Xiamen, China – Global Climate Change and Vulnerability

Xiamen, China – Global Climate Change and Vulnerability

Xiamen, China – Global Climate Change and Vulnerability

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Application deadline May 1, 2018

Price: $1,245

  • Price includes housing, excursions, 3 meals/day, insurance, course fee – 3 units resident credit. Does not include Chinese visa fee (approximately $185), wire transfer fee ($30 – $60 at your bank), RT airfare to China.  Cost breakdown can also be found on application page  here

Dates:  July 8 – July 21, 2018

Application deadline: May 1, 2018

Course Credit:  3 units Sci 596. Undergraduates and Graduates invited to apply.

$500 Scholarship

Students may apply for a $500 scholarship with the Office of International Programs. If interested, please email Maureen Crawford, mcrawford@sdsu.edu after April 12 for a link to the scholarship application.  Applicants will receive funding provided they are selected for the program and have completed the application.  The application includes writing a basic statement of purpose, max 500 words, on why this experience would be of value personally, academically, and/or for future career.  Note the funds will not be available before you leave for the course; they will be available in late summer prior to the beginning of the Fall Semester.

2018 will be the 7th successful offering of this course!


Xiamen promo flyer

 Summer 2015 – College of Sciences at the National Park of Strand and Volcano of Zhangzhou, China. Upper left to right: Shane Wells, Zach Arcio, Camille Paderes Cuyugan, Phevee Paderes, Claire Cecilia, Vannesa Salazar, Cora Bercasio, Kateri Wojcik; Eddie Garcia at lower left.

 girl photographing another student who is drenched in sea spray

Coastal Volcano National Geologic Park of ZhangZhou

Faculty Leader:

Dr. William Tong

Dr. William Tong, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, SDSU Department of Chemistry

Dr. William Tong, Chair and Professor, Department of Chemistry.

 Lecture Topics:

  • Global climate change
  • Effects of ocean acidification on mariene primary producers under the sun
  • Quantitative assessment and prediction of climate change
  • Environmental proxies for paleoclimate reconstruction, paleoclimate records and abrupt climate change
  • Tidepools and SDSU students

    Students on the hunt for intertidal life; Coastal Volcano National Geologic Park of ZhangZhou; Xiamen

    Mangroves as an index to study environmental vulnerability for coastal wetland ecosystem

  • Contamination of organotin compounds in coastal environments
  • Nitrogen fixation in the oceans
  • The control strategies of global warming gases in semiconductor plant

Lectures will be given by Faculty leader Dr. William Tong and his Chinese Colleagues at University of Xiamen.

Class  Composition:  Course will include a combination of  SDSU students as well as students from Xiamen and other International students.

Housing and Meals included:  Students will be housed in the Residence Hall of University of Xiamen, double occupancy, and will be provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Residence Hall Dining Room.


More information on this program:

Contact Maureen Crawford, International Coordinator, College of Sciences, mcrawford@mail.sdsu.edu or William Tong, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, SDSU Department of  Chemistry, wtong@mail.sdsu.edu.



Cityscape Xiamen night

City of Xiamen

great tandem bike with guy at back

Excursions Include:

  • National Geologic Park of Strand
  • Volcano of Zhangzhou
  • Xiamen Wanshi Botanical Park
  • Xia Tan Wei Mangrove reserve


Video:  Xiamen.University and city of Xiamen

  • multi ethnic group of students at table
  • family meal with multi ethnic group
  • Teacher instructs students around table on Chinese pronunciation
  • girl hugging another girl
  • Xiamen, night, skyline reflected in river
  • thousands of young people at Concert. Xiamen
  • Xiamen fish market with local vendor in red apron
  • students on bleachers with red roofs of Xiamen university
  • student group at restaurant
  • group of students in front of ocean
  • group of students in front of Chinese temple