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The Visiting International Student Program (VISP) ) welcomes international undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in short-term non-degree study at UW-Madison. Created by the Division of Continuing Studies in 2012, VISP has already welcomed many students from China for one or two semesters. VISP students take regular UW-Madison courses before returning to their home university to finish their degrees. If you are interested in applying for a full degree program at UW-Madison, please visit Admissions (http://www.wisc.edu/admissions/).

Research and Teaching

The Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS), established in 1962, conducts an annual K-16 teacher training program on either East Asian as a whole ( Teacher Workshop on East Asia ), or on China specifically ( Understanding Contemporary China ) . CEAS also runs regular public lectures on topics related to China, as well as film series and other events, and supports the teaching of unusual China-related courses, such as Islam in China, Chinese Portraiture, and Independent Readings in Nature. Under Director Nicole Huang, CEAS has also inaugurated a new effort to expand student exchange opportunities with universities in Taiwan (currently focused on National Taiwan University, National Taiwan Normal University, National Chengchi University, and National Tsinghua University), and develop expertise on Taiwan here at the UW-Madison.

The Department of East Asian Languages and Literature(EALL) teaches four (and sometimes five) years of spoken Mandarin, as well as Classical Chinese, ancient and modern literature, and Chinese religious and philosophical thought. Undergraduates can easily double-major in East Asian Studies by adding courses in other departments on Chinese society, economics, politics, the environment, music, and art. Graduate students can choose from Chinese linguistics, literature, or thought.

The Department of Family Medicine has an annual faculty exchange with Fuxing Hospital/Capital University of Medical Sciences, Beijing, that places Chinese physicians in Wisconsin residencies and sends UW faculty to observe Chinese medical institutions.

The School of Business has inaugurated a new Global Real Estate Master (GREM) program in conjunction with three schools outside the United States: Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, HEC Paris, and Latin America's INCAE Business School. The GREM program provides a real estate experience that transcends borders. Students begin at the partner school of their choice - learning economics, finance and business - and then comlete their education with semester focused entirely on real estate at the Wisconsin School of Business. Click here to read about the first graduates of this program in the spring of 2011.

The College of Engineering has numerous collaborations with elite Chinese Universities, including Xi'an Jiao Tong, Shanghai Jiao Tong, and Tsinghua University. The college holds regular UW classes each summer at Zhejiang University through the International Egineering Studies and Programs office (see study abroad section below).

The East Asian Legal Studies Center, established in 1990, provides programs and activities related to the people and academic institutions of East and Southeast Asia. The Center formalizes and expands the Law School's academic interactions with universities, government ministries, and the private sector. Particularly noteworthy is the Center's professional programs for groups from China including the Judicial Skills Training Seminar for judges from Shanghai, the Municipal Administration Seminar for municipal workers from the Minhang District of Shanghai, and the Urban Planners Program for Shanghai workers. The Center held a seminar on Intellectual Property at Nanjing University in 2008. In September 2011, the Center and the East China University of Political Science and Law launched a new program to offer an executive master's degree in law involving course work in Madison and Shanghai - click here to read more. The Center has also established a dual degree relationship with Shanghai Jiao Tong's law school.

The Department of Communication Arts Center for Film and Theater Research hosts an unusual collection of rare Taiwanese films from the 1960s and 1970s, many of them unknown even in Taiwan itself. CEAS is currently negotiating with TECO (Taipei Econonomic and Cultural Organization) to make this existing collection the nucleus of a new collection of Taiwanese films that will be unparalleled in the United States.

The East Asian Collection supports the teaching, research, and outreach missions of the university by providing access to and delivery of information from and related to East Asia.

The Library’s East Asian Digital Collection includes historical images that present a visual archive of 20th century East Asian cultural heritage. Currently, the collection consists of images that document early 20th century China including the the Sino-Japanese Conflict (1937-1945), a visual history of Buddhist practices and temples in China, and other images of daily life in both rural and urban China. The completed project will be a valuable resource for research into this region and its history.

The Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), of which the UW-Madison is a founding member, has two member universities in China, Nanjing University and Zhejiang University (Hangzhou). WUN links universities in China, the U.S., Canada, and Europe through a network of video-conferencing and web sites to bring faculty and graduate students from around the world together electronically to share research and discuss results.

Study Abroad

International Academic Programs (click here to connect to the Study Abroad website):

  • Beijing, China Tsinghua University: This exchange program allows participants to enroll in university courses in a variety of fields while studying alongside international and Chinese students. This program is ideal for students from business, science and engineering majors who wish to take courses taught in English as well as for students who wish to continue studying Chinese language. Students can particpate during the spring semester or for a full academic year.
  • Beijing, China Feng Shui International Seminar: This four-week summer course, led by a UW-Madison professor, examines how the physical environment affects human behavior with special attention to the application of Feng Shui.
  • Beijing, China Contemporary Issues in China, Honors Program: Offered by the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES), the Contemporary Issues in China program is a specially designed Honors option open to UW-Madison students enrolled in the Letters and Science Honors program. UW-Madison students join honors students from other Big Ten universities to participate in an innovative academic program that features a series of advanced-level courses on the history, economics, and culture of China, Chinese language courses, and extensive field trips and travel incorporated directly into the curriculum. This program is offered spring semester only.
  • Excursions into Chinese History: Sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies, this 4-week traveling program begins and ends in Beijing, but also travels to other parts of China, studying the complex history that makes up modern day China. Places to visit may include Xi'an, Yan'an, Changsha, Hangzhou, and Shanghai but locations may vary.
  • Hong Kong, Chinese University of Hong Kong: Students on this exchange program will directly enroll at the university and take courses open to international students that are taught in English. Preference is given to linguistics majors, but students outside this department can also apply. Students can participate during the fall or spring semester, for a full academic year, or for the summer session.
  • Hong Kong, Chinese University of Science and Technology: Students on this program can take science and technology courses with Chinese and international students at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). The school of science offers a whole spectrum of programs in biological science, physical science and mathematical science and also offers research opportunities for students. Preference is given to students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and students can participate for the fall or spring semester or for a full academic year.
  • Shanghai, China: New Program for May 2014: First and Second Year students will spend 4 weeks in China with 15 fellow Badgers.  Each student selected to participate on the program will receive a Global Gateway scholarship. This unique summer program focuses on understanding and awareness of Chinese history and culture in the context of modern-day forces of globalization. The format combines classroom learning with out-of-class activities and excursions in and around Shanghai. The program in Shanghai is offered by UW-Madison on the campus of East China Normal University, in cooperation with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE).
  • Tianjin, China: This is an intensive 10-week summer language program under which students take courses in Chinese language and culture at Nankai University. Click here to read about the 2011 summer program.
  • Zhejiang, China: The College of Engineering offers specialized classes for credit through an annual summer program held at Zhejiang University. The program involves UW-Madison faculty teaching engineering courses at the ZU's Hangzhou campus.


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