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Engaging China: Challenges & Opportunities


Join Drs. Mao Lin and Solomon Smith 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 Term A 2019 term.

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APPLY NOW! (Deadline January 18, 2019) 

Course Options:
Students have the opportunity to earn and must be enrolled in 6 credit hours to participate on this program during the Term A 2019 term. Graduate Students are required to be enrolled in 3 credit hours. Students can choose from the following:

HIST 1112 – World History II (3)
HIST/INTS 5532 – Modern China (3)  Graduate credit also available
HIST 2110 – U.S. History Survey (3)

Students should have a 2.5 GPA at the time of application and must be in Good Academic Standing, 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 20 – June 12, 2019 (Summer Term A)

Program Cost:
Includes: All regional and local transportation; lodging for the duration of the program on the Shenzhen Senior High School campus; required tours and excursions; and mandatory insurance coverage.

Additional Costs: Georgia Southern tuition & fees for 3 credit hours of course enrollment; round-trip airfare to China; meal expenses; 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 and first special economic zone bordering Hong Kong.  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 and Humen
  • Long visit to multicultural Shanghai, Suzhou-Hangzhou, and Wuzhen
  • Meeting with local students and faculty
  • Visits to Buddhist and Daoist temples
  • Food on foot tours and market excursions
  • Tours and cultural visits everyday
  • Opportunities to explore Hong Kong and Macau- additional fees apply

Application and Payment Schedule:
Program Application and $1,000.00 Program Deposit: Due January 18, 2019
1st Program Payment of $1,000.00: Due February 22, 2019
2nd Program Payment of $1,000.00 + $50.00 mandatory insurance coverage cost: Due March 22, 2019

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.


Have questions or need more information?  Please contact:
Dr. Mao Lin, Department of History –
Dr. Solomon Smith, Department of Literature & Philosophy –
Office of International Programs & Services –

Last updated: 9/26/2017