Study Abroad Opportunity: Xi'an,China

Study Abroad Opportunity - China

English Education Program in China
Spring Semester, 2013
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The English Department is excited to launch a new study-abroad program for English majors who wish to gain international educational experience in the largest English learning and teaching market in the world: China. Program participants will work with elementary school children, college English majors, and adult English learners at a Chinese university in the historical city of Xi'an, China. Because of the central location of the host city, students will have opportunities to travel to Shanghai and Beijing during this program and experience such World Heritage Sites as seeing some of the 8,000 terra cotta warriors and their horses (circa 200 BC): climbing a part of the 5,000 mile long Great Wall of China, exploring the 600 year old Forbidden City with its 900 buildings; enjoying the Summer Palace with its dragon boats and strolling along Shanghai's Bund. This program is ideal for those who want to combine their elementary education track in the English major with ESL training in an international context to expand their professional portfolio and marketability in todays increasingly competitive job market.

Program participants will receive a total of 7 credits:
ENG 308: Teaching Reading: The Necessary Skills (4 Credits)
ENG 469: ESL Practicum (3 Credits)

Dates and Deadlines
This program will tentatively take place from May 6 to June 10, 2013. Program participants will stay in an on-campus hotel. Applications are due February 1, 2013.

This program is intended for English Education majors and/or English majors and minors. Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA (3.0 for graduate students), have completed the prerequisite course ENG 261 Foundations of Language Study and must submit a complete application by February 1, 2013. GVSU is happy to extend this opportunity to non-GVSU students.

The projected total cost for this program is $4,130.00. Program fee includes round-trip transportation from Grand Rapids, accommodations, most meals, all field trips, and all ground transportation. Additional costs include GVSU tuition (7 credits, $3,087.00), ISIC card ($28.00), personal expenses ($300.00), additional meals ($100.00), and passport fee ($140.00). Total Projected Cost: $4,130.00 (program fee) + $3,655.00 (additional costs) = $7,785.00.

This fee subject to adjustments based on actual exchange rates and international airfare.

Financial Aid and Grants
Participants earning at least six (6) credits during the spring/summer semesters can apply their GVSU financial aid award toward study abroad program costs. Grants are available for faculty-led participants.All degree-seeking students accepted into a GVSU faculty-led program are automatically considered for the grant if they have a current FAFSA on file in the Financial Aid Office. No application required.

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

To apply for this program, log on to to begin your online application. Completed applications must be submitted by February 1, 2013. Non-GVSU student should visit for detailed application instructions. All program information including courses, duration of program, dates, and other logistics are subject to change. Programs may be cancelled due to extenuating circumstances.

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