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Southern Connecticut State University Department of Library Sciences Presents
The 2014 International Field Study in:

May 21 - June 4, 2014

China Brochure (PDF)
China Application
(Please return filled out application to Brendan Walsh in EN B 129)

Learn about Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in the field of information and library science, and visit some of China's most magnificent sites in this 2-week summer program.

Students will have the opportunity to meet international health information professionals, and acquire practical knowledge of informatics and services provided in Chinese libraries. Professional visits include the National Science Library, Institute of Information on Traditional Chinese Medicine (IITCM), Chongwen Health School, Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine and medical university libraries, as well as urban and rural healthcare clinics in Beijing and Tianjin.

Cultural learning excursions will give students the opportunity to visit the Temple of Heaven, the Great Wall, the Summer Palace, the Ming Tombs, and the Forbidden City. Excursions will also include demonstrations of Taijiquan and Qigong as well as observations of administration of various forms of actual herbal medicine, acupuncture and dietary therapy.


Program participants will stay at the International Dorms of Tianjin Institutes of Technology, and will partake in elements of TUT's summer program.

For more information on TUT's program, please visit

Don't miss this once-in-a lifetime experience, while earning 3-6 undergraduate or graduate-level credits.


Students will be enrolled in the following course:

Seminar in International Librarianship is on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Informatics (ILS 630 / ILS499) - 3 Credits

Graduate students will also have the option to enroll  in the following online course, taught in conjunction with ILS 630:

Medical Bibliography and Libraries (ILS 619 S70) - 3 Credits


•   Completion of risk management packets, including release of liability, health report, and proof of insurance. (Students must either purchase Aetna Student Health Plan, which includes OnCall emergency coverage, or OnCall stand-alone emergency coverage for $36.00. This policy can be purchased in the OIE).
•   Records free of disciplinary problems


A deposit of $500 is due when the application is submitted to the OIE. The deposit is nonrefundable once the student is notified by the faculty trip leader of his or her acceptance into the program. This guarantees participation in the program and reserves lodging. A second payment of $1,425 is due on March 4, 2014. The remainder of the balance ($1,425) is due no later than May 1, 2014.

Program Fee Includes:
•  Airfare, lodging, and round-trip domestic transportation from SCSU to the airport
•  Three planned group dinners
•  Breakfasts
•  Entrance to all excursions sponsored by the program

Fee Does Not Include:
SCSU's tuition and summer registration fee ($1,399.00 for undergraduates enrolling in three credits, $1,756.00 for graduates enrolling in three credits or $3,457.00 for graduates enrolling in six credits), personal expenses, touring, laundry, snacks, medical and living expenses, or any additional expenses that alter the itinerary or arrangements.

 *Fees are based upon historical program costs and current rates of exchange. Extreme fluctuation in exchange rates or boarding costs may result in additional fees being charged. The university reserves the right to change the itinerary of proposed trips if needed to control the cost of the overall trip. In the event that additional fees exceed the present costs by more than 20%, the student may choose to drop the course and will receive a refund of all funds recoverable by the university. Fees will be frozen on May 1, 2014, and there will be no refunds after that date.

Please Note:
All participants in the program are required to have supplemental travel insurance. Students must either purchase Aetna Student Health Plan, which includes OnCall emergency coverage, or OnCall stand-alone emergency coverage for $36.00. This policy can be purchased in the OIE).For more information, contact the
Office of International Education at 203-392-5454. For more information, contact the Office of International Education at 203-392-5454. The cost of obtaining a valid passport, visa and textbooks are also participants' responsibility. With the exception of at least 3 group dinners, some lunches and dinners will not be included.  Dining is very reasonable in China; plan to spend about $15 to $25 per day on meals.

*The deposit will be returned if application is not accepted by the Program Director.
For information regarding financial aid, please contact Ms. Gloria Lee at (203) 392-5445.

This program accepts no responsibility for personal property, which must be insured separately if so desired; in particular, students are urged not to bring valuables with them. The program reserves the right to make changes required by circumstances.

Office of international Education Cancellation Policy

Currently, all courses abroad for the academic year are expected to operate. Southern Connecticut State University's Office of International Education (SCSU-OIE) will monitor world events and make any change to this decision on an individual course basis any time between now and the departure dates.

If Southern Connecticut State University cancels an off-campus course, students will be refunded their deposits and all monies the university is able to recover from program providers. The SCSU-OIE office will aggressively negotiate with providers for the refunds.

If a student withdraws from an off-campus course at any time between now and the departure date, the student will forfeit his/her deposit but will be refunded all other recoverable amounts. In the event the price of the trip rises more than 20%, the student may withdraw and receive both recoverable funds and deposit.

Students who must cancel their participation in a course abroad program must do so in writing to Dr. Erin Heidkamp, Interim Director of the Office of International Education.

The Office of International Education will work to delay payment to providers on costs for course abroad programs as long as possible and request clearly-stated refund policies from all providers for all programs prior to payments. Students who wish to purchase cancellation insurance should contact their insurance provider.

If Southern Connecticut State University cancels an off-campus course, the staff of SCSU-OIE will work with individual course abroad faculty members in adapting their course, when possible, for the Southern Connecticut State University campus. This is understood to be an emergency procedure in place as a result of unusual or unforeseen world events. If an off-campus course cannot be adapted to the on-campus setting, the faculty member will work to develop an alternative on-campus course for the students enrolled. If this is possible, efforts will be made to enroll students in existing on-campus courses.

For more information, visit the program website at:ß

Also, watch one of video clips of the 2011 China documentary in Beijing :

 For additional information and application contact:

Dr. Yan Liu, Trip Director
Professor of
Information and Library Science
(203) 392-5763