Vol State-China Exchange Programs

Virtual Exchange

Vol State faculty teaching select courses are partnering with Hangzhou Normal University and Wuxi Higher Health Vocational Technology School to provide students in the U.S. and China with virtual exchange opportunities. Students will communicate electronically through email and Zoom to do research, complete a project, and have fun interacting with one another across the globe!

The purpose of the Vol State-China virtual exchange program is to:

  • Develop students’ research, problem solving, communication, and presentation skills.
  • Expose students to different perspectives and cultural differences, increasing cultural awareness and understanding.
  • Facilitate the exchange of ideas between students in different cultures.

For more information, contact Dr. Lingli Ni at Lingli.Ni@volstate.edu.

Read more about the spring 2021 virtual exchange in the Vol State Insider.

Participation Requirements

Students need to agree to follow the rules and communication etiquette as stated in the course syllabus. Discuss topics with an open mind. All participants should avoid arguing over sensitive topics such as religion, politics, etc.

Students are required to work as a team and turn in a high-quality report or presentation at the end of the project period to earn credit for the project (Vol State students) or a certificate of achievement (HNU and Wuxi Health School students).

Vol State students are required to play a leadership role and to share the background knowledge for the project with their partners in China.

HNU and Wuxi Health School students are required to communicate in English and spend time working on the project as team members.

Study Abroad in China

“Travel ten thousand miles, read ten thousand books!”

In this old Chinese saying, travel and study go hand in hand. They both give you a new way to seeing things.

The Vol State Study Abroad China Program was first launched in the summer of 2018 after two years of planning. Our first delegation of Vol State students and faculty members visited the cities of Beijing, Hangzhou, Wuxi, and Shanghai. They also visited the campuses of Hangzhou Normal University and Wuxi Health School. The trip was filled with exciting things to see and to do, not to mention beautiful sceneries, delicious food, and warm friendship with our host schools.

Read the poem about the 2018 trip: “This time, we went really far,” by Lingli Ni.

Program Returns in Summer 2023

We are planning the program again in summer 2023! By participating, you are not just earning college credit. You may harvest more than you could imagine!

Classes are COMM 2025 Fundamentals of Communication with Prof. Ines Petrovic-Mundzic, ENGL 2860 Introduction to Film with Prof. Shellie Michael, and MATH 1530 Introductory Statistics with Prof. Lingli Ni.

Travel scholarships are available for students who qualify. See the student information page for details.

Tentative Program Dates: May – June, 2023

  • May : Orientation at the Gallatin campus
  • Travel Day 1: Leaving Nashville Airport
  • Days 2-4: Beijing (3 nights)
  • Days 5-8: Hangzhou (4 nights)
  • Days 9-13: Wuxi (5 nights)
  • Day 14: Depart Shanghai Pudong International Airport

Please visit TnCIS.org for the program application and additional details.

Program Application and Additional Details