Spotlight on China

Spotlight on China

A guide to custom programs in China

China is a country of enormous size and diversity – both characteristics that have played a major role in shaping its past and in paving the way to its future. It has a big landmass, an enormous population, and a long and storied history. One of the oldest cultures in the modern world, China was a regional authority long before it earned its current central status in the global scene.  Today it is both the most populous country and the second largest economy in the world and, some would argue, a geopolitical superpower as well.

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Designing Your Custom Program

We believe this kind of learning experience demands a unique travel itinerary, and that’s why we specialize in customized travel programs. Whether its J-term, spring break, May-mester, etc., our program development team, alongside our Global Academic Team, will consult with you to translate your curriculum into a one-of-a-kind learning experience that will deliver the educational outcome you’re looking for. From selecting your destination to identifying interactive experiences that bring your classroom to life, our thematic approach ensures that your goals drive every decision we make together.

A Personal Partner

Once your program is developed, you’ll work directly with an account manager who will be your champion, working directly with our large team of logistical experts, curriculum specialists, and on-the-ground partners. Our loyal clients see their account managers as an integral part of their own university teams, ensuring that your program is uniquely yours each and every year.

Meet our VP of Program Development

JeDSC_7280nnifer Fisher leads a team of WorldStrides’ program development specialists, working directly with new university clients to globalize their curriculum with short-term faculty-led cultural immersion experiences. Jen brings a passion for customized curriculum solutions to this role after more than 20 years working with institutions of higher learning.

To begin customizing your program, give us a call at 1-800-422-2368.

Topics to Explore

In China, you might choose to explore some of the following topics:


A trip to “the factory of the world” is well spent meeting with power players in the multinational companies that have made China home. Understand the consumer goods supply chain, examine an automotive factory, or study how China’s manufacturers are pivoting from a focus on exports to emerging Chinese consumers.

Emerging Markets

A visit to China’s Tier 2 cities (e.g., Shenzhen, Guangzhou, or Tianjin) illuminates their role in the China of the future. The sheer size of their populations makes these cities essential retail markets and labor centers central to China’s growth.

Real Estate

Explore the exploding real estate markets in China, and learn about China’s plans to urbanize much of the rural population. Study how this great migration will impact salaries, infrastructure, and how it could shift the economy and forever change the Chinese consumer.

The Dynasties of China

The 5,000-year history of China is perhaps best understood through its ancient dynasties. Study the timeline through art and war, and visit historical sites key to each unique period. This approach to a travel program in China can complement many curricula or serve as an excellent overview of the country.


China is home to Taoism, Buddhism, lslam, Protestant Christianity, and Catholicism too. What’s more, all exist (and sometimes overlap with each other) in a society strongly shaped by Confucianism, folk religion, and atheist Communism. Observe all of these practices in this religious melting pot and consider the role of religion in both the Eastern and Western worlds through a new lens.


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China Now

Though China is still a communist state, the Chinese people enjoy greater social autonomy now than in the last 70 years, and the booming economy reflects the entrepreneurship shown by the rapidly modernizing population. This is true in the well-known cities of Beijing and Shanghai, but also throughout the country in dozens of lesser known cities with populations bigger than most major cities in the U.S. On nearly every economic and geopolitical issue, China is a major player.

A China Check-in from CEO Jim Hall

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