** Students will be notified of acceptance by email and through their online application.
Language of Instruction:
Dr. Laura Meyers, Dr. Yali Zhao
College of Education
Early Childhood Education
Graduate Credit, Undergraduate Credit
Dates of Program: 4/9-4/25/2016 .
Credit Units: 3 .
Sponsor(s) of Program: CEHD / ECEE .
Include a unique description of your program here. You might want to include dates (on campus and abroad), locations/countries to be visited, course overview, field studies/observation, & other academic and cultural activities such as excursions. Please use just one space between sentences instead of two. Limit of 200 words.
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.
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Example: Participants will stay in a comfortable, double-occupancy hotel near the facilities of the host university in (city). Limit of 100 words.
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.
Statement establishing who may apply to the program and under what circumstances.
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 AND COURSES
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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
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• 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
This section highlights a preferred payment structure, including installment payments and deadlines, and non-refundable dates per installment. It also states how to send funds and to whom. Usually money order and cashier’s checks are accepted and should be addressed to Georgia State University. Credit and debit card payments are also allowed, please check with your Business Manager to determine any restrictions or additional costs.
Date: 10/15/2015 $0 Deposit with application
Date: 11/02/2015 $1000 First Payment (following payment plan is optional)
Date: 12/02/2015 $1500 Second Payment (following payment plan is optional)
Date: 01/18/2016 $0 Remaining balance
All payments are non-refundable upon receipt.
Program Deposit Payments: Participants will pay program deposits by logging into PAWS. Please contact your Program Director to confirm that a Program Deposit Account has been established for this purpose before you attempt to make a payment in PAWS.
Program Payments and Remaining Program Balance: Other than the initial program deposit, all program payments—along with the remaining program balance—will be billed directly to your student account. Please refer to the Academic/Registration calendar for the tuition and fees deadline.
FUNDING AND SCHOLARSHIPS
Georgia State University students are eligible to apply for the IEF Study Abroad Scholarship/Georgia State University Foundation Scholarship and may be eligible to apply for the Global Experience Scholarship. Visit Study Abroad Programs and select the Scholarships & Financial Aid tab for more information.
This statement may establish institutional and program application as well as registration and acceptance process for Georgia State and Non-Georgia State participants. It specifically details the application and registration process for Non-Georgia State transient or visiting students. The statement may also contain information on application and payments, including payment installment deadlines, non-refundable dates and information for relevant Georgia State offices and the program director
Students interested in applying should find this program’s listing at mystudyabroad.gsu.edu and begin an online application. Transient Students: please see the Transients Student section under the Explore & Apply tab.
Application Deadline: 10/15/2015 .
International students at Georgia State who hold F-1 visas must contact the Office of International Students and Scholar Services at (404) 413-2070 to discuss possible implications of study abroad for their immigration status.
Please note: Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.
This section highlights a tentative program itinerary including dates.
4/2/2016 Depart Atlanta
4/4/2016 Arrive in Chengdu
4/5-21/2016 Student Teaching Internship (K-8th grades)
4/22/2016 Depart Chengdu
4/22-25/2016 Visit Beijing
4/25/2016 Depart Beijing
4/25/2016 Arrive in Atlanta
Program Director: Dr. Yali Zhao
Office address: CEHD / ECEE
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 10/15/2015 .
Individual interviews may be scheduled with students upon receipt of application.