Program Overview

SIT semester programs include the following components: one-week orientation, intensive language study, homestay (in urban and rural areas), thematic seminar, field methods seminar, independent study project (last month of program), and program evaluation.  

From barefoot doctors to traditional remedies, the Chinese public health system has drawn increasing attention in the West. In this program, you will have the unique opportunity to study traditional Chinese medicine and public health issues by working with professionals in the field in both urban and rural settings. You will have the opportunity to observe traditional practioners of herbal medicine, acupuncture, and massage therapy, and, in some cases, you may receive practical training.

Based in the city of Kunming in Yunnan Province, China, and run in conjunction with the Yunnan Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Community Health and Traditional Chinese Medicine program will provide you with an introduction to the ancient philosophy, theory, history, and practices in traditional Chinese medicine, one of the world’s oldest, best-known, and most-developed medicinal systems. Students will also be exposed to the way traditional medicine fits within the social context of public health in China.

To facilitate their health-related academic work, you will also undertake the study of Mandarin language and Chinese culture.

For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit: SIT: Community Health and Traditional Chinese Medicine (Summer)

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.

Application process

If you are interested in applying to the Community Health and Traditional Chinese Medicine program, we strongly advise you to meet with an advisor prior to applying.

SIT Study Abroad has rolling admission, which means that applications are reviewed on a rolling basis between the opening and closing dates of the review process. Applications must be complete to be reviewed for admission. Since many programs fill long before the published closing dates, you are strongly advised to apply by the above priority deadline.

Qualified applicants are recommended by a GEO Study Abroad Program Advisor. The final selection of participants is made by SIT. The SIT admissions committee strives to select students who will be the best possible match for the program. You should submit strong academic references and demonstrate a consistent academic record, clear motivation to study abroad, solid reasoning for their program choice, and an understanding of the program model.

IMPORTANT: Application for a SIT program involves two parts. Both parts of the application are due by the GEO application deadline.

  • Completion of the GEO application process.
  • Completion of the SIT application process.

Please note that the GEO deadline supersedes the SIT deadline. An application fee is due at the time of application and is non-refundable under any circumstances.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Summer20193/1/2019Mid-JunesLate July

Travel Advisories

For current health, safety, and travel advisory information, search the US Department of State country webpage.