China

2020 PROGRAM IS FULL!

Come back for 2021!

The New China: Trade, Power, and Culture

READ THE GUIDELINES TO SECURE YOUR SPOT and the 2020 Honors Study Abroad Programs policies at the bottom of the page!

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This interdisciplinary course covers from China’s ancient history, culture, geography, customs, and traditions, to its modern development as a global economic power and leader. The course is organized around the Belt and Road Initiative, China’s ambitious development strategy and connects China with the countries along the ancient Silk Road. During the Spring semester, students will prepare for their trip by learning about China, including some basic Mandarin, business etiquette, and an introduction to Chinese history and culture (including cuisine, martial arts, media). During the summer, students will visit major economic centers to learn more about China and its connections to the world.

Make an educated decision! Check out the November 5, 2019 Study Abroad Honors Hour on the China program HERE!

WHO ARE YOU GOING WITH?
Mr. Fang Shu is an Instructor at FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, where he teaches Intro to Hospitality and Tourism Management and Accounting for the Hospitality Industry. As a previous China Programs Manager at the Chaplin School, he assisted in curriculum and program development, oversaw all initiatives that took place in China with insight on cultural knowledge, and managed the university’s relations with other academic entities within the China region.

Fang serves on the Steering Committee of the City of North Miami’s Chinatown Initiatives. In addition, he served as the Vice Chair of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce (GMCC) Asia Committee for one year, and was selected in the second cohort of FIU Presidential Leadership Program and the first cohort of FIU Provost’s Hybrid Pilot Program.

A native of China, he is fluent in both Mandarin and English. Most importantly, he possesses native appreciation of Asian culture, and has a comprehensive global awareness and understanding of international higher education processes and practices.

Fang enjoys working with students. His classes are always very interactive and fun.

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?
You will learn China’s ancient history, culture, geography, customs, traditions, major cuisines, art, martial arts, modern science and technology advances, Belt and Road Initiative, and its pursue of global leadership. You will also get the opportunity to learn some basic Mandarin, business etiquette, and when you travel in China you will deeply experience the authentic Chinese humanity and culture.

WHO MIGHT BE INTERESTED?
All majors, especially Asian Studies, Geography, International Relations, Economics, International Business

WHERE WILL YOU GO?
Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Xi’an

WHEN WILL YOU GO?
Summer A:  May 2, 2020 to May 24, 2020

HOW DOES IT WORK?
IDH 4007: Spring course component (3 credits.) Tuesdays, 1:00PM-2:15PM (Hybrid class)
IDH 4008: Summer A: “in-country” (3 credits.)
These 6 credits fulfill one year of Honors College requirements.

WHERE WILL YOU STAY?
Students participating in the Honors College China Program will be housed at mid-upscale hotels in China.

WHAT IS THE LEVEL OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY?

3–Moderate

WHAT DOES IT COST?
$2,500 + airfare

WHAT IS INCLUDED?
– Housing for the duration of the trip
– Local transportation
– English speaking tour guide
– Admission to museums, temples, educational tours, etc.
– Some meals
– Mandatory international health insurance

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?
– Airfare (approximately $750 – $1,300)
– $350 Honors College administrative fee
– $175 Office of Study Abroad administrative fee
– FIU tuition fees
– Passport and other documents if needed
– Vaccinations if needed
– Some meals
– Personal expenses

How do we secure our spot and keep it? It works on a first-come, first-served basis!

Follow these instructions:

Current Honors Students interested in securing a spot for a 2020 study abroad program:

  • Get clearance from your Honors advisor. For STEM students, your advisors are Brenda Luna (brenluna@fiu.edu) or Patric Hambleton (phamblet@fiu.edu.) Non-STEM students must see Grisel d’Elena (gdelena@fiu.edu.) Call 305-348-4100 and ask for an advising appointment. Indicate it is regarding Study Abroad. You must have an advisor’s clearance when you go see Luli to secure your spot!
  • Once you’ve been cleared, email Luli (luli.szeinblum@fiu.edu) to schedule a registration appointment, specifying your PID and program of choice
  • On the date of your appointment, bring to DM 233 a $350.00 money order or cashier’s check (ONLYmade out to FIU. These are the Honors College administrative fees. This payment will secure you a spot in your program of choice. It is non-refundable, and constitutes a serious commitment to the program
    • The registration process includes a group contract-signing session and online application. Calculate around 2 hours for the whole process
    • You will be officially registered once you complete all 3 steps (registration & payment, online application, and contract-signing)

Newly Admitted Students interested in securing a spot for a 2020 study abroad program:

