Skip to content

Programs : Brochure

This page is the brochure for your selected program. You can view the provided information for this program on this page and click on the available buttons for additional options.
  • Locations: Beijing, China; Changsa, China; Zhangjiajie, China
  • Program Terms: Winter Session
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Session 2020 10/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Instruction Language: English GPA: 2.3
Housing Option: Hotel Academic Standing: Graduate Student, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
College: Education & Human Development Areas of Study: Education
Program Type: BGSU Study Abroad Program Programs by Department: Education, School of Teaching and Learning
Applicants: Only BGSU students may apply Program Director: Gabriel Matney
Program Description:


Students will study mathematics learning in two cultures, China and the United States.  Students will read about cultural effects on mathematical learning and teaching prior to traveling during the four pre-departure meetings.  After which, the students will travel to observe the learning of Chinese education by observing, planning and teaching in a Chinese school.  The two main foci of the course are Culture and Mathematics Learning. 3 credit hours.
Culture: Learn about Chinese, Culture through historical, religious, governmental, and other heritage sites, language, business, and cuisine.  Additional experiences of different cultures will include interaction of mutual reciprocity with local people, including professors, university students, teachers, and children.  BGSU students will compare and contrast Chinese culture with their own culture, knowledge and experiences.

Mathematical Learning:  Learn about mathematics education in China.  Study teaching methods and children’s learning to gain a greater perspective on the way history, values, government, communication, business, and beliefs relate to the learning and teaching of mathematics. BGSU students will visit and participate in educational activities with students and teachers in these other-cultural contexts. 

Participants will need to have the ability to walk long distances, hike up and down steps in mountainous terrain, and have an inquisitive nature for other people groups.

Students will have the opportunity to visit several cities in China including; Beijing, Changsha and Zhagjiajie 

Learn about your destination by visiting the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs web page at to find country specific information about visa, safety and security, local laws, health, and more.  

The Great Wall, one of the greatest wonders of the world, was listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO in 1987. Just like a gigantic dragon, it winds up and down across deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus, stretching approximately 21,196 kilometers from east to west of China.

The Forbidden City, situated in the very heart of Beijing, was home to 24 emperors of the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644–1911) Dynasties. The construction of the grand palace started in the fourth year of Emperor Yongle of the Ming Dynasty (1406), and ended in 1420.

The Zhangjiajie National Forest Park  is a unique national forest park located in Zhangjiajie City in northern Hunan Province in the People's Republic of China.

EDTL 4900/6800 (3cr) CUltural & Mathematics Learning in China

Students will closely work with Chinese professors and college students from Hunan Normal University. Through these interactions students will have many opportunities to see and inquire about what Chinese people believe, how they live their lives, and how those beliefs and ways of being inform their education system and teaching methodologies. The relationship between the course and the location is that students will be traveling and participating in course activities to achieve the two course goals of learning about the culture of the people of China and learning about the Education System and other specific teaching methodologies being done in China.

No-Prerequisite Courses, Students in good standing with BGSU, students who have declared an EDHD major are preferred but not required, students may be graduate or undergraduate.

Students will stay in a hotel in each city arranged by the program

BGSU students who qualify for financial aid for a semester at BGSU may also qualify for funding to assist with the cost of the winter session program. Students should consult with a Counselor in the Office of Financial Aid as early as possible for specific details about aid eligibility. 
For specific financial aid questions please contact:
To determine eligibility for Financial Aid, please contact:
Ryan Czech

Costs billed directly through BGSU Bursar's Office* 
BGSU Tuition & Fees BGSU Tuition and Fees can be found on the bursar’s WEBSITE. (Undergraduate, Graduate, In State and Out of State)
Program Fee $3,600 (includes international airfare, lodging, in country transportation and activity fees) A $500 non-refundable deposit is due by May 30th 2018 instructions in application
International Health Insurance  $1.46 per day of program
Education Abroad Fee $50
*Fees listed are subject to change at any time?
**We will follow university payment/refund policies and schedules.

Possible Additional Expenses (not billed through BGSU)*
Books and Supplies $40
Passport/Visa $200
Meals $400
* Please note that these costs are estimated and should be used as guidelines only! 

Dr. Gabriel Matney
Professor of Mathematics Education
BGSU College of Education and Human Development

Education Abroad, International Programs and Partnerships
Bowling Green State University
301 University Hall
Bowling Green, OH 43403