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  • Locations: Beijing, China; Shanghai, China; Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Faculty-Led Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-UGA students: Yes
Sponsor: The University of Georgia Type of Admission: By deadline or until program fills
Participant Selection: Not competitive Click here for a definition of this term Number of Student Participants: 11-20 students
College/School: Grady Academic Area: Advertising, Marketing, Public Relations
Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.7 or above Minimum number of credit hours: 3
Maximum number of credit hours: 3 Work Opportunity: No
Volunteer Opportunity: No Scholarship Availability: Yes
Adventure Sport: Other
Program Description:

Students at Great Wall

UGA- Grady- Choose China Advertising/
Public Relations Study Abroad Program

Join us as we travel to China and Japan to learn about advertising and public relations in one of the fastest emerging markets in the world. Offered through the Department of Advertising and Public Relations at the University of Georgia, our study abroad program provides an unparalleled learning experience for students who want to visit China to see and learn about one of the future centers of brand communication.

Program Location

For Summer 2020, we will be traveling to Shanghai and Beijing in China and to Tokyo, Japan (host of the Summer 2020 Olympics!)!

Shanghai (上海 Shànghǎi)
With a population of more than 23 million (with over 9 million migrants), Shanghai is the largest and most developed city in China. Shanghai was the largest and most prosperous city in the Far East already during the 1930s, and has remained the most developed city in mainland China. In the past 20 years Shanghai has again become an attractive city for tourists from all over the world. The world once again had its eyes on the city when it hosted the 2010 World Expo, recording the greatest number of visitors in the event’s history.

Shanghai is a fascinating mix of East and West. It has historic shikumen houses that blend the styles of Chinese houses with European design flair. The Bund, the colonial riverside of old Shanghai, has dozens of historical buildings lining the Huangpu River, which once housed numerous foreign banks and trading houses. As the commercial capital of China, Shanghai is also the center of China’s growing affluent middle class

During the stay in Shanghai, students will have the opportunity to learn from leading individuals in Public Relations and Advertising agencies while being completely immersed in the culture.

Beijing (北京 Běijīng)

Beijing, China’s capital city, stands as one of the most populous cities in the world and the cultural and political center of China. Situated in the northern part of the country, Beijing is surrounded by mountains on three separate sides. Both the Yongding and Chaobai rivers run through the city and the Great Wall lines its Northern end. Students will visit Beijing during the second week of the program. On this excursion, students will have the opportunity to have a wonderful Great Wall tour.

In addition to the Great Wall, Beijing houses several of China’s most well known attractions, including the Forbidden City, Tian’anmen Square, the Beijing Opera, the Temple of Heaven, Olympic Park and the Pagoda of Tanning Temple. During your time in Beijing you will experience some of these attractions and become enamored by the city’s rich history and unique culture. Experience the intimate nature of traditional activities like Chinese Kung fu (Chinese martial arts) in a quaint park or a meal of Peking Duck in a bustling downtown restaurant, and lose yourself in the radiating energy that exists throughout this booming metropolis.

Tokyo, Japan

One of the most exciting moments for our 2020 Choose China program is we will also visit Tokyo, Japan for one week. Tokyo, Japan’s capital city, is the perfect add-on destination to enrich your cultural experience while in Asia. Tokyo dazzles with its traditional culture and passion for everything new. The city itself is a perfect reflection and combination of the traditional and the ultramodern that gives you the best experience.

During our time in Tokyo, we will visit some iconic landmarks in the city, including the Sensoji Temple, the Nakamise Street, the Tokyo Imperial Palace, the Meiji Jingu, the Omotesando in Shinjuku, the Odaliba (a futuristic-looking entertainment/residential area), Ginza (the most famous shopping area) and Shibuya (one of the most popular areas with entertainment, shopping, fashion and cuisine).

We will also schedule a one-day excursion on a scenery ride to Hakone. Surrounded by forest, mountains and clear blue sky, Lake Ashinoko in Hakone is a picture-perfect retreat. We will visit Hakone Shrine, featuring torii gates in the water of Lake Ashi. Another highlight will be the visit to Lake Kawaguchiko, where offers the best view of Mount Fuji (the visibility depends on the weather of the day).

