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China and Taiwan: Global Explorations in Chinese Business and Culture

Tentative Dates: July 15 - August 13, 2023

Chinese Pond
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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, Nanjing and Guilin. Additionally, there will be several visits to nearby towns and islands. Beijing is the city with the most government influence. Some businesses that we will visit include PlugandPlay and Hejun Consulting Group. We will also visit Tsinghua University and Beijing Language and Culture University to talk with current students. Walking on the Great Wall and visiting the Forbidden City are among the cultural sites we will explore.

Shanghai is 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, Coca Cola, SAIC-GM, Chinaccelerator, and Yakult. While in Shanghai, we will visit the fabric market and talk to Jack & Candy about their custom clothing business. You may want to save a little money to get a custom made suit or dress. We will visit the YuYuan Gardens and ascend the Financial Tower as some of our cultural visits.

Nanjing is part of the Economic and Technological Development Zone, where foreign direct investment is encouraged. It is also home to China’s largest inland river harbor, handling nearly 10 million tons of goods for foreign trade. While in Nanjing, we will visit Bosch Auto, Nanjing Yindu Advertising, and Suning to discuss their business practices.  We will also visit Nanjing University and have lunch with local students. We will visit many cultural sites, including Zhongshan Mountain National Park and Xuanwu Lake.

Guilin is the smallest city we will visit, with around 8 million people. We will leave behind the hustle and bustle of the big cities and slow down to experience life in a more easy-going pace. We will visit with Eisho, an international company, go to a tea house and meet with local entrepreneurs – many some are American ex-pats who began their businesses in China. We will have lunch in cave, hike Chuan Mountain, and visit Gudong Waterfall as some of our cultural visits. We will meet local students for dinner and face off in a soccer game.

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, 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.


Students will stay in a hotel in the city center of each of our destinations. 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, gondolas and ferries).

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Contact Information

Dr. Jennifer Clevenger
1046 Pamplin Hall

Ellie Walters
1046 Pamplin Hall
(540) 231-3208