The Ohio State Global May Study Abroad program in China will enable students to experience a diverse and dynamic mix of ethnic, rural and urban cultures in the historic and geographically varied region of southwest China. Students will gain first-hand insight into the diversity of China and how specific local cultures are affected by rapid social and environmental change. Experiential observations, including lectures, discussions and field experience, will enrich the program. Students will gain practical experience and awareness of the multi-cultural nature of China and the many issues surrounding its diversity from the stance of folklore and the environment. This program is specifically designed for first and second-year students of any major who are interested in learning more about the diverse cultures and global significance of China.
Field trips and experiential learning are vital components to this study abroad program. These field learning experiences will feature urban and village cultures, ethnic tourism venues, multi-cultural marketplaces, religious sites, local festivals, NGOs, ethnic minority artisans, museums, schools and national parks.
The city of Chengdu in the Sichuan province of Southwest China will serve as the main location for the China Global May Program. With its fascinating mix of traditional teahouses and high rises, Chengdu is a city where the past meets the present. The Sichuan province features a diverse geography and is known as a biodiversity hotspot due to the many plant and animal species found in the area. The province also offers many historical and cultural sites, temples and museums. The China Global May Program is based at the Southwest University for Nationalities in Chengdu.
Students will also get the opportunity to see and stay in Shanghai for the last couples of days in China.
Students will live in the international student dormitories on the campus of Southwest University for Nationalities. In Shanghai, students will stay in hotels.
All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.
Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.
Students are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $2,773 program fee. The program fee includes airfare, housing, meals, excursions, and visa. It does not cover passports or immunizations.
This program has been very generously subsidized by the College of Arts and Sciences.
The detailed breakdown of the costs can be found on the budget sheet.
If a students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.
Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed. After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.
Thursday, November 9th from 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM in Enarson Classroom Building Room 160
Wednesday, December 6th from 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM in Enarson Classroom Building Room 100
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov/travel (pre-travel health guidance)
Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula, and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.
I loved how small and close-knit this program was. Because of it's size, I was able to get to know everyone really well, because there were only twelve students. I enjoyed all the mini-field trips as well. Chengdu is a huge city, and I felt that I was able to experience an array of Chinese culture through this program.