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New partnership to bring international students to GSU

Georgia State University’s College of Education is partnering with Guangzhou Overseas High School in Guangzhou, China, to encourage more international students to pursue their undergraduate degrees at Georgia State.

The Georgia State University/Guangzhou High School Partnership will begin this fall with a cohort of 20 Chinese high school students who want to pursue their degrees at the university. The students will spend their last two years of high school in China taking courses in math, English, social studies and science aligned with Georgia’s standards for graduation and taught by certified teachers trained through Georgia State’s College of Education.  All of their courses will be taught in English.

“The partnership is designed to give Chinese students a firm grounding in English in academic disciplines before they come to campus,” said Tim Renick, vice provost and chief enrollment officer. “It also enriches the whole experience of a Georgia State education for our students to be in classes with and living with students from very different backgrounds.”

Georgia State’s international student population has steadily increased since 2007, with 1,597 international students on campus in 2012, according to the Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. With this new partnership, the university hopes to see 60-student cohorts of international students coming to Atlanta each year.

The program is also intended to provide a unique teaching opportunity to graduates of Georgia State’s College of Education. “Our College of Education graduates will have the opportunity to serve an important need and have a life-changing experience teaching some extraordinary students in a culturally-rich environment,” Renick said.

The College of Education is currently recruiting applicants to teach at the Guangzhou Overseas High School as part of this innovative program. Three teachers will be hired by the BELA Education Group in China to teach math, English, social studies and science aligned with Georgia’s standards for graduation. Potential applicants will be screened by College of Education faculty with BELA Education Group administrators making the final selection. One year contracts will be available with a renewal option for a second year.

For more information about the Georgia State University/Guangzhou High School Partnership, contact Joyce Many, associate dean for undergraduate studies and educator preparation, at 404-413-8104 or For more information about the application process, click here.