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Asian Studies Program



Osaka Kyoiku University (Japan)

Korea National Sport University


Peking University (Beijing, China)

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Chukyo University (Japan)

Kansai Gaidai University (Japan)

Nanzan University (Japan)

Ajou University (Korea)

Ewha Women's University (Korea)

Keimyung University (Korea)

Korea University

Yonsei University (Korea) 

Thammasat University (Thailand)


Summer China Abroad Program offered through Western Carolina University and Fudan University  June 2007  FLYER

Chinese Language and Culture Programs, China Agricultural University (Beijing) Contact Dr. Rosina Chia for more information.



India, May 20-June 12, Courses Offered: RELI 2500, other courses as approved, Cost: $2830

This course will explore some of the relationships between religion and culture in a living context.  Students will visit a variety of key cultural and religious sites in India, including the Jama Masjid, the Bahai Temple, the Taj Mahal, the Ganges River and various Hindu Temples in Varanasi, Haridwar, and Rishikesh, as well as a variety of Buddhist sites throughout the Dharamsala region.  These sites are sacred to Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, and Bahais.  Through readings, on-site lectures, and their own experience, students will learn the significance of these locations.  They will also discover how adherents to these different faiths encounter their own sacred territory and how their cultural forms intersect with these spaces.  In Rishikesh, students will participate in a two-day yoga training course at a Hindu ashram.  In the Dharamsala (population: 10,000) region in northern India, students will participate in a two-day Buddhist meditation training program.  The group will spend two days doing volunteer work at a NGO called Tong-len.  This organization is a Buddhist service organization with the primary mission of serving internally displaced Hindu members of the community.  Students will also visit various Tibetan cultural institutions including the Tibetan edical and Astrological Institute, the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, The Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, Norbu LIngka, and various monasteries. For more information, contact Derek Maher at or visit

China, May 11-May 30, Courses offered: CMGT 4501, 4505
Cost: $3493   Trip Report

This program offers students an opportunity to gain their first hand experiences with the construction industry and construction education in China. Activities include visiting ongoing construction sites across sectors and major projects completed in recent years; panel discussions with industry professionals, students and faculty members from major academic programs; as well as visiting historical sites and buildings. The students study construction as a profession in a global context and maintain a competitive edge in the globalization of the construction market. The program will examine the construction practices of China and the US using the comparative method of study founded by Sir Banister Fletcher's History of Architecture.  The course will examine selected projects and construction sites in China from an experiential and interactive approach, i.e. visiting the actual constructed project and given a guided study with professionals from the construction and architectural professionals and by use of CD's (construction documents). For more information, contact Huanqing Lu at


Thailand, May 19-June 3, Courses offered: Art 3305, 3315, 4315, 3000, 3001, 6991, 6500, Cost: $3414

This complete program provides an opportunity for students to combine international travel with an intensive experience in research and studio art. Today’s weaving is one of the cultural heritages, and an art form that is still practiced in all regions of Thailand. In this course, we will intensely research and learn textile weaving in Isan (Northeast) Northern, and Central Thailand, in addition to indulging in the rich culture and history of Thailand. Through planned excursions students will study an area of their own interest related to the topics presented. For more information, Contact Jan-Ru Wan at


India  May 13 – June 6, 2007 (approximate dates) $4180 Department of Religious Studies, Harriot College of Arts and Sciences  Dr. Derek Maher. Study Abroad

This program will explore some of the relationships between religion and culture in a living context. You will visit a variety of key cultural sites throughout India, investigating the notion of sacred space. We will investigate religious sites that are important to Baha¹is, Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, and others. You will learn about Buddhist philosophy with Tibetan lamas at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, explore Tibetan music or dance at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, inquire into traditional Tibetan medical practice at the Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute, explore Hindu yoga or Buddhist meditation, take oral histories of local Indians and Tibetans, or pursue some other course of study that complements your major. For more information contact Dr. Derek Maher at




The Thomas W. Rivers Study Abroad Award provides support for ECU students who wish to advance their knowledge in their individual fields through participation in research and/or coursework abroad.


The IFSA Foundation has awarded ECU $15000 for 2006-2007 and $25000 for 2007-2008 for semester or academic year scholarships for study in Eastern Europe, Russia, Eurasia or Asia. Awards are typically $2500 for a semester and $5000 for an academic year.

2007-2008 Awards

Joshua Hudson -- 2007/2008 – Osaka Kyoiku University, Japan


Austin Mattox –Fall 2007 – Wroclaw University, Poland


Timothy Schettino –Fall 2007 – Saratov State

University, Russia; Spring 2008 China


Brian Schmitt –Fall 2007 – Korea National Sport University, Korea


Ian Thompson-Spring 2008- Wroclaw University, Poland


Christopher Kent-Spring 2008- Wroclaw University, Poland


Elizabeth Ross-Spring 2008-Peace Child India, internship in Bangalore, India

2006-2007 Awards

Walter Manning – Fall 2006 – Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania


Brian Schmitt – Spring 2007 – Korea National Sport University, Korea


Natalie Marshall – Spring 2007 – Saratov State University, Russia


Kirsten Lee – Spring 2007 – Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania


Neha Patel – Spring 2007 – Peace Child India (Internship), Bangalore, India


Haley Peacock – Spring 2007 – Peace Child India (Internship), Bangalore, India



Sally Peel  Osaka Kyoiku University in Japan, 2006-2007 academic year.