Summer Abroad China

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Global Fashion in China

Wuxi, Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou

Arrive Date: June 23, 2019   End Date: July 20, 2019

Program Overview

We will be stationed in the Yangtze Delta Area – the birthplace of silk and now the hub of modern fashion and textile production in China. With easy access to Shanghai and many other famous historical textile sites, students will explore museums to study Chinese traditional costumes and their influence on global fashion development and visit factories to investigate the latest apparel and textile facilities where many internationally recognized fashion brands are made. With a flexible summer schedule, students can shop at textile markets, interact with local designers and dealers, visit the famous oriental gardens in the region, or relax in town to observe the lifestyles where the deep roots of Chinese civilization meet western influence.

Taught in:  English

Max Enrollment:  24

Program CoordinatorSarah Wiens


Design (DES) 131. Global Fashion and Textile Product Design (4 units)

Design (DES) 198. Directed Group Study (4 units, Pass/No Pass grading only)

Program Highlights

  • Live and study in China to gain a better understanding of Chinese culture.
  • Investigate how design is implemented in real world operations at production sites.
  • Experience how design thrives at cultural crossroads enhanced by technology.
  • Evaluate the social responsibilities of fashion designers in this trend-driven industry.

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