Sias and Xinzheng
Situated in China’s heartland near the Yellow River in Henan province, the town of Xinzheng houses the Sias campus and is the birthplace of Chinese history dating back more than 5,000 years. Numerous archaeological sites are close to Sias, including the dynastic ruins of several ancient Chinese capitals such as Zhengzhou, Luoyang, and Kaifeng.
Unlike many other international programs in China, the location and environment surrounding Sias retains traditional Chinese culture, allowing faculty to experience the “real” China. Village farm life is within walking distance of campus. For those wanting a more modern scene, Sias is less than one hour away from Zhengzhou, a large metropolitan city.
Sias’ location in the heart of China makes it perfect to jet away on the weekends. However, if the words “unexpected turbulence” shake you up, don’t worry—nearby Zhengzhou is China’s railroad hub. Travelers can ride the rails to the above destinations and many more on sleek high-speed bullet trains or in comfortable sleeper cars. Bilingual students and Chinese staff members gladly help with travel reservations and assist you with planning your trip. They may even offer to take you to their hometowns for a weekend! The school’s location also puts getaways to the rest of Asia in reach. Sias teachers have visited Thailand, the Philippines, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Tibet, Indonesia, and Singapore.
In addition, Sias takes teachers on free regional trips each semester. Previous trips included tours of Nanyang, Luoyang, the Shaolin Temple, Kaifeng, the Yellow River, YunTai Mountain and Xi’an—home of the Terracotta Warriors.