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  • Locations: Beijing, China; Shanghai, China
  • Program Terms: Maymester
  • Budget Sheets: Maymester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
CU Denver Faculty-Led Global Study
Minimum GPA:
Class Eligibility:
Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students
Academic Department:
Number of Credits:
Program Advisor:
Jessica Tharp
Course(s) Offered:
COMM 4995, COMM 5995
Faculty Leader:
Hamilton Bean
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Program Description:


  • Live and learn in the political and cultural capitals of China
  • Hike the Great Wall of China
  • Immerse yourself in site visits to the hip 798 Art District, Lama Temple, Summer Palace, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and Shanghai’s intriguing Bund
  • Take a river cruise on the Huangpu to explore Shanghai’s unique history


Are you ready for an adventure of a lifetime in China with a friendly group of people who may become lifelong friends? Together, we will hike the Great Wall, get up-close with Panda bears, eat the best Sichuan food you will ever taste and sample China's famous regional cuisines, behold the Terra Cotta Army of the first Emperor of China, walk inside the palaces of the Forbidden City, overlook the second largest city in the world from hundreds of feet up in the air, and experience many more once-in-a-lifetime activities, all while learning and growing as students, scholars, and travelers.

This year, the class will visit sites in Beijing, Chengdu, Xi'an, and Shanghai to understand how China confronts, shapes, and uses narratives of the past, present and future to make sense of itself and profoundly influence our rapidly changing world.



Course Information

  • 3 Credits
  • COMM 4995/5995

Course Requirements

  • Minimum GPA 2.5





  • Includes: Tuition, fees, housing, activity fees and site visits, shared accommodation, some meals, international health and evacuation insurance, ground transportation to sites and cities in China
  • Not Included: Airfare, most meals, visa fees associated with travel ($250 for US Citizens), and personal expenses

Faculty Leader


Hamilton Bean, Ph.D., MBA, APR, is Director of the International Studies Program and Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado Denver, where he specializes in the study of communication and security. He has lived in worked in China multiple times since 2009. His research has been published in numerous international journals and edited volumes. He has won multiple awards for scholarship from the National Communication Association.

You can contact Hamilton Bean at

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial Aid

CU Denver students may be able to use their existing financial aid for Global Study programs. Note that Maymester programs are considered part of summer term financial aid. For more information and to discuss your personal aid package, schedule an appointment with the Financial Aid Office.


CU Denver Global Study Scholarship

CU Denver students participating on a CU Denver Global Study program during the Maymester, Summer, or Winter terms are eligible to apply for this scholarship from the Office of Global Education. Awards range from $500- $1,000. Apply here.

CU Denver Global Study Scholarship

We encourage you to seek additional scholarships for which you or your program may be eligible. See if your academic department or college/school offers study abroad scholarships, or visit the following websites to learn about external funding:

This program is currently not accepting applications.