"In China, I felt a lot was learned in what was unspoken. Realizing that, you would address public health concerns a little differently than you would in the United States." - Fiana, 2015?
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“Mapping Social and Environmental Disparities in Cities: An integrated Field GIS in Shanghai, China” will be offered during the Summer 2015 Semester. The goal of the program is to provide a cultural immersion educational opportunity for 10-12 primarily graduate students (but open to upper-level undergraduates) interested in the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and mapping to understand urban environment and public health. American students will be paired with Chinese students conducting research projects focusing on people’s perception of environmental and/or health concerns. Students will have a rich language and cultural exchange experience in addition to scientific collaboration.
A three week experience is proposed that will include a combination of classroom and lecture experience on Georgia State University’s campus followed by two weeks of field work in Shanghai, China. The field work will include a combination of classroom and lecture experience on the campus of Fudan University as well as field trips for research projects working with local government agencies.
Students will also have an opportunity to explore the dynamics of Shanghai, one of the global financial centers of Asia as well as Suzhou (Soochow), the “Venice of the East” with classical gardens listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Coursework will focus on learning Geospatial technologies in environment and public health, with guest lectures and instruction coming from professors at Georgia State and Fudan University.
Please note: Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.
- Travel to Shanghai, China
- Interactions with Shanghai Songjiang District Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, health care professionals
- Hands on environment and public health research
- Instruction on geospatial technologies and their application in environmental health and health disparities
- Huangpu River Cruise-water tour of Shanghai and Dinner on the Cruise
- Suzhou City Tour
- Shanghai Excursions, Jewish museum
A four star business-class hotel, the Jin Jiang Pine City hotel, has been selected as the residence during the trip. Included in the cost for the hotel are breakfast and dinner. The Pine City Hotel is a 19-story hotel with lush gardens and 226 rooms. The hotel is a short walk from the commercial district and has close access to the subway system that links most parts of Shanghai. The hotel features both Chinese and western restaurants. It also provides access to a shopping arcade, gym with sauna, bowling, billiards, chess room, tennis courts and karaoke.
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
CREDITS AND COURSES
Participants who successfully complete the program’s course will receive 3 semester hours of course credit at Georgia State University. Students from other institutions should follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits.
The program cost is tentatively set at $3,760 (this amount may change depending on airfare), 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
• Round-trip airfare
• All ground transportation, excursions and entrance fees
• Breakfast and dinner daily
• Hotels (2 persons/room)
• Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance
Program Cost Does Not Include
• Georgia State tuition and fees
• Public transportation in Shanghai
• Passport and Visa Expenses
• Personal expenses and excess baggage charges
December 15, 2014 – $300 deposit with application
March 15, 2015 – $1,800 payment
April 15, 2015 – $1,660 remaining balance
(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.
FUNDING AND SCHOLARSHIPS
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 mystudyabroad.gsu.edu
and select the Scholarships & Financial Aid tab or call the Study Abroad Programs office at (404) 413-2529 for more information.
Students from all majors and degree programs are encouraged to apply. Non-Georgia State participants must first apply for transient student status through Georgia State. Following application, Georgia State and non-Georgia State students must meet with the program director, Dr. Dajun Dai or Dr. Kim Ramsey-White, for a 15-minute interview. Students must also meet with financial aid to ensure necessary funding. Students interested in applying should find this program’s listing at mystudyabroad.gsu.edu and begin an online application.
: please see the Transients Student section under the Explore & Apply tab.
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.
Program Director: Dr. Dajun Dai or Dr. Kim R. Ramsey-White
Office address: (Dai) Sparks Hall 368 / (Ramsey-White) 1 Park Place 709
Telephone: 404-413-5797 /404-413-1428