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  • Locations: Beijing, China; Xi'an, China
  • Program Terms: Maymester
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Abroad Year Application Deadline Decision Date Program Start Date Program End Date
Maymester 2017 12/01/2016 ** N/A 05/14/2017 05/28/2017

** 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:

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Dates of Program:   May 15 2016 to May 29th 2016                 
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 course is registered by 6-credit hours under Soci/Gero 4119 Study Abroad China—Global Aging, and Soci4700 Chinese Culture and Societies for undergraduate students. For graduate students, students should register under Soci8119 Global Aging and Social Policies, Soc8900 Directed readings,  or Gero8119 and Gero8700. The first course 4119/8119 examines aging-specific topic related to China and the U.S., the second course 4700 introduces Chinese culture and societies that enhance students background knowledge not only about social policies but also about travelling in China. Participants who successfully complete both of these courses in this program will receive 6 credits at Georgia State University.  Undergraduate students should register for Soci/Geron4119 and Soci4700; graduate students should register for Soci8900. Graduate students will have more assignments, including a term paper at the end of the program. Students from other institutions should follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits.
Undergraduate: soci/Gero 4119;  Global Aging and Families
Undergraduate: Soci3390/Gero 4700: Independent Study—Chinese Culture and Societies;
Graduate: Soci/Gero:8119 Global Aging and Social Policies
Graduate: Soci8900: Directed Readings—Chinese Culture and Society;
 Gero8700 Independent Readings—Chinese Culture and Societies
Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. The program cost is tentatively set at $ 1980            , 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
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: $   500, Dec.1, 2015 Deposit with application
Date: $   1480,  March 1, 2016 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.
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 and begin an online application. Transient Students: please see the Transients Student section under the Explore & Apply tab.
Application Deadline: Dec. 1, 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.
May 9-13: On Campus classes
May 15, 2016 (Sunday): heading off to Beijing, China
May 16(M): Arriving in Beijing in the afternoon or evening.
May 17 (Tu): Visit Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City
May 18 (Wedn): Visit the Great Wall
May 19 (Th): Summer Palace
May 20th (Fr): Visit the long term care site
May 21 (Sa): International Conference of Social Policy and Higher Education
May 22 (Sunday): am: Conference; pm: Heading off to Xian by Bullet train
May 23 (M): Xian Shaanxi Normal University, round-table discussion with students
May 24: (Tu): Terracotta Warriors
May 25 (W): Big Goose Pagoda
May 26 (Th): Visit a long term care facility in Xian
May 27 (Fr):  Cycling on top of the Ancient City wall.
May 28 (Saturday); Heading off to Beijing
May 29 (Sunday): Heading back to the U.S.
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.