Please note that the Language Institute organizes a separate set of activities for all Language Institute students including the ASP students, the Intensive English Program (IEP) students, and other summer program students (from Germany etc) as well. Please pay attention to those announcements sent from the Language Institute.
Arrival and Internet Setup
Obtain Your Buzzcard
From The Buzz Card Center located on the 2nd floor of the Barnes & Noble Bookstore at Georgia Tech. The program pays for the cost of our Buzzcard (your photo ID as well as keycard for entry into your dorm building). You must bring your passport with you and provide your GTID. You are welcome to return to the Buzzcard Center on a different day to deposit money into the buzz card to pay for meals and laundry, etc.
Mandatory On-Site Orientation 9:30am-11:30am
Location: Rooms 132-133, Technology Square Research Building (TSRB), 85 Fifth Street NW. The orientation includes detailed program information, class schedules, etiquette, safety, and honor code presentations.
Opening Ceremony & Lunch 11:30am-1:30pm
Location: Technology Square Research Building (TSRB), 85 Fifth Street NW. Dress code: casual elegant.
Security and Cleaning Deposit
Trip leaders to collect $50 per person Security and Cleaning Deposit. If you cause damage to the dorm facility and/or do not clean up your room before you leave, you will lose the security deposit. If it is your turn to clean the kitchen and you fail to do so, you may also lose the security deposit. If all is satisfactory, the security deposit will be returned to you the evening prior to your departure.
First Day of Classes
Kitchen Tutorial & Fire Safety Demonstrations 5pm
Meet at the kitchen of each floor in the dorm building.
Seminar on Fintech 3:30pm-5pm
Dr. James Senn. Location: Centergy CSIP Library 5126.
Sustainability Tour on campus 9:30am-10:30am
Meet in front of Mason Building.
Class Field Trips
Location: Georgia Tech Language Institute, 151 Sixth St. Dress code: casual elegant.
- Atlanta History Center: visit is arranged through the American Studies course
- Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site: visit is arranged through the American Studies course
- The World of Coca-Cola: visit is arranged through the American Popular Culture course
- College Football Hall of Fame: visit is arranged through the American Popular Culture course
Day Trip to Madison 9:30am-5pm
Board the bus at 9:30am at Fitten Hall parking lot. No food or drinks on the bus. Sunscreen and comfortable shoes are advised as you will be doing a lot of walking. Itinerary: We will have lunch at Farmview Market and take a hike and enjoy and outdoors. In the afternoon, we will visit the town of Madison, GA, voted the #1 Prettiest Small Town in America by Travel Holiday Magazine in 2001. Most recently, it is on Budget Travel Magazine‘s List of “World’s 16 Most Picturesque Villages.” We are confident that this trip will deepen your appreciation for the American South! Click here for weather forecast for Madison, GA
Trip to the North Georgia Premium Outlets 11am-6pm
Board the bus at 10:00am at Caldwell Hall parking lot. No food or drinks on the bus. On return, bus departs from the outlet at 6:00pm. If you plan to use credit cards at the outlets, please bring your Buzzcard (as a form of photo ID). Coach and other high-end stores will check ID for international credit cards.
Deadline for Online registration and payment for the 7/18 Leadership Challenge Course and 7/27-7/28 Outdoor Adventures Trip
Online Seminar: Applying to Graduate School and Avoiding Common Mistakes 8pm
Speaker: Prof. G. Tong Zhou
(Optional) Leadership Challenge Course 5:30pm-9:30pm
For credit card billing address, enter the address (usually in China) where you or your parent receive monthly credit card statements. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.Meet at the Leadership Challenge Course @ corner of Ferst Drive & Hemphill Avenue. Map.
Clothing requirements: Closed toed, tie on (with laces) shoes are REQUIRED; sneakers are best. Do not bring jewelry to the activity, including watches, bracelets, necklaces, rings, earrings. Detailed requirements. The Leadership Challenge Course is an outdoor classroom. We use the facility to teach Georgia Tech students about leadership and teamwork.
It is a fun experience, but it is much more, too. It involves working together with others to solve problems. Learning from your challenge course experience requires that you think about it critically – that you find meaningful connections between what happens on the course and what makes a person an effective leader or team member in the community and their job.
Here is a movie showing GT students on the course. Click here for video on the Chinese Youku site. Everyone must sign the Acknowledgement and Assumption of Risk form electronically prior to participating. Pay attention to the weather forecast in Atlanta, any storm is likely to pass quickly, so we will proceed with the leadership challenge course rain or shine. In case it rains at the start of the course, we will do some fun exercises in a covered space on-site until the rain passes.
Mandatory Orientation for the Outdoor Adventures Trip 6:30pm
Location: Leadership Challenge Course @ corner of Ferst Drive & Hemphill Avenue.
For those wishing to buy inexpensive clothes to wear for the outdoor adventures trip, here are Directions to Salvation Army store, 746 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318, Tel (404) 523-6214.
Kendeda Building Tour & Eco-Commons Tour 2:30pm-3:30pm
Outdoor Adventures Trip
See pictures here. Prices (subject to change in 2024): $120 for hiking, $175 for rafting. The above prices are all-inclusive: camp site, camping gear, backpacks (if needed), rafting gear, bus transportation, food on-site, guides and outdoor activities.
Click here to register for the adventure trip. If you do not have a credit card, you can ask someone else to pay on your behalf. This trip is organized by the GT Outdoor Recreations Department. YouTube video from 2009 ASP; also general video about Georgia Tech Outdoor Recreation activities.
Closing Ceremony 5:00pm-7:00pm
Location: Technology Square Research Building (TSRB), 85 Fifth Street NW. Dress code: casual elegance. Group photos at the end; attendance is required.
Program staff will come and check the cleanness of your room. The $50 security & cleaning deposit will be returned to you upon satisfactory inspection.
Departure from Atlanta
If you do not have class in one of the weekday mornings, we highly recommend you to join a Free Guided Tour of the Georgia State Capitol. Tours are available at 11:30am each weekday and no reservation is required.
The State Capitol is close to the MARTA Georgia State Station (change to East-West line at Five Points station). Please bring your Georgia Tech ID (Buzzcard) with you for security check before entering the building.
Please allow at least one hour of travel, transfer and security check time before the tour, and you can wander around in the Capitol if you arrive early.
Open government – video streaming of the Georgia General Assembly Legislative Sessions is available. Live coverage is available when the General Assembly meets from early January to late March (or early April). Video archive is available the rest of the time.A sample piece of legislation: Senate Resolution 225 “The Georgia China Future” that was passed in the 2003-2004 legislative session.