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Ceramics Program in China
Jingdezhen, China (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall Semester,
Program Website: Click to visit
Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Earn ASU Credit: View Pre-Approved Courses
Restrictions: ASU applicants only
Cost Sheets Fall Semester,
Areas of Study:
Arts/Design, Fine Arts
Program Type:
Language of Instruction:
Language Prerequisite:
0 semesters
Minimum Class Standing:
02 - Sophomore
Enrollment Restricted To:
School of Art, The Design School
Internships Available:
Graduate Courses Available:
GPA Requirement:
International Coordinator:
Abby Dalpra
Department/School Sponsor:
School of Art, The Design School
Available to Non-ASU Students:
  Program Details


WVU Ceramics
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Quick Facts

  • Participants will work with faculty from the Jingdezhen and local artisans skilled in traditional and contemporary ceramic techniques.
  • Workshops featuring the large traditional coil built pottery of local rural potters, Yixing teapot making, traditional porcelain throwing and assembling and much more.
  • Fall program includes coursework in Chinese Ceramic Art History and Culture/Language courses.
  • Summer program consists of 6 studio ceramics credits.
  • Both programs include field trips to culturally and historically important cities in China including Beijing, Xian, and Chen Lu.


WVU Ceramics

Location Details

Jingdezhen is rich in ceramic history and is considered to be the birthplace of porcelain. The city is full of ceramic artisans who specialize in a multitude of ceramic-based processes. The year 2004 marked Jingdezhen’s grand millennium celebration of porcelain production. Many international ceramic artists continue to visit Jingdezhen to experience the world’s most concentrated ceramic production.

Photo courtesy of West Virginia University

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will require a visa* in order to participate in this program. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.


Academic Program & Courses

West Virginia University (WVU) has a unique linkage with the famed ceramic city of Jingdezhen. WVU has teamed with the Pottery Workshop to offer a study and travel program in the Peoples Republic of China where students will have the opportunity to study with some of China’s most prominent teachers and ceramic artists.

China’s roots in ceramic art history are strong and deep. For thousands of years, Chinese artisans have developed and mastered techniques and artistry that has set the standard of excellence in ceramics throughout the world. High fired porcelains, underglaze and overglaze techniques, celadons, copper reds, temmoku, yaoware carving, ash glazes and tri-colored lead glazes are just a few of the contributions made by Chinese artisans over the centuries.

Experience the firing of Tianbao’s 160-foot long climbing dragon kiln and Jingdezhen’s traditional “egg shape” kilns. Familiarize yourself with the unique tools of China’s foremost craftsmen as they demonstrate traditional skills of dry carving, wet carving, under-glaze “Qinghua” cobalt decoration, over-glaze enameling, porcelain and stoneware sculptural techniques, and much more. Participants will experience the centuries old methods of hammer milling, the ancient art of glaze ash preparation, brush making, tool making, and more.

More detailed information can be found at the following links:

Access a list of courses other ASU students have taken and view current course equivalencies.

WVU Ceramics
Pottery Workshop
Photos courtesy of West Virginia University


WVU Ceramics

Program Housing

Students will be housed in dorms/student residences.  Residences will be located within a 5-minute walk to class/placements.  An on-site cafeteria will be available for easy access to daily meals.

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Accessibility Information

Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. Depending on the program, there may be a great deal of walking or the regular use of public transportation. The Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program.

Although ASU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the ASU Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

Photo courtesy of West Virginia University

Ceramics in China


Cost Information

Partnership program participants will NOT pay ASU tuition for the courses completed abroad. Instead, participants will pay a Program Fee as a condition of participation. Partnership program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the published Program Fee. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Summer Cost Sheet or Fall Semester Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Summer Cost Sheet or Fall Semester Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program



  Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2018 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.
Summer 2018 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.