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  • Locations: Shanghai, 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:
Housing: Dorm Language of Instruction: English
Program Type: GSU Program Director: Dr. Mariana Montiel
Sponsoring College: College of Arts & Sciences Sponsoring Department: Mathematics and Statistics, Music
Credit Type: GSU Credit Credit Level: Graduate Credit, Undergraduate Credit
Program Description:

Students interested in speaking with program alumni can browse our Alumni Reference Network. The Alumni Reference Network is password-protected and only accessible to GSU students. Please contact the Study Abroad Office at (404) 413-2529 or for the password.

Mathematical Music Theory is an interdisciplinary endeavor. Music intersects with  Mathematics, Physics, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Psychology, Education,  Business, and is an essential part of  other arts. We will learn how to work with ‘mathemusical’ problems. We will see how setting a musical problem in an appropriate mathematical framework can give rise to new mathematical results, and new musical constructions. At the East Chinese University of Science and Technology there is also interest in this subject. From May 16-June 1 we will go to ECUST, living in the university dormitories and going to class with local students who will also study Mathematical Music Theory.  Located in Shanghai, ECUST is a key Chinese research University with a beautiful campus, an elegant environment, and green scenery.  Shanghai is a cosmopolitan port city.  We have planned excursions together with local students: a 12 hour trip to Hangzhou by bullet train (one of the most renowned and prosperous cities of China for much of the last 1,000 years, with beautiful natural scenery) and a Hop On Hop Off Double Decker Bus Tour in Shanghai including entry into the Jade Buddha Temple, a 1 hour cruise on the Huangpu river, and a visit to Madame Tussaud’s Shanghai.

Click here for the Mathematical Music Theory Shanghai brochure (PLEASE NOTE: dates on the cover are incorrect and it is actually May 16-June 1)

Click here for the Program Health Description for Mathematical Music Theory Shanghai. 

Participants will stay in one of the dormitories for international students. This dormitory has its own cafeteria, a room with washing machines and dryers, and the bedrooms are spacious and comfortable. The classroom building is, of course, within walking distance and the campus itself is well communicated with all commercial and touristic areas of Shanghai.

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.

This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students who meet the academic requirements for the course according to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and/or the School of Music, as the course is cross-registered. Transient students are welcome. Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director.

The course numbers to be offered are:  Math 4998 / Math 8800 and Music 4890/6890. Participants who successfully complete their course will receive 3 semester hours of course credit at Georgia State University. Undergraduate students should register Math 4998 or Music 4890,  and graduate students should register for Math 8800 or Music 6890. Students from other institutions should follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits.

The program cost is tentatively set at $863. However, because this is a Study Abroad with Peers Program, the first ten accepted and confirmed students will automatically receive a $1000 IEF scholarship, which covers the cost and leaves approximately $135 for expenses. Therefore, the cost for the first ten students will consist in the plane fare (usually between $1000-1500) and  regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Non-resident/out-of-state students will only  pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.  Please note that program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements.

Price Includes:
-Ground Transportation
-Meals and housing   
-Health/Evacuation/Repatriation (mandatory) Insurance       
    1. Hangzhou by bullet train from Shanghai - 12 hour day tour. Price includes transportation to the train station, the bullet train tickets, the van driver and guide, and the lunch.
    2. Hop On Hop Off Double Decker Bus Tour in Shanghai. Price includes entry into the Jade Buddha Temple, a 1 hour cruise on the Huangpu river, and to Madame Tussaud’s Shanghai)

Price Does NOT Include:
-Georgia State tuition and fees
-Plane fare to Shanghai
-Personal expenses and excess baggage charges

February 25, 2014 $300
March 25, 2014  $300
April 25 2014  $263
(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 interested in applying should find this program’s listing at and begin an online application.  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.

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

Friday, May 16 - Depart from Atlanta airport
Saturday, May 17 - In transit
Sunday,  May 18 - Arrive in Shanghai, China and transfer to dormitories
Monday, May 19 ** - Class meetings from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Tuesday, May 20 - Class meetings from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Wednesday, May 21 - Hop On, Hop Off Double Decker Bus Tour in Shanghai
Thursday, May 22 - Class meetings from 9:00am to 1:00 pm
Friday, May 23 - Class meetings from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Saturday, May 24 - Hangzhou by bullet train from Shanghai (12 hour day tour)
Sunday, May 25 - Activities with local students
Monday, May 26 - Class meetings from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Tuesday, May 27 - Class meetings from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Wednesday,  May 28 - Class meetings from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Thursday, May 29 - Presentation of projects from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Friday, May 30 - Presentation of projects 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Saturday, May 31 - Excursion in the vicinity of Shanghai with local students and professors
Sunday, June 1 - Depart from Shanghai airport

** In the afternoons students will have time to mingle with local Shanghai students, carrying out their coursework and projects, as well as participating in sightseeing and planned excursions.

Program Director: Dr. Mariana Montiel
Office address: 30 Pryor St. Suite 708 Atlanta, Ga. 30303
Telephone: 404-413-6414

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.