Study Abroad


The China Experience: Trans-cultural View of Rehabilitation Medicine

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This course is now accepting applications for the Winter 2014 term.

UMAIE Course Number: T4206
SAU Course Equivalency: COMM 233 - Topics in Communication (four credits)
Instructor: Ruiying Ding and Nicole Koonce, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Elmhurst College
Dates: January 6-27, 2014. (NOTE: SAU classes begin January 15)
Location: Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou
Price: $5,075 (subject to change)

Program description

For centuries China stood as a leading civilization, outpacing the rest of the world in the arts and sciences. More recently, China has seen rapid developments in economy, technology and science, and is on a path to reclaim its world-leading status. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), originated in ancient China and dates back more than 5,000 years ago, encompasses many different practices. TCM practitioners use herbs, acupuncture, and other methods to treat a wide range of conditions, including rehabilitation. In the United States, TCM is considered part of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and is widely used, serving more than a million patients each year.

We live in a multi-cultural society and people have been exploring and accepting alternative ways of treating various medical and behavioral disorders. Exploring ancient and modern China enhances students' understanding and appreciation of TCM as well as of Chinese history and culture and enriches their world view. This immersion experience in China provides students with an opportunity to observe and participate in not only conventional but also alternative evaluation and treatment sessions in physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy; it offers students a multi-cultural experience in rehabilitation medicine. These visits will help them gain perspectives on how physical and communication disorders are viewed culturally and how they are managed in China across a variety of educational and medical environments.

What is included

  • Round-trip airfare from Moline, Chicago or Minneapolis 
  • Hotel accommodation in double and triple rooms
  • Continental breakfast daily
  • Some lunches and dinners
  • Cultural performances
  • Travel assistance
  • International health insurance

What is not included

  • Passport fees
  • Transportation to/from airport
  • Fees for textbooks and materials
  • Remaining meals
  • Personal baggage fees

How to apply

Priority Deadline: April 12, 2013
Complete the online study abroad application and submit a $500 application deposit to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove).

Applications will be accepted until October 1.
Students that apply after the April 12 Priority Deadline may find that their desired program is full.

  • Follow the application instructions carefully.
  • Applications will not be reviewed until all application materials have been received.
  • Make checks payable to Seminars International.
  • The $500 application deposit is deducted from the total program cost.
  • If you are not accepted into the program, or if the program is canceled, the application deposit is refundable.
  • If you are accepted, the application deposit is non-refundable after September 17.

Payment deadlines

  • November 1, 2013: remaining balance due

Payment details

  • Failure to meet payment deadlines may jeopardize your place in the program.
  • Please submit your final payment to Student Account Services by November 1.
  • The final payment is non-refundable after November 1.