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SIT: China: Kunming: Health, Environment, and Traditional Chinese Medicine
Kunming, China (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2018 09-APR-2018
Rolling Admission 01-SEP-2018 14-DEC-2018

** 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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Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Language Requirement:
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Housing: Homestay, Hotel, With program group Language Courses Offered: Yes
Language of Instruction: Chinese, English
Credit Type:
Transfer Credit
Program Type:
Field Study/ Experiential, Internship, Island
Tuition Payments Made To:
Program Provider
Education Abroad Advisor:
Ryan Hathaway
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Subject Area:
Anthropology, Asian Studies, Chinese, Cultural Studies, Foreign Affairs, Global Studies, Independent Study, Internship, Minority Studies, Sociology
Program Description:

2018 Directory ImageChina: Health, Environment, and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Discover China’s rich multicultural history and pressing health and environmental issues in Yunnan Province and Beijing.

Program Highlights

  • Learn, observe, and practice Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophies and treatment methods.
  • Visit China’s ancient capital, Beijing.
  • Be immersed in Chinese cultures while living in Yunnan Province, an area rich in natural beauty and home to Bai, Yi, Naxi, and Tibetan ethnic cultures.
  • Receive small-group instruction in Chinese language from ACTFL-certified instructors.
  • Travel throughout Yunnan to study the role of indigenous knowledge in health preservation, environmental protection, and sustainable development in China.
  • Customize the program to fit your academic and professional goals.

Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.

Independent Study

During the final four weeks of the program, you can choose to use your new language and cultural skills and the academic knowledge you have acquired to complete an Independent Study Project (ISP) on a topic of interest to you or complete an Internship with a local community organization, research organization, business, government agency, or international NGO

Student ISPs on this program have been many and varied over the years, including those based on arts practica and the social sciences. In the social sciences, students have produced high quality works on topics including:

Sample topics:

  • Traditional ecological knowledge and sustainable food sourcing
  • Working with locals to restore biodiversity to a rubber-dominated landscape
  • An analysis of China’s energy sources and the case for clean energy
  • Addressing disparities in China’s health, education, and social welfare systems
  • Tibetan mental health

SIT internships are hands on and reflective. In addition to completing the internship, you will submit a paper processing your learning experience on the job and analyzing an issue important to the organization you worked with, and/or you will design a socially responsible solution to a problem identified by the organization.

Internships may encompass a range of sectors and fields, such as food and food production, tourism and the environment, health-focused NGOs, and others..

Sample internship sites:

  • Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital or Clinic: Learn about traditional healthcare practices and techniques, as well as the holistic philosophy behind TCM.
  • Yunnan Zhonghe Shiye Industry and Commerce Company: This company makes and sells medical products.
  • Yunnan University is one of the largest and most prestigious universities in China.
  • Kunming University is Yunnan's only comprehensive professional university approved by China’s Ministry of Education.
  • Jianshui Pottery Workshop: an important site of Jianshui purple pottery making.
  • Mosuo Culture Research Institute aims to preserve Mosuo culture, with an emphasis on photographic materials.
  • NGO in Yundi focusing on HIV/AIDS prevention.
  • Sony (China) Limited is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation.
  • Yunnan Metropolitan Construction Investment Group Co., Ltd. builds convention centers, colleges and hospitals, convention centers, and urban water supply projects.

Key Topics of Study

  • The role of traditional Chinese cultures and belief systems in contemporary life.
  • Health, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and additional indigenous health care knowledge systems in Yunnan.
  • Chinese minorities’ healing systems and their views on health preservation at the community level.
  • Relationship between ethnic minority tourism, cultural change, and environmental sustainability.
  • Historical, religious and social factors that have worked to shape the Chinese healthcare system.
  • Role of indigenous knowledge in health preservation, environmental protection, and sustainable development.
  • View of western and Chinese health concepts and practices within China and on the global stage.

Money Matters

Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.  

SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:

  • All educational costs, including educational excursions
  • All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
  • Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
  • Health and accident insurance


  • SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
  • Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.  
  • The SIT Pell Grant Match provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding when it is applied to an SIT Study Abroad semester program. 
  • Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.

Contact SIT Study Abroad

This program is currently not accepting applications.