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Summer - Climate Change and Sustainability: An Environmental Chemistry View
Nanjing, China (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Summer Term 1
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Accommodation: Dormitory GPA Requirement: None
On-Site Staff: BC Faculty Leader
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Summer Course Credit Fulfillment: Chemistry, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Environmental Sciences Major/Minor elective Number of Credits: 3
Course Number: CHEM 1101, EESC 1301
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The Program

NanjingThis program will teach sustainability and how to live responsibly, important characteristics modern society expects from our students.  As the world population quickly increases and the living standards rapidly improve, we face critical issues connected to excessive energy and material consumption. 
The consequences of the consumption are not always obvious, particularly in the developed countries such as the USA. 

For this reason, we will learn the materials in a living example where these issues are magnified by the sheer size of the population and rapid economic development.  By immersing yourselves into the cultural and economic environments, you will gain firsthand experience on the benefits and negative impacts by the rapid industrialization in China.  The experience is expected to help students develop a more healthy and better balanced views of sustainability.  You are offered with an opportunity to think deeply about how to be responsible in an increasingly competitive future where natural resources, per capita, will be far less than they are today.

Program Dates 
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Arrival in Nanjing:
Sunday, May 27, 2018

Departure from Nanjing:
Friday, June 22, 2018

Faculty Leader

Professor Dunwei Wang


Our learning objectives of this summer course is the chemical principles that underpin environmental issues connected to sustainability.  The key concepts to be explored include:
1. The chemical principles behind fresh water treatments (e.g., pollutant removal; disinfection; purification)
2. The chemical connections between air pollution and rapid consumption of fossil fuels, coals in particular.
3. A fundamental understanding of the photochemistry behind smog that has almost paralyzed Los Angeles in the 1950s and much of China today 

Draft Syllabus: Climate Change and Sustainability_Wang_DRAFT.docx


Students will be billed for summer programs via their Agora account in early May, and payment is due prior to departure. Any questions related to billing should be directed to Student Services. 

Four separate costs are billed to Agora: 
  • Tuition (3-credit tuition was $2,508) 
  • GeoBlue international health insurance ($50)
  • Program fee: ($1,200)
  • Enrollment fee: ($45)

Students are responsible for coordinating and paying for their own travel to Nanjing and budgeting for meals and personal expenses not covered by the program fee. Details on housing and meals are included below.

Please consult our Summer Finances & Scholarships page for additional information on program costs and funding opportunities.  

Housing & Meals

Students will be housed in two-person student dormitories at Nanjing Technological University, and will be living among other international students.  

Cultural Activities

shanghaiThe host institute (Nanjing Technological University) is conveniently located at the one of the most ancient capital cities of China, Nanjing.  It is also at the center of the most developed regions in east Asia, which is an hour away from Shanghai by high speed train. 

The city offers ample opportunities to experience the country’s long and rich history, as well as the modern and new faces. 

The cultural activities planned include:
  • Visits to the Emperor Palace and the Great Wall from the Ming Dynasty, the Confucius Temple, the President House of the first democratic government, and the QinHuai River.
  • Weekend outing to the Zhong Mountain
  • Boat ride on the Yangtze River to see the mother river of China.
  • Two weekend trips to Shanghai to visit the Bund, the Huangpu River, Lujizui and other attractions.

Application Process

Please click on the Apply Now button on this page to submit an online application to OIP. For detailed information on the application process please visit the Summer Applications & Admissions page


Students with disabilities are encouraged to speak with their OIP Advisors about any concerns or questions they may have about studying abroad.

The Office of International Programs reserves the right to update, change, or cancel any BC Summer program without notice due to unexpected events abroad, curriculum, or enrollment issues. 

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This program is currently not accepting applications.