Department of English

Erin Bond sign up students for the upcoming trip to China.

Photo Above: Erin Bond (pictured) and Michelle Britt will take students to China for a monthlong immersion experience whose travel begins in mid-May.


Program Overview

This immersion experience in Nanjing will give students an unforgettable experience in the culture and language of one of the world's most dynamic countries.

While there, students will study the Chinese language and the scholarship of international travel writing as you live and study in a city where the beauty of ancient history meets the excitement of the modern world.

Requirement: A student must have an overall grade point average of at least 2.0. The student may take up to 12 credit hours in INT 294 (ENG 294) and/or INT 494 (ENG 494).


Students will earn 3 Chinese language credits, along with 3 credits of ENG 294: International Travel Writing (a writing-intensive course).

Erin Bond poses with one of China's most famous movie stars, Bruce Lee.Together with your leaders, students will explore the sights, sounds and tastes of China, the world's most-watched country with an economy that is experiencing the largest expansion in its more than 5,000-year history.

Touring the Country

In addition to the experiences at the Nanjing University of Science and Technology, students will also travel to Beijing, the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden Palace, the Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, the Ming tombs, the Temple of Heaven and many more fabled landmarks.

Four weekend trips are scheduled to Shanghai, Suzhou, Mt. Huangshan and Hangzhou..

The first stop for interested students is the Office of International Programs, which gives a step-by-step how-to on registering for these study abroad opportunities.

For more information and costs, see our Chasing China brochure (pdf) and our blog.

Wentworth Travel Fellowships

Each year, a dozen or so students are awarded funds to travel to the country or area where their favorite authors or literary characters have existed. Our students have explored countries as far flung as China and India and as close to home as Concord, Mass., and New Orleans. Details are here.