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  • Locations: Xinxiang, China
  • Program Terms: Summer 2
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

Program Dates: June 12 - July 25, 2018


This course offers students the chance to experience advances in agricultural biotechnology in China, as well as Chinese culture. One goal is to enhance the international experience of ECU faculty and students and to strengthen global competence of US higher education.  The course will be operated through the facilities of the Henan Institute of Sciences and Technology.  Students will be introduced to current field research on agricultural biotechnology with a focus on agriculturally important crops, including cotton, wheat and corn.  The focus will be on understanding the importance of plant biotechnology research to progress on issues of central interest in agriculture, environment and human health.

Cost: $575 due upon acceptance.  

Participants will be put forward for a National Science Foundation Fellowship.  Please consult with Dr. Zhang for more details about program costs.

  • tuition for 6 c.h.
  • international health insurance
  • in-program transfer transportation
  • airfare
  • lodging
  • meals
  • in-country support
Does not include:
  • passport fees
  • visa fees (if applicable)
  • spending money

Undergraduate Courses:

BIOL 3820 Plant Biotechnology
BIOL 4800 Topics in Biology

Graduate Courses:

BIOL 6504 Research Problems in Biology

Accommodations & Meals:

Students will be housed in dormitories on the main campus of Henan Institute of Sciences and Technology.  Meals are included and are taken at the student cafeteria.


  • visit to Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences
  • Visit to China Agricultural University
  • Gain hands-on experience in the practice farm at Henan Institute of Sciences and Technology
  • Learn about Chinese culture, history, and society

Accessibility: ability to walk up to five miles per day


Minimum 2.8 GPA
Selection of students will be merit-based with preference given to upper level undergraduate or graduate students.
For consideration for the NSF Fellowship, applicants will upload 1) a resume, 2) a short essay explaining interest in participating in the program and 3) two letters of recommendation.

Faculty Leaders

  • Dr. Baohong Zhang is a molecular biologist and biotechnologist, who has been working in the field of agricultural biotechnology for more than 20 years. Dr. Zhang is a native of China; before coming to US for his Ph.D study, Dr. Zhang had worked in Chinese agricultural biotechnology for 11 years. 
  • Dr. Xiaoping Pan is an associate professor of biology, she has been training undergraduate and graduate students for many years.

This program is currently not accepting applications.