Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology is a Maymester course focused on (a) biotechnology and (b) the culture of China. Frontiers in Biotechnology is a Maymester course focused on (a) biotechnology and (b) the culture of China. Biotechnology is the use of living systems and organisms to develop technologies or make products that help improve our lives. Genetic engineering is the direct manipulation of an organism's genome. Biotechnologies based on genetic engineering have made a significant footprint in many fields.
Southwest Jiaotong University (SWJTU) is an internationally recognized university located in Chengdu, China focused on engineering and technology. As part of the course, we will meet with undergraduate students from the “2+2” program of the School of Life Science and Engineering, SWJTU. The 2+2 students are enrolled in a program where they study two years at SWJTU and also two years at GSU here in Atlanta.
Chengdu is dynamic city located in Sichuan Province in southwestern China. It captures the feel of modern China with its bustling streets, glass skyscrapers and focus on style. At the same time, it maintains a connection to ancient China, with beautiful temples, tea houses and historic sites. The city is located in a fertile valley among high mountains and is in close proximity to diverse ecological sites including the internationally-known Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Sichuan province is famous for its delicious spicy cuisine. Our course will be an enriching mix of science, cultural exchange and sightseeing.
to ancient China, with beautiful temples, tea houses and historic sites. The city is located in a fertile valley among high mountains and is in close proximity to diverse ecological sites including the internationally-known Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Sichuan province is famous for its delicious spicy cuisine. Our course will be an enriching mix of science, cultural exchange and sightseeing. Because program size is limited, early application is strongly advised. Individual interviews may be scheduled with students upon receipt of application.
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 may also be at least one class session held after returning to Atlanta for debriefing. Please note: Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.
May 14 - 27 - We plan on visiting several historic sites around Chengdu, including Wuhou Shrine, Dujiangyian World Heritage Site, Leshan Big Buddha, Emei Mountain and the Panda Base. The university reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.
Participants will stay in the international student dormitory on the host university campus.Each student will have a single room that is part of a suite and that has an Ethernet connection and air conditioning. Dining is at one of the four campus cafeterias or in nearby restaurants.
The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students who meet all academic requirements of the Georgia State University College of Arts and Sciences.Students must cpmplete Biology 2108 before the progam's start date, and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director.
Participants who successfully complete the program’s courses will receive 4
semester hours of course credit 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 1700, 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:
- Travel between cities & local transit
- Selected city orientations/ lectures
- Group cultural events
- International travel/ health 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
January, 24th 2020 : $250 Deposit
March 1st, 2020 : $650
April 1st, 2020: $800
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
- Meet the eligibility requirements:Prerequisites: Completion of Biology 2108 or equivalent; GPA ≥ 3.0
- 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
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
Dahlberg Hall, 3rd Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30303