Spring - Short-term
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|Minimum GPA:||Good Standing||Housing:||Home Stay|
|Language of Instruction:||English||Program Type:||GSU|
|Program Director:||Dr. Laura Meyers||Sponsoring College:||College of Education|
|Sponsoring Department:||Early Childhood Education||Credit Type:||GSU Credit|
|Credit Level:||Graduate Credit, Undergraduate Credit|
The Program: The Early Childhood Education China Study Abroad program
creates an exciting and in-depthcross-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 in Sichuan Normal University and its experimental school from K-12 (in Chengdu, China) through teaching English classes, learning Chinese language and culture, and visiting schools and historical and cultural sites.
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. Registering for ECE 4700/8000 is required, if accepted to the program.
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, jade factory, silk factory, etc.) as well as climb a portion of The Great Wall.
Application Deadline: October 15, 2014.
Eligibility: The program is open to undergraduate students who will be student teaching in the spring semester and who are currently enrolled in either ECEE’s BSEd (ESOL or DUAL) Program or the B-5 Program. ECEE graduate students are also welcome. Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in MSE are also invited to participate, pending approval from their MSE Program Coordinator.
Courses/Credits: All participants are required to register for ECE 4700 (undergraduate) or ECE 8000 (graduate); 3 credit hours will be earned (GSU tuition expenses are not included in the cost estimate). All participants will earn credit hours from Sichuan Normal University (no tuition charge abroad)
Accommodations: Students will reside with Chinese host families who live within walking distance of Sichuan Normal University and its experimental schools. Each family will provide private bedroom accommodations, Internet, 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.
Costs: $2300 (estimate for flight, accommodations, food, ground transportation, insurance, program fee); cost estimate does not include tuition rates, passport/visa applications, personal spending money, etc.
Dr. Laura Meyers, Early Childhood Education, College of Education