  • Email Luli (luli.szeinblum@fiu.edu) to schedule a registration appointment, including your Panther ID number and program of choice
  • Follow the instructions on the third bullet above
  • Make sure together with the $350 you bring to the session a copy of the unofficial transcripts from the institution you are coming from and a copy of the Honors letter/email of acceptance

Freshmen Students:

  • You can register for study abroad only once you get your first FIU GPA, assuming there are still spots available. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait until the 2021 registration opens in April

All Students:

  • In order to keep your good standing with the program, comply with the Honors Study Abroad Policies and deadlines at the bottom of this page
  • The Office of Study Abroad (OSA) charges a non-refundable $195 administrative fee. It will be posted along with your second payment and they can be paid together

Below is the schedule of payments to be followed after you secured your spot with your initial $350 fee:

Schedule of Payments:

 
1st Payment*
2nd Payment*
3rd Payment (**)
 
*Non-refundable*Non-refundable**Non-ref. if canceled after Feb 14, 2020
Program
Deadline
Amount
Deadline
Amount
Deadline
Amount
Total
Costa Rica
Sat, June 1, 2019
$600
Thu, Aug 1, 2019
$500
Tue, Oct. 1, 2019*
$400
$1,500
Cambodia-Vietnam
Tue, Oct 1, 2019
$700
Sun, Dec 1, 2019
$500
Sat, Feb 1, 2020**
$500
$1,700
China
Tue, Oct 1, 2019
$1,000
Sun, Dec 1, 2019
$800
Sat, Feb 1, 2020**
$700
$2,500
France
Tue, Oct 1, 2019
$1,100
Sun, Dec 1, 2019
$1,000
Sat, Feb 1, 2020**
$1,000
$3,100
Italy
Tue, Oct 1, 2019
$1,100
Sun, Dec 1, 2019
$1,000
Sat, Feb 1, 2020**
$1,000
$3,100
Japan
Tue, Oct 1, 2019
$900
Sun, Dec 1, 2019
$700
Sat, Feb 1, 2020**
$700
$2,300
Spain
Tue, Oct 1, 2019
$1,000
Sun, Dec 1, 2019
$1,000
Sat, Feb 1, 2020**
$600
$2,600
United Kingdom
Tue, Oct 1, 2019
$1,200
Sun, Dec 1, 2019
$1,200
Sat, Feb 1, 2020**
$1,000
$3,400

*Non-refundable
**Non-refundable after February 14, 2020

After you’ve secured your spot at DM 233, make your 3 payments at Student Financials (SASC Building 1st Floor.) In order to make sure the payment goes toward the program and NOT to cover other balances you may have, we strongly recommend you pay in person. Make sure to tell the cashier you are paying your Honors Study Abroad program, and which one it is (E.g. Honors Japan program, Honors UK program, etc.) The charges will be posted to your my.fiu.edu account approximately 21 days prior to the deadline or earlier.

NOTE: LATE FEES APPLY.

Registration will remain open from Monday through Friday (9:30am-4:30pm) until the programs are full. Email Luli at Luli.szeinblum@fiu.edu to make an appointment.
For information about Study Abroad Scholarships, please contact the Office of Study Abroad (SASC 230) at 305.348.1913 or at edabroad@fiu.edu.

For other questions, please contact Luli Szeinblum at 305.348.4100 or luli.szeinblum@fiu.edu.

HONORS COLLEGE STUDY ABROAD POLICIES

FOR THE 2019-2020 ACADEMIC YEAR

Honors College Study Abroad Program

Student Eligibility and Participation Criteria

Academic Standing and Grade Point Average (GPA)

  • Students must be in good standing and maintain a minimum cumulative FIU GPA of 3.2 to participate in Honors College Study Abroad Programs.

Freshmen and Transfer Students

  • Students without an FIU GPA: If space is available, freshmen in their first year who do not yet have an FIU GPA may apply for a Study Abroad program after their Fall grades have been posted. Students must have earned a minimum GPA of 3.2 to apply. Transfer students, with or without a completed AA degree, must have a minimum 3.3 transfer GPA to apply.

Expected Graduation and Excess Credits

  • Participation in a Study Abroad program must not delay the student’s expected graduation date based on the FIU admission term/cohort.
  • Participation in a Study Abroad program must not cause the student to exceed the excess credit threshold. Students who exceed the excess credit threshold will not be approved for participation, even if participation in a Study Abroad program would satisfy pending Honors requirements.

Advisor Clearance

  • All students must obtain advisor clearance prior to securing a spot in a Study Abroad program.

