Category: Undergraduate

Study Abroad in China: The CGS Summer Program in Shanghai

November 5th, 2012

The Division of the Social Sciences at the College of General Studies is offering a course on the Modernization of China in Shanghai this summer from June 22 to August 18, 2013. It is expected that our students will find this attractive, as it will give them an opportunity to study in China and receive credit for the required course they take as sophomores on the same subject here at CGS. Many, it is hoped, will also dovetail this study with an introductory course in Chinese. We are also opening this course up to other students both at Boston University and elsewhere. We would appreciate any publication you could give on this offering.

The eight-credit program includes 2 courses:

  1. Modernization and Revolution in China*
  2. Intro Chinese Language**

*Fulfills World History Requirement

**No prior Chinese language skills are necessary




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Spring 2013 Internship – JICC, Embassy of Japan

October 3rd, 2012

The Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan is seeking unpaid, part to full-time interns (12-35hrs/week) for Spring 2013. Internship start/end dates and hours are customized with the academic schedule of the chosen candidate.

The JICC is a part of the Public Affairs section of the Embassy of Japan in Washington, DC. Our primary role is to promote a better understanding of Japan and Japanese culture by providing a wide range of information and events to the American public, particularly in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. We strive to build bridges between the two cultures through various activities, such as film screenings, art exhibitions, lectures, an online newsletter, and school programs. The JICC is the gateway to connect the American public to Japan and the interns are an integral part of our efforts. [More info]


Wouldn’t you like to study in China? Consider Macau

September 27th, 2012

Funding Opportunities

The Department of History at the University of Macau is pleased to announce studentship and assistantship opportunities for promising candidates for its MA program in Chinese History and the History of East-West Interactions. Each year the Department of History offers studentships, assistantships, and research assistantships. Most of these awards range from 9 – 12 months and are currently MOP 7500 per month (approx. US$1.00 = MOP 8.00).

Internationally Recognized

The MA Program in History is in English, supplemented by Chinese. We have a faculty of international scholars who were trained at prestigious universities in the United States, Britain, Hong Kong, and China. Our professors are on the cutting-edge of teaching and research.

Multicultural Experience

We offer a variety of courses in Chinese History, Southeast Asian History, European History, East-West Interactions, and Chinese Art History. Besides classroom instruction our students have opportunities to do historical fieldwork in China. The Programme’s carefully designed multicultural and interdisciplinary curriculum and unique location in Macau – a city that has been a privileged platform for both commercial and cultural exchanges between the East and the West for over 400 years – insure students the quality, excitement and rich resources for learning.

For More Information

University of Macau
Department of History
Department Head, Prof. George Wei:

We strongly encourage potential students to contact any of our faculty directly via email for information on our MA Program.


2012 US-China International Youth Festival

April 22nd, 2012

“Think Global, Act Local” 

July 1-29, Xian & Beijing, China

3-Day Youth Summit
…to tackle global issues with elite peers and high-profile experts

3-Week Service Learning
…to gain hands-on experience in influencing Chinese young minds

2-Day Xian Tour and 1-Day Beijing Tour
…to immerse in an ancient and modern Chinese culture and scenery

To win a full-package grant up to $2,000 or to get an early-bird registration rate (before April 30), apply now at Grants will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Need more information?

  • Visit IYF web page
  • Follow “EACT” on Facebook
  • Email with your questions

More background information about the IYF

The first US-China International Youth Festival (IYF) was held between July 12, 2011 and August 6, 2011 in China. IYF was initiated and hosted by Education Association for China Tomorrow (EACT), one US 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization. Through the Global Development Youth Summit, volunteer teaching, and cultural immersion programs, IYF provided an excellent platform for youths from all over the world to exchange ideas and perspectives on mutual understanding, self-improvement, youth entrepreneurship and career development, climate and environmental sustainability issues, and the realization of the Eight Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations.

The first IYF was officially included in “UN’s International Year of Youth” (From August 12, 2010 to August 11, 2011) which gained plenty supports from related governmental agencies as well as a good number of organizations and individuals from US, China and many other countries. Participating parties include the US Embassy in Beijing, the World Bank, the World Health Organization, UN-Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Dream Corps International, Civic Concepts International, and several renowned universities and institutions. Other supporting organizations include the US State Department’s “100,000 Strong Initiative,” American Congressmen, the governments of Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia, the Chinese Embassy in the United States, the Department of Education, International Monetary Fund, top-ranked universities like Harvard, Yale and Cornell, and many overseas Chinese groups.


Extended Deadline for the 64th Japan-America Student Conference

March 8th, 2012

Attention Students: The deadline for applications to the 64th JASC has been extended to March 15th. So there are no applications from Boston University. Since we have a long tradition of both sending students to JASC and funding their participation in the conference, it would be a shame to not have a representative to this summer’s conference.

From July 25th to August 19th 2012, the 64th Japan-America Student Conference (JASC) will bring together 72 Japanese and U.S. students of diverse backgrounds and perspectives. The two delegations will study, work, live, and travel together as a group, visiting Dallas TX, Madison WI, Berkeley, CA and Seattle, WA.

