China: Beijing and Tianjin (VIRTUAL)

China: Beijing & Tianjin

Saturday May 14 to Friday June 10, 2022 (4 weeks)

This will be the sixth year that the University of Toronto has offered a summer course in Beijing and Tianjin, China, and 2022 is the second time that this program will be offered virtually. Students will earn a full-year sociology credit in four weeks and classes will take place Monday through Thursday mornings.  This course will benefit students interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the characteristics of Chinese politics, economy, culture and society. 

Great Wall of China

About Beijing and Tianjin!

  • Beijing, China’s capital city, has history stretching back three millennia, yet it’s known as much for its modern architecture as its ancient sites, such as the grand Forbidden City complex, the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Nearby, the massive Tiananmen Square pedestrian plaza is the site of Mao Zedong’s mausoleum and the National Museum of China, displaying a vast collection of cultural relics.
  • Like its neighbour, Beijing, Tianjin is a metropolis in northern China and one of the five national central cities of the People’s Republic of China. Tianjin’s urban area is located along the Hai River, which connects to the Yellow and Yangtze Rivers via the Grand Canal in Tianjin. Tianjin was once home to foreign concessions in the late Qing Dynasty and early Kuomintang (KMT) era.

Program Activities

In addition to formal lectures and classroom discussions, the course will feature guest lecturers, interviews, live-stream tours, and coffee chats. 

  • Guest lectures and interviews with Chinese scholars, village heads, migrant labourers, elders and policymakers
  • Discussions on important topics with the students from Chinese universities such as Nankai University, Renmin University of China, and Tsinghua University
  • Virtual tours with the on-site coordinator in China
  • Filmed visits to Tianjin museum and other places in China
  • Coffee chats hosted by Professor Tsang and guests from different industries

Beijing and Tianjin Summer Abroad: News and Highlights

Learn more about the Beijing and Tianjin Summer Abroad Program through videos, past events and articles.

Questions? Email: or book a virtual appointment.