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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
English Minimum GPA: 2.5
Area of Study: Business Economics, Business Management, International Management, Management Eligible Year: 3 Junior
Scholarships: Figueroa, Honor's Program Type: Faculty-led
Program Description:
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Overview

Spring 2017 Pre-trip class sessions: (to be confirmed) January 27th, February 3, February 17, and March 3
Dates Abroad: (to be confirmed) March 10th - March 19th, 2017
Post-trip class session: (to be confirmed) April 7, 2017

This travel course will be about understanding and managing in different cultures, doing business across cultures, and managing multi-national business affairs in the context of the USA and China. We will study cases and hear from experts and then go visit China. The trip will include visits to Shanghai and Beijing, including companies and cultural sites, such as the Great Wall and The Forbidden City. 

 

Academics

If approved, students will be registered for: Graduate and Undergraduate International Field Study in Business and Management
Undergraduate: MGT347B (3 credits)
Graduate:  MGT630 and INB670A (3 credits)

Eligibility:

  • 2.5 GPA
  • Good disciplinary and academic standing
  • Junior class standing
  • Faculty approval
  • Attendance at all scheduled pre-trip class sessions (mandatory)
  • Additional program requirements

Housing

Students will be housed in hotel accommodations.

Meet your Faculty Leaders

Dr. Eisner- aeisner@pace.edu- +1 (212) 618-6599

Program Cost 

The program fee (approximate and subject to change) is $3,400 (in addition to Pace tuition, Chinese visa, and $100 study abroad fee), and includes the following:

  • Flight
  • Accommodation
  • Some meals
  • Local transportation
  • Program organized field trips, including a weekend in Beijing
  • Student advisement
  • Parental support
  • Guidance through visa process (visa cost is separate)
  • Local travel resources

Payments and Deadlines

All payments must be completed by the stated deadlines below. For undergraduates, $1,000 Pforzheimer Honors scholarship can be applied if it has not yet been used. Please contact ptemmerman@pace.edu if you would like to utilize the Honors scholarship.

Payments and Deadlines:
$1,000 Deposit: November 28th, 2016
$2,400 Remaining balance due: January 27th, 2017

Requesting Financial Aid
You may request that your financial aid package be extended for your study abroad program. We will work with you if you have special circumstances and cannot meet the established payment deadlines. Please contact ptemmerman@pace.edu for budget sheet request.

Payment Plan
We will work with you if you have special circumstances and cannot meet the established payment deadlines. Please contact ptemmerman@pace.edu for payment plan request.

Scholarship Opportunities
The Center for Global Business Programs offers international field study scholarships to help fund your travel fees. The Figueroa Scholarship ($2,000) offers awards for outstanding Lubin students who display academic merit, financial need, and submit a compelling essay. The scholarship round will be open between October 17th and December 2nd, 2016.  Applications can be accessed here.

Cancellation Policy

Please be advised of the Pace University Cancellation Policy below:

"I hereby acknowledge that the University reserves the right to make cancellations, changes or substitutions to the program at any time and for any reason, with or without notice, and that the University shall not be liable for any loss whatsoever to program participants as a result of such cancellations, changes, or substitutions. I understand that the University reserves the right to cancel, terminate, and/or discontinue the program at any time. Any refund of tuition and fees, if appropriate, shall be issued pursuant to the University’s and University program’s policies. "

Passport and Visa

It is important to obtain the necessary documents before you depart for your study abroad program. In order to cross international borders, you must be able to prove your identity and nationality.

What is a Passport?
A passport is a document issued by your national government that certifies your identity and nationality for the purpose of international travel.  Almost all international travel requires that you have and carry a passport. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after re-entry to the United States.
 
For citizens of the United States, passports are issued by the US Department of State and provides many uses:
  • When presented abroad, it is a request to foreign governments to permit you to travel or temporarily reside in their territories and access all lawful local aid and protection.
  • It allows you access to US Consular services and assistance while abroad.
  • It allows you to re-enter the United States upon your return home. 
It is important not to confuse a Passport Book with a Passport Card. A Passport Book is valid for international travel by air, sea, or land. A Passport Card is valid when entering the US from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda at land border crossing or sea ports-of-entry. A Passport Card is not valid for international travel by air.
 
