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China: Global Communication
Beijing, China; Shanghai, China; Xi'an, China (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Program Cost Summer
Fact Sheet:
Academic College: College of Business and Economics Best Fit Majors: Business Administration
Language of Instruction: English Program Options: Faculty-Led
Credits Earned: 3 Faculty Leader: Li Wang
Program Description:

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China: Global Communication
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This study abroad program is designed with a dual focus on business communication and cultural communication. Students will visit three cities in China to obtain first-hand experience in communicating with local business professionals, business school students, and other constituencies. The dual focus gears towards allowing students who are interested in growing a career in international business to explore Chinese economic, social, and cultural environments via company tours, campus visits, and cultural immersion activities. This 12-day long program also provides an opportunity for students who are interested in doing extended study abroad programs to assess whether a foreign environment, particularly China, would be something they can commit.

Students in the Business and Economics College can apply here for the Robbin's Scholarship.
 

Location

City: Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai

Country: China

Population: 11.51 Million (Beijing), 4.482 Million (Xi'an), and 14.35 Million (Shanghai)

Information:

Beijing, China’s massive capital, has history stretching back 3 millennia. Yet it’s known as much for its modern architecture as its ancient sites such as the grand Forbidden City complex, the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Nearby, the massive Tiananmen Square pedestrian plaza is site of Mao Zedong’s mausoleum and the National Museum of China, displaying a vast collection of cultural relics.

Xi’an is a large city and capital of Shaanxi Province in central China. Once known as Chang’an (Eternal Peace), it marks the Silk Road’s eastern end and was home to the Zhou, Qin, Han and Tang dynasties' ruling houses. In Xi’an’s surrounding plains are the famed Bingmayong (Terracotta Warriors), thousands of life-size, hand-molded figures buried with China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang.

Enormous Shanghai, on China’s central coast, is the country's biggest city and a global financial hub. Its heart is the Bund, a famed waterfront promenade lined with colonial-era buildings. Across the Huangpu River rises Pudong’s futuristic skyline, including 632m Shanghai Tower and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, with distinctive pink spheres. Sprawling Yuyuan Garden has traditional pavilions, towers and ponds.

Places of Interest:
Great Wall of China
Terracotta Army
Yu Garden
 

Academics

MKGT 293 - Global Communication  -  3 Credits

Course Description: This course incorporates a study abroad program with a dual focus on business communication and cultural communication into the curriculum. Students will visit a foreign country (China, for instance) to obtain first-hand experience in communicating with local business professionals, business school students, and other constituencies. The dual focus gears towards allowing students who are interested in growing a career in international business to explore foreign economic, social, and cultural environments via company tours, campus visits, and cultural immersion activities. Students will spend approximately two weeks in a foreign country and complete the required coursework during and after the trip. This study abroad course also provides an opportunity for students who are interested in doing extended study abroad programs to assess whether a foreign environment would be something they can commit.     
 
Expected Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
 * Identify personal Cultural Orientation Indicator (COI) score;
 * Compare personal COI score with the target country’s national COI and interpret results;
 * Summarize the target country’s business etiquette and cultural practices from various international business resources;
 * Apply appropriate business etiquette in various workplace settings in the target country;
 * Distinguish various business/organization forms in the target country, such as state government, state-owned company, private business, joint venture, and small business;
 * Describe cultural activities and historical and contemporary cultural sites in the target country and relate observations to its cultural practices;
 * Use verbal and non-verbal communication skills in cross-cultural communication scenarios;
 * Develop best teamwork practice and team communication skills; 
 * Produce appropriate business documents, including memo, letter, and report, to demonstrate strong business writing skills. 

Before the trip, students will research business etiquette and cultural practices in the target country. Students will also take a survey and identify their COI scores and compare their scores with the target country’s national COI score. A business memo on COI scores will be written and shared with all students in this course.   
 
During the trip, students will travel to various cities in the target country. In these cities, students will visit local business to observe daily business practices and meet college students in local business schools to engage in cross-cultural communication. They will also visit historical and contemporary cultural sites and go to cultural shows and other immersion activities. After each company tour and school visit, students will send a thank you letter to their host. They will also record their thoughts in daily journals.    
 
After the trip, students will prepare business reports to reflect and summarize the entire trip’s experience and explain how they can use such experience in their professional and career development.     
 
 

Faculty

Li Wang

Marketing

Teaching Assistant Professor

Education:

Ph.D., Organizational Communication, Ohio University
M.A., Organizational Communication, Ohio University
B.A., English, Beijing Foreign Studies University

Contact:
Office#: 202
T: 304.293.0744
E: li.wang @ mail.wvu.edu


Area of Expertise:

Wang's current interests include various topics in organizational settings, such as positive deviance, diffusion of innovations, digital communication, and communities of practice. She teaches business communication and honors introduction to business. 
 

Cost

Program Cost: $4,850
Includes:
 * 3 WVU Course Credits
 * Round Trip Airfare
 * All lodging and transportation
 * Most Meals
 * Programmatic Excursions and Activities
 * Comprehensive Travel and Health Insurance
 

Misc

Visa Required for US Citizens? Yes

Useful Links:
How to Apply for a US Passport
 
 


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