China Summer Program FAQ

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What are the special appeals of China and the city of Shenzhen?

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.

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.

What are the language requirements?

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 Shenzhen 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. The Summer 2018 program is offering Chinese 1001 and Chinese 4813. More information can be found on the Course Offerings page.

What do I need to know about taking courses on the program?

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? 
All students are required to register for 6-12 credit hours. Course offerings range from 2 credit hours (ECE 3710) to 4 credit hours (CHIN 1001), with the majority of courses being offered for 3 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 studying abroad cost?

How much does the program cost ? 
Please view the Program Costs page for a cost breakdown of the program.

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, but you save $545 from the mandatory Atlanta campus fees. 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 $4500, 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 Program Costs page.

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.

What are the eligibility requirements?

What are the eligibility requirements?
See OIE's answer. We do not place special GPA requirements except that you must be in good academic standing. You must also be in good disciplinary standing.

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.

Do I need any vaccinations?

Shenzhen is a clean and modern city 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:

How do I apply?

You can apply through the GT OIE Application Portal. For access, click here.

For more information on the application process, please see the Application page.

What do I need as a transient student?

Are transient students required to have at least 30 credit hours at the time of application?

If a student does not have at least 30 credit hours completed by the time they begin the study abroad program, then we welcome the opportunity to review these applications on a case by case basis.