This year, the 64th JASC will explore the theme: Share in the Present, Connect for the Future: Strengthen Ties to Inspire Change. Student delegates will join Roundtables to discuss related topics, supported by student leaders of JASC, the 64th JASC Executive Committee. Roundtables are comprised of equal numbers of delegates from each country.

This year’s roundtables include:

    Post-Crisis Reconstruction
    Environment and Technology
    Cultural Innovation and the Arts
    Cooperative Security in the 21st Century
    Personal and National Identity
    Business and Ethics in the Modern World
    Human Rights and Responsibility

Interested students can get directly in touch with Dan Jodarski at or 202-289-9088.

For more information, please visit


Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies, Deadline Extended

March 6th, 2012

The Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies has reopened for new applications for Fall 2012 and Academic Year 2012-13 and welcomes new applications from undergraduates until April 9th. The language prerequisite is four semesters of Japanese, or equivalent proficiency. Courses receive Boston University credit and financial aid packages can be used toward the program. A single semester at KCJS covers a full year of Japanese language training and non-language courses are designed to make full use of the local environment. A particularly well-received aspect of the program is the Community Involvement Project that helps students interact significantly with people in Kyoto in areas related to their own interests or professional ambitions. This has even led to future employment opportunities for some graduates.

For application and additional information, including a video and student responses to the program, please visit the program website.

For additional information about the program, feel free to contact BU faculty members Sarah Frederick ( or Mariko Henstock (, both of whom have first hand knowledge of the program and the curriculum.

For general advice or information on the application process as well as BU study abroad procedures, please contact Deborah Miller ( in International Programs.

Please be aware that the KCJS has a summer program in Advanced and Classical Japanese that is also open to graduate students. This is an intensive six-week program for advanced Japanese students (equivalent of BU LJ304 prerequisite), or those wishing to learn classical Japanese grammar. It is a very well received program featuring very small classes and intense instruction. Both homestays and apartments are available.More information is can be found here.

The application deadline has passed, but keep the program in mind for the future!


Embassy of Japan Summer Intern Program

February 12th, 2012

The Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) at the Embassy of Japan in Washington DC is happy to announce that the application period for the Summer 2012 JICC Intern Program will open Monday, February 13th. For detailed information on the program and how to apply, please visit the website.

If you have any questions, please email Shanti Shoji, Cultural Affairs Coordinator and Intern Coordinator, at


Humanistic Buddhist Monastic Life Program in Taiwan

February 12th, 2012

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The Woodenfish Project’s tenth year of the “Humanistic Buddhist Monastic Life Program” (HBMLP) in Taiwan will run from July 15th to August 12th, 2012.

Over the past nine years, the Woodenfish Project has offered undergraduate and graduate students the rare opportunity to extend their learning beyond the classroom, by experiencing authentic monastic life at Fo Guang Shan monastery in Taiwan. Dozens of Woodenfish alumni have continued on to pursue graduate studies in related fields.

For the past three summers, Woodenfish has also been offering another program, “Buddhism in China”, to bring scholars, graduates and upper-level undergraduates to the historical sacred mountains and famous temples of China. This program provides a great opportunity for scholars and students in Chinese studies to experience firsthand the development of religious culture in China.

Students with an emphasis on the fields of Buddhism and Chinese culture or language are strongly encouraged to apply. There will be a rolling admissions process for both programs, with the same final application deadline of April 15th, 2012.

If you have questions, please contact the program coordinators at or write to Dr. Yifa, Director of the Woodenfish Project, at


Call for Applications: Religious Violence Summer Program at Columbia University

February 12th, 2012

The Hertog Global Strategy Initiative seeks talented undergraduate and graduate students for its 2012 seminar on the History and Future of Religious Violence and Apocalyptic Movements. The seminar will take place over ten weeks, from May 29 through August 2, 2012, at Columbia University. It begins with two weeks of “total immersion” training on global religious violence. Following, there are seven weeks during which students conduct original research and collaborate on team projects. The class reconvenes in the first week of August for students to present their research and participate in a crisis simulation exercise. Participants then have four weeks to write an article-length paper based on their summer research. Students taking the course for credit will receive eight points, the equivalent of two semester-long courses at Columbia.

The 2012 Hertog Global Strategy Initiative will be taught by Matthew Connelly, Professor of History at Columbia University, and Monica Toft, director of the Belfer Center’s Initiative on Religion in International Affairs at Harvard University. They will be assisted in the classroom by a number of experts in the field, including world-class scholars, journalists and top government officials.

For more information about the program, scholarships, and summer housing in New York City, visit

Please direct any further questions to or 212-854-9854

Application Deadline: March 16, 2012

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Wharton Asia Economic Review: Call for Submissions

February 12th, 2012

The Wharton Asia Economic Review i (WAER) s now seeking submissions for the Spring 2012 issue. Please view the call for submissions here.

The Wharton Asia Economic Review is an undergraduate academic journal of the Wharton China Business Society at the University of Pennsylvania. WAER is committed to providing thoughtful analyses of how social, economic, political, and international changes affect business and commerce throughout Asia, and how Asia, in turn, affects the business world.

The deadline for submission is March 2, 2012. Submissions should be emailed as Word documents and citations should be formatted in the APA style. Please email your submissions to

For more information about WAER, please visit