This year, the Dean Rusk Program will make three Hirose awards of up to $6,000 each, but funding cannot be used for study abroad programs or group trips. Applications are due February 17, 2018.
For more information, contact Dr. Chris Alexander, chalexander [at] davidson.edu.

2016 Pre-Departure Orientation Schedule

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Announcement: Teach in China

James English (“James 英语”), Ma’anshan, Anhui, China Overview of Employment Package

  • 7,000 – 9,000 RMB monthly salary, depending on experience
  • 12 months employment
  • Contract completion bonus (equal to one month’s salary)
  • Resettlement Allowance (3,500 RMB)
  • Travel Allowance 60 RMB/month
  • Paid Airfare to China and a monthly stipend toward return trip
  • Monthly Housing Allowance (1,500 RMB)
  • Training Completion Bonus (3,500 RMB)
  • 3 weeks paid hotel
  • Approx. 20 days paid holiday (including approx. 10 days paid leave for Spring Festival)
  • Comprehensive Health and Dental Insurance, including 2 teeth cleanings and 20 therapy visits (covers psychiatrist, physical therapist, acupuncture, or therapeutic massage) annually

What you need to know:

  • English Language Instructors provide a highly engaging and effective learning experience to children between 3 – 12 years old through the delivery of innovative and immersive educational content.
  • Successful English Language Instructors have high energy! Delivering curriculum with energy and enthusiasm is a must. Our Instructors use immersive learning techniques such as storytelling, singing, dialogue and role-playing in combination with formal exercises.
  • English Language Instructors work a 40 hour work week (20 – 25 contact teaching hours (up to 30 hours if working with our special summer or winter courses) including evening and weekends.
  • Measuring progress as well as educational results while providing on-going support and development to the students is required for success.
  • English Language Instructors build strong relationships with parents and keep them “in- the-know” on their child’s journey with us.

To qualify for a visa you’ll need minimum one of the following:

Bachelor degree and above with a major related to education OR
Bachelor degree and above (Major is NOT Education) AND an internationally recognized TEFL or CELTA qualification
Teaching Experience: Highly desirable but not necessary.

You’ll need all of the below:

  • To be at least 21 years-old
  • American nationality
  • Native English speaker with strong writing skills
  • Able to communicate with learners where English is not their first language
  • A flexible “can do” attitude, a thirst for learning and an adaptable approach to working
  • Passion for working with young children is essential

What we offer:

  • Salaries start at $1, 129 USD (7,000 RMB) per month (dependent on qualifications/experience)
  • Monthly housing allowance of $242 USD (1,500 RMB)
  • Resettlement allowance of $565 USD (3,500 RMB)
  • Onboarding Training/Orientation Completion Bonus of $565 USD (3,500 RMB)
  • Paid airfare to China and a monthly travel stipend toward return trip
  • Three weeks hotel accommodation provided upon arrival in China
  • Health, dental, paid sick and vacation time
  • Robust academic training including assistance obtaining a TEFL-C certification as well as a Rosetta Stone Mandarin software
  • Discounted Mandarin Chinese lessons

If you would like to apply, complete the attached application and e-mail it to jamesbenflieder@hotmail.com