How Do I Apply for a Passport?
First time applicants should follow the instructions listed on the State Department’s website. Applicants must bring their completed application, photos, required documents, and form of payment to one of many acceptance offices, which can be found using the State Department's passport acceptance facility search page.
 
Those looking to renew an adult passport should follow the instructions listed on the State Department’s website. For citizens over 16 years of age, a passport is valid for 10 years.
 
The fee to receive or renew a passport is available on the State Department's full chart of costs. It generally takes 4 to 6 weeks to process, so apply for a passport as soon as possible. You could expedite the services at an additional charge.
 
What is a Visa?
A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter another country generally must first visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport and allows you to travel to, from, and within that particular country or region legally.
Countries typically break visas down into types that reflect the purpose of your visit—tourism, studying, and working, among many potential others.
 
Each visa has different requirements necessary to obtain them depending on country, type, duration and nationality of the applicant. A country’s consular office should be able to provide you with a list of requirements based on these factors.
 
A visa is a privilege, not a right. A consular office may deny your visa application, so it is best to adhere to their requirements as much as possible.
 
How Do I Apply for a Visa?
Obtaining a visa is your responsibility. It is important that you know what is required of you before attempting to enter a country. Failing to obtain a visa (or the correct visa) could result in a denial of entry into a country, and even criminal charges.
 
You can find the most up-to-date visa information by contacting the consulate or embassy of your host country. US Citizens can also find current visa information on the US State Department website.
 
Non-resident students must reach out to International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) by emailing intlnyc@pace.edu.
  • Check if you will be able to keep your SEVIS record active while participating in the study abroad program.
  • Inquire about re-entry to the US at the completion of your program. Will you need to renew your US visa? Will your travel signature be valid?
  • If it will be your final semester, ask whether study abroad will impact your ability to apply for Optional Practical Training (F-1s). 

How to Apply

  • To apply, click on the "apply" tab at the top or bottom of this page. Be sure to read all information carefully, as each program has different requirements and instructions.
  • For most programs it will take 2-3 weeks after the application deadline has passed to know if you’ve been offered a spot on the program. This will vary depending on the type of program.
  • After the initial application has been processed by Pace Study Abroad, students will receive an e-mail regarding their application status and instructions on the next steps including program specific applications.


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Currency

The official currency of China is the Chinese Yuan Renminbi, often called either Yuan or RMB.
 

Adapters and Converters

Standard electricity in China runs at 220v, which is higher than the US standard of 110v so you will need a voltage converter while in China. Voltage differences are important to pay attention to as you can easily overheat appliances. Electrical items such as hair dryers or curling irons should be bought abroad. Items that heat are more likely to get damaged even if you use an adapter and converter. These items can be found across China at malls, pharmacies and beauty stores. China uses power socket types A, C or I. The US uses power socket A but you never know what type of power sockets are going to be in your hotel room, so it is advised to also purchase an adapter. You can purchase an adapter, converter combination before departing.

WiFi vs. International Phones
International cell phone options vary depending on your individual wants and needs. Some students choose to disconnect from their home using only local WiFi to keep in touch, while others want to use their phone to keep in touch with family and friends, post to Instagram, Facebook, or surf the web. Be sure to talk with your family before choosing an option. China has bans on the use of many social media sites including Google, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. You may download apps such as Whatsapp, Skype, and WeChat to stay in touch with family via WiFi.

International Cell Phone Plans
You can use your own cell phone with an international calling plan. These plans vary depending on your cell phone provider. These plans can be complex so be sure to call your provider for detailed information such as roaming charges, international dialing and receiving of calls and international sending and receiving of texts. 

International Sim Cards
Purchasing an international or global sim card allows you to use your own cell phone at reduced rates around the world. Sim cards are best for travelers who are either visiting many countries and/or going to be in a country for a short period of time. You will keep your own cell phone number, have access to voice, text, and data, but spend less on your call service. You pay as you go and reload your sim card when you need to. In order to do this option, you must have a GSM carrier unlocked cellphone for the sim card to work. To find out if you can unlock your cellphone you must contact your cell phone provider.

Buying or Renting an International Phone
Another option is to buy or rent a cellphone for your time abroad. There are many services that offer cell phone plans from basic, very inexpensive cell phones to expensive smartphones. 