Enrollment Status

  • Only active degree-seeking students will be allowed to enroll in IDH 4007.  Enrollment in IDH 4007 is a prerequisite to IDH 4008.

No exceptions will be made for the above criteria.

Study Abroad Policies

Note: IDH 4007 is the pre-trip class on campus, and IDH 4008 is the actual class abroad.

Payments:

  • Students that do not comply with the payment due dates stated on honors.fiu.edu/studyabroad, Schedule of Payments section, will be charged by the university a late fee of $100.00.
  • After the due dates there is a 2-week grace period when payments are still allowed (late fee still applies.) Missed payments after exactly those 2 weeks will result in being dropped from IDH 4007 or IDH 4008, depending on the time the payment was missed. Refunds will NOT be awarded.
  • Students are responsible to ensure that any payments made are applied to their study abroad program charges by checking their student account on my.fiu.edu at least 24 hours after the payment was made.  Students who do not comply will be dropped from the program. Refunds will NOT be awarded.
  • Students paying their program through a scholarship are responsible for their payments to be disbursed on time and in their entirety. If the payments were not completed by the deadline, it is the student’s responsibility to notify the Office of Study Abroad (OSA) of the situation. Students who do not comply with the payment deadlines will not be allowed to participate in IDH 4007 and/or IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.

Documentation:

  • Students must apply online at abroad.fiu.edu within 2 days of securing their spot. Otherwise, they will lose it.  Refunds will NOT be awarded.
  • ALL Office of Study Abroad (OSA) required documentation for summer 2020 programs, must be uploaded to abroad.fiu.edu by December 1, 2019, 11:59pm, and for winter break session 2019-2020 programs (Honors Costa Rica) by August 1, 2019, 11:59pm. Students who do not comply with the deadline will not be allowed to participate in IDH 4007 and/or IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.
  • The documentation required by OSA includes: Medical Form, copy of valid passport, Course Registration Form, and four questionnaires: 1) personal information form, 2) emergency contact form, 3) special needs form, and 4) financial information form.
  • The Medical Form is valid for only one year as of the date it is signed by a physician licensed in the United States and cannot expire before the end of the trip.
  • Passport must remain valid for at least 6 months after the last day of the trip.
  • Students that do not have a valid passport by the deadline mentioned above must instead submit proof that the passport application/renewal process has been initiated and must replace it with a copy of their actual passport no later than the end of IDH 4007. If they fail to comply by the deadline, they will not be allowed to participate in IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.ONLY FOR STUDENTS THAT SECURE THEIR SPOT AFTER DECEMBER 6, 2019 (AND JULY 26, 2019 FOR COSTA RICA):

ONLY FOR STUDENTS THAT SECURE THEIR SPOT AFTER DECEMBER 6, 2019 (AND JULY 26, 2019 FOR COSTA RICA):The deadline to upload the required documentation will be extended until March 16, 2020, 11:59pm, and November 4, 2019, 11:59pm respectively (final DROP date). Students that fail to comply by the deadline will not be allowed to participate in IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.

  • Students must clear any existing holds by December 1st, 2019, (and August 1, 2019, for Costa Rica.)  Students are responsible for ensuring that they have no new holds before they are registered in IDH 4008. Students that fail to comply by the deadline will not be allowed to participate in IDH 4007 and/or IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.

Physicality:

  • Study Abroad programs can be physically demanding. Students must be physically able to participate in the programs.

Academics:

  • Students must be in good standing and maintain a minimum cumulative FIU GPA of 3.2 to participate in Honors College Study Abroad Programs. Students that fail to comply will not be allowed to participate in IDH 4007 and/or IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.
  • A minimum grade of C in IDH 4007 is required to be enrolled in IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded if the student cannot be enrolled.

Behavior:

  • Students who have been sanctioned under the FIU Student Code of Conduct (https://studentaffairs.fiu.edu/get-support/student-conduct-and-conflict-resolution/student-code-of-conduct%20/_assets/Student-Code-of-Conduct.pdf), which results in loss of privileges and/or other sanctions that result in the student not being considered to be in good standing with the University (e.g., conduct probation,) are not eligible to participate in IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.
  • Students studying abroad are expected to represent the Honors College and FIU honorably and maturely. The faculty director and/or staff are authorized to end the trip early for students whose behavior becomes disruptive (and/or whose behavior violates the Student Code of Conduct.)
  • By signing up to participate in a study abroad program, students are assuming all the above-mentioned responsibilities and are committing to comply with them without further notices.