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SIT-Community Health and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Program Location Yunnan Province, China
Sponsor SIT
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 30019
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced

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Eligibility Academics
Program Costs Financial Aid
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Due to COVID-19, programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

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This program is not running in 2022, please check back later for status of 2023 program.

SIT-Community Health and Traditional Chinese Medicine

From barefoot doctors to traditional remedies, the Chinese public health system has drawn increasing attention in the West. In this program, students have the unique opportunity to study traditional Chinese medicine and public health issues by working with professionals in the field in both urban and rural settings. Students will have the opportunity to observe traditional practioners of herbal medicine, acupuncture , and massage therapy, and, in some cases, receive practical training.

Based in the city of Kunming in Yunnan Province, China, and run in conjunction with the Yunnan Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the program provides an introduction to the ancient philosophy, theory, history, and practices in traditional Chinese medicine, one of the world’s oldest, best-known, and most-developed medicinal systems, placing it in the social context of public health in China.

To facilitate their health-related academic work, students on this program also undertake the study of Mandarin language and Chinese culture.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:SIT.


SIT-Community Health and Traditional Chinese Medicine

The program is open to Purdue students who have previous college-level coursework or other significant preparation in the health sciences or a related field as well as completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program.

Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts][College of Pharmacy][College of Health and Human Sciences]
Specifically from: HK, PUBH, HSCI, NUR & PSY (HHS)

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

Public Health and Traditional Chinese Medicine Seminar: This portion of the program offers students a classroom-based introduction to the program theme as well as structured activities alongside professionals in traditional Chinese medicine, both in community and clinical settings.

Mandarin Language and Chinese Culture: Students will undertake the study of Mandarin with an emphasis on basic oral expression, listening comprehension, and an introduction to Chinese characters. Instruction will be offered at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels.


Due to COVID-19, excursions are subject to change.

In addition to key sites of interest in the Kunming area, students will also visit the traditional towns of Dali, on the shores of Erhai Lake, and Lijiang, a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to the Bai and Naxi peoples.

Estimated Program Costs
Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

The Program Fee includes: tuition, all meals, excursions, and emergency medical insurance.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Summer 2020

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee$7,965.00
Study Abroad Fee$609.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month)$32.00
Program Discount for Purdue Students- $1,500.00

Approximate additional costs per term
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$2,000.00
Books and Supplies$125.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$700.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
SIT-Publice Health & Traditional Chinese Medicine Feb 1

Returnees Information
SIT-Community Health and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email

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