The China Veterinary Research summer internship program offers a unique, dual-institutional opportunity at Guangxi Veterinary Research Institute (GVRI) and South China Agriculture University (SCAU) for Penn State's pre-veterinary and animal science students to gain international experience in learning about newly emerging animal diseases. Students will conduct independent studies and research assignments in animal disease research, investigations, diagnostic development, and disease control strategies. Program leader Huaguang Lu, Clinical Professor and Avian Virologist at Penn State Animal Diagnostic Lab, will oversee the program and support and mentor students.
Students accepted to the program are expected to complete one 3-credit internship (VB SC 495) at GVRI focusing on specific animal viral pathogens, and also participate in routine lab activities and research studies using various traditional and advanced diagnostic procedures. Students will also take one 3-credit course (VB SC 499) at SCAU studying diagnostics and control strategies for newly emerging animal diseases.
Guangxi Veterinary Research Institute is located in Nanning, a city in southern China near the Vietnam border, capital of the Guangxi region. Nanning has a warm, tropical climate, and beautiful green spaces including People's Park, which houses White Dragon Lake, a hilltop fort, and a botanical garden.
South China Agriculture University is found in Guangzhou, a bustling metropolitan port city (one of China's largest) located northwest of Hong Kong. It is part of Guangdong province, the south subtropical climate in China. Guangdong currently ranks in the top 10 provinces in China for animal husbandry, particularly swine, poultry production, and also aquaria culture. There is an annual swine count of 35.32 million head with 2.65 million tons of pork production, an annual poultry count of 973.92 million head with 1.35 million tons of broiler meat production, 0.34 million tons of egg production, and 8.82 million tons of annual aquaria culture production. To maintain current and continuously growing production scales, industries are in urgent need of effective diagnostics and surveillance of newly emerging and highly pathogenic animal infectious diseases, better control and prevention strategies for safe and healthy animal agriculture. Thus, we aim to create a joint teaching course between Penn State and SCAU on laboratory diagnostics for newly emerging and highly pathogenic animal viral diseases in this collaboration project.
Program alumni have been greatly benefited from this program either in advanced studies in veterinary schools or successful employment of job performance.
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Students will be registered for 6 credits, consisting of one 3-credit internship and one 3-credit course:
VB SC 495 International Internship in Veterinary Research (3 credits)
VB SC 499 International Studies in Veterinary Research (3 credits)
Instructor: Dr. Huaguang Lu
Dr. Lu will assist students in their preparations for this program, and his colleagues at GVRI will serve as co-mentors to coordinate the program. He will assign grades for students' research from their participation and accomplishments in the lab, and co-lead the course with the host university.
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis.
As this is a faculty-led summer study abroad program, grades will be posted according to the Summer 2 deadline.
To be better prepared for this internship program, applicants are asked to register for Vet Sci 496 - Independent Study at Wiley lab/ADL Avian Virology for the spring semester prior to departure on the program to work with the faculty leader on the skills needed for this internship experience. Prospective candidates should contact Dr. Lu for more information about prerequisites.
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GVRI has an apartment unit on site in the residential area of campus reserved for visiting professors and Penn State internship students. The apartments are minutes walking distance to the lab. Students have access to the institute's library, computer, and internet facilities. Students will also have access to kitchens in their housing and a meal plan.
SCAU has dormitories on campus and meal plans available for international students at a discount price. Students will have access to the university's library, computer, and internet facilities.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
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Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad.
This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.
For More Information
For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
For more information, please contact Dr. Huaguang Lu in the Department of Animal Science. You may also schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
How to Apply
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
- Education Abroad Questionnaire
- One academic recommendation
- Signature Documents
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
Application deadline: February 1, 2018
Studying Abroad with a Disability
Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.
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