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June 28 - July 27, 2019

JSA Diplomat Program

at Beijing Union Universty

summer@jsa.org         800-334-5353

Become a JSA Diplomat

4 Weeks in Shanghai


The Location

The Excursions

The Courses

The Experience

The JSA Diplomat Program in Beijing, China totally transformed my view of the world. I will be forever grateful for the inspiration, friendship, and cultural understanding I gained in China. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity.

My JSA China trip was one of the most exciting academic experiences of my life. From the coursework guided by excellent professors to the fantastic tours and adventures our group went on, it was one of the most unforgettable trips of my life.



Patrick F. 

2012 Diplomat Program Alumnus

During the program JSA Diplomats take both an honors history and a Chinese language course. You are assigned language classes based on your proficiency, so whether you're a Mandarin expert or just a beginner, JSA will have a class tailored to your academic needs.

The JSA Diplomat Program offers the  adventure of a lifetime with the opportunity to explore China and Chinese culture, all while under the instruction of experienced and knowledgeable professors. You will learn the language and culture of China both in class and experientially through courses, meeting Chinese peers, and exploring two of China's largest cities, both independently and on guided trips.

Nora S. 

2014 Diplomat Program Alumna

Diplomat Program alumni agree that some of the best parts of the experience are the almost daily excursions to points of interest and significance. Experienced faculty and guides ensure that you will make the most of the time you have to explore these wonderful sites.

View the past itinerary for details.

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The Forbidden City
The former home of the Chinese Emperor, the Forbidden City, lies at the geographical and political heart of Beijing. On this excursion you will tour the historically rich palace and politically charged atmosphere of Tiananmen Square, which lies directly adjacent.
The Great Wall
A journey to Beijing would not be complete without the opportunity to climb the Great Wall of China and take in it's stunning scenery and magnificent construction.
Temple of Heaven
At the Temple of Heaven you will soak in the culture and history you've been learning about in class while touring the beautifully landscaped grounds and brightly painted temples.
798 Art Zone
Located in the sprawling complex of the decommissioned Military Factory #798, the 798 Art Zone represents the best of the Avant-Garde art scene in Beijing. Here you will be free to roam through the stunning galleries, boutiques, and cafes.
A common favorite, Panjiayuan is one of Beijing's most popular antique markets. Here you have the opportunity to learn the art of bargaining while practicing your newfound Chinese skills with the vendors.
On one weekend you will race to Shanghai at 300kph along China's high-speed rail system. Once there, you get the chance to visit the Financial District, observe the city from one of its highest observation platforms, and participate in a scavenger hunt.
Past Itinerary

Below are some of the past trip highlights. The activities are subject to change.

Studying abroad isn't just for college students

June 25th - July 25th 2020

at Shanghai, China

JSA Diplomat Program

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US Embassy in Beijing
As one of the largest and most secure embassies in the world, the US Embassy in Beijing is an impressive sight. You will have the opportunity to tour the embassy and participate in a Q&A with a panel of real diplomats and foreign service officers.

The mission of the Junior State of America is to strengthen American democracy by educating and preparing high school students for life-long involvement and responsible leadership in a democratic society.


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