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Global Internship Base (GIB)

Beijing Normal University International Summer Program

June 23 – July 13, 2014

About GIB

GIB is an international summer program for foreign and Chinese students to advance their study of Chinese social, economic and political development. The program starts with an academic seminar in Beijing that covers a series of topics on Chinese social policies and local governance, followed by guided field research on selected topics in rural communities in Gansu province. By combining classroom study and field research, GIB offers participants a unique opportunity to learn and understand the world’s rising power and its development experience. The program will help participants polish their research skills through designing a research project, conducting interviews and surveys, and doing data analyses. Participants also will benefit from working with outstanding students from around the world who share a strong interest in learning about China.

 

Located in the heart of China’s political, economic and cultural hub, Beijing Normal University (BNU) is a leading national university characterized by its academic excellence and campus diversity. The GIB program is operated by BNU’s School of Social Development and Public Policy (SSDPP), a top public policy school in China specializing in teaching and research on social policy, nonprofit management, public health and governance.With outstanding academic credentials and lecturing experience, SSDPP’s English-speaking faculty will bring the best of their knowledge and research skills to the GIB program.

 

Program Structure

 

Academic Course: Social Development and Governance in Grassroots China

 

The academic course is offered by SSDPP and is required for all GIB participants. The course provides the background information on local governance in China and introduces students to some significant social policies, their impacts and challenges. There are eight sessions in this course and each session is 2.5 hours. The course is conducted through lectures, presentations and discussion. Expect a considerable reading load every day. Course topics and faculty names are listed below.

 

·         Session 1: Governing Structure and Politics in the Countryside (WANGXinsong)

·         Session 2: Chinese Social Policy and International Comparison (Karl JOHNSON)

·         Session 3: Education Policy and Reforms (LIU Shuiyun)

·         Session 4: Public Health Policy in the Countryside (SA Zhihong)

·         Session 5: Gender and Rural Community Development (YANG Lichao)

·         Session 6: Rural-Urban Migration and Its Policy Implications (HU Xiaojiang)

·         Session 7: Field Visit (to a migrant community in Beijing) (Coordinated by XIAO Suowei)

·         Session 8: Presentations and Discussion on Migration Issues and Urban Community Governance (XIAO Suowei and Wang Xinsong)

 

Language Course

 

BNU’s School of Chinese Language and Culture offers an internationally reputable language program teaching Chinese as a second language. Every year the program receives hundreds of international students interested in learning Chinese, and provides small group classes from the beginner’s level to advanced levels during regular semesters and in summer. GIB students are strongly encouraged to take a language course during their stay in Beijing, although it is not required. A language test is given at the beginning as a reference to recommend you to classes at different levels. The language course has ten sessions and each session is 3 hours.

 

Field Research

 

The field research is coordinated by SSDPP and will be carried out in suburban villages of Tianshui, Gansu province. Local college students in Tianshui will join the GIB group to help conduct the field research. All students will be divided into small groups and each group is assigned a research site. Every group will then designits own research project, which should includea proposed topic related to social development and local governance, research instruments, expected findings, and a timetable. Upon approval by advisors on their topics, groups have one week to carry out their research projects. At least one SSDPP faculty will stay in Tianshui to advise students on their research. Every other day there will be an evening session led by the faculty to discuss research progress, share research experience, and answer questions. At the end of the field research, groups are expected to present their research findings and will be evaluated by the faculty from SSDPP and the local college in Tianshui.


 

Program Schedule

 


Week

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

June 23-29

AM

Orientation

Language Course

Language Course

Language Course

Language Course

Academic Course

Free

PM

Academic Course

Academic Course

Academic Course

Academic Course

Academic Course

Academic Course

 

June 30-July 6

AM

Language Course

Prepare for the trip

Arrive in Gansu

Initial visits to research sites

Language Course

Field Research

Language Course

Field Research

Evening Discussion

Language Course

Field Research

PM

Academic Course

Depart for Gansu

Meet local students

Proposal discussion

July 7-13

Language Course

Field Research

Evening Discussion

Language Course

Field Research

Field Research

Evening Discussion

Field Research

Summary and Preparation for Presentations

Presentations

Program Review

Depart for Beijing

Program ends

* The program schedule may be subject to change and will be noticed in advance.

 

Credits and Certificate

 

Students will receive six BNU credits upon successful completion of the GIB program (108 credit hours in total, including courses, field research, and discussion sessions). Those who do not take a Chinese language course will receive four BNU credits. Official certificates will be issued to participants at the end of the program by BNU’s International Students and Scholars Office. As every university has its own credit system, please consult with your home school on the matters of credit transfer.

 

Eligibility

Anyone who is interested in learning about China’s social policy, local governance and community development is welcome to apply for the GIB program. Applicants should preferably have a social sciences / public policy background and an excellent command of English.

Tuitions and Fees:

 

Application Fee: RMB 350, nonrefundable

Program Tuition: RMB 10,000

Tuition for the optional Chinese language course: RMB2,300 (40 credit hours)

Other Costs: Students are responsible for the costs of international travel, transportation between Beijing and the research sites, housing in Beijing and in Gansu, and other personal costs.

 

Language

All courses and communication with faculty and staff are conducted in English. During the field research, GIB participants will mingle with bilingual Chinese college students who will help facilitate communications with local residents. However, applicants are strongly recommended to have conversational Chinese skills.

Housing and Inter-City Transportation

BNU may reserve on-campus double-bed dorms for your stay in Beijing. The costs are RMB 120 per bed per night. Reservations would be made for June 14 and July 9. Indicate your need for on-campus housing in your application or we will not be able to reserve beds for you. During your stay in Tianshui, we will book budget hotel rooms for you and estimated costs are RMB 200 per day.

We will take trains between Beijing and Tianshui. The costs for round-trip train tickets are about RMB 800. During the field research in Tianshui, you will need to take a bus from the city to your research sites (about 30 minutes one way) and the costs for round-trip bus tickets are RMB 6 per day.

Application Documents

·         Application form

·         Resume

·         Personal statement (preferably a research proposal, otherwise explain why you are interested in the program, what you expect from the program, and what knowledge or experience you could bring to the program, etc.)

·         Original copy of academic transcript

·         One academic reference

·         Copy of the photo page of your valid personal passport

 

How to Apply

 

Step 1: Apply online at http:/apply.bnu.edu.cn

Step 2: Mail hard copies of all application documents to the following address:

 

Ms. ZHU Lei

Office 2020, New Main Building

Beijing Normal University

19 XinjiekouWai St.

Beijing, China 100875

 

Application Deadline

May 15, 2014

 

Contact

For more information about GIB, SSDPP and its faculty, and BNU, please visit www.international.ssdpp.net and www.bnulxsh.comor contact

 

Ms. ZHU Lei

Coordinator of International Programs

School of Social Development and Public Policy

Beijing Normal University

Email: zhulei@bnu.edu.cn

Phone: +86 (10) 58802845



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