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China Consumer Sciences: Fair Trade Study Tour

Program Highlights


May Session 2014: May 8 - 29, 2014


OSU Sponsored





Host University

Guizhou Normal University

Academic Credit

Consumer Sciences

Application Deadline

Term: 1144
Deadline: December 20, 2013


All majors;
2.5 minimum GPA

Program Costs

Ohio State tuition + $4,097 (See "Program Costs" section for details)

Contact Information

Leslie Callihan (.23)

Resident Directors

Leslie Stoel

Patrick McAloon

Connie DeJong


This four-week, project-oriented course with a strong service component, has an overall objective to source product to sell in the OSU Fashion and Retail Studies Lab Store as well as to increase income for artisans in Guizhou. Students will evaluate existing Guizhou artisan products and/or develop new product ideas using Guizhou artisan materials and processes in ways that respect the culture and art of Guizhou. Students will also initiate deals with artisans for product, and develop foundations for long-term cross-cultural business partnerships.

Students will be immersed in the Guizhou, China environment as they work on projects related to the NGO (Chain Reaction) and OSU Lab Store (Global Gallery). Projects will build relationships among students at OSU and Guizhou Normal University and artisans in order to collaboratively refine product designs, to increase student understanding of traditional crafting methods, to develop respectful and pragmatic marketing and educational materials, and to establish a foundation for long-term trading of products.


Most of the stay will be on the campus of Guizhou Normal University, located in Guiyang which is the provincial capital of Guizhou Province. Guizhou Province is located in the southwest of China. Guiyang is a Tier three city and is home to more than four million people. It has a humid, subtropical climate. There will be two-three overnight trips to small villages in the province to visit with artisans and engage with the people of Guizhou. Lodging will be in guest houses or homes of local people. For the last 5 days of the trip we will travel to Xi'an and Beijing for sightseeing.

Courses and Credits

For Spring semester, students who are accepted for the program register for ConSci 5194: Preparation for Study Tour (3credit hours). During Maymester, students who complete the travel and successfully complete the assignments will receive credit for ConSci 5798: Study Tour-Foreign (3 credit hours). These classes can count as choice classes for most Consumer Science programs in the Department of Human Sciences and as free electives for students elsewhere at the University.


Students will stay in double or triple rooms in hotels for most of the trip and guest houses or home-stays for several nights in the villages. While in Guiyang, the group will stay in the hotel on the campus of Guizhou Normal University, the host institution.

Program Costs

Students are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $4,097 program fee. The program fee includes international airfare, accommodations, in-country transportation and some meals. It does not cover tuition, some meals, or personal expenses.

Students enrolled full time in spring semester may take up to three credits during the May session with no tuition costs. Fees, however, will continue to be charged. Tuition for enrollment beyond three credits will also be charged.

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven 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 Buckeyelink. 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.

This program also requires an updated resume sent to Leslie Stoel (.1) or in person by 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 minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA, submit a resume to Leslie Stoel (.1) as part of the application, 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)

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.