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Itinerary: Loyola University Chicago

Case study:
Loyola University Chicago

Graduate students of Social Work

11 students + 1 faculty
Nationality: U.S.A.
Trip Theme: Social Work
Dates and duration of visit: May 14, 2015 – May 23, 2015 – 9 days

Reasons for choosing China:

Most of the students had experience working in social work in the U.S. and chose to come to China to broaden their perspectives and approaches. Some also were interested in studying China-specific social problems and how social work institutes, hospitals and senior centers operate. The leading faculty member that accompanied them has research experience relating to China’s aging population. This trip was first created in 2014.

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  • Tian’anmen Square
  • Forbidden City
  • Mutianyu Great Wall
  • Dumpling making class
  • Summer Palace
  • Wushu class at Temple of Heaven
  • Acrobatic show
  • Legend of Kungfu show
  • Dinner with Chinese university students
Site visits

Site visits were arranged to give students the opportunity to not only see the different types of social work locations in China, but also to have the opportunity to interact with people of all ages.

  • Shepherd’s Field Children’s Village
  • Senior Cultural Centre
  • Chinese Elderly Community
  • The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)


  • Overview of Chinese Culture
  • Chinese Government and Politics
  • Social Issues of China
  • Chinese Senior Caring and Social Security Development
  • Peoples of China
  • One-Child Policy and Chinese Family Structure
  • Chinese Spiritual World



The students felt like this trip gave them the opportunity to learn and experience the social work system and social programs in China, giving them a new, more well-rounded, perspective. They felt that having this experience could help them approach social issues in different ways, especially the issue of an aging population. Additionally, they felt that their immersion in Chinese culture will help them when returning home and working with clients with  Chinese heritage. Upon completion of this trip, many felt that they would like to live abroad.

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“I felt that this program was beneficial because students got to experience China up close to get a true feeling of culture and history.”
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“I found the class and field visit combined to be powerful in creating understanding of the culture and complexity of China.”
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