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  • Locations: Kunming, China
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
  • Restrictions: Carleton applicants only
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Areas of Study: Asian Studies, Chinese, Cross-Cultural Studies, Pre-Med Studies, Sociology and Anthropology Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Hotel/Hostel GPA: 2.5
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SIT Study Abroad China: Community Health and Traditional Chinese Medicine (Summer)

 NOTE: SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, SIT may have to modify programs. Visit the SIT website for more details.

Shadow Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners and work with health professionals in urban and rural communities.


Beautiful Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province, is known for its good air quality, spacious parks, and ethnically diverse population. From this base, you’ll learn Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) philosophies and techniques by shadowing medical professionals at Yunnan Provincial Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital. In lectures, you’ll learn the history of TCM and its philosophical foundation in Daoism; the concepts of yin and yang, the organs, and the meridians; and the pharmacopoeia of TCM herbal medicine. You’ll visit parks and gardens with a botanist to learn about healing plants and herbs, explore a TCM pharmacy, and see a demonstration of medicine making. On excursions to Weibaoshan Mountain, Dali ancient cities and Shaxi ancient town, Lijiang World Heritage site, and Zhongdian Tibetan area, you’ll explore the unique qualities of indigenous ethnic minority healing systems. At the end of the summer, you’ll have a TCM certificate from Yunnan Provincial Chinese Medicine Hospital and a good foundation in Chinese language.


  • Obtain a certificate from Yunnan Provincial Chinese Medicine Hospital.
  • Earn two Chinese language credits, learning from ACTFL-certified instructors.
  • Observe indigenous and minority healing systems on multiple field excursions.
  • Learn 24-form Taiji through daily Taiji exercises.
  • Learn TCM theory and techniques, as well as artistic healing methods.
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.


  • Community health issues such as HIV/AIDS and healthcare reform
  • Indigenous ethnic minority healing systems
  • Traditional Chinese healing practices
  • The pharmacopoeia of TCM herbal medicine
  • Techniques of massage, acupuncture, moxibustion, and cupping
  • Daoist philosophy and TCM theory/diagnosis


Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.  

SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:
  • All educational costs, including educational excursions
  • All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
  • Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
  • Health and accident insurance


  • SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
  • Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.  
  • Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.


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To apply, you must complete the following two items:

1. Program application. Visit the SIT China program website for program information and program application. 
2. Carleton OCS Application for Approval. Click Apply Now above to begin. 

NB the application deadline listed below is for the Carleton Application for Approval. The program's application due date is stated on its website.

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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

The OCS office is currently updating this page. Please check back later. If you have any questions, contact the OCS office at x4541.