ECEE Student Teaching in China
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The Early Childhood and Elementary Education China Study Abroad program creates an exciting and in-depth cross-cultural experience that will allow American and Chinese students and teachers to learn from each other.
A select group of GSU students participate in a 3-week cultural immersion experience through Sichuan Normal University and its partner schools (K-8th grades) through teaching English classes and visiting local Chinese schools, learning Chinese language and culture, and visiting historical and cultural sites.
Located in southwest China, Chengdu is known as the capital of the "Heavenly State" (Sichuan Province). It is a natural habitat for giant pandas, richly endowed with natural resources, and home to several historical sites (2,400 years of history). Two branches of the Yangtze River run through Chengdu - "a city that you will never want to leave."
If time and expenses allow, the group will travel to Beijing for a long weekend before returning to Atlanta. During this excursion, the group will visit a variety of historical sites (e.g., Tiananmen Square, The Great Palace, The Forbidden City, tea house, etc.) as well as climb a portion of The Great Wall.
Students will reside with Chinese host families who live within walking distance of Sichuan Normal University and its partner schools. Each family will provide private bedroom accommodations, Internet, most meals, and a local cell phone. Staying with a host family allows participants to learn even more about Chinese culture. Two-three nights in a Beijing hotel are a possibility.
Students with documented disabilities who may need accommodations during their study abroad experience should discuss these needs with the Program Director and the Office of Disability Services at the time of application.
The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students who meet all academic requirements of the Georgia State University College of Education and Human Development for student teaching. Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director.
Credits & Courses
Participants who successfully complete the program’s courses will earn (3) semester hours of course credit at Georgia State University. Undergraduate students should register for ECEE 4700 and graduate students should register for ECEE 8000.
Participants will teach English classes, explore Chinese culture (language, geography, history, food, arts, people, traditions, etc.), and visit historical and cultural sites. Because the primary focus of this program is to provide teaching experiences and pedagogical exchanges, GSU students will earn credit hours from Sichuan Normal University as well as field experience hours needed for their GSU field placement requirements.
Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. The program cost is tentatively set at $ 2,500, PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees.
Program Cost Includes
• Round-trip airfare & visa
• All ground transportation, excursions and entrance fees
• Homestay room/board
• Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance
Program Cost Does Not Include
• Georgia State tuition and fees
• Non-program related transportation
• Personal expenses and excess baggage charges
October 31, 2017: $500 deposit due
November 15, 2017: $1000 payment
December 4, 2017: Program cost charged to student account
Early January 2018: $1000 remaining balance due along with tuition & fees for spring semester.
All payments are non-refundable upon receipt.
Funding & Scholarship Info
Georgia State University students may eligible for the IEF Scholarship or the Global Experience Scholarship. Visit http://mystudyabroad.gsu.edu/prospective/funding-study-abroad or call the Study Abroad Programs office at (404) 413-2529 to learn more about scholarships & financial aid for study abroad.
Students interested in applying should click the "Apply Now" button to login with their Campus ID and password and complete all application components. Because the program size is limited, early application is strongly advised. Individual interviews will be scheduled with students upon receipt of the application.
Please note: Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.
4/9/2018 Depart Atlanta
4/11/2018 Arrive in Chengdu
4/11-28/2018 Student Teaching Internship (K-8th grades)
4/29-5/2/2018 Visit Beijing
5/2/2018 Arrive in Atlanta
Program Director Contact Info
Dr. Yali Zhao
Office address: CEHD / ECEE