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China: Global Communication
Beijing, China; Shanghai, China; Tianjin, China; Xi'an, China (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
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Program Cost Summer
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Academic College: College of Business and Economics Best Fit Majors: General Business
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 Education Abroad program is designed with a dual focus on business communication and cultural communication. Students will visit four(4) 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 14-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.
 

Location

City: Beijing, Tianjin, Xi'an, and Shanghai

Country: China

Population: 11.51 Million (Beijing), 15.47 million (Tianjin), 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.

Tianjin is a major port city in northeastern China. Following the 1858 Treaties of Tianjin, several Western nations established concessions in Tianjin. The European-style houses, municipal buildings and churches in Wudadao (Five Great Avenues) are legacies of that period. Standing in contrast are the city’s many modern skyscrapers, including the iconic 415m-tall Tianjin Radio and Television Tower.

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:
Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower
Great Wall of China
Terracotta Warriors
Forbidden City

 

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 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 foreign economic, social, and cultural environments via company tours, campus visits, and cultural immersion activities. Students will spend two weeks in China 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:
Summarize the Chinese business etiquette and cultural practices from various international business resources;
Apply appropriate business etiquette in various workplace settings in China;
Distinguish various business/organization forms in China, such as state government, state-owned company, private business, joint venture, and small business;
Describe cultural activities and historical and contemporary cultural sites in China 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. 
Program Format: Before the trip, students will research business etiquette and cultural practices in China. A business memo will be written and shared with all students in this course.   
 
During the trip, students will travel to various cities in China. 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 a final project, either in form of a business report or alternatives, 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: $4800
Travel Fund: $800 from the WVU Confucius Institute
Student Cost: $4000
Includes:
 * 3 WVU Course Credits
 * Round Trip Airfare
 * All lodging and transportation
 * All 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
 
 


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 05/05/2018 05/18/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.