China: Art and Culture Abroad
3 credits in Painting and Printmaking
3 March – 12 March 2017
$1,600 (includes airfare) + applicable VCU tuition. Find full details on the Budget Sheet!
Ruth Bolduan, Professor
1 January 2017
The Global Education Office and the Painting & Printmaking Department, in collaboration with Tsinghua University School of Art and Design, are pleased to present a program in Beijing, China. Students will pursue studio art projects, while experiencing life, art, history, and culture in Beijing, visiting the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, 789 Arts District, and other notable Beijing sites.
Course and credit options
- PAPR 491: Art and Culture Abroad in China (3 credits, undergraduate)
- PAPR 591: Art and Culture Abroad in China (3 credits, graduate)
The Education Abroad office will enroll students in the course upon receipt of the registration.
PAPR 491/591: Art and Culture Abroad in China (3 credits)
This course features an intensive nine-day study abroad experience in Beijing, China. VCU students will get to know Chinese students and faculty, while staying on the campus and working in the studios of Tsinghua University School of Art and Design, located in northwest Beijing near the Yuan Ming Yuan Gardens and Summer Palace.
As preparation for the trip, the course will present students with lectures in Chinese art, culture, and history. Students will learn how to say useful words and phrases in Chinese and will master the logistics of complex international travel.
This program is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors in the studio art areas of VCUarts. Prospective participants will be required to interview with the program director. An academic letter of reference is not required.
Accommodations and meals
Students will live in fully furnished dormitory rooms on the campus of Tsinghua University, with two students sharing a room. All meals are included at the Tsinghua University Dining Hall. Students will be met at the airport by representatives of Tsinghua University who will transport them to their dorms. Welcome packets will be included for each student.
Ruth Bolduan received B.A. and M.F.A. degrees from The American University in Washington, DC. She has been awarded Artist Residencies at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris and Self-Help Graphic Arts Center in Los Angeles. Solo exhibitions include Anton Gallery in Washington, DC and Monterey, California; 1708 Gallery in Richmond, Virginia; and Open Studio at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. Other exhibitions include Page Bond Gallery in Richmond, District of Columbia Arts Center, Galerie Ponce Boscarino in Paris, Flor de Luna Art Center in Los Angeles, The Painting Center and Jim Diaz Gallery in New York, Institute of Contemporary Art in San Jose, California, Museo Pedro de Osma in Lima, Peru, China World Trade Center in Beijing, and the Tretyakov Museum in Moscow. Publications include an artist book with Alberto Casiraghy, Frammento di Dante, published by Edizioni Pulcinoelefante in Osnago/Milan. Public collections include the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the American University Museum, Capital One Corporation, and the University of Richmond Modlin Art Center.
A valid passport is required to leave the US. If a student does not already have a passport, they are advised to begin the application process as soon as they are accepted into the program. The processing time for new passport applicants can be as long as 8 weeks. For students who already have passports, they will need to verify that the passport’s validity dates extend 6 months past their return date. For more information about passports and the application/renewal process, please consult the State Department's website
Payment of fees
In order to complete the application, students are required to submit a $250 registration fee and deposit. The $250 registration fee and deposit is refundable in two cases: if the program is cancelled, or if a student is rejected by the faculty member based on their qualifications to participate in the program. Reasons for rejection could include, but are not limited to, GPA, lack of a pre-requisite, unacceptable or inappropriate statement of interest, etc. and are at the discretion of the faculty program director. However, if a student pays the fee and is not given final acceptance to the program based on failing to complete application requirements, as determined by the Education Abroad office or faculty director, the $250 is non-refundable.
Students will receive two separate charges to their student accounts for this program. One charge will reflect the balance of the program fee (minus the $250 deposit and application fee); the other charge is for VCU tuition costs (based on the number and type of credits being taken by the student). These bills will be charged through VCU Student Accounting and should appear in spring 2017.
While these charges may post to the student’s account simultaneously or separately, it is the student’s responsibility to make sure the account balance is paid before the billing due date.
Withdrawal procedures and financial commitment policy
All withdrawals must be made formally in writing and submitted to the Director of Education Abroad. Otherwise, the program fee will not be refunded. After committing to the program, students deciding to withdraw will be held accountable for a portion of or the entire program fee based on the following schedule:
- Formal withdrawal submitted later than 30 days before the first day of the program abroad: 100% of the program fee will be charged
- Formal withdrawal submitted within 30-60 days before the first day of the program abroad: 75% of the program fee will be charged
- Formal withdrawal submitted within 60-90 days before the first day of the program abroad: 50% of the program fee will be charged
In the event an unexpected emergency occurs within 30 days before the first day of the program abroad, students must provide a physician’s certification that his/her condition prohibits participation. In this case, refunds will be limited to only those funds VCU is able to recover or that have not already been spent on behalf of the student.
See above for refund policy on $250 registration fee and deposit.
Students should schedule an appointment with their physician or at a travel clinic (such as VCU Student Health) at least 4 to 8 weeks before the program to inquire about recommended and/or required vaccines/immunizations. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all routine and travel immunizations are up-to-date.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides information on recommended and required immunizations for travelers. To view the health risks and requirements for the country to which you will be traveling, please visit the CDC's website
Health Alert: Zika Virus
The CDC has issued a travel alert for countries where the Zika virus is prevalent. Check the CDC’s travel notices
regularly as new countries are being added to this list. Check VCU Student Health
to stay updated as well.
VCU Student Health offers in-depth pre-travel consultation with a health care provider as well as most of the vaccines recommended for safe travel. Prescriptions for recommended medicines are also available. Please visit their website
for full details.
Every effort is made to provide updated and accurate information at the time of publication. The sponsors reserve the right to make necessary changes to the programs and costs. The university reserves the right to revise or alter all fees, regulations pertaining to student fees, and fee collection procedures at any time.