What is GBS?

Global Biomedical Service Program
A Service Learning Internship Program for Undergraduates
Penn Engineering and Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Yangjiang, China
What is GBS?
• Partnership between SEAS, Hong Kong
Polytechnic University (HKPU), and local
clinics in China
• International service learning program to
build orthotics for children with
neuromuscular disorders
What is GBS?
Earn two credits that count toward your degree
– Social Science and Humanities Elective (EAS 296)
– Technical Elective (EAS 297)
What will I get from GBS?
– Actually make something
with your two hands
– Become immersed in
Chinese culture
– Develop your global
– Learn about international
health care and disabilityservices
What does GBS involve?
• 8 weeks of pre-program
preparation at Penn
– Chinese culture and history
– Prostheses and orthoses
fabrication, rehabilitation
engineering, anatomy, and gait
• ~2 week program on the
campus of HKPU and at a local
health center in China
Where does GBS take place?
Hong Kong
Where does GBS take place?
Hong Kong
Who is Eligible?
• Any undergraduate at Penn!
• Must be in good academic
standing and demonstrate an
interest in international
development and service
• Must be available for 8-week
preparatory class and 2-week
summer program
Dec 21, 2011 - Application Early Deadline
Jan 17-Jan 20, 2012- Interviews
Evening classes February –April 2012
In-country program: May 19-June 6, 2012*
*Tentative dates, subject to change
Program Fee
• Program Fee: *$6,800
– includes tuition, visa/passport processing fees,
international airfare, lodging and meals, programrelated transportation, and all organized excursions
• Additional $500-$800 for immunizations and
international health insurance
• Possibility that financial aid will be extended to
cover a portion of this fee, depending on the
student’s aid package details
*2012 estimate, subject to change
How do I apply?
• Application is available online at
http://www.seas.upenn.edu/~gbsprog/ or
search for “Penn GBS”
• Application Early Deadline: Dec. 21st, 2011
• Interviews will be held in January, 2012
Contact Information
Megan Doherty
SEAS Associate Director, International & Service
Learning Programs
111 Towne
[email protected]

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