6 days in Hong Kong (side trips to Macau and Lamma Island)
1 day travelling to US
SAMPLING OF LIKELY BUSINESS VISITS (subject to change):
Beijing: TusPark, Amazon, Meituan, Xiaomi
Shanghai: GE, Volkswagen, Shanghai Disney
Hong Kong: Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Monetary Authority
SAMPLING OF LIKELY CULTURAL VISITS (subject to change):
Beijing: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Pandas, Great Wall
Shanghai: Yu Gardens, Shanghai Disney, Jade Buddha Temple, World Financial Center
Hong Kong: Victoria Peak, Stanley Market, Tian Tan Buddha Statue
Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong
Summer I, 2018 (May 13 - June 7)
Global Explorations in Chinese Business and Culture
Global Explorations in Chinese Business and Culture is an experiential study abroad program in traveling throughout China. The program will visit various areas of China: Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. Additionally, there will be several visits to nearby towns and islands such as Lantau Island, Kowloon, and Macau. The program will begin in Beijing, which is the city with the most eastern Asian feel and will have the most cultural adjustment. Some businesses that we will visit include TusPark, Amazon, and Lenovo.
The program will continue to Shanghai by airplane. Shanghai is also considered a SAR (special administrative region), and is the largest city in China, as well as the most influential economic, finance, and trade center in East China. This modern city intertwines eastern and western cultures. Shanghai business visits will include a Disney Resort case study, Volkswagen, GE, and Accenture.
Hong Kong is an economic free trade zone with its own political and monetary system. Hong Kong has two official languages, Cantonese and English. Business visits will include a Hong Kong Stock Exchange, a top finance firm, a global luxury firm, and International Financial Center’s (IFC) Monetary Authority.
Throughout the entire program, we will be meeting with local universities. We will participate in case studies and workshops discussing various aspects of doing business in China. We will meet with Pamplin alumni both formally and informally. We will gain cultural competency through visits to history and art museums, as well as various dining customs experiences.
Additionally, four students will be able to remain in China for an internship at the conclusion of the program. Students will be chosen on a competitive basis, and at additional (minimal) costs.
STUDENT HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION
Students will stay in a hotel in the city center of each of our destinations: Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. We will travel as a group by plane to and from the United States. Our group travels in country will be by train and airplane between cities. We will use local transportation within cities and between islands (buses, trains, boats, and ferries).
Freshmen through Seniors, and Graduate Students.
Minimum GPA: 2.5. (We will use mid-term grades for freshmen to determine eligibility.)
Non-business students and graduate students are also welcome to participate. Priority is given to undergraduate business students.
Undergraduates will receive credit for MGT 3954, and graduate students for MGT 5954 Study Abroad. This course can also be substituted for the Area 3 and/or Area 7 requirement. These credits count as elective credits and help to complete the requirements of Pamplin’s International Business Minor.
Students must write a group paper on an assigned Chinese company, as well as read a book about the area and do a short book report, prior to the program. Case studies/alumni workshop reports, a detailed journal and completing observations on cultural differences between China and the US is also required during the program. Participation in all activities of the program is required.
**If you wish to take a total of six credits - see Dr. Clevenger about an independent study.
Estimated program fee is $7,650. This includes airfare, lodging, and required group travel. The program fee does not include VT tuition nor individual expenses. Students are responsible for meals and personal expenses.
University Tuition & Fees
Tuition and university fees are billed separately from the program fee according to University Bursar policy. See here for credit hour rates for the appropriate term: http://www.bursar.vt.edu/.
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** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.