Study-abroad Center in China Launched
The Chengdu American Center for Study Abroad, an English-language, U.S.-style learning environment, has been launched in China as a collaboration between Global Maximum Educational Opportunities, Inc. (GMEO) and its principal partners Fairleigh Dickinson University, Georgia State University, Merrimack College and Norwich University.
Under the agreement, the first of its kind for FDU, undergraduate students have the opportunity to spend a semester — starting spring 2013 — in Chengdu, China, one of the most important scientific and educational centers in southwest China and home of the giant panda. The center is located on the grounds of Sichuan University. Classes will run from February 25 to May 29, 2013.
Students can take courses in business, communication, science, humanities, social science, criminal justice and Chinese language and culture. FDU will be offering courses such as Communication in Everyday Life, Intercultural Communication, Professional Communication, Fundamentals of International Business and Introduction to Macreconomics. All courses will be taught in English, with Sichuan University faculty members handling the Chinese language and culture courses.
To be eligible for this study-abroad opportunity, students should have all their chosen courses pre-approved by their academic advisers. There is a minimum grade point ratio (GPR) requirement of 2.50 but students with lower GPRs are encouraged to apply because applications are evaluated on an individual basis. There is no language requirement although students may be required to take at least one Mandarin-language course (if mandated by FDU) while on the program. The deadline for application to the spring 2013 semester is Thursday, November 1.
Students pay their regular tuition and will be able to keep their state, federal and institutional financial aid. The tuition covers a 14-week semester and a one-week tour of China during spring break, including a trip to the Chengdu Panda Breeding Center. Airfare and the cost of meals are not included.
The Chengdu city government is also offering all spring 2013 students a special scholarship of 10,000 RMB ($1,500), which can be used to cover the cost of room and board. Double-occupancy rooms are available in Sichuan University’s international dorms for $385 a month.
During their semester in China, students can broaden their educational experience by applying for internships with more than 160 Fortune 500 companies located in Chengdu’s industrial and high-tech zones. There are also social-service opportunities with nongovernmental organizations in the area.
For information go to http://globaleducation.fdu.edu/china . To apply for the spring 2013 semester, contact Brian Swanzey, director, Wroxton study abroad (Flor), at 973-443-8086 or firstname.lastname@example.org.