Summer: Rutgers- Social Welfare System in China: Processes and Challenges

Beijing, China | Tianjin, China

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Summer 2022
May 17, 2022
May 31, 2022
Mar 01, 2022
Language(s) of Instruction
Class Standing
Rising Sophomore
Good Academic Standing


Program Advisor

The Program

Take an in-depth look at the nature and practice of social welfare institutions in China, and the challenges faced due to rapid urban population growth and economic development.

Visit local social welfare organizations throughout Beijing and/or Taiwan, meeting with social work practitioners from across the field and exploring the differences between practices and policy in China and the United States.

During Summer 2020 we will be celebrating the 10th year anniversary of this program! 

Summer: Rutgers- Social Welfare System in China: Processes and Challenges

Program Locations




Beijing is the capital of the People’s Republic of China.  It is the political, educational, and cultural center of China and the nation's most populous city with over 15 million residents and 4.5 million cars. The architecture reflects the city’s ever-changing persona.  Due to rapid industrialization, enormous population (approximately 20 million), and continuous urban sprawl, the city is home to an increasing number of migrants from the Chinese countryside as well as ethnic minorities from other parts of East Asia.  These circumstances make Beijing a fascinating environment to study the expanding demands of Chinese social welfare systems.


This program is designed for graduate-level students in the School of Social Work.  It is open to advanced undergraduate students only by special permission of the faculty director.

To view the program's 2020 syllabus, please click here.  A preliminary syllabus for 2017 will be available before the start of the spring semester.

Students will be enrolled in Social Welfare Systems in China: Processes and Challenges, an intensive two-week course worth 3 credits.  The course will begin with an online pre-departure orientation and preliminary readings. The in-country instruction will be based at Renmin University of China in Beijing. Students will take classes in the morning and participate in field visits in the afternoon to national and local social welfare departments and social work agencies. China social work educators, researchers, and practitioners will join the program for both didactic and field experiences.

This program also offers the option of an additional service learning practicum.  Upon completion of the two-week course, students will be placed with local social work agencies for full-time placements.  Students interested in completing the additional service learning practicum in China should click here for more information and to apply.

For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

The program itinerary includes several group excursions, designed to enhance student learning about Chinese history, culture, and contemporary society.  Cultural highlights of the program will include visits to the Forbidden City and the Great Wall, as well as a traditional Beijing Duck dinner.

Housing and Meals

Students will be housed at the Beijing Friendship Hotel.  Two meals each day will be taken as a group at the hotel and at local restaurants.

Financial Information

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Undergraduate $3,180 $3,470
Graduate $3,360 $3,640
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition 
•    Housing
•    Most Meals
•    Excursions
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,500
Meals $75
Visa (Estimate is for US Citizens) $140
Personal Expenses $200
Total $1,915.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad. 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.


Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program. Applications can be found inside of your study abroad program application. For more information, please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

Rutgers Global–China Office Study Abroad Scholarship will be given on a competitive basis to qualified students whose financial needs are not being met by other funding. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of the overall strength of the application (especially the cover letter), academic record, and financial need. The award can be used to defray eligible study or intern abroad costs. These costs include program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance, and international airfare.

Faculty Leader and Students Spotlight

Chien Chung Huang

Professor and Director of the Huamin Research Center. Dr. Huang's research interests include international social work, nonprofit management and philanthropy, social welfare policy, poverty and welfare reform, and domestic violence.

Summer 2016

“This is a picture of me on the Great Wall of China. This picture holds a lot of meaning to me, as I have a medical condition that sometimes prevents me from doing physical exercise. I was able to conquer my limitations with the help of my professor and a lot of perseverance. I literally felt on top of the world when I took this - physically and emotionally.” 

Summer 2018

"My motivation for studying abroad was knowing that living in a very different country than America would help me in becoming an even more open-minded person and help me in becoming a great social worker. Studying abroad shows people that there is more to this world than what we currently know." 

Summer 2018

“In the United States, I am the majority. I am a white female. I do not walk down the streets and have people stare at me or judge me. I do not know what it feels like to be discriminated against and looked at differently. I do now. Not only am I leaving China with a new understanding of the Chinese culture, but an understanding of what it is like to be a minority. I know how I felt, how mad I got, and how I was constantly on watch around me. I could not imagine that happening every day where I live; and yet, that happens to people in the US. This experience has made me more culturally aware and, in turn, a better social worker.”