With its entrance to the WTO, hosting of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, and hosting of the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, China is becoming an increasingly attractive place for citizens from all countries. With 1.3 billion people, China is the most populous country in the world, and its role in world affairs has become increasingly important. The Chinese economy continues to grow at a robust pace, and China is now considered a "must play" for multinational companies.
Tianjin is the 5th largest city in China. It is situated 69 miles southeast of the capital Beijing, only 30 minutes by train via the Beijing-Tianjin Intercity Railway. The Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA) hosts 76 of the Fortune 500 companies providing easy access to the multinationals. Program participants can easily take weekend trips to Beijing to see the historical sites as well as the 2008 Olympic Games venues.
Situated immediately north of Hong Kong and within a one-hour ferry ride from Macau, Shenzhen is a city of 12 million that is one of the fastest growing cities in the world. It has the 4th largest container port in the world and is home to the headquarters of numerous high-tech companies. Shenzhen has the highest GDP per capita among large and medium sized cities in China.
Shanghai is a dynamic and cosmopolitan metropolis. It is one of the world's biggest, most booming urban areas. Although approximately 1.5% of China's population lives in Shanghai, the city contributes more than 11% to the country's total income. Its port ranks 1st in the world in volume of cargo. Shanghai is quickly becoming the center of attraction for Asia.
Tianjin University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Established in 1895, Tianjin University (TJU, formerly Peiyang University) was the first university in China. Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU, formerly Nanyang Public School) was established in 1896. Incidentally, both TJU and SJTU were founded by the same person, Mr. Xuanhuai Sheng, Minister of Transportation during the Qing Dynasty. Thus TJU and SJTU have strong lineage dating back more than 110 years. Both TJU and SJTU are top universities in China with traditional strengths in engineering. Each year in July, Georgia Tech hosts the Atlanta Summer Program (ASP), a reciprocal of the CSP, for TJU and SJTU students.
Shenzhen Virtual Univesity Park
In Shenzhen, we will be hosted by the Shenzhen Virtual University Park (SZVUP), a university park consisting of high quality physical spaces shared by 57 member institutions, all of which are branch operations of well-known international and Chinese domestic institutions. Georgia Tech has a been a member of the SZVUP since 2013 and offering a Masters degree program there since 2014.
Do I have to know the Chinese language to participate?
No, you do not. Although English is not widely spoken in China, many young people in large cities such as Tianjin, Shenzhen and Shanghai do understand English (English education starts in elementary school). The street signs and announcements in public transportation systems are in both Chinese and English. All Georgia Tech course instruction will be in English.
Will I have the opportunity to learn Chinese on the program?
Yes. Although we do not offer Georgia Tech CHIN language courses for credit, we have made arrangements with local university instructors who specialize in teaching Chinese as a foreign language, to offer Beginner Chinese classes. The course is taught over a 3-week period in Tianjin. The nominal fee for a set of 12 lectures is 400 RMB (about $67). Note that this optional language class fee is not part of the program fee and will paid to the local university/instructor. However, full language course fee refund will be issued to those who have had a perfect attendance record for the 3 weeks.
Do I get class credit for this program?
The courses offered at the China Summer Program are regular Georgia Tech classes that appear in the registration system just like all other courses offered at Georgia Tech. Because they are regular Georgia Tech classes, grades earned in these courses are shown on a participant's Georgia Tech transcript and are calculated as part of the Georgia Tech GPA. All courses are offered on the letter-grade basis (not pass/fail basis).
Are there any scheduling conflicts that I need to consider when signing up for courses?
There are no parallel sessions on the CSP. You can select any combination of courses without worrying about scheduling conflicts.
What is the course load?
COE 2001 and ECE 3710 have 2 credit hours, all other courses have 3 credit hours. Since this is a 9-week program, the required course load is 8-10 credit hours. Please note that non-GT classes (Chinese language & cultural courses) do not count towards credit hours.
May I audit a course?
