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Summer: Rutgers- Social Welfare System in China
Beijing, China; Tianjin, China (Outgoing Program)
Beijing is the capital of the People’s Republic of China. It is the political, educational, and cultural center of China and the nation's most populous city with over 15 million residents and 4.5 million cars. The architecture reflects the city’s ever-changing persona. Due to rapid industrialization, enormous population (approximately 20 million), and continuous urban sprawl, the city is home to an increasing number of migrants from the Chinese countryside as well as ethnic minorities from other parts of East Asia. These circumstances make Beijing a fascinating environment to study the expanding demands of Chinese social welfare systems.
The China Social Welfare Systems course is an intensive two-week seminar worth 3 credits. After the completion of the course, students may choose to stay in China for an additional two weeks to complete an optional service-learning component. These students will receive an additional 3 credits (70 hours of field education credit for Social Work students) upon completion of the program. These hours can apply to School of Social Work Fall/Spring Field Education Hours. Students who wish to participate in the service-learning component must also enroll in the preceding seminar.
The course will begin with an on-line pre-departure orientation and preliminary readings. The in-country instruction will be based at Renmin University of China in Beijing and at Nakai University in Tianjin. Students will take classes in the morning and participate in field visits in the afternoon to national and local social welfare departments and social work agencies. China social work educators, researchers, and practitioners will join the program for both didactic and field experiences.
To view the program’s syllabus for 2014, please click here. Please note this is a sample syllabus, all of its content is subject to change.
It is not possible to take classes not-for-credit, nor is it possible to take classes as Pass/Fail.
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
The program itinerary includes several group excursions, designed to enhance student learning about Chinese history, culture, and contemporary society. Cultural highlights of the program will include visits to the Forbidden City and the Great Wall, as well as a traditional Beijing (Duck!) dinner.
Arrival: May 21st
Departure (two weeks):
Departure (four weeks):
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted and the program dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
During the first half of the program, students will be housed at the Beijing Friendship Hotel. Students who opt for the additional Service Learning component will be housed at the Beijing Jingshi Hotel on the campus of Beijing Normal University. Meals will be taken as a group at the hotel and at local restaurants.
Program Cost: Summer 2015
For more information about the Program Cost and additional Non-Billable Expenses please download and review the China: Social Welfare Systems Expenses Worksheet:
China SSW Summer 2014 Expenses Worksheet
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid and Tuition Remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Global Reach Scholarship- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance.
Rutgers China Study Abroad Scholarship - Rutgers China Study Abroad Scholarship will be given on a competitive basis to qualified students whose financial needs are not being met by other funding. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of the overall strength of the application (especially the cover letter), academic record, and financial need. More information can be found on the Rutgers China Office website.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.
2014 Program Highlights
View highlights of the 2014 cohort's journey on the China Social Welfare System study abroad and service-learning program! More photos available here.