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Spend Interim in China

| Gretchen Hutterli

Join professors Brenda Thalacker (Accounting & Finance) and Dr. Maria DaCosta (Economics) for a three-week introduction to the business culture of China at Jinan University, Zhuhai campus, May 22–June 9, 2017. Applications are being accepted now through February 3 or until the program is closed.

You will experience the language, culture, food, and business etiquette while in Guangzhou and Hong Kong. A combination of pre-departure lessons, on-site lectures, and tours of important business and cultural sites will give you an overview of China today.

The main part of the program will be held at Jinan University-Zhuhai campus, located on the southern coast of China on the Pearl River Delta. Zhuhai's surrounding environment has made it the garden city of China. Ten days in Zhuhai will be followed by a three-day guided visit to businesses and historical sites in Hong Kong. There will also be business and cultural visits in Zhuhai and the surrounding area.

Who should attend. The program is open to undergraduate students with at least sophomore standing by the start of the program, and graduate students. The associate course for the immersion is INTB 362/562, which satisfies three credits of the university's foreign culture requirement for undergraduate students. Eligibility requirements include at least a cumulative GPA of 2.6 and good academic standing, and completion of ECON 103 or 104.

Estimated cost. Approximately $4,157 for this 3-credit, faculty-led experience. This cost includes 3-credits of tuition, full program fees for all housing, meals, and program activities in China, estimated roundtrip airfare, and passport and visa fees. The estimate also includes $2,250 of Blugold Commitment Faculty-Led International Immersion Experiences (FLIIE) funding. Students may also apply for a $1,500 scholarship. » View details.

Other information. You will be paired with a Chinese "buddy" who will help you navigate Chinese culture outside of the formal framework of the program. Past students rated spending time with their buddies as one of the highlights of the experience.

Application deadline. Feb. 3, 2017 or until the program is full.

More information. Contact Shanti Freitas, UW-Eau Claire Intercultural Immersion coordinator, UW-Eau Claire Academic Affairs. Visit the program's website.