Asian Studies Outreach Program

The Governor's Institute on Asian Cultures (GIAC)

The Governor's Institute on Asian Cultures is co-sponsored by the Asian Studies Outreach Program at the University of Vermont (ASOP) and the Vermont Governor's Intsitutes of Vermont (GIV). The institute provides a unique opportunity for Vermont freshmen and sophomores to learn about Asia and to travel in China over a two-year cycle.

Applications for Vermont Summer 2013 Program

Applications will be available in March 2013.

Only freshmen and sophomores are eligible for GIAC.

For any questions about application and selection procedure, please contact the Governor's Institute of Vermont (GIV) at (802)229-4757 or http://www.giv.org.

GIAC Vermont

In the first year of their involvement, selected Vermont freshmen and sophomores spend one week on the University of Vermont campus to learn about many aspects of Asian culture, including history, art, politics and more. At the end of the week, students present their individual study plans for the year in preparation for their trip to China the following summer. *Completion of the week-long program is required for eligibility for the following summer's travel to China.

GIAC China

Over the next year, students work on their individual study plans with help from program teachers. In the spring, planning meetings are held to prepare students for travel in China. Information about locations, what to expect abroad, and even how to bargain in Chinese is provided. Parents are encouraged to attend. In their second summer, the Vermont teens and group leaders travel to China to directly experience the subjects of their previous learning.

The Governor's Institute on Asian Cultures has expanded its course material to focus on China and Japan while also encouraging students to explore other regions of East and Southeast Asia.

GIAC Vermont 2012

In summer 2012, 17 Vermont High School students had participated in the Governor's Institutes on Asian Cultures Vermont on-campus program (GIAC Vermont) from June 24, 2011 to June 30, 2012. View the pictures from the 2011 GIAC-VT program on picasa.

The 2012 Itinerary for the GIAC-VT Program included the following:

  • Lectures by MiddleBury Chair of East Asian Studies Dr. Don Wyatt
  • Lectures on Japan by Professor Emeritus Dr. Neil Waters
  • Chinese Language Lessons
  • Hands-on Art Activities
  • Tai Chi Lessons
  • Taiko Drum Workshop
  • Japanese Tea Ceremony lesson
  • Authentic Chinese, Thai and Japanese dinners

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