Program Dates and Location:
June 17 – July 14, 2011
Kunming, Yunnan Province, China

About the Program:
This program, now in its second year, allows OU students to take course work taught in English while living in the interesting cities of Kunming and Lijiang. Located in Yunnan Province, the home of many of China’s “minority nationalities,” students are situated perfectly to study “Communication in Contemporary Chinese Contexts” and “East/West Poetry.” Students will spend one week outside of Kunming in Lijiang, a Naxi minority area, with a side trip to Shangri-la, formerly known as Zhongdian, even farther north on the Tibetan Plateau. A day trip to the Stone Forest and other short excursions within Kunming are included in the program as well.

Classes will be taught by two OU professors in facilities owned by Yunnan University, one of OU’s partner institutions in China. While in Lijiang, courses will be taught where the group will live. The OU faculty, Todd Sandel (Communication) and Jonathan Stalling (English), will be instructors as well as group leaders for the entire program. Both professors speak Chinese, visit China regularly and led the same program last year.

The courses offered are listed below. Participants are encouraged to take both courses.

ENGL 4003 Movements in World Literature: East – West Poetry
COMM 3810 Communication in Contemporary Chinese Contexts (syllabus available by clicking here)

Are there any prerequisites?
No prerequisite courses or Chinese language ability are required. All University of Oklahoma students with a minimum combined retained GPA of 2.5 are eligible to participate.

What about academic credit?

6 credits maximum- 3 per course

The English courseis approved to fulfill a General Education Western Civilization requirement. The COMM course is under review for Gen Ed Non-Western Civilization approval. All courses are graded in the usual way and will be factored into the students’ grade point averages. It is the responsibility of each student to determine how the credits earned would count toward degree requirements.

Where would I live?

While in Kunming, students will live in the Yunnan University international dorms or campus hotel, in double occupancy rooms. During the time in Lijiang, students will be housed in hotels or bed and breakfast inns.Students requesting single rooms in the dorms should expect the housing costs to be double what they would pay for a shared room.

How Much Does it Cost?

Program Cost payable to The University of Oklahoma 


Included: Housing, local field trips, all excursions and most meals on excursions, farewell banquet.


Not included: OU tuition and fees for 6 hours of credit at the resident or non-resident rate, roundtrip airfare U.S. – Kunming, miscellaneous personal expenses, local transportation, meals in Kunming (except for group meals)


Round Trip Airfare (high-end estimate)


Meals in campus cafeteria (@$8/day x 26 days)




Chinese visa and processing fee (est.)


OU Tuition and Fees (6 hrs Resident – Estimated)




OU Tuition and Fees (6 hrs Non-resident – Estimated)


All costs are subject to change based on the currency exchange rate and the number of participants. 

How Do I Apply?
To access the application form and instructions, click here. This program will have “rolling admissions.” Applications are accepted at any time, and students can expect a decision about their applications within two weeks of submission.Applicants must have a passport at the time of application, or a copy of a receipt showing that an application has been submitted.To access the U.S. State Department passport application, click here.

Final Date to Accept Applications:March 11, 2011

Where can I get more information?
For more information, please email Karen Elmore,, International Programs Coordinator for the College of Arts and Sciences. Phone number: (405) 325-4716. Interested students who have asked for their names to be on the email list will be notified about information sessions and will receive program updates as they are necessary.