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July 12, 2010

UW-Eau Claire Offers New Study-Abroad Program to China

Great Wall of ChinaA new short-term study-abroad program to China will be offered to University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students during the university's January 2011 Winterim session.

Students will stay from Jan. 3-15 at Shaoguan University in China's Guangdong province, where they will hear lectures from professors and industry leaders in China and make site and cultural visits. From Jan. 16-18, students will make a three-day guided visit to ancient sites in Beijing, China’s capital city, to understand the history and politics of China. More information about the program is available on UW-Eau Claire's Center for International Education website.

Sept. 3 is the priority application deadline for students interested in the program, which will run Jan. 3-18. Students in all academic disciplines who have a cumulative resident grade-point average of 2.3 or higher and at least sophomore standing are eligible to apply. Qualified students should print and complete the application form, then submit it and other required application materials by 4:30 p.m. Sept. 3.

Scholarships are available for the program. Twelve scholarships of $400 each will be offered through a recent U.S. Department of Education grant, and one $1,500 scholarship will be offered through the China Center for International Educational Exchange and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Students currently admitted to UW-Eau Claire's College of Business will be given preference for the scholarships provided by the U.S. Department of Education grant.

“The study-abroad program to China will provide our students with unique experiential opportunities that will supplement the classroom curriculum,” said Dr. Rama Yelkur, UW-Eau Claire professor of marketing and coordinator of international business programs. “It will better prepare them to function in a globally interdependent workplace.”

With exports to China from Wisconsin increasing by 337 percent over the last five years, China represents a tremendous opportunity for Wisconsin, Yelkur said.

“This program will help enrich students' understanding with respect to a key emerging market,” she said.

A similar study-abroad program to India is planned for January 2012, Yelkur said.

The China Winterim program was developed with support from a $190,000 grant received in June by UW-Eau Claire's College of Business from the U.S. Department of Education. Yelkur wrote the grant to continue efforts by the College of Business to internationalize the curriculum, faculty, students and the business community. In addition to the China and India short-term study-abroad programs, the grant will support a new international business major and programming to assist area small and medium-sized companies in conducting business with China and India.

Information Session to be held August 31

Dr. Rama Yelkur will be hosting the following information session for students interested in learning more about the program.

Tuesday, August 31
Schneider Hall, Room 320
10:30-12:00 noon

Source: UW-Eau Claire News Bureau

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