Agronomy in China
The Agronomy study abroad program in China centers around CSES 5100/6100 (Plant Genetics and Crop Improvement) taught in English to American and Chinese students at Northwest A&F University. Participants will spend 2 to 4 hours per day in class and will experience life and Chinese culture at a Chinese agricultural university. Students will stay in apartments and interact with Chinese students on a daily basis. Weekend excursions will include trips to that ancient Chinese capital of Xi'an, as well as trips to agricultural research facilities in surrounding areas.
- All applications will be reviewed on an individual basis.
- Students must have taken BIOL 1030
- A Chinese visa is required (students will be given instructions)
- 8 May 2018: Program start date
- 13 June 2018: Program end date
CSES 5100/6100 (Plant Genetics and Crop Improvement) – 3 Credits
Description: Principles related to mendelian, population, and molecular genetics of plants including inheritance of qualitative and quantitative traits, and plant transformation. The improvement of crop plants including heritability, role of environment, pedigree selection, recurrent selection, the backcross method, and marker-assisted selection are other topics covered.
Language of instruction: English
Prerequisite: BIOL 1030
Program Cost is variable and students are responsible for all expenses. Most graduate students can qualify as York Fellows and receive airfare and visa application costs. Graduate and undergraduate students are eligibile for Study Abroad Scholarships from the College of Agriculture that can cover most expenses. Estimated expenses are:
Students will be housed in apartments near Northwest A&F University, with air conditioning and hot showers. Wireless internet is available. Other places in town can be easily accessed by bus or taxi. Meals can be taken at one of the many cafeterias on campus, in addition to a wide variety of local restaurants, street vendors, and local markets. Coin-operated laundry facilities are available in the dorm, as well as a community kitchen. Physical requirements are only the ability to walk up to 2 to 3 miles daily.
Northwest A&F University is located in Yangling, Shaanxi province, Peoples Republic of China. Yangling is a small city by Chinese standards, with a population of about 100,000. It is rapidly becoming westernized, with supermarkets and fast food restaurants in addition to traditional Chinese street vendors, restaurants, and fresh food markets. Yangling lies about 100 km from Xi’an, a major Chinese city and tourist attraction, home of the famed Terracotta Army. Yangling is also located in one of most productive agricultural regions in China with wheat being its predominant crop.
With over 4,000 years of continuous history, China has one of the fastest growing world economies to date. With sites such as the Great Wall to the Himalayas and the Giant Pandas, there are many sites and sounds to be had within this grand country. With high-speed rail systems and extensive freeway systems similar to the US Interstate system, it is not hard to travel where your heart desires in China. The climate ranges from Temperate to sub-tropical depending upon the region visited and reach region has a beauty and expression all to itself.
Come explore this amazing place!
Excursions are difficult to predict. Based on past experience, the Chinese are very willing to accommodate our travel needs, but usually do so with very little advance planning. Students often develop their own excursions (sometimes with help from local Chinese students). Yangling has its own train station, and Xi’an-Xianyang international airport is only an hour away.
PASSPORT AND VISA REQUIREMENTS
If you do not have a PASSPORT: Please check www.travel.state.gov for the nearest local passport office and forms. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as possible. If you already have a passport: Please check the expiration date. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad.
- A Chinese visa is required for entry into China. Students will receive instructions on how to obtain a visa.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
- Visit the AU College of Agriculture Program Website
- Contact the Faculty Director listed at the top of this page