Quick Info

  • Beijing
  • Maymester, Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : Health and Rehab Sciences, Health in a Global Context, Nursing
  • : May 6, 2019 - June 1, 2019
  • : $4,530 - In-State / $4,730 - Out-of-State
  • : January 20, 2019
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers), Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record, In Good Academic Standing



This 3-credit course is designed to provide the undergraduate nursing student with exposure to the culture and health care delivery system in a foreign country.  Emphasis will be placed on exploring health issues and risk factors, the impact of cultural characteristics on health care delivery and utilization, and the achievement of health-related goals in China.  Students will compare the healthcare systems, nursing education and nursing practice in China and the United States. They will identify national and international health-related organizations in China and the mission of and roles these institutions play. See the sample syllabus for the course here.

This course is designed to provide a general introduction to the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China.  This course will give the student with a solid understanding of traditional Chinese theories of the body and health, the philosophical and cultural underpinnings of TCM, the intersection of Chinese medical traditions with Western bio-medicine, the development and the current status of TCM as an active, evolving form of supplementary and alternative medicine in modern society. Students should also gain a first-hand knowledge of the current urban medical system in the PRCThis course will provide an overview of TCM training, including herbal approaches, acupuncture, moxibustion, and cupping.  Visits to TCM herbal markets, clinics, and hospitals are included as part of the course.

Coursework may count towards UCIS Asian Studies certificate.  

On-Site Faculty And Staff

The onsite faculty member will be Dr. Dianxu Ren, Associate Professor and Associate Director of Statistical Support Services, Center for Research & Evaluation at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Nursing. You will also interact with faculty at the School of Nursing at the Capital Medical University.


You will be housed in shared rooms at a hotel located on the campus of Capital Medical University for the duration of the program.

Pricing And Dates

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In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$4,530 $4,730
Arrive in Beijing Depart Beijing
May 6, 2019 June 1, 2019

* All students are required to attend the mandatory Pre-Departure Bash.  This afternoon long event will cover important topics relevant to study abroad like health, safety, security, and more.  Plus, it will give you the chance to meet other students studying abroad on your programs!  Alumni and staff will also be present to help you start thinking about your goals for the program.

The Pre-Departure Bash for this program will be on: February 1, 2019. Your program manager will follow up with more information once you begin your application!

Inclusions & Exclusions

Keep in mind that dates change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.

As a part of your program fee, the following are included:

  • Tuition for 6 credits
  • Class related visits such as to hospitals, clinics, markets, etc.
  • International Health Insurance
  • Housing in shared accommodations
  • Breakfasts at the hotel
  • Excursions to local sites including the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, and the Forbidden City

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee: ($300)
  • International Airfare
  • Meals and Personal Expenses

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Special Information

  • Pitt Nursing and other Pre-Health students

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Oksana Stalczynski

Walk-In Advising Hours: MWF 2-4 PM

Privet! I'm Oksana Stalczynski and I'm a Program Manager at the Study Abroad Office. I was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, was an exchange student and Russian Language Scholar at Reed College in Portland, OR and did a summer language program in Dresden, Germany. A study abroad experience broadens your horizon, grows your circle of friends and improves your career opportunities. That’s why I think everyone should do one!

Feel free to contact me to find out more about study abroad programs at Pitt, and/or to learn/practice some Russian.  Get in touch with me at Oksana.stalczynski@pitt.edu or 412-383-3237!