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  • Locations: Chengdu, China; Emeishan, China; Estimated Travel Day to/from the US, -; Jincheng, China; Shanghai, China
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA Requirement: 2
Housing Option: Dormitory, Hotel Areas of Study: Arts and Sciences, Comparative Studies, East Asian Languages and Literatures, Humanities, International Studies
Rank/Class Status: 1-First-year Student, 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student Program Type: Faculty-Led
Summer Session: 4W1 Four Week Session 1 GE Requirements: GE: Open Options – Education Abroad
Academic Credit: Chinese Program Features: Service-Learning
Ohio State Program Contact: Tiffany R. Pierskalla
Program Description:
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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. 

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The city of Chengdu in the Sichuan province of Southwest China will serve as the main location for the Global May China 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 Global May China Program is based at the Southwest Minzu University in Chengdu. 

Students will also get the opportunity to see and stay in Shanghai for the last few days in China.


Students will live in the international student dormitories on the campus of Southwest Minzu University and in Shanghai, students will stay in hotels.

Resident Directors

Dr. Mark Bender
East Asian Languages & Literatures

Education Abroad Coordinator

Tiffany R. Pierskalla
Would you like to schedule an appointment? Click here to request one.



Courses and Credit China Global May tab 2

Admitted participants are required to register in three hours of Chinese 2797.01 for 4 Week Session 1.

This course can be used to satisfy the Education Abroad Open Option GE.



Application Requirement China Global May tab 3

Students from all majors and ranks are welcome to apply. Preference will be given to first and second-year students.

In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must have a cumulative 2.0 GPA and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation

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 as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to



Program Costs China Global May tab 4

Students are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $2,780.00 program fee. The program fee includes airfare, housing, meals, excursions, and visa. It does not cover passports or immunizations. 

The detailed breakdown of the costs can be found on the budget sheet.  

If a student withdraws or becomes 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 should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

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.



Information Sessions China Global May tab 5

  • November 8th 5-6pm in Enarson 160
  • December 5th 4:30-5:30pm in Enarson 160


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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.



The most valuable thing I gained from this program were the relationships I created. I really truly found another family during my time in China. My partner Chan became like a brother to me and in fact he even gave me a family name solidifying our relationship as more than just friends but as family. Hence the most valuable thing I gained on this trip was a family one which I will go and see again.
     — Summer, 2018 Participant
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 01/03/2018
01/17/2018 05/05/2018 06/05/2018
NOTE: These dates include the travel dates of the group flight from Columbus and back
Summer 2019 01/03/2019 01/15/2019 05/05/2019 06/05/2019
NOTE: These dates include the travel dates of the group flight from Columbus and back.

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