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GSU - Global Aging and Social Policies in China
Beijing, China; Xi'an, China (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Maymester
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Abroad Year Application Deadline Decision Date Program Start Date Program End Date
Maymester 2016 12/01/2015 ** N/A TBA TBA

** Students will be notified of acceptance by email and through their online application.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: Good Standing Housing: Hotel
Language of Instruction: English Program Type: GSU
Program Director: Dr. Heying Zhan Sponsoring College: College of Arts & Sciences
Sponsoring Department: Sociology Credit Type: GSU Credit
Credit Level: Graduate Credit, Undergraduate Credit
Program Description:
This study abroad program in May semester is designed to introduce population aging in global perspectives, focusing on China and the U.S. It integrates two course materials by combining issues of aging and social policies in the U.S. with those in China.   The first week of the class will be held at Georgia State University campus.  Students will be introduced to the field of aging and challenges facing different nations due to global aging, as well as major social policies toward older adults in the U.S., including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Obama Care. 

In Week 2 & 3, students will visit three Chinese cities--Beijing, Shanghai, and Changsha.  In each city, students will participate in a round-table discussion with graduate students in China exchanging ideas about aging and social policies in China and the U.S.  They will visit both aging services and cultural sites. Aging services include government and non-government elder-care facilities, senior centers, and public parks where elders practice Tai Qi or Gongfu.  Cultural sites include the Great Wall, Forbidden City, in Beijing; 400-year old Jade Garden in Shanghai, and 2000 year old mummy in the Museum of Hunan.

Participants will stay at Friendship Hotel, a popular hotel complex, near Renmin University in Beijing; at Jingjiang Hotel in Shanghai, and at the University Hostel of Central South University. All hotel rooms are comfortable with double-occupancy rooms, American style bathrooms and shower facilities.  All meals will be provided as well as all local transportation.

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 students who meet all requirements of the Georgia State University, Program size is limited by 20 participants and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the program Director, Dr. Jenny Zhan. 

This is a 6 credit hour course. One three-credit hour course is listed under  “Soc/Geron4119 Global Aging—U.S. and China;”   Another is listed under Soci/Geron4700 Special Topics—Aging in China. Students who successfully complete this program will receive 6 semester hours of course credit at Georgia State University. Graduate Students should register under Soci/Geron8119 and Soc/8700. Special permission has to be obtained on case-to-case basis by discussing with the program director. Students from other institutions should follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits.

Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements.
The program cost is tentatively set at $2980, PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Non-resident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.

Price Includes
• Round-trip airfare 
• Ground transportation, excursions and entrance fees 
• Accomodations and meals
• Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance

Price Does NOT Include
Georgia State tuition and fees
• Visa and fees
• Passport fees
• Public transportation
• Personal expenses and excess baggage charges

December 1, 2014 - $500, deposit with application
February 1, 2015 - $2480, remaining balance
(all payments are non-refundable upon receipt)

Program deposit and Payments: Participants will pay program deposits by logging into PAWS. Pleas contact your Program Director to conirm that a Program Deposit Account has been established for this purpose before you attempt to make a payment in PAWS.
Program Payments and Remaining Balance:
Other than the initial deposit, all prorgam payments-along with the remaining balance-will be billed directly to your student account. Please refer to the academic/registration calendar for the tuition and fees deadline.

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 or contact the Office of International Initiatives, Study Abroad Programs at 404/413-2529 for more information.

Contact Enrollment Services at 404/413-2600 for information on how financial aid might apply toward the program.

Transient Students: Please see Transient Student section under the "Explore & Apply" tab at

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.

Highlights of the program are provided below. The university reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.

May 11-24  : On-campus class at Georgia State University
May 24 : Depart for Beijing (Arrive the 25th)
May 26 : Visit Renmin University & have 2-3 hours in-class exchange with its graduate students; visit eldercare in Beijing.
May 27 : Visit the Great Wall
May 28 : Tian'anmen Square and the Forbidden City.
May 29 : Visit the Summer Palace; leave for XIan in the evening.
May 30 : Xian City Wall & Terracotta Warriors
May 31 : First Emperor Tomb; leave Beijing in the evening 
June 1  : Depart for the U.S. and arrive in the U.S. the same day

Program Director: Heying Jenny Zhan
Office address: Department of Sociology, 38 Peachtree Center Ave. Atlanta, GA 30302-5020
Telephone: 404-413-6517