Study trip China

Experience China “from the inside“
A study trip offered by Freiburg-Schwarzwald Student Services
September 4, 2018 – September 25, 2018

Booking-Deadline: 25. June 2018

Freiburg-Schwarzwald Student Services will make it possible through their partnership with the Nankai University in Tianjin for thirty students from Freiburg Black-Forest-Region (Freiburg, Offenburg, Kehl, Furtwangen, Villingen-Schwenningen, Lörrach) to get to know China “from the inside“.

The study trip from September 4 to September 25, 2018, offers various insights into China’s universities, culture, economy and politics and facilitates intensive encounters with Chinese students. Aside from that also tourist highlights are on the agenda, such as a trip to Beijing with a visit of the Forbidden City and a visit to the Great Wall.

The trip primarily addresses students of Sinology. Beyond that it is open to all students, who are interested in establishing contacts during their studies with the rapidly advancing economic power of China and possibly benefit from these in their future career.

Students studying in the Region Freiburg - Black Forest may participate. Participants of the last study trips to China are excluded.

Programme Information:

Intensive encounters with Chinese students will be the centre of the programme, as well as information on:

- China “today” and China “tomorrow” from economic, political, social and cultural perspectives

- intercultural communication: Germany – China

- the Chinese language and calligraphy

- cultural traditions of the Chinese New Year

- the importance of the Chinese food culture

The city of Tianjin is considered to be the gate to the Chinese capital of Beijing. It is situated about 140km to the northeast of Beijing on the east coast of China and has about 12,3 inhabitants. It ranks among the most important Chinese cities and is, thanks to its harbour, a powerful economic metropolis not far from the political centre of the capital. Tianjin is regarded as an excellent centre of education with a great number of universities of different subject areas. The Nankai University of Tianjin was founded in 1919 and counts among the oldest Chinese universities. It is also one of the top 5 universities of the country.

The programme offers insights into the history and traditions of this vibrant city at the gates of Beijing. We will be visiting the old courtyard, the Yangliuqing museum, old and traditional streets with Buddhist temples and the town’s landmark: the Drum Tower.

Next to the traditional aspects of Tianjin, we will have the opportunity to also get to know the modern side of the metropolis. As many other Chinese cities, Tianjin is in progress of being fundamentally changed and modernised. We will also consider the question of how to create such a change with regard to city planning.

Another trip of several days' Duration will lead us to Beijing, the capital of China. The capital has around 35 million inhabitants and ranks among the biggest monopolies that modern world politics focuses on. Especially since the 2008 Olympics, Beijing as a modern city has moved to the centre of world attention. On a visit of the Forbidden City, the Palace of the Chinese Emperor, we will be able to touch the 3000 year-old history of China. A visit of the Tian An Men Square, the Square of “heavenly peace” will then lead us to an important place of modern Chinese history. Before returning to Tianjin a trip to the Great Wall is also on the agenda. The Great Wall of China is considered to have an incomparable size and symbolises Chinese fortitude in modern China.

To get a description of the programme please feel free to contact Ms Yin Lin.