Compared to traditional semester-long study abroad programs, these Maymester trips to China are short, usually three to four weeks. Groups try to pack as much as possible into the time there. They visit the obvious tourist attractions, like the Great Wall and the Forbidden City, but they also explore the commerce and culture of the country.

China Maymester

This program will provide an opportunity for students to learn first-hand about a society very different from our own, but in many ways very familiar.

China is a dictatorship that does not tolerate political dissent. At the same time, it has allowed a market economy to develop in many parts of the country, it is attempting to develop a more modern legal system, and, based on its size and economic growth, it is now a regional military power and a major economic force in the world. Customers line up at McDonald ‘s and military police suppress protest. This remarkable society raises truly profound questions. Is modern life compatible with dictatorship? Is dictatorship an aid to a country’s development, a hindrance, or is it irrelevant? Can a society and very diverse population successfully absorb rapid social, economic, and cultural change?

If you’re interested in an internship connected with our China program you might want to take advantage of the special internship stipends available for Maymester in China students through the Asia-Georgia Internship Connection:  AGIC’s goal is to expand and transform existing student internship opportunities in East and Southeast Asia. As part of AGIC’s campus-wide initiative a limited number of $2,500 stipends are available to Maymester in China participants who complete internships in China.

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Bridging the divide

Helping with support materials and classroom activities is part of Virginia Newman’s job as an intern with the UGA Carl Vinson Institute of Government’s training program in Nanchang, China. Newman, an international affairs major, spent two weeks there in June, where she was able to practice her Chinese—she’s studied it for two and a half years at UGA—and interact with the students, who are government officials in Jiangxi Province.  For 15 years, the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at UGA has provided government training to Chinese officials. The institute was one of the first to develop training programs for China after the country opened its doors in the 1980s. During the past decade, almost 900 Chinese government officials have attended UGA's Vinson Institute programs in a variety of locations including Beijing, Tianjin, Jiangxi Province and Qinghai Province, and have traveled to Georgia for training as well. Those connections have led to significant economic development opportunities for the state of Georgia and UGA study abroad.

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