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  • Locations: Multiple Locations, China
  • Program Terms: Maymester
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Maymester 2017 02/25/2017 03/04/2017 05/15/2017 06/01/2017
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
CU Denver Faculty-Led Global Study
Minimum GPA:
Class Eligibility:
Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students
Academic Department:
Environmental Science, Geography, Geology
Number of Credits:
Program Advisor:
Jessica Tharp
Course(s) Offered:
ENVS 5995, GEOG 4995, SUST 4960
Faculty Leader:
Brian Page
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Program Description:


  • Experience "Geography by Rail" on China's new high-speed train system
  • Gain cross-cultural views of human-environmental interaction
  • Explore global cities, provincial towns, and traditional agricultural villages
  • Discover ancient Buddhist monasteries, Confucian academies, and Ming Dynasty city walls
  • Travel to spectacular Lushan National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site with pine and bamboo forests and tea farms at 5,000 feet

Information Sessions:
Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 5:00-6:00pm
North Classroom, Room 3015


This course charts an environmental transect along the Yangtze River from Shanghai 1,000 miles up-valley through the interior of the country to Yichang, the site of the Three Gorges Dam. Along this transect, we move back and forth between city and countryside, exploring the cultural geography and natural beauty of the Yangtze Valley. We get off the beaten track to parts of China where few foreigners travel, allowing students to experience a wide range of spectacular landscapes in this deeply historic but rapidly modernizing region.

The course provides an integrative, culminating experience for students interested in environment, society, and sustainability. Using the Yangtze region as a case study, we bring students together within a mobile multi-disciplinary research team in order to: a) gain a first-hand look at a series of important social and environmental problems that have emerged in the wake of rapid economic development; and b) assess current Chinese efforts to implement innovative solutions.

Click here for the course syllabus



Course Information

  • 4 Credits
  • GEOG 4995
  • ENVS 5995
  • SUST 4960

Course Requirements

  • Interview




$4,420 (approximately)

  • Includes: Tuition and fees, shared accommodation, entrance fees, some meals, ground transportation, and international health and evacuation insurance
  • Not Included: Airfare, most meals, personal expenses, and visa fees if applicable

Faculty Leaders


This program is led by Brian Page and Bryan Wee. You can contact them at: and

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: