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UVA Architecture: China
Guangzhou, China; Hangzhou, China; Hong Kong, Hong Kong; Shanghai, China; Shenzhen, China; Suzhou, China; Yiwu, China (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 15-FEB-2018
25-FEB-2018 31-MAY-2018 30-JUN-2018
NOTE: If accepted to this program, you must commit to or decline participation by March 1. Students should arrive in Shanghai on May 31st and plan to depart from Hong Kong on June 30th. Do NOT book flights until instructed to do so by the ISO.

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Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year, Graduate student Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Language Requirement:
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Housing: Hotel Language Courses Offered: No
Language of Instruction: English
Credit Type:
Direct Credit
Program Type:
Faculty led
Tuition Payments Made To:
Education Abroad Advisor:
Margaret Walter
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
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Program Description:

UVA Architecture: The Chinese Cosmopolitan City


One of the greatest global challenges of the twenty-first century is Chinese urbanization. Cities change; Chinese cities, through their scale and speed of developments, are at a historically unique moment of distinctive change. This change is producing global consequences. UVA Architecture China Program takes on the challenge to research into the emerging conditions of Chinese cities as they forge unprecedented realities in two of China’s most dynamic city-regions, the Yangtze River Delta and the Pearl River Delta.

The program will guide students in the methods of urban research, and visit locations of historical significance, sites of important buildings, and offices of influential architects. Students will work together with professors and students from South China University in Guangzhou on urban research to gain knowledge and insight, and attend talks by leading experts and practitioners in China in architectural design, urban planning, landscape architecture, and history. The research results will be reviewed in Guangzhou in June, and exhibited in Charlottesville in the fall.

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See this program in action! Check out the UVA Architecture: China article and video as featured in UVA Today.


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This program travels to multiple cities in China, including Guangzhou and Shanghai, before ending in Hong Kong. See the Itinerary and Syllabus below for more information.

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Course Objectives:

  • Learn research methods of observation and documentation of urban developments
  • Understand emerging typologies in Chinese cities in the context of history of cities
  • Document and present research results in China and UVA
  • Develop intercultural appreciation of the built environment

Course Information:

  • Chinese Architecture and Culture - (ARH 5606; 3 credits)
  • Urban Research Workshop - (ARCH 5608; 3 credits)
  • Research Methods- (SARC 5555-002, 1 credit, to be taken in Spring 2018)


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Shiqiao Li |

Weedon Professor in Asian Architecture at the School of Architecture at UVA, Professor Li was educated in Beijing and London, practiced architecture in London and Hong Kong and taught architectural design and theory in Singapore and Hong Kong. He has published widely on the topic of Chinese early modern and contemporary architecture, and his book, Understanding the Chinese City (2014), examines Chinese cities within their indigenous intellectual frameworks.

Esther Lorenz |

Licensed architect and an assistant professor at the School of Architecture at UVA, Professor Lorenz is Director of Undergraduate Program of Department of Architecture. She received her architectural education at TU Graz and TU Delft, and practiced in the Netherlands, Australia and Austria. She taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and exhibited at Hong Kong and Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale and Venice Biennale. She is editor, with Shiqiao Li, of Kowloon Cultural District, An Investigation into the Spatial Capabilities of Hong Kong (2014).

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The program will be housed in hotels or upscale hostels throughout the program. Breakfast is provided in most locations along with several group lunches and dinners during the course of the program.

Cost and Financial Aid

The program cost and payment schedule are listed under the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page. Students with identifiable financial need are encouraged to apply for fellowships, scholarships, and financial aid. School of Architecture students are encouraged to apply for School of Architecture funding.

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The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. This program includes significant time spent walking and standing on a daily basis; use of transportation, classrooms, and sites that may not be wheelchair accessible; and visits to locations with regular concerns about air quality. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.


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All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport holders will need a visa to participate in this program. The ISO will assist with the visa application process. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.


Health Info IconHealth and Safety Information

All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.

This program is currently not accepting applications.