China, Cities, Landscape and Architecture

July 3 – August 6, 2018 (Summer II: 5 weeks)

Program Description


With more than 5000 years cultural history, Chinese developed their unique traditions in their towns, gardens and buildings with distinguished characteristics. For past four decades, China has experienced the rapid economic growth and urbanization. Today China is the second largest economic power in the world.


This program will focus on both historical and contemporary cities, towns, landscape, and architecture in China, including the ancient capital city, imperial and scholarly gardens, contemporary public parks and urban social spaces, master-planned communities, urban redevelopment projects, national parks, and architecture. We will explore traditional towns and villages, and 2008 Beijing Olympic Park and 2010 World Expo site, as well as a number of spectacular world heritage sites, including Great Wall, Yellow Mountain, and Stone Forest.


All students are required to take a total of 6 credit hours to participate on this program.

  • CARC 331 : Field Studies in Design Philosophy ( 3 cr.)
  • CARC 311 : Field Studies in Design Communication ( 3 cr.)
  • LAND 485 : Directed Studies ( 3 cr.)
  • LAND 685 : Directed Studies ( 3 cr.)   


  • Open to ALL majors with a minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Must obtain approval of the faculty leader
  • University Studies majors in the College of Architecture and students enrolled in CARC 481 have first preference
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Students must attend all Study Abroad program-specific meeting(s)




Program Highlights

  • Program organized excursion to Beijing (Capital city), Shanghai (most populous city in China), Suzhou (famous water and garden city in China), and trips to Great Wall and Yellow Mountain – two World Heritage Sites.
  • Program organized class excursions to visit well-known traditional and contemporary Chinese cities, towns, villages, gardens, parks, and architecture, such as Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Beijing Olympic Park, etc.
  • Free weekends for personal travel in the surrounding area of Shenzhen, including Hong Kong, Macao.