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  • Locations: Beijing, China; Nanjing, China
  • Program Terms: Maymester
  • Restrictions: GSU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Abroad Year Application Deadline Decision Date Program Start Date Program End Date
Maymester 2019 02/28/2019 ** N/A 05/20/2019 05/31/2019

** Students will be notified of acceptance by email and through their online application.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: Good Standing Housing: Hostel, 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:
Global Aging and Social Policies in China
May 20-31, 2019 | 6 Credit Hours
Program Director Contact Info: Dr. Heying Jenny Zhan | 1071 Langdale Hall | 404-413-6517 |

Students interested in applying should click the Apply Now button to login with their Campus ID and password and complete all application components. Because the program size is limited, early application is strongly advised. Individual interviews will be scheduled with students upon receipt of the application. 

China Global Aging and Social Policies--Study Abroad China program is a May semester course that integrates book learning with real world experiences. The first week of class in the May semester will be held at GSU downtown 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, pension 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 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 Nanjing. In the second week, students will be visiting Renmin University in Beijing, attending classes, conferences in Beijing on issues of aging and long term care. Students will also travel to visit the Great Wall of China, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, etc. In the third week, students will spend one-week in Nanjing. Our GSU students will be paired with students at the Nanjing University and Nanjing Postal University to learn and discuss major social policies affecting aging and long term care. Plenty of opportunities will be provided for students to travel and site-seeing independently and with Chinese students.

China There will be a few class sessions prior to departure, where the program's coursework will be discussed, and students will receive important pre-departure information about health, safety & insurance. There will also be at least one class session held after returning to Atlanta for debriefing.

May 13th - 17th On campus at GSU, classroom learning.
May 20th Heading to China
May 21st Arriving in Beijing
May 21st - May 25th Renming University, the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, and Forbidden City, Summer Palace, etc.
May 26th - May 31st Nanjing University, Presidential Palace, Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum, Fuzimiao.
May 31st Flight to Beijing, spend the night in Beijing before departure
June 1st Return to the U.S


Participants will stay in a comfortable, double-occupancy hotel near Renmin University in Beijing; and a hostel on the campus of Nanjing Postal University. Both hotels have air-conditioning in the summer, western toilet, and a shower in the room.
chinaThe program is open to undergraduate and graduate students who meet all academic requirements of the Georgia State University College of Arts and Sciences. Program Size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the program Director.

  • Transient students should visit the Transient Student tab on the How to Apply page of our website
  • 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 program fulfils two course goals--Soci/Geron4116/8116. Global Aging and Social Policies, and Soci3390/Geron4700 or Soci8900 & Geron8700, Directed Reading: Aging Cultures and Societies. Upon completion of the program, students will receive 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 $2580, PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Nonresident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.
Program Cost Includes:
  • Hotel accommodations, double occupancy
  • Travel between cities & local transit
  • Selected city orientations
  • Some meals
  • One additional dinner
  • International insurance
Program Cost Does Not Include:
  • Georgia State tuition and fees
  • Passport or visa fees
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Additional meals
  • Excess baggage charges and tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel not associated with the program
Payment Schedule
December 10, 2018: $500 deposit due
March 1, 2019: $2,080 payment due

All payments are non-refundable upon receipt
Financial Aid & Scholarships

Georgia State University students may use any financial aid they currently receive for the term they study abroad, including: Pell Grant, Federal Direct Loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans and PLUS loans), Perkins Loan, HOPE Scholarship, and other scholarships. Please note: due to federal regulations, these funds are not available in time to use for your initial payments! Georgia State University students may be eligible for the IEF Scholarship and the International Access Scholarship.

Students who:

  • Meet the eligibility requirements
  • Are accepted into a program
  • Pay a deposit by the deposit deadline

will be considered for these scholarships based upon the program application they submit. Visit the scholarship page on our website or stop by the Study Abroad Programs Office for advisement to learn more about other scholarship opportunities & financial aid for study abroad.
china Students participating in GSU-sponsored programs must complete a Health Clearance upon acceptance to their program. Please print this page to take with you to your appointment. Prior to departure, Study Abroad Programs will enroll students in international insurance for the duration of their study abroad, the cost of which is included in the program fee. The U.S. State Department's website provides important international travel information about health, safety & security.

Students traveling on this program should expect:
  • Possible sun exposure
  • Possible long distance walking

Required Vaccinations: There are no required vaccinations for this program. Please consult the CDC's travel page and discuss any recommended vaccinations with your physician.
china Study Abroad Advising

Interested in studying abroad, but not quite sure where to get started? Meeting with a Peer Advisor is your first step in studying abroad! All of our Peer Advisors have study abroad experience and can help you define your goals for studying abroad and point you to resources to make your study abroad experience a success. After you meet with a Peer Advisor to learn the basics about studying abroad, you are eligible to come in to meet with a Study Abroad Advisor during walk-in advising hours. Study Abroad Advisors are here to guide you through the entire study abroad process, from choosing a program and applying to scholarships to making sure you're readjusting to life back on campus when you return. To view our current advising schedule, please visit our website.


Study Abroad Programs Office
Georgia State University
International Center
Dahlberg Hall, 3rd Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
(404) 413-2529