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Food Safety, Security and Production - China

Program Highlights


May Session 2016


OSU Sponsored





Host University

Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences

Academic Credit

Food Science
Plant Pathology

Application Deadline

January 4, 2016
Term: 1164


Group Interview;
2.5 minimum GPA

Program Costs

Ohio State Tuition + Program Fee $TBD (see "Program Costs" Section for details)

Contact Information

Timothy Hornsby (.9)

Resident Directors

Dr. Lynn Knipe
Food Science/Animal Science

Dr. Tom Mitchell
Plant Pathology

Dr. Guo-Liang Wang
Plant Pathology


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.

Program Costs

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.

Application Information

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

Contact Us
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 abroadadvisor@osu.edu. 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.