Explore the complexity of feeding 1.3 billion people in a growing economy with increasing demands for food quantity, quality and safety. The impact on the U.S. is higher food prices as we compete for protein through a growing export relationship. At the same time, China is providing the least expensive source of many food additives in the U.S. which raises concerns about the safety of our food. Students who participate in this program will learn basic concepts of food science, the diseases that threaten global food security, the means of production and balance of agricultural commodity trade and the impact on the U.S.
As the capital of the People's Republic of China, Beijing provides an ideal headquarters for studying the complex issues featured in this program. The Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences is centrally located, making it easy to explore the numerous markets, museums, parks and monuments that show China's long and varied history (including the Great Wall and Forbidden City). It is China's premier institution for programs in agriculture and is world renowned for its research and international collaboration. Beijing is the political and administrative center of the country and the home of more than a dozen universities. The group will also travel for a weekend to Xian to see wheat and apple production at a University and see cultural sites such as the Terracotta Soldiers.
Courses and Credits
Admitted participants are required to register in three hours of Plant Pathology 3797 and Food Science 5797 for May session.
There will be weekly pre-departure seminars that take place during the second term of spring semester on a day/time that is available for the group.
Students will be housed in student residence facilities on the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences' campus. Meals are not provided; students will need to provide for their own meals unless traveling off of campus with the group. Dining facilities are available on and near campus.
Students are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a program fee $TBD. The program fee includes international airfare, Chinese visa, housing and tour admissions. It does not cover most meals, baggage fees (if applicable) or personal expenses such as your passport.
If students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy
Applicants must submit the Office of International Affairs Study Abroad Application online via Buckeye Link
. Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed to your Statement of Account. The application fee will be refunded only if you are not accepted or submit a written request to withdraw your application prior to the application deadline.
Students should begin researching funding opportunities
before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarships
deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.
Special Petition Process
In the event that a U.S. Department of State travel warning is issued for this country, study abroad will be possible only by special petition.* If a travel warning exists at the time of acceptance, the petition must be included as part of the program acceptance materials. If a travel warning is issued after acceptance to the program, participants will be asked by their Office of International Affairs study abroad coordinator to submit a petition at that time. All petitions are reviewed by the International Travel Policy Committee and subject to approval by the Provost.
In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must have a 2.5 GPA, participate in a group interview and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements
and Conditions for Participation
. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.
Passports are required for every Ohio State study abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to travel.state.gov
Ohio State Funding Opportunities: oia.osu.edu
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov
(travel warnings/country specific information)
Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov/travel
(geographic health recommendations)
Food Safety, Security and Production - China: go.osu.edu/ChinaFoodSafety
Information about Getting Started sessions and study abroad coordinator advising hours can be viewed at http://oia.osu.edu/study-abroad.html
. Questions about study abroad programs can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Office of International Affairs is located in Oxley Hall, 1712 Neil Avenue.
*Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement in this handout, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula, and courses. The Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program for which a State Department travel warning is in effect. It is the policy of Ohio State not to discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or handicap in matters of admission, employment, housing, or services in the educational programs which it administers in accordance with civil rights legislation.