Spend Your 2011 Winterim in China

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

A 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. All spots have been filled for the 2011 program; however the program will be offered again in 2012. More information about the program is available on UW-Eau Claire's Center for International Education website.

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. 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.

Source: UW-Eau Claire News Bureau

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