China: Summer School

A GVSU Faculty-led or Internship Program

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Open to: All majors

*** PLEASE NOTE: The information on this page is for the 2017 program. Updated 2018 program information will be available soon. Program details may be similar, but are subject to change. ***

SHANGHAI, CHINA: With more than 1.3 billion inhabitants and the world’s second largest economy, China demands attention. This dynamic country boasts an ancient civilization spanning millennia, yet leads the world in cutting-edge developments. China’s most populous city, Shanghai, radiates ineffable elegance, cosmopolitan sophistication, and obsession with the new.

This program will operate during the spring and summer terms in Shanghai, China. You may enroll for just the spring term (6 weeks), or the spring term with an internship component. During the spring term you will register for two or three courses in area studies and/or general education. Courses will be taught by GVSU faculty as well as faculty from East China Normal University in Shanghai.

A core component of this program is the “on-site teaching and learning” through field trips, which include a trip to Beijing, the capital of China, where we will have a class on the Great Wall and in the Forbidden City, and to Tai Mountain as well as Confucius’ home town, Qufu.

Program Highlights: 

Led by world-renowned experts on Chinese philosophy and culture 

- Exciting and extensive field trips include: Beijing, the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and more 

- Courses dig into the root of Chinese civilization, fostering deeper understanding of both Chinese and Western ways of life 

- Internship option 

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When can I go?

April 30 - June 11, 2017  (6 weeks)

Where will I live?

Program participants will live on campus at East China Normal University.

Who is eligible to participate?

Open to all undergraduate majors. 2.0 GPA required. Non-GVSU students are eligible. 

GVSU is happy to extend this opportunity to NonGVSU Students.

How do I apply?

To apply for this program, log on to to begin your online application.

** 2018 Program application will open late summer 2017 **

APPLICATION DEADLINE (2018 Program): February 1, 2018

Non-GVSU Students are welcome to apply. Please view Non-GVSU Student Information 

What credits will I receive?

Students will register for a total of 6 credits: 

PHI 210: Eastern Philosophy (3 credits) AND

SOC/WGS 350: Family and Gender in the Developing world (3 credits) 

ISSUES FRIENDLY: This program will allow students to fulfill their entire Issues General Education Requirement. 

Language of instruction: English 

INTERNSHIP OPTION: Students can complete an internship abroad during this program. For details, contact Geling Shang  

How much does the program cost?

Program Fee: $4,600

  • Round-trip transportation from Grand Rapids
  • Accommodation
  • Field trips and fees
  • All ground transportation
  • Visa fees
  • Some meals
Other Expenses
  • GVSU Tuition - 6 credits ($3,036)
  • Personal expenses ($300)
  • Additional Meals ($200)
  • Passport fees ($140)
  • ISIC Card (Optional) ($28)

Total Projected Cost (Program Fee + Other Expenses) = $8,304

Financial Aid

To contact the Financial Aid office, email with “Study Abroad” in the Subject line. Include your G Number and Total Projected Cost of the program in the e-mail. 

Non-GVSU Students: Non-GVSU students admitted for study abroad are not eligible for Financial Aid from GVSU. Check with your home school’s study abroad and financial aid offices for details on applying for financial aid from your home school toward study abroad program costs. 

Financial Aid FAQs


FACULTY-LED PROGRAM GRANT: up to $1,500. All degree-seeking students who apply to their faculty-led program by the priority deadline are automatically considered for a grant of up to $1,500 from the Padnos International Center. Students must have a current FAFSA on file to be eligible. No application required.

SEIDMAN COLLEGE OF BUSINESS SCHOLARSHIP: offers a study abroad scholarship for SCB majors who wish to participate in a qualified study abroad or international internship program.  Awards are based on program costs and financial need.  Apply online using GVSU MyScholarships:

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Who can tell me more?

Faculty Directors:

Geling Shang
Philosophy Department
B-3-208 Mackinac Hall
(616) 331-3609 

All program information including courses, duration of program, dates, and other logistics are subject to change. Programs may be cancelled due to extenuating circumstances.