There is a Georgia Tech requirement that all study abroad courses be offered on a letter grade basis. Thus we do not offer the audit option
How much does the program cost ? (All following costs are tentative!)
Program students will see the following items on their Georgia Tech Bursar account:
- Tuition: Assume that you will take X credit hours on the program. Your tuition bill will be: $327 times X for in-state students, $327 times X + $250 for out-of-state students
- Program fee: $4,195 (tentative)
- Technology fee: $107 (tentative)
- Special Institutional fee: $544 (tentative)
The other fees (transportation, health, recreation/facility, activity, athletic fees) that the Atlanta campus normally charges are waived for study abroad programs.
Example: Assume that you will take 9 credit hours on the CSP. If you are an in-state student, the amount due to the GT Bursar is $2,943 tuition + $4,195 program fee + $107 Technology Fee + $544 special institutional fee = $7,789. If you are a non-resident, the amount due to the GT Bursar is $3,193 tuition + $4,195 program fee + $107 Technology Fee + $544 special institutional fee = $8,039. Please note that the program fee includes the cost of 9 weeks of double occupancy lodging and much more.
Is studying abroad more expensive than taking courses in Atlanta?
For in-state students, the overall expenses (program costs + living expenses) can be comparable with studying in Atlanta. It is surely a bargain for out-of-state students as exemplified below.
On the Atlanta campus, out-of-state students pay approximately $9,652 more tuition than in-state students. On the CSP, this tuition differential is reduced to a mere $250. You will be paying a CSP program fee of $4,195, but you save $545 from the mandatory Atlanta campus fees ($1196-$651). Moreover, assume that the Atlanta monthly lodging expenses amount to $500 and the roundtrip airfare to China is $1,997. The net savings for studying on the CSP as opposed to studying in Atlanta for a typical out-of-state student is around $9,652-$250-$4,195+$545+$500x2-$1,997= $4,755, even after deducting airfare expenses. Your meals expenses will also be much less in China than in Atlanta (some meals are included in the program fee).
What does the program fee cover?
See section on program fee.
What else should I budget?
Roundtrip airfare, books and supplies, meals not covered by the program, visa, and miscellaneous expenses.
How do I estimate meals expenses?
There are several on-campus dining facilities serving primarily Chinese dishes. For on-campus cafeteria dining, you can expect 3 excellent meals for around $6 per day. Prices are higher for restaurants off-campus. Generally, you may find that foods in Chinese restaurant cost approximately 1/2 of their prices in the US. Western eateries such as Pizza Hut, KFC, etc charge approximately the same as in the US.
Is there financial aid?
See OIE's answer.
Are scholarships available?
See OIE's answer.
Are the tuition and program fee refundable if the program is canceled?
Georgia Tech reserves the right to alter or cancel this program due to low enrollment, unavailability of a professor to teach a planned course, or other unforeseen circumstances. If Georgia Tech cancels the program before departure for reasons within its control, all fees paid by participants will be refunded. If Georgia Tech cancels the program before departure or while the program is in progress for reasons beyond its control, such as political unrest or danger to participants' safety, only those fees that Georgia Tech is able to have refunded by service providers will be returned to participants. This program has been offered each year since its inception in 2005.
Do I have to be a Georgia Tech student to apply?
The CSP welcomes degree-seeking students from other US institutions to join as transient students and transfer credits back to their home institutions. However, transient students must have US citizenship or US permanent residency. The deadline for non-Georgia Tech students to apply as transients is February 15.
I am a graduate student. Can I go?
All CSP courses are undergraduate courses. If you are a graduate student and you would like to take some courses for your own benefit, you are welcome to participate. Please secure your advisor's approval and inform the Graduate Coordinator in your School about your participation in the study abroad program.
Tianjin, Shanghai and Shenzhen all are clean and modern cities but if you plan to venture into the countryside, you may need to get immunized. If you need a series of shots you will need to plan in advance. For more information, see: