All majors will earn at least six credits of the 33 in a study abroad program in mainland China or Taiwan in order to gain firsthand experience with the language and culture. These six credits can be taken as part of the required or elective credits. Students who need financial support to achieve this requirement will be able to apply their financial aid for study abroad, apply for a grant through the Freeman Foundation, and/or receive a grant from the Padnos International Center. Minimum requirements for study abroad: six weeks.
Currently we have numerous study abroad options that could contribute to this requirement:
ECNU summer program in Shanghai
Chinese language and culture summer program in Nanjing
Chinese language and culture summer summer program in Taiwan
Social work program in Shanghai
Traditional Chinese medicine program in Beijing
ECNU long term exchange program in Shanghai
Non GVSU study abroad programs
Internships in Shanghai and Wuxi
In addition, GVSU students have the opportunity to choose programs in China sponsored by other universities and organizations.
Students will meet with their advisors to plan their study abroad programs. Credits from a study abroad program in mainland China/Taiwan will be evaluated by the program director and when approved, applied to the Chinese studies major as are all credits from study abroad programs. Students are required to seek program approval before studying abroad.