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Georgia tech Shenzhen - high quality program in a high quality city
Submitted by Melvin Mathew - Georgia Institute of Technology | May 29, 2018
I spent two semesters in Shenzhen, China, Fall 2016 and Spring 2017.
I then transferred to Atlanta for the remainder of my degree, Fall 2017 and Spring 2018.
I completed my degree with a Master's thesis, and I'm now working in the US using OPT.
Some of my classmates have even converted to PhD.
If your goal is to get a Master's degree as fast and as cheap as possible, there's really no better option out there, and a Georgia Tech degree is seriously valuable.
Shenzhen is also an amazing city; very hi-tech, insanely convenient public transportation, low cost of living, very safe, amazing food!
A major point to consider is the language barrier, but this is only for out-of-campus interaction with the general populous. All classes are taught by Georgia Tech professors from the main campus in Atlanta.
The Shenzhen program offers Mandarin classes though, and once you know some key phrases, its pretty easy to get by. It would be in your best interest to learn some mandarin before joining, but it is definitely not required!
Each semester, different Professors from Georgia Tech Atlanta offered on-site classes. A good selection of classes, with additional options via video classes, offered in Atlanta.
I cannot emphasize how much I took the cost of living for granted in China! America is expensive!
Within the first few weeks of the Shenzhen program, the program administration organized a 3 day, 2 night cultural trip, which was almost completely sponsored (other than partial coverage on a train ticket costing 5 US dollars, and of course food). We visited "Guilin" in Fall 2016 (Google it to get a tiny glimpse of China's natural beauty). A similar trip was organized each semester.
Honestly, by far the best student support I have ever experienced. They aren't simply staff, but they become family. 10/10 does not do the amazing staff justice
Health and Safety:
Georgia Tech provided insurance, in terms of medical financial security.
In terms of safety, I've never lived in an area as safe as Shenzhen. I would walk all on my own, wearing headphones, at 3 am, without a single worry in the world.
Football (soccer) or badminton events were held almost every other week. Got to play both these sports with our Professors several times. That among other events made the overall Shenzhen experience all the more memorable.
Solid masters and cultural exposure
Submitted by Anonymous - - | March 04, 2018
I would check the course offerings ahead of time to verify they align with your interests (esp. since this is a course-based masters), but for me they were great. Also, the administration was adaptive depending on student requests.
As far as the non-coursework aspects, there was a strong sense of community among the group, and the administration did a good job scheduling some field trips and events.
Overall, an efficient way to "hit two birds with one stone", i.e. academically and culturally. I think you will get more out of the experience if you learn some basic Chinese ahead of time, as it would allow to explore on your own. But either way, this is a solid degree (top 5-10 US eng. school) at a great rate as far as US tuition goes.
Same degree. great city. abundant industry opportunities!
Submitted by Fandi Peng - Georgia Institute of Technology | February 23, 2018
Georgia Tech offers the same ECE master's degree program at less than half of the standard tuition in Shenzhen, the Silicon Valley of China. I finished all three semesters and earned my degree there. The city of Shenzhen is very modern and convenient, with hundreds of top tech companies and abundant career opportunities to explore.
An amazing experience.
Submitted by Rangaraj Srikanth - georgia tech | February 12, 2018
Beautiful place, Beautiful City,
Did the same degree requirements.
Subsidized cost. Brilliant experience.
The Chinese experience was unique for me. The exposure unmatched.
Exceptional support to get past the language barrier.
Both strongly academic and cultural
Submitted by Alumni - Georgia Tech | February 12, 2018
There was no difference to the main campus in terms of academic rigor; but this provided an additional cultural exploration, at reduced tuition rates. At a greatly reduced tuition, it's definitely worth spending a semester or two here.