China: Summer School
A GVSU Faculty-led Program
Tell me about this program
Open to: All majors
SHANGHAI, CHINA: With more than 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 just the spring term (6 weeks), or the spring term with an internship component. During the spring term you will register for two or three courses in 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, which 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.
When can I go?
April 29 - June 10, 2014 (6 weeks)
Where will I live?
Program participants will live on the campus of East China Normal University.
Who is eligible to participate?
This program is open to all majors. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
GVSU is happy to extend this opportunity to NonGVSU Students.
How do I apply?
To apply for this program, log on to www.gvsu.edu/oasis to begin your online application.
Completed applications must be submitted by February 1, 2014.
Non-GVSU Students: Visit www.gvsu.edu/studyabroad/nonGVSUstudents for detailed information on how to apply.
What credits will I receive?
Students will register for a total of six (6) credits:
CHS 301: Comparing Civilizations, China and Western (3 credits)
PHI 210: Eastern Philosophy (3 credits)*
*Course fulfills General Education World Perspectives requirement.
How much does the program cost?
Program Fee: $4,600
- Round-trip transportation from Grand Rapids
- Field trips and fees
- All ground transportation
- Visa fees
- Some meals
- GVSU Tuition - 6 credits ($2,742)
- Personal expenses ($300)
- Additional Meals ($200)
- Passport fees ($140)
- ISIC Card (Optional) ($28)
Total Projected Cost (Program Fee + Other Expenses) = $8,010
Additional Program Cost Information
Cost Comparison for GVSU Cost of Attendance for Spring/Summer 2014, based on 1/2 Time Enrollment (In-State Undergraduate): $6,966
Contact Nick Bromley in the Financial Aid Office at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Include in the email your G-number and the name of your study abroad program.
Non-GVSU Students: Non-GVSU students admitted for study abroad are not eligible for Financial Aid from GVSU. Check with your home school’s study abroad and financial aid offices for details on applying for financial aid from your home school toward study abroad program costs.
FACULTY-LED PROGRAM GRANT: up to $1,500. All degree-seeking students who apply to their faculty-led program by the priority deadline are automatically considered for a grant of up to $1,500 from the Padnos International Center. Students must have a current FAFSA on file to be eligible. No application required.
Visit www.gvsu.edu/studyabroad/scholarships for additional information on grants and scholarships.
Who can tell me more?
MAK B-3 208
MAK B-3 210
• Participants will increase and enhance independence and self-reliance through learning to successfully navigate a new environment outside of their usual comfort zone.
• Participants will explore the challenges, successes and on-going dialogues in China and its role in the East from a variety of perspectives by taking special field trips and excursions to major cities and local places.
• Participants will gain an appreciation for the similarities and differences between the Chinese culture and history and that of the US.
All program information including courses, duration of program, dates, and other logistics are subject to change. Programs may be cancelled due to extenuating circumstances.