Healthcare Delivery in Beijing

This program is on pause for 2022 but it is expected to return in summer 2023. 


This program offers you an opportunity to learn about health care, nursing education and culture in China. During this 4-week study abroad experience, you will visit various healthcare facilities in Beijing, China. In addition, you will take a complete course on traditional chinese medicine. You will have the opportunity to compare nursing education and practices in China to that in the US. There is also an opportunity to visit attractions in Beijing such as The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Olympic Park and The Great Wall. 

The program is open to Nursing and other Pre-Health students.

See the *sample* program schedule here.

What You'll Accomplish: 

As an engaged and active participant in this program, you will have the opportunity:

  • to learn about the Chinese healthcare system, as well as the impact of culture on medical practices
  • to develop an understanding of the current status of TCM as an active< evolving form of supplementary and alternative medicine in modern society
  • to visit TCM herbal markets, clinics and hospitals

Beijing is the capital of the People's Republic of China and one of the most populous cities in the world. The city, located in northern China, is the nation's political, cultural and education center. There are six Unesco World Heritage Sites in this city alone. Beijing is renowned for its opulent palaces, temples, parks and gardens while playing host to the headquarters of most of China's largest state-owned companies. 

Where You'll Live: 

You will stay in shared rooms at a hotel located on the campus of Capital Medical University for the duration of the program. 

You can expect your housing to include:

  • double occupancy room with shared bathroom (some exceptions)
  • daily breakfast
  • linens and towels
  • access to wifi
  • laundry is not included

We do our best to provide the most accurate information about housing and amenities but due to the nature of the locations in which we offer programs and limited availability, these items are subject to change.  Contact your program manager with any questions. 

What You'll Study: 

You'll earn a total of 6 credits on the program. Healthcare Delivery in China course will be taught by the Pitt faculty. Course on Comparative Medical Systems with teh focus on Traditional Chinese Medicine will be taught by local faculty. 

If you are seeking to count these courses towards a major, minor or certificate, please meet with your academic advisor to discuss this program and what the courses will fulfill for you. Information about how the courses on this program count towards general education requirements for different schools and campuses can be found at

Comparative Medical Systems (ANTH1737)

This course is designed to provide a general introduction to the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China.  This course will give the student with a solid understanding of traditional Chinese theories of the body and health, the philosophical and cultural underpinnings of TCM, the intersection of Chinese medical traditions with Western bio-medicine, the development and the current status of TCM as an active, evolving form of supplementary and alternative medicine in modern society. Students should also gain a first-hand knowledge of the current urban medical system in the PRCThis course will provide an overview of TCM training, including herbal approaches, acupuncture, moxibustion, and cupping.  Visits to TCM herbal markets, clinics, and hospitals are included as part of the course.

Healthcare Delivery in China (NUR1636)

This 3-credit course is designed to provide the undergraduate nursing student with exposure to the culture and health care delivery system in a foreign country.  Emphasis will be placed on exploring health issues and risk factors, the impact of cultural characteristics on health care delivery and utilization, and the achievement of health-related goals in China.  Students will compare the healthcare systems, nursing education and nursing practice in China and the United States. They will identify national and international health-related organizations in China and the mission of and roles these institutions play. 

Items Billed by Pitt

  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $4,656 $4,856
Program Fee $100 $100
Study Abroad Fee $300 $300
Total Billed by Pitt $5,056 $5,256

Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs

Airfare $1,000 - $1,500
Personal Expenses and Meals $1,000 - $1,500
Local Cell phone $100


Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

The amounts above are for the 2019-2020 academic year and should be used as estimates only. Pricing for 2020-2021 will be posted and announced in the fall term.

What's Included: 

As a part of your program fee, the following are included:

  • Tuition for 6 credits
  • Class related visits such as to hospitals, clinics, markets, etc.
  • International Health Insurance
  • Housing in shared accommodations
  • Breakfasts
  • Excursions to local sites including the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, and the Forbidden City
When You'll Go: 

Dates for the 2020-2021 academic year will be posted in the fall!