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  • Locations: Beijing, China; Xian, China
  • Program Terms: Maymester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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:

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Dates of Program:   May 13 2018 to May 25 2018                 
Credit Units: 6                 
Sponsor(s) of Program:  Department of Sociology     
This study abroad program integrates book learning with real world experiences in both China and the U.S.  The first week of the May semester will be held at GSU campus to provide a background knowledge regarding issues of demography, global aging, and social policies in the contexts of the U.S, and Chinese cultures and societies. Students will read and discuss comparatively about work and retirement, pensions and social insurance, social services and long term care in both China and the U.S. Each student will prepare a power point presentation of a site visit of an aging service organization in Atlanta and will present it in class before heading to China at the end of the one-week class, and this presentation will be shared with Chinese students in Beijing and Xian.
In the second week, students will be visiting Renmin University in Beijing, attending classes and lectures on campus at Renmin University.  At the end of the week, students will participate in an international conference on social policy and aging in higher education held annually at Renmin University. Every day, students will have a cultural site visit, such as the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, etc.  On Sunday, students will head to Xian. In Xian, student will participate in round-table discussions with students at Shaanxi Normal University, exchanging ideas about aging, social policies, and the relationship between culture and social policies.  Students will also visit aging services and cultural sites, such as Terracotta Warriors in Xian.
Participants will stay in a comfortable, double-occupancy hotel near Renmin University in Beijing; and a hostel on campus of Shaanxi Normal University in Xian. Both hotels have air-conditioning in the summer, western toilet, and a shower in the room.
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 Arts and Sciences. A course in Aging and Societies or Chinese Culture is preferred, but not required.
This program fulfills two course goals - Soci/Geron4116/8116. Global Aging and Social Policies, and Soci3390/Geron4700 or Soci8900 & Geron8700, Directed Reading: Aging Cultures and Societies. the total of 6 course credits at Georgia State University. 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 $ 2290, 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.
Program Cost Includes
• All ground transportation, excursions and entrance fees
• All Food (except Alcohol) inside China
• Hotels
• Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance
Program Cost Does Not Include
• Georgia State tuition and fees
• Round-Trip Ticket to and from China
• Passport and Visa
• Personal expenses and excess baggage charges
Date: $   500, Dec.15, 2017 Deposit with application
Date: $   1790,  March 1, 2018 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.
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 and select the Scholarships & Financial Aid tab or call the Study Abroad Programs office at (404) 413-2529 for more information.
Students interested in applying should find this program’s listing at and begin an online application. Transient Students: please see the Transients Student section under the Explore & Apply tab.
Application Deadline: Dec. 15, 2017      
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.
May 7 to11: on campus at GSU, classroom learning. Langdale 1081, 11am to 1:15pm
May 13 (Sun): heading to China. Pack a warm jacket or sweatshirt in your carry on.
May 14 (M): arriving in Beijing, a van will pick us up around 5pm Pick up (T2 & T3)
May 15 (T): Tiananmen Square, and shopping (Tour guide)
Attire: casual, comfortable walking shoes, T-shirt, hat, sunscreen
May 16 (W): Great Wall of China, (Tour Guide)
Attire: casual, comfortable walking shoes, T-shirt, hat, sunscreen, water bottle
May 17 (Th): Visit Summer Palace (Tour guide); Attire: casual, comfortable.
May 18 (F): Attending the Conference.  Attire: formal
May 19 (S): Beijing Capital Museum; Check out the hotel by noon.

May 19th (fly to Xian) in late evening, check in the hotel.
May 20 (Sun): Visit Big Goose Pagoda (Chinese Culture)
May 21 (M): Visit Terra Cotta Warriors, Whole Day, Class in the evening
May 22 (Tu) Visit China’s Assisted Living Facility (Elder Care); attending conference
May 23: (Wedn): Riding Bicycle on the Ancient City Wall; lecture.
May 24: (Th): Aging Conference; Take Train/Flight back to Beijing. Attire: formal

May 25: (F) Arrive in Beijing, and stay in Beijing (12th nights)
May 26 (Sat): Flight back to the U.S. Arrive in Atlanta on the same day.
Departure time: 3:00pm or 6:00pm
Program Director: Heying Jenny Zhan, Ph.D.
Office address: 1071 Landale Hall
Telephone: 404413-6517
Because program size is limited, early application is strongly advised. Individual interviews may be scheduled with students upon receipt of application.


This program is currently not accepting applications.