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I cannot believe that it has been one year and a half since my stay in GSU. The Orientation celebration and those friendly smiling faces still lingered in my mind. I really appreciate those who offered me help during my stay and this overseas experience definitely gave me new insights to look at the world around me, and that is why right now I often encourage my students to explore the outside world if it is permitted. I stay connected with people in GSU via email or WeChat. During holidays, Ahu and I might exchange greetings with each other by WeChat. And Jenny Zhan, a kind lady who offered me a place to live, we also greeted and share pictures with each other on Christmas and Chinese New Year. Additionally, I got to know more about each other via emails with my mentor Dr. Viviana Cortes, another warmhearted lady from whom I got to know her rigorous scientific attitude and academic proficiency. The pity thing left on me during my stay in the U.S. was absolutely the Covid-19, which ruined a lot of events, like potlucks, f2f farewell, visits and travels. It still remains unsettled and our daliy life seems to have changed to a new normal. I hope to see everyone’s faces through virtual exchanges and am wondering if FMP could offer some chances, like webinars or zoom meetings, for FMP faculties to meet again online..”

-Qian Chen, Associate Professor, Anhui Agricultural University, China.



“FMP is such a great program that I have improved my English efficiency, teaching techniques and cultural awareness. IEP courses are my favorite, I learned a lot from teacher’s lectures. At the same time, I made a lot of friends from all over the world, I love the life in Atlanta.” 

– Lisha Wang, Foreign Language School, Shandong University of Technology, China


“Thanks to Faculty Mentoring I had the opportunity to learn English and American history, politics, society, and culture in class and tutoring. I also met lovely classmates and teachers from all over the world, completed various tasks, and communicated with them.

For more than nine months, I had the opportunity to participate in research projects related to tobacco control in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, School of Public Health, GSU. In cooperating with two mentors and other members in our team, I learned knowledge and skills, which will help me in my future research work. I look forward to more cooperation with GSU in scientific research in the future.

Thanks to the Special Programs team for carefully arranging so many activities each week. During the activities we felt warmth like in family and made new friends. The time I spent in Atlanta, is the longest time I have left home in 30 years. I began to miss Atlanta. I hope in the future, I will return to Atlanta again and have the opportunity to visit you and other teachers in GSU.”

-Ping Jiang, Pubic Health, Shanghai JiaoTong University School of Medicine, China.


“It was a great experience. I spent more than four months in Atlanta. I was lucky to have my training period at Georgia State University. From day one when I met Mrs. Ahu and her team responsible for FMP program, they were so helpful. They encouraged me to get involved in many activities like sports and doing outdoor tours.

My training in the department of computer science was very beneficial to me, all the staff and my mentor Dr. Alex tried to help me to catch the most important techniques and knowledge. It was my first time to leave my home for a long time. I was happy and I felt like Atlanta was my second home.

I hope I can have the chance to come back again.”

– Randa Issa, Genetics and Immunology, El Sadat City University, Egypt.

“I benefited a lot from the one-year visiting study. In 2019, one of my tasks was to develop an open online course named Introduce of Educational Technology. During my study at GSU, I took Dr. Jonathan Cohen’s Foundations of Educational Technology and Dr. Michael Law’s Project Management of Instructional Design as elective courses, which provided a lot of inspiration for my online development courses.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak this year, students could not attend classes in the spring semester, and online teaching became the main form of daily teaching. What I have learned on the course named Mastering Online Teaching and my own online learning experience at GSU enabled me to adapt to the online teaching mode very quickly.

During my study at GSU, I have participated in many courses, which are of great help to my professional growth and research ability, For example, Dr. Jonathan Cohen’s Inventing to Learn: Teaching and Learning with Maker Technologies, Dr. Lauren Margulieux’s Introduction of Learning Science, Dr. Hongli Li’s Methods of Research, etc. I thank them all and miss them very much.”

    -Aifeng Duan, Associate Professor, College of Education, Department of Educational Technology, Hebei University, China.


I got a lot from my experience in GSU especially in the classes in GSU, which are teamwork, quizzes, and exercise. And I applied them in my teaching, and they worked. I improved my English language skills such as speech and reading. Before the program, I rarely read English books, but I feel there is not too much difficulty to read books and linguistics, now. Though I don’t keep in touch with anyone in GSU, I’ve known a man who immigrated from Taiwan to Atlanta and we stay connected through WeChat. I hope I have plans with GSU in the future.”

-Yanjie Li, Associate Professor, College of Arts, Hebei University, China

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