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Engaging China: Challenges & Opportunities


Join Drs. Mao Lin and Timothy Whelan on a month-long trip through some of China’s most important economic areas.  Learn about the country by exploring its rich cultural heritage stemming from an ancient past, and the desire to preserve that heritage in the face of immense economic change and emergence as a global political power.  Students will enroll in this course for the Summer A 2018 term.

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APPLICATION FORM (Deadline March 5, 2018) 

Course Options:
Students have the opportunity to earn and must be enrolled in 6 credit hours to participate on this program during the Summer A 2018 term.  Students can choose from either of the following:
HIST 1112s – World History II (3)
HIST 5532s – Modern China (3)  Graduate credit also available
ENGL 2112s – World Literature II (3)
*Requires prerequisite of “C” or better in ENGL 1102

Students should have a 2.5 GPA at the time of application, with no active disciplinary record.  All students must be fully admitted to the institution, and at least 18 years of age by the program departure date.

Dates of Program:
May 11 – June 8, 2018 (Summer A 2018 Term)

Program Cost:
Includes: All regional and local transportation; lodging for the duration of the program; 3 meals per day on campus; required tours and excursions; weekend excursions; and mandatory insurance coverage.

Additional Costs: Georgia Southern tuition & fees for 3 credit hours of course enrollment; round-trip airfare to China; additional meals beyond those provided; incidental expenses and souvenirs.

Nature and Purpose of the Program:
The rise of China as a global power creates important opportunities for American and Chinese citizens to learn about and understand each other to facilitate a stronger relationship.  This month-long trip will be based in the coastal city of Shenzhen, one of China’s special economic zones located next to Hong Kong and Macau.  Students will travel and study in Shenzhen to utilize the landscape in order to learn about, understand, and engage with China.   Through this program, students will also gain a deeper understanding of Chinese history, literature, society, and culture while improving their knowledge of the Chinese economy and market and prepare for careers in the highly globalized marketplace.

Example Excursions and Activities:

  • Weekend trip to Guangzhou
  • Long visit to multicultural Shanghai
  • Meeting with local students and faculty
  • Opportunities to explore Hong Kong and Macau
  • Visits to Buddhist and Daoist temples
  • Food on foot tours and market excursions
  • Tours and cultural visits everyday

Application and Payment Schedule:
Program Application and $800.00 Program Deposit: Due February 9, 2018
1st Program Payment of $800.00: Due February 22, 2018
2nd Program Payment of $705.00 + $40.00 mandatory insurance coverage cost: Due March 22, 2018

All payments should be made through the Georgia Southern Studies Abroad “Engaging China Studies Abroad” Marketplace webpage.

Refund information:
Once accepted to the program, all deposits and program payments are non-refundable.


Submit applications to any of the locations listed at the top of the application form.  Applications can also be sent through campus mail to Int’l Programs & Services at P.O. Box 8106.

Have questions or need more information?  Please contact:
Dr. Mao Lin, Department of History –
Dr. Timothy Whelan, Department of Literature & Philosophy –
Ms. Emilee Carr, Study Abroad Advisor, Office of International Programs & Services –

Last updated: 2/20/2018