Students who participate on a Dragons Study Abroad Program come from all different backgrounds, universities/colleges, and areas of interest. Eligible participants should have completed at least one semester of post-secondary study, be 18 years or older, have a minimum GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale), and be interested in taking part in an experiential semester abroad. For more information please see our Frequently Asked Questions.
Students can take 12-16 credits during the semester abroad. The total program cost varies based on the number of credits students choose to enroll in during the term. The tuition and fees listed below are inclusive of land cost and tuition costs.
Tuition and Fees
||Additional Tuition Cost
||$3,600 (12 credits)
||$4,800 (16 credits)
Tuition and Fees Include:
- 12-16 credits and a transcript from Dragons School of Record
- All program-organized travel and excursions
- Pre-departure preparation and in-country orientation
- All accommodations and most meals
- Supplementary lectures and special events
Note: Tuition and fees are made based on current circumstances in the host country but are subject to change.
Personal Expenses (Estimated)
Some expenses are discretionary and vary based on individual student preferences. Expenses that are not accounted for in tuition and fees may include flight costs (estimated at $1,995), personal local transportation, immunizations, academic and ISP supplies, some meals, visa, medical insurance and expenses, and other personal expenses.
Dragons is committed to making College Study Abroad programs financially accessible through the offering of scholarships. For more information on scholarships, please visit our Scholarships page.
College Study Abroad Programs are staffed by both instructors and faculty. All share one similar quality: the desire to provide students with the most complete and exceptional educational experience possible.
Instructors are hired for their in-depth knowledge of a country’s customs and traditions. We strive to have a 4 to 1 student to instructor ratio. As a result, no other study abroad program approaches the level of personal attention and mentorship available on a Dragons program. Our instructors challenge students academically and physically, draw them into an unsurpassed community of curious peers, and carefully guide participants through experiences that enliven and inform academic pursuits.
College Study Abroad Programs are also staffed with faculty who teach for-credit college courses. These faculty are either Dragons instructors who are present throughout the term or a visiting faculty member who teaches intensive courses. Dragons faculty possess a rich blend of academic training, instructional experience, and field-based skills. Most of our faculty possess a PhD, or in some cases a MA combined with extensive experience – both practical and instructional. In addition to faculty, we also work with local experts such as experienced language teachers, Independent Study Project mentors, and local guest lecturers.
On this College Study Abroad program in China, students have the opportunity to enroll in 12-16 semester credits. This program offers four college-level courses (4 credits each). In addition to work done in the classroom, Dragons’ College Study Abroad semesters are designed to provide students with the experiential opportunities to develop language competence, regional knowledge, intercultural leadership abilities, and research skills.
Dragons has partnered with Naropa University to offer four interdisciplinary courses for credit that extend from our Core Curriculum. The for-credit college courses we offer focus on building important skills, fostering a concern for global issues, expanding self-awareness and gaining an understanding of pertinent issues in each program area. Our approach is both experiential and conventional, using local resources, expert guest lecturers, excursions, pertinent readings, multi-media, and immersion to provide an intimate, well-rounded and powerful learning experience.
Course options include:
- Regional Seminar – Life Along the Ganges River (ANTH 250; 4 credits) – This course provides students with an in-depth introduction to the cultures and traditions along the Ganges River. A focus is placed on such topics as the role of women, economic issues of the caste system, environment, public health, education, and spiritual traditions for Hindus, Muslims, and Buddhists. Taught by faculty and guest lecturers, students engage local experts in discussion. Through lectures, reading and writing assignments, discussions, and experiences, students gain an understanding of the traditions, religious practices, history, and contemporary lifestyles of the people who make the cities and villages along the Ganges River their home. In addition, our travels in India take us to communities where these issues are vividly displayed, providing invaluable opportunities for study and reflection.
- Contemplative Intercultural Development and Leadership (ANTH 211; 4 credits) –Drawing from culturally diverse models of leadership and epistemology, this course examines topics such as intercultural communication skills, various leadership styles, and the roles and responsibilities of global citizenship.
- Independent Study Project (ISP) (ISP 325; 4 credits) – Each student conducts an in-depth study on a subject of their choice with the support of an academic advisor and local mentor. Students build key ethnographic research skills and practice working in cross-cultural partnerships. Typical ISP projects include research on environmental issues faced in Varanasi, volunteering at a leprosy clinic, yoga and meditation, Ayurvedic medicine, or an intensive focus on the arts: jewelry, traditional dance, sitar, or tabla.
- Hindi Language Study (HIND 150/250/350; 4 credits)
- HIND 150 Hindi I -This course is designed to provide a foundation in conversational Hindi for students with no previous knowledge of the language. Language proficiency is an essential aspect of the program, and regular language classes focus grammar, vocabulary development, and the history of the language. Students also learn to both read and write the Hindi script (Devanagari script). Additionally, students are assigned customized language projects that give them the opportunity to practice their language skills and develop the oral proficiency necessary to converse with native speakers. Experiential activities and guided interaction with native speakers supplement formal classroom instruction.
- HIND 250 Hindi II – Continuation of HIND 150: Introduction to Hindi.
- HIND 350 Hindi III – Continuation of HIND 250: Hindi II.
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