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China Healthcare and Culture

Program Details

This study abroad program provides a unique and immersive opportunity to learn about Chinese Medicine, Healthcare, Tradition, and Culture. By visiting cultural sites and Chinese hospitals, students will gain firsthand experiences that go beyond traditional classroom learning. Exploring cultural sites allows for a deep dive into the historical and cultural context that underpins Chinese medicine and healthcare practices. This exposure fosters a richer understanding of the roots of these traditions. Furthermore, engaging with Chinese hospitals provides a practical perspective on the contemporary healthcare landscape, enabling students to witness the application of traditional practices in a modern context. This hands-on experience not only enhances their knowledge but also cultivates a nuanced understanding of the integration of tradition and modernity in Chinese healthcare. 

Selection Criteria:

Participants must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Be a high school graduate or above.


Beijing, Jiamusi, and Shanghai, China

Program Dates:

Early May dates* subject to change based on flight availability


Program Cost: $6395

Program is expected to be paid in full prior to departure.

  • Deposit: $500

Deposit is due 72 hours after registration. If not paid in that timeframe, you may be dropped from your trip.

Payments can now be made online! Visit this website for instructions on how to pay your deposit and future payments online. Charges should show on your account within 24-48 hours after registration. If you want to pay with cash or check, please pay at the Hurst Center for Lifelong Learning.

Includes: airfare, insurance, tuition, lodging, domestic transportation, some meals, and language assistance.

NOT included: incidentals, excess baggage costs, any unscheduled travel, and some meals.


itinerary subject to change

May 6-7: travel from SLC to Beijing.

May 8-12: Beijing

- highlights: Great Wall of China tour - Badaling Section, Tiananmen Square tour, Olympic Site tour, Forbidden City tour, Summer Palace tour, Temple of Heaven tour, Jade factory, Panda Bear exhibit at Zoo, visit Cloisonne factory, and visits to medical University programs.

May 13: travel day to Jiamusi

May 14-16: Jiamusi

-highlights: Opening ceremony 12th annual Sino American Cultural Exchange, visit Buddhist Temple, community service healthcare project, Tea culture, TCM hospital, visit local museum, and visit Heilongjiang College of Health Professions (sister school to the Dumke College of Health Profession)

May 17: Travel to Shanghai

May 18: May 21: Shanghai

-highlights: Silk factory visit, Hangpu River Cruise and the Bund region, Yu Garden, Shanghai Acrobatic Show, Zhujia Jia water town, knock off market, Harley Davidson store visit, visit hospital or local school, local museums. 

Depart China May 22




Academic Courses

Students who participate in this study abroad program will be able to register for up to four (4) semester credits through Weber State University. *course numbers could be added for specific Majors. Please contact Dr. Robert Walker for more information

  • RADT 4800 (4 credits) OR
  • MSRS 6850/MSRS 6992 (4 credits total)

Program Directors

Dr. Robert Walker

Dr. Kim Parkinson

Trip Cancellations

If Weber State cancels a trip for any reason, all participants will be refunded 100% of funds paid to the school. If a participant withdraws from the program for any reason, they are subject to the refund policy found on the first page of the application.  Deposits are always non-refundable, unless the program is canceled by Weber State.  No refunds will be issued 30 days prior to program start date. 

Refunds will NOT be given to students due to COVID-19 concerns. Before programs were canceled in 2020, every student was given the option to withdraw from programs without penalty due to COVID-19. This year students are applying, cognizant of the pandemic. Weber State will not intentionally place students into high risk situations. We will work together with Program Leaders and Departments on canceling should the destination demonstrate increased risks, be they from COVID or any other concern. As such, students must abide by the standard refund policy.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Study Abroad Office at (801) 626-8715.