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China Global May Program

Program Highlights


May Session 2015: May 11 - June 5, 2015 (tentative)


OSU Sponsored





Host University

Southwest University for Nationalities

Academic Credit

Chinese 2797.01

Application Deadline

January 19, 2015
Term: 1154


Open to all majors;
2.0 GPA or higher, must not have a current record action of "Warning," "Probation," or "Probation by Special Action";
Preference for first and second year undergraduates

Program Costs

Ohio State Tuition + $5,446 (See "Program Costs" Section for details)

Contact Information

Tiffany Pierskalla (.5)

Resident Directors

Mark Bender
East Asian Languages & Literatures


The Ohio State Global May Study Abroad program in China will enable students to experience a diverse and dynamic mix of ethnic, rural and urban cultures in the historic and geographically varied region of southwest China. Students will gain first-hand insight into the diversity of China and how specific local cultures are affected by rapid social and environmental change. Experiential observations, including lectures, discussions and field experience, will enrich the program. Students will gain practical experience and awareness of the multi-cultural nature of China and the many issues surrounding its diversity from the stance of folklore and the environment. This program is specifically designed for first and second year students of any major who are interested in learning more about the diverse cultures and global significance of China.

Field trips and experiential learning are vital components to this study abroad program. These field learning experiences will feature urban and village cultures, ethnic tourism venues, multi-cultural marketplaces, religious sites, local festivals, NGOS, ethnic minority artisans, museums, schools and national parks.


ChinaThe city of Chengdu in the Sichuan province of Southwest China will serve as the main location for the Global Gateway Study Abroad Program. With its fascinating mix of traditional teahouses and high rises, Chengdu is a city where the past meets the present. The Sichuan province features a diverse geography and is known as a biodiversity hotspot due to the many plant and animal species found in the area. The province also offers many historical and cultural sites, temples and museums. The Global Gateway Program is based at the Southwest University for Nationalities in Chengdu.

Courses and Credits

Admitted participants are required to register in three hours of Chinese 2797.01 for May session. This course can be used to satisfy the Education Abroad Open Option GE.


Students will live in the international student dormitories on the campus of Southwest University for Nationalities.

Program Costs

Students are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $5,446 program fee. The program fee includes airfare, housing, meals, excursions and visa. It does not cover passports or immunizations.

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.

This program has been generously subsidized by the College of Arts and Sciences.

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 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.


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 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)
China Global Gateway: go.osu.edu/ChinaGlobalGateway

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.