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GSU - Global Aging and Social Policies in China
Beijing, China; Shanghai, China (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Maymester
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Abroad Year Application Deadline Decision Date Program Start Date Program End Date
Maymester 2015 02/14/2015 ** N/A 05/11/2015 06/01/2015

** 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.

Please click here for the 
Global Aging and Social Policies brochure.
Please click here for the Program Health Description: Global Aging.

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 $3,615, 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
List here what the price of the program includes. Such as:
• Round-trip airfare
•Visa and fees
• All ground transportation, excursions and entrance fees
• All  meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, three meals a day)
• Hotels
• Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance
•International Cell Phone

Price Does NOT Include
• Georgia State tuition and fees
• Public transportation in (City)
• Passport
• Personal expenses and excess baggage charges

12/1/2012 - $500 deposit with application
12/15/2012 $1000 payment
2/1/2013  $ 2115 remaining balance
(all payments are non-refundable upon receipt)

Please pay for your program deposit by finding the program listing and following the payment instructions listed there. See your Program Director for more information. 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 the Office of Financial Aid at 404/413-2400 for information on how financial aid might apply toward the program.

Students have the option of purchasing an “International Student ID Card” from STA Travel for travel discounts in participating countries. For more information, visit the STA Travel website at

Transient Students: Please see Transient Student page 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.

This highlights a tentative program itinerary including dates and a disclosure statement stressing the tentativeness of the itinerary.

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

May 18th  : Leaving for China on Delta Airline
May 19th : Arrival in Beijing
May 20th  : Meeting Chinese students and have classroom presentation and class at Renmin University Beijing
May 21st   : Visit the Great Wall
May 22st  : Visit an Assisted Living Facility
May 23nd  : (morning) 6-8am: Walk and visit the local campus gym, park, exercise field or football field to observe Chinese older adults’ morning exercise activities. 8-12am: visit an aging service organization in Beijing. 2-5pm: Free time, suggested visiting site: Bird-nest Olympic village, or shopping. Evening Reflections (7-9): Food, Diet, and Culture—how do Chinese diet, health behavior, and culture differ from the American diet, health behavior, and culture?  How are personal health behaviors and healthy life-style related to aging?
May 24th   : Free Time, getting ready to leave for Shanghai in the afternoon or early evening
May 25-29 : in Shanghai
May 30th    : arrival in Hunan
May 31st    : visit the Hunan Provincial Museum
June 1st      : Site visit of a non-profit long term care facility in Changsha, Hunan
June 2nd     : Leaving for the U.S.

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