The Wisconsin China Initiative coordinates campus events about China, including the occasional Red Cap Lecture Series on China & Global Economics, consults with campus partners seeking China connections or hosting visitors from Chinese institutions, and supports student groups and alumni chapters focused on the China region.
More recently, the WCI has launched a China-based welcome program for new Chinese freshmen, and a project to better understand and document the history of UW-China.
New Chinese Student Welcome Sessions
The Wisconsin China Initiative launched a new, China-based “student welcome” program in 2017, designed to encourage new students preparing for the fall semester at UW-Madison to take ownership of their undergraduate years, including overcoming language and culture barriers, participating in the campus community and joining classroom discussions. Sessions were held in May 2017 and in June 2018 in Shanghai and Beijing, in collaboration with the Chinese Undergraduate Student Association. Starting in 2019, the welcome sessions will be coordinated by International Student Services.
The Mendota Project
Students have long used the poetic phrase 梦到她, pronounced “meng-dao-ta” and translating to “dreaming of her,” to refer to Lake Mendota, a favorite campus hangout. Through the Mendota Project, the Wisconsin China Initiative seeks to document the rich history between the UW and China through student research projects, print and web publications and more. See the History tab to learn more about this project.
Study Abroad Opportunities
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 Studiesin 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.
This four-week summer course, led by UW-Madison Professor Wei Dong, examines how the physical environment affects human behavior with special attention to the application of Feng Shui.
This is an intensive 10-week summer language program through which students take courses in Chinese language and culture at Nankai University. Click here to read about the 2015 summer program.
Become immersed in the rich culture and history of China while studying at Tsinghua University in Beijing. This program allows you 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 or who have a high enough proficiency in Chinese to take a course taught in Chinese.
Study business with Chinese and international students at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)! HKUST is located directly on beautiful Clear Water Bay in Kowloon, Hong Kong. Founded in 1991, HKUST is a young, dynamic and internationally renowned research university. It is comprised of four Schools: Science, Engineering, Business and Management, and Humanities and Social Science. The HKUST Business School is ranked amongst the top business schools in Asia and around the world. The campus is somewhat removed from central Hong Kong, but good bus and train connections allow easy and rapid access to the downtown area.
City University of Hong Kong (CityU) is committed to providing students with the professional education and learning experiences they need to achieve success in their careers and lead fulfilling and useful lives. The University offers an international curriculum and multicultural diversity of faculty and students, and its College of Business is one of the largest and most prestigious in Asia.
You have an exciting opportunity to investigate and explore education in China during this 4-week summer program that includes a 3-week stay in China, led by Professor Margaret Hawkins from the School of Education.
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 ZU’s Hangzhou campus.
The program in Hong Kong is run through IESP. Enrollment is somewhat limited, so interested students are encouraged to have a second choice in mind.
Offered through CIEE, the Sustainable Development program in Beijing is an approved UW affiliate program. This program is designed for students interested in investigating the environmental, social, and economic dimensions of sustainable development. Through diversified coursework, excursions, and the option for field research, service learning or independent research, all of China will become your classroom.
Offered through CET, the Intensive Chinese Language in Harbin program is an approved UW affiliate program. The program immerses students in Chinese language and culture at the CET Harbin Center, which is hosted on the campus of the Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT). This program is for the serious language learner who has already taken several semesters of Chinese at UW-Madison and is looking to focus on language learning for a semester.
Offered through CIEE, the Intensive Chinese Language in Beijing program is an approved UW affiliate program. On this program, high intermediate and advanced Chinese language students have the opportunity to increase their language proficiency and knowledge about China and Beijing's important role in Chinese society.
Offered through CIEE, the Accelerated Chinese Language in Shanghai program is an approved UW affiliate program. This program is designed to provide you with a strong foundation in Chinese language and a deeper understanding of China today through intensive Chinese language coursework and cultural immersion, complemented by a wide selection of area studies courses in various disciplines.
Offered through CIEE, the China in a Global Context in Shanghai program is an approved UW affiliate program. On this program, you can take courses in Chinese language at both standard and intensive levels coupled with coursework, taught in English, in global studies, economics, international relations, and area studies.