Philosophy

The China Program

 

Summer School in Shanghai

Spring and/or Summer 2012

Open to All Majors

TELL ME ABOUT THIS PROGRAM

With almost 1.3 billion inhabitants and the world’s second largest economy, China demands attention. This dynamic country boasts an ancient civilization spanning millennia, yet leads the world in cutting-edge developments. China’s most populous city, Shanghai, radiates ineffable elegance, cosmopolitan sophistication, and obsession with the new.
 
This program will operate during the spring and summer terms in Shanghai, China. You may enroll for the spring term (6 weeks), the summer term (6 weeks), or both terms (12 weeks). Each term, you will register for two or three courses in language, area studies, and/or general education. Courses will be taught by GVSU faculty as well as faculty from East China Normal University in Shanghai.
 
 A core component of this program is the “on-site teaching and learning” through field trips. Spring term field trips include a trip to Beijing, the capital of China, where we will have a class on the Great Wall and in the Forbidden City, and to Tai Mountain as well as Confucius' home town, Qufu.  Summer term fieldtrips will take you to Inner Mongolia, and to other cities south of the Yangtze River.
 

 

 

WHEN CAN I GO?

Tentative program dates for spring semester are: May 7-June 18, 2012
Tentative program dates for summer semester are: June 25-Aug 6, 2012
Tentative program dates for spring and summer semesters are: May 7-Aug 6, 2012

 

WHERE WILL I LIVE?

Program participants will live on the campus of East China Normal University in international student residence halls.

 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE?

This program is open to all majors. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and a successful application submitted by February 1, 2012.

 

*All program information including courses, duration of program, dates, and other logistics are subject to change. Programs may be cancelled due to extenuating circumstances.

 

WHAT CREDITS WILL I RECEIVE?

Students will register for a total of 6 credits for each session

 

Spring session course options:

PHI 102: Ethics Three credits. Fulfills the Philosophy and Literature General Education requirement.

PHI 210: Eastern Philosophy Three credits. Fulfills General Education World Perspectives requirement. Theme friendly, if taken with EAS 301 or GPY 354, during the summer session. A proposal to create your own theme abroad must be submitted.

 

Summer session course options:

EAS 201: East Asia in the Contemporary World Three credits. Fulfills General Education World Perspectives requirement.

EAS 301: Masterpieces of East Asian Literature Three credits. Theme friendly.

GPY 354: Geography of Asia Three credits. Theme friendly.

 

**Additional course options may be added. Courses enrolling fewer than 12 students will be canceled. There may be limited possibilities for you to follow spring session courses with a summer session internship. Interested students are encouraged to apply for both sessions.

 

HOW MUCH DOES THIS PROGRAM COST?

*Fees subject to adjustments based on actual exchange rates and international airfare

 

SPRING ONLY

 

The approximate fee for the spring session is $4,531*

 

 

Program Fee Includes

Round-trip transportation from Grand Rapids 

Accommodation 

Field trips and fees 

All ground transportation 

Visa fees 

Some meals

 

Additional Costs

GVSU Tuition (6 credits#$2,592)

ISIC Card ($28)

Personal expenses ($200)

Passport fees ($140) 

Additional Meals ($200)

 

Total Projected Cost: $4,531 (program fee) + $3,160 (additional costs) = $7,691*

 

SUMMER ONLY

 

The approximate fee for the summer session is $4,634*

 

Program Fee Includes:

Round-trip transportation from Grand Rapids

Accommodation

Field trips and fees

All ground transportation

Visa fees

Some meals

 

Additional Costs:

GVSU Tuition (6 credits#$2,592)

ISIC Card ($28)

Personal expenses ($200)

Passport fees ($140) 

Additional Meals ($200)

 

Total Projected Cost: $4,634 (program fee) + $1,746 (additional costs) = $7,794*

 

 

SPRING AND SUMMER

 

The approximate fee for the spring and summer session is $7,439*

The approximate fee for spring session courses with a summer session internship is $7,313*

 

 

Program Fee Includes

Round-trip transportation from Grand Rapids 

Accommodation 

Field trips and fees 

All ground transportation 

Visa fees 

Some meals

 

Additional Costs

GVSU Tuition (12 credits#$5,184)

ISIC Card ($28)

Personal expenses ($300)

Passport fees ($140) 

Additional Meals ($400)

 

Total Projected Cost: $7,439 (program fee) + $6,352 (additional costs) = $13,971*

Total Projected Cost (internship track): $7,313 (program fee) + $6,352 = $13, 665

 

FINANCIAL AID

Many types of financial aid, such as loans, grants and scholarships, are available to GVSU students and can be used for meeting the cost of this program. All GVSU students in good academic standing are eligible to apply for loans. Early application for financial aid is strongly recommended. Please note that students must enroll for a least 6 credits during the spring/summer semester to be eligible for federal student aid.

 

GRANTS

GVSU offers grants to be used specifically for faculty-led programs. These grants, which are approximately $500,are based on financial need only-academic or other criteria are not taken into consideration. All degree-seeking students accepted into a GVSU faculty-led program are automatically considered for the grant if they have a current FAFSA on file in the Financial Aid Office. No application required. Grants

 

Freeman-ASIA Scholarship

Freeman-ASIA (Freeman Awards for Study in Asia) is designed to support American undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study overseas in East or Southeast Asia. The program's goal is to increase the number of Americans with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures. Students must be studying abroad for a minimum of 8 weeks to be eligible for this award.

 

Visit http://www.iie.org/Programs/Freeman-ASIA for more information.

 

The GVSU Fellowships Office offers advising services for students applying for nationally competitive awards:

http://www.gvsu.edu/fellowships/

 

HOW DO I APPLY?

To apply for this program, log on to www.gvsu.edu/studyabroad to begin your online application. Completed applications must be submitted by February 1, 2012.

 

WHO CAN TELL ME MORE?

2012 Directors:

 

Geling Shang (Spring session)

E-mail: shangg@gvsu.edu

Location: MAK B-3 208

Phone: (616) 331-3609

Department: Philosophy

 

Peimin Ni (Summer session)

E-mail: nip@gvsu.edu

Location: MAK B-3 210

Phone: (616) 331-3529

Department: Philosophy

Padnos International Center www.gvsu.edu/studyabroad

 

 

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