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  • Locations: Beijing, China; Chongqing, China; Guangzhou, China; Hong Kong, Hong Kong; Shanghai, China; Xi'an, China
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Budget Sheets: Fall
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Field of Study: Architecture Housing Options: Hostel/Hotel
Courses Offered: ARCH597 Course Credit: UNL Credit
UNL College: Architecture Experience Type: study abroad
Program Type: Faculty-Led Program Leader(s) or Contact(s): Mark Hoistad
Academic Level: 04 - Senior, 05 - Graduate or Professional Student Click here for a definition of this term UNL Faculty-Led - Offered in academic year(s): 2012-2013, 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-2019
Program Description:
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Program Highlights

  • Develop both a broad and specific understanding of the cultural landscapes of China to be applied in the development of a design project sited in China.
  • Develop collaboration skills working with people that have a different cultural background through the pursuit of a joint research and design activity.
  • Develop a critical perspective regarding heritage sites through an onsite research activity


Course Credit

The travel part of the program will include visits to Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing, XiAn and Chongqing China. This activity will include guided tours of significant cultural sites and independent research exploration. Students are required to document their experience in a journal and pursue an independent research project that will apply to the various sites visited during the program. This work is a part of a required three credit hour course (ARCH 597 China Trip). Students will be required to maintain a journal, make short power point presentations related to assigned topics for group discussion with the other members of the studio who did not go, and develop a research poster over the balance of the semester.

The collaborative studio activity is an integral part of the graduate research design studio focusing on the issues of Sustainable Urbanism. The site for the research project will be located in, or near Chongqing, China. The weeklong stay in Chongqing will include a site investigation and a design charette with students and faculty from Chongqing University. This outcomes developed in the charette will serve as the basis of the continuing activity in studio for the balance of the semester. This work will done in the context of a required five credit hour studio (ARCH 510/610 Vertical Studio). Students will be required to develop and present to the assembled group the results of the charette.



This program is open to graduate Architecture Program students or 4th year Landscape Architecture students.


Faculty Leader

Mark Hoistad

Mark Hoistad is a full professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an adjunct Professor at Chongqing University, XiAn Jiaotong University and also next year at Harbin Institute of Technology. Professor Hoistad has been active in China since 2008 having taken students for both full semester and shorter visit programs, taught and lectured in several Chinese Universities and continues to engage in joint research activities with academic and professional partners in China.


Beijing, ChinaThe program itinerary includes time in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Xian and Chongqing.

Accommodations and Other Arrangements

INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE: Students will make their own flight arrangements to China, although specific flights may be suggested.

LODGING in COUNTRY: Students will be housed in hotels during their entire duration of the program. 

MEALS in COUNTRY: Some meals are included in the program price. The majority of meals will be out-of-pocket expenses in-country. 

TRANSPORTATION in COUNTRY: Students will traveling in-country utilizing public transportation. Trains, buses, and/or in-country flights will most likely be the main form of transportation.  

ACCESS to LAUNDRY FACILITIES: Access to laundry facilities can be arranged if needed.

COMMUNICATION & CONNECTIVITY: Students will have access to WiFi in their hotels. 

DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED for TRAVEL: All U.S. citizens will need a valid passport to participate on the program. Non-U.S. citizens need to research entry requirements specific to the country of destination at the time of applying to the program. A visa is required to enter China for U.S. citizens.

HEALTH AND MOBILITY: Students will be required to walk long distances at some points, especially when visiting cultural sites like the Great Wall of China. Please note that air quality can be poor due to pollution in the cities and some days will be quite warm while abroad. Weather conditions are similar to Nebraska. Students with disabilities should see the professor as early as possible to make any necessary arrangements. This includes students with learning disabilities.Recommended immunizations/medications per CDC (as of February 22, 2018) include the Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccines. CDC recommends that you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot. Please be sure to check the CDC for additional recommended immunizations.


Please see the Budget Sheet above. Students may also find the Fund your Experience page on the Education Abroad website to be helpful.



Upon confirmation of participation, program participants will pay a $500 commitment deposit. The $500 deposit will be applied to the final program cost balance. If a participant withdraws from a program, the participant will be responsible for any irrecoverable costs associated with the program at the time of withdrawal (including a non-refundable $150 Education Abroad Fee).


Financial Aid & Scholarships

Please see the Education Abroad website for detailed information about financial aid and scholarships.

Additional Resources


Traveler's Health at US Centers for Disease Control


U.S. State Department


Chinese Embassy in the U,S.


U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China

U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 07/01/2019
Rolling Admission 09/07/2019 09/28/2019
NOTE: The program dates are tentative.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.