Below are a few websites where you can purchase and international cell phone. Keep in mind there are tons of sites for you to find a phone. Make sure they are legitimate sites (read the reviews).
WiFi and Apps
Turning off your cell phones data and roaming and relying on WiFi is the cheapest way to keep in touch with family and friends. However, with this option you do not have the ability to look up directions, food or find a place to listen to a live band if you are outside of a WiFi zone. It is especially difficult in China because many social media platforms are blocked. Before departing, be sure to look up which apps are banned and which apps aren't.

Weather

Spring in Beijing and Shanghai is the most beautiful time of year. The temperature is ranges from 50°F to 79°F, so it can get very warm and sometimes even hot. May is filled with vivid red and pink flowers and green grasses. Its the perfect time to visit China and a good time for outdoor activities. Long-sleeved t-shirts or sweaters and pants are essential to get through the chilly mornings and evenings. You will want to pack some shorts and lighter clothing. Its always good to wear layers, as you can always take some off and store it in your backpack.

Find more about Weather in Beijing, CI
Click for weather forecast

Health & Safety

Your health and safety are Pace International's top priority and it should be yours as well. Always be aware of your surroundings, travel in pairs and make smart decisions. Always have your identification, your insurance card, your hotel card, a debit or credit card, and some cash on you at all times. Do not carry your passport with you unless specified by your professor. Keep your passport, large sums of money, prescription medication, any important documentation and electronics in your hotel room, preferably in a safe at all times.

While walking around China, be conscious of your belongings. Pickpocketing is unfortunately very common in crowded, touristy areas. Pickpockets are usually experienced and you will not know something was taken until possibly hours later. To avoid getting your personal items stolen, wear bags with small locks for the zippers, keep your important documents in a separate compartment from everything else, and do not keep anything valuable in your pockets. You may also want to invest in a money belt.

It is important to bring toilet paper. hand sanitizer and other sanitary items with you to China or buy these items once you arrive. Most restrooms do not have these items available, so you have to bring them yourself.

Culture

Before traveling to a new country, it is important to do your research. Learn about the history, politics, dress, language, norms, faux pas, food, etc. This can be accomplished with a quick Google search. Below are some examples of the Chinese culture that are important to know before departing on your study abroad program.


Language

The official language of China is Standard Chinese, based on the Mandarin dialect. There are other varieties of Chinese including, Cantonese, Min Nan, Hakka and many, many more. Cantonese is commonly spoken in the Guangdong province and Hong Kong. During your program you will mainly come across Standard Chinese.  Although many Chinese learn how to speak English in grade school, many people are too shy to speak the language to a native English speaker. The Chinese culture plays a large emphasis on saving face and messing up another persons language can be very embarrassing. You will need to speak some Chinese while you are walking around the cities.

An important tip, when you are learning Chinese, pay close attention to pronunciation. Chinese is a tonal language, which means every syllable in the language is pronounced in a different tone. These tones are important, because if you pronounce a syllable with the wrong tone, it cam mean something entirely different than what you intended.

Using the vowel a as an example, the first tone, a, is high and neutral. The second tone, á, goes from middle to high, as if you were asking a question. The third tone, a, goes from middle to low to high, as if stretching out a question. Finally, the fourth tone à goes from high to low, as if you were answering a question. There is also a neutral tone, a, which is unmarked and, of course, neutral in tone. (This information was taken from Forders.com. Learn more here.)

Key Chinese Words and Phrases
Hello
Ni hao
Good-bye
Zaijian
Good morning
Zao’an
Good evening
Wanshang hao!
Yes
Shì
No
Búshì
Please
xièxie
Thank you
Xièxie ni
You're welcome
Búyòng kèqì
Excuse me
Duìbuqi
I'm sorry
Hen bàoqiàn
I don't speak Chinese
Wo bú huì jiang Zhongwén
Do you speak English?
Ni huì shuo Yingyu ma?
Where is the subway station?
Qingwèn dìtiezhàn zài na er?
How much does that cost?
Zhè shì duoshao qián?
Can you help me?
Ni néng bangbangmáng ma?
Where is the bathroom?
Cèsuo zài na er?
I would like this
Wo xiang yào zhè ge.
Help!
jiùmìng!
Where to...
qù nar...
Hotel
jiudiàn
Taxi
chu zu che

Click here for tips on pronunciation and grammar tips.
Visit the BBC Languages website for free Japanese lessons.

Food

Beijing is known globally for its Peking Duck. It is a celebrated delicacy and its absolutely delicious. You