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CLOSED IES: Beijing, Contemporary Issues in China
Beijing, China (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Spring
Host Program Website: Visit host website for more information
Program Dates &
Deadlines:
View program dates and deadlines
Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Spring
Fact Sheet:
Housing:
Dormitory, Homestay
Minimum GPA:
3
Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
Courses Offered:
Anthropology, Asian Studies, Chinese, Economics, Environmental Studies, Government, History, Political Science, Research, Sociology
Type of Program:
Study Center
Language of Instruction:
English, Mandarin
Language Requirement:
0 - none
Education Abroad Adviser:
Whitney Longnecker
Internship Available:
No
Non-Penn State Students:
No
Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid, Whole World Scholarship
Grad/Undergrad:
Undergraduate
Program Description:

Starting fall 2015, the IES: Beijing, Comtemporary Issues in China program will merge with the IES: Beijing, Language Intensive Program to create one cohesive curriculum called IES: Beijing, Contemporary China and Chinese Language. Please visit the IES: Beijing, Contemporary China and Chinese Language program page for more information and to apply.


Program Overview     


For students who wish to explore China in-depth, but do not have previous Chinese language experience, the Contemporary Issues in China Program features a series of advanced-level courses on the history, economics, and culture of China. Each course incorporates extensive field trips and travel directly into the curriculum. This new program is an ideal choice for students with little previous exposure to China.

You will take the equivalent of 16 credits on this program, including an intensive Mandarin language course. This program also includes field trips. For a list of potential course offerings please refer to the IES website.

CIC Beijing Honors Track

Students from the Schreyer Honors College interested in enrolling in this program should first meet with Dr. Richard Stoller at Schreyer. Students who are applying for this honors program will have their IES authorization form signed by an Education Abroad staff member after it is submitted. Please make sure that "Beijing Honors Program" is specifically noted on your IES paperwork that you submit with your program materials.


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Course Offerings
Pre-Requisites
Housing and Meals
Program Costs
Financial Aid & Scholarships
More Information
How to Apply
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Education Abroad Credits


Student in Tiananmen SquareYou 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. Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.

To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the IES Beijing Course Equivalency List*. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser. 

*The University Office of Global Programs is committed to making its websites accessible to all users. As such we are currently developing a new course equivalency database which will launch in Academic Year 2014-2015. In the meantime if you require an accessible version of the course equivalency information provided for this program please contact educationabroad@psu.edu.

Pre-requisites


Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.


Housing and Meals


Your housing will be arranged by IES. You will live either in a homestay or in a residence hall (with a Chinese roommate). Homestays are typically located within a short walk or bus ride to the Center. They include a private bedroom and two meals a day (breakfast and dinner). In order to live with a Chinese family in a homestay, students will be interviewed to determine whether they are prepared to take on this unique commitment. Residence Halls are located in the IES Center and include student lounges with WiFi, shared bathrooms, washing machines, and kitchen facilities. Access to kitchen facilities allows students to be responsible for providing their own meals. There are also several university cafeterias available.


Program Costs



For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the fall budget sheet and spring 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.
 

Financial Aid & Scholarships



The Great Wall of ChinaPenn 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.

IES Public School Grant

As a Penn State student you will automatically be awarded a $1500 Public School Grant. IES has created this award to make their programs affordable to you. This award has already been calculated into the Budget Sheet.
 

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

To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.

For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
 

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.
 

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 09/15/2014
09/30/2014 01/16/2015 05/09/2015
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing for students taking IES Abroad Center courses and partner university courses. If participating in optional Tibet trip, end date is May 20.
Fall 2015 03/01/2015
03/17/2015 TBA TBA
Spring 2016 05/01/2015 06/30/2015 TBA TBA

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