10 undergraduate students completed a custom-designed two-week Study Abroad in May, with College of Business Associate Professor, Tim Goines, Ph.D., International Business and Economics Department Chair and College of Liberal Arts Assistant Professor Steven Day, Ph.D, Foreign Languages. Students completed intensive Spring semester classes, focused on contemporary Chinese culture and the Chinese business and economic environment. They completed cultural mapping in Chicago’s Chinatown, in preparation for Study Abroad. Students visited Beijing, Xi’an, Hangzhou and Shanghai, engaging with Chinese academics, business leaders, expatriates and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Students were provided loaner iPads, with custom applications developed to support their academic learning, on-site experience, and post-trip assignments. As a result of this experience, students reported aggregate improvements in their continuous learning, interpersonal engagement and hardiness, as measured by the Kozai Intercultural Effectiveness Scale. Students found iPads very helpful with their academic journaling, communication with family, and in-country support for language translation and location details. 100% recommended iPad loaners for other courses and Study Abroad.
This experience was partially supported by the College of Business Title VI Business and International Education grant P153A100017, to advance participation, academic teaching and our capacity for international business.