Guangzhou China: Sun Yat-Sen University 

This special exchange program enables SUNY students to study at Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China for the Spring 2016 semester and take courses from both a Geneseo College faculty member and members of the Sun Yat-Sen University faculty.  This semester program is particularly attractive to students studying sociology, social work, psychology, Chinese culture, Asian studies, Chinese language, or students hoping to satisfy social science general education requirements.  Coursework is done in English, with Chinese language courses available for non-native speakers.


Program Type:Exchange
Term/Duration:Spring 2016
Credits:Full Time
Spring 2016 Program Dates:TBA
Application Fee:$20
Tuition:See cost sheet at right
Program Fee:See cost sheet at right
Fall/Academic Year Application Deadline:April 1
Spring Application Deadline:October 15


The Program

During the Spring 2016 semester, Geneseo Sociology Professor, Dr. Elaine Cleeton, will teach at Sun Yat-Sen University.  Students will benefit from having a Geneseo faculty member on-site during this semester program, as students will be able to take advantage of numerous travel opportunities and cultural enrichment activities organized by Dr. Cleeton.  Additionally, students will enjoy courses taught by both Dr. Cleeton and faculty of Sun Yat-Sen University.

Spring 2016 Potential Course Offerings

Sociology: "Feminist Theory" (Dr. Elaine Cleeton)

Sociology: "Seminar: Reading the Body" (Dr. Elaine Cleeton)

Sociology: "Field Research Methods" (Dr. Elaine Cleeton)

Sociology: "China and Modernization" (Dr. Wang Gin of SYSU)

Social Work: Modernization and Women" (Dr. Pei Yuxin of SYSU)

Psychology: "Mind, Culture, and Society" (Dr. Li Yi of SYSU)

Art History: "History of Chinese Art" (TBA, SYSU)

Language: "Chinese" varying levels (TBA, SYSU)

SUNY Geneseo's normal semester exchange program is housed in the School of Sociology and Anthropology at Sun Yat-Sen University (SYSU) in Guangzhou.  The School of Sociology and Anthropology at SYSU offers four to five courses taught in English every semester; exact course offerings will vary semester to semester.  Additionally, students can opt to take Mandarin language courses at the university's International Chinese School.  More information about SYSU can be found on their website.

The City

The city of Guangzhou is the capital of Guangdong province, and is located about 75 miles northwest of Hong Kong, in southern China.  Guangzhou is part of the Pearl River Delta and has a subtropical climate.

The University

Sun Yat-Sen University is a comprehensive, multi-disiplinary university, with about 21,623 undergraduate students studying on four campuses in the greater Guanghzhou area.  Courses are offered in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, technical sciences, medical sciences, pharmacology, and management sciences.  SUNY Geneseo's main exchange is with the School of Sociology and Anthropology at Sun Yat-Sen, but there may be courses available in other departments, upon arrangement.