USG Asia Council
The program will be conducted in four weeks be-ginning in mid-May at Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou, China. The dates of the program are May 8 through June 5, 2017. The academic theme of this year’s program is “Fostering Global Citizenry through Cultural Interaction.”
This study abroad program is a consortium pro-gram co-sponsored by the Asia Council of the University System of Georgia (USG). The program’s main host institution is Zhengzhou University (ZZU), a comprehensive educational institution with over 60,000 students and brand new campus facilities, in central China. Campus representatives of the Asia Council will serve as coordinators who will administer recruitment of faculty and students at their own institutions.
The main goal of this study abroad program is to help students acquire a general understanding of the social, economic, and political systems of a country that has gone through a rapid transformation, and further a comparative worldview that will enhance students’ global competence necessary to their future success. Instruction will include class lectures, written projects, field trips, and weekend excursions. An orientation session will be given to students on first day of the class at the host university. Instructional formats specified above will meet the minimum number of class contact hours stipulated by the Board of Regents.
The program will begin with an educational tour of Beijing. On-site lectures and tours of famous cultural and historical sites will be given. While in Zhengzhou, a number of out-of-town short field trips to Luoyang, Dengfeng, and Kaifeng will be offered. Students will be able to explore some of the impressive Chinese historical and cultural sites. Course-specific local field trips will be also arranged while in Zhengzhou. Each student is required to sign up for two courses. Short non-credit cultural enrichment courses will be offered based on students’ interests.
Earn six semester hours of credits in four weeks
Choose from eleven courses taught by USG faculty members in English
Courses offered include: art, economics, history, music, political science and psychology.
Course instructions are supplemented with field trips, excursions,, host family visits, and cultural enrichment classes.
Curriculum: The 2017 program offers courses in arts, business, criminal justices, English, political science and sociology.
Credit: 6 undergraduate or graduate semester hours.
Instruction Form: Lecture, independent study, directed field study, seminar. Taught in English. Participants attend classes with U.S. students.
Faculty: From institutions within the University System of Georgia.
Duration: 4 weeks.
Package cost is $3,850 for the four-week program. The cost includes the following items:
- Round-trip airfare between Atlanta and China
- Local transportation for all group activities, including airport pickup, train, bus, and other means of transportation used.
- Hotel or dorm accommodations for 28 days.
- Most meals on campus and during group tours
- Group excursions.
- Admission fees for museums and attractions as part of group visits.
- The use of classrooms and facilities at the host institution.
- Emergency medical and accidental insurance coverage for the trip.
The package cost does not include tuition (paid separately to students’ home institution), text-books, passport expenses, spending money, ground transportation to and from the Atlanta Airport, or other costs beyond those listed above.
The amount of tuition will be based on the home institution rate where a student registers his or her classes. Students should plan to budget a minimum of $600–$700 for extra meals, shopping, optional field trips, and evening entertainment. If students plan extended travel or making large purchases, additional funds should be budgeted. Western Union offers a convenient way to wire funds from the U.S. to Chinese cities. Some course excursions might involve additional fees, but course instructors will inform students at the time of orientation if such fees apply.
Cities to be Visited
- China’s capital city. We will visit the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and much more.
- Ancient capital city. We will visit First Emperor’s burial ground and terra cotta soldiers’ museum, and ancient city wall.
- Capital city of Henan province, and our host Zhengzhou University is located here.
- Ancient capital city. We will visit Long-men Grottoes.
- Ancient capital city near Zhengzhou. Famous for its Song Dynasty cultural remains and its Qingming Theme Park.
- The showcase of contemporary China. We will visit the Yu Garden, watch an acrobatic show and take a river cruise. Students will have time to do some last-minute shopping.
Minimum GPA: good standing*
Minimum class level: freshman
Minimum age: 18
Language requirement: no
GGC students must have an overall GPA of 2.5 of higher
The program has a limit of forty-five students. Any full-time or part-time student is eligible to participate in the program. Students from institutions that are not part of the USG are admitted on a space-available basis and must enroll as transient students at a participating institution.
An application package must be submitted before or on, February 5, 2017
to the participating faculty members on your campus, or if there is no faculty participant, to the program Director:
Dr. Baogang Guo
Department of Social Sciences
Dalton State College
650 College Drive
Dalton, GA, 30720
Students who apply before or on December 15, 2016
will receive a $50 “early bird discount.”
The program offers a number of program assistant positions to participating students who have strong leader-ship skills, good academic standing and in financial need. Student assistants will get $500 program fee reduction.
An application package can be obtained from your campus participating faculty members or downloaded from the program’s website
Application and Payment Deadlines:
Application fee of $250 due with application on February 5th, 2017
February 5, 2017
: First Installment $1,600
April 1, 2017
: Second Installment $2,000
Refunds will be made according to the following schedule:
1. Withdrawal before February 5— $200
2. Withdrawal between February 7 and April 1— $400
3. Withdrawal between April 2 and May 7— $1,850, if paid in full
4. Withdrawal after May 7—No refund.
All withdrawals must be made in writing to the program office at Dalton State College in order for refunds to be processed.
Students may earn six semester hours of credit. All courses are standard courses offering three hours of credit. Each student is required to take two courses offered by the program.
Dr. Bruce A. Carroll
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology
Ms. Cele Blair
Assistant Director of Education Abroad
Phone: (678) 407-5597
Dr. Baogang Guo, Director
Department of Social Sciences
Dalton State College
650 College Drive
Dalton, GA 30720
Phone: (706) 272-2678
Fax: (706) 272-2698
Dr. Wilson Huang, Co-Director
Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice
Valdosta State University
Valdosta, GA 31698
Phone: (229) 333-5486
Fax: (229) 333-5492
"This was possibly the best experience of my life. I consider myself very fortunate having spent this time in China. No journal entry or words can capture what this meant to me, nor can it capture the essence and beauty of the culture.... I miss China, the faculty, our students, our buddies. I talk about it on a daily basis and so far have kept in touch with other group members at other schools as well as some of the Chinese buddies. These memories are very dear to my heart and it is something I will treasure always. I hope to return to China again someday"
--Misty Johnson, VSU
"China seems very different to me after coming here when comparing my view of it before I left and when I was younger. But after coming here I have gained a totally new perspective on China. The biggest change to my perception was the noticeability of the size of the population in China. The 1.3 billion people in this country would allow one to believe that the streets are jam-packed with people, leaving very little personal space, but it is not like that. Hearing the different population numbers for cities like Beijing, Xi'an, and Zhengzhou, where they are all much larger than Atlanta always made me think that the overpopulation would be tangible, but all of these cities seem no different when it comes to just the amount of people you see when walking around"
--Kelly Smith, GSU