China: Environment, Food Production, and Culture (AGNR)
What's the scoop?
This course will provide students with the opportunity to explore, analyze and learn about agricultural and related environmental issues and culture in China. Students will visit the cradle of Chinese agriculture, and through hands-on activities, field trips and lectures, will acquire a broad knowledge of the country's agriculture production systems. To deepen their understanding of Chinese culture, students will visit sites of historic and cultural importance, including the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Bird Nest Arena, and the Terra Cotta Warriors. At the end of this program and through the knowledge gained from the experience, students will more fully understand global agriculture and Chinese culture.
The program begins on June 2, 2012 and ends on June 19, 2012. Applications are due by March 15, 2012. Admissions for the program are made on a rolling basis, and applications will not be reviewed until they are complete. Early application is advisable.
What course will I take?
Accepted students will be enrolled in AGNR 499C: Environmental and Food Production Issues and Cultural Awareness in China for three (3) credits from the University of Maryland.
Who can apply?
University of Maryland students with a minimum 2.75 GPA.
Where will I stay?
Students will stay in The Linyuan Hotel in Xian and The Yaoyuan Hotel in Yan'an.
Who's here to help?
Faculty Director: Dr. Richard Weismiller is a soil scientist with 45 years of experience. He has been active in environmental issues, soil conservation and water quality issues. He has taught courses in soil and water pollution, land use management and remote sensing of natural resources. He still teaches a video conference course in collaboration with students at Moscow State University of Engineering in Moscow, Russia and the University of Maryland students studying environmental and culture issues in both countries. Dr. Weismiller has traveled in more than 25 countries throughout the world.
For general questions or assistance with applying, contact Conrad Zeutenhorst, the Program Assistant and Advisor in Education Abroad.
What are the costs?
Program fee for Summer 2012: $TBD
Please see the "Budget Sheet" link above for an estimate of the total cost including airfare, personal expenses and other items not included in the program fee.
The program fee is collected in three separate payments:
- $50 application fee (non-refundable) - Payable online at the time of application via MyEA.
- $250 deposit (non-refundable), due within 10 business days of admission - Payable online via MyEA. Applicants: if admitted to the program, you are responsible for paying this deposit, which is non-refundable under any circumstances.
- Remaining balance of program fee - Charged to the student's UMD account upon registration for the course.
Withdrawal and Refund: Refund of monies paid to the University by or for Applicant for participation in the Program, excluding the non-refundable application fee and deposit, shall be made upon withdrawal from the Program only in the event that Applicant gives written notice to the University of his or her withdrawal at least eight weeks prior to the start date of the program.