Students will have free time to explore the city on your own to experience the breath of Japanese arts and culture. So join us in 2020 for the best study abroad experience in Asia!


Contact Information

Dr. Juan Meng, Ph. D., Program Director
Tel: 706.542.2173

Rebekah Ryan, Distance Learning Coordinator

Academic Program

Study Abroad in China
Course Offerings: Summer 1, 2020

ADPR 5992/7992 - Global Advertising and Public Relations, 3 hours
Course Description: Theoretical and practical approaches to advertising, public relations, and related communication fields. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, analytical processes, and acquisition of specialized knowledge pertaining to the seminar topic.

Program Itinerary

Students will depart from the U.S. on June 5th and will arrive on June 6th. Students will travel to Shanghai, Beijing, and Tokyo, Japan and will depart back to the U.S on June 26, 2020. 


During the program, students are typically placed in double rooms, single-sex only in hotels in each city. Rooms are fully equipped with a desk, phone, internet access (broadband access), air conditioning and a daily cleaning service for the common areas. Laundry facilities are available with a pre-paid laundry card or coins. Specific lodging information is not available at this time.

Program Costs

The program costs vary from year to year depending on number of students enrolled, exchange rates, and logistical changes. The estimated PROGRAM FEE for Summer 2020 is $5,220 (this includes the $300 deposit paid upon acceptance to the program). Again, this rate is only an estimate and is subject to change slightly from what is advertised to students in the Fall. 

In addition to the program fee, students are expected to pay 3 hours of In-state tuition and UGA Mandatory Fees through their Athena student accounts after registration. The HOPE and Zell Miller scholarships can be applied towards TUITION only if applicable. **non-UGA transient students may have an additional $250 fee upon registration**

The program fee listed above includes the following:
- 3 weeks lodging in hotels or student accommodations in Shanghai, Beijing, and Tokyo, Japan!
- Travel Health Insurance (students are automatically enrolled)
- 1-2 group meals per day
- Domestic flights from city to city
- The majority of ground transportation while in each city
- Some faculty related expenses
- Program related excursions and activities

The program fee listed above does not include:
- 3 hours of in-state tuition and UGA Mandatory fees (See UGA’s website for updated tuition rates)
- Roundtrip international airfare (Approx. $1,300 – $1,900 estimated)
- Some ground transportation while in each city (personal travel)
- Some meals
- Personal purchases
- Passport cost if the student does not have one already
- Student visa (around $175) – these will be ordered as a group with checks being turned in to the program director upon request
- Miscellaneous expenses

Attend a Choose China Study Abroad Program Information Session! 
1. Thursday, October 3rd, 2019
11:00am-12:00pm in room 239 (2nd floor of Grady College - 120 Hooper Street, Athens).
2. Friday, November 15th, 2019
11:00am-12:00pm in room 203 (2nd floor of Grady College - 120 Hooper Street, Athens).

China 2017 Group photo

Program Ratings:
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Program Reviews:
Waynie Lee, Maymester 2016 Participant
Choosing China was the best decision I have ever made in my life. The trips you'll get to take, food you'll get to eat, and important people you'll get to meet with be beyond you're wildest expectations.

Hunter David Konuszewski, Maymester 2017 Participant
China is a place that you do not know what to expect until you are actually there. The program exceeded my expectations and I will always remember this trip and experiences I had.

Ryanna Carmelita Beckham, Maymester 2017 Participant
Going to China was one of the best experiences of my life. Dr. Meng did a great job at organizing the program and making sure we got to see as much of each city as possible.

This experience was incredibly motivating for me, and being able to see a personal glimpse of the Chinese market gives me an edge up on my peers when competing for jobs. A specific moment where I felt like I was seriously excited to go into advertising was when I got to visit the Edelman office in Hong Kong, China. Hearing the incredible marketing campaigns that the company had come up with along with the creative process that each department manager took reflected my values so well that I wanted to hand them my resume right away. I am so excited that I could be working with people like that in the future and it makes me want to better myself so that I can have a job at that caliber.
     — Sophia Ryland, Maymester 2017
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This program is currently not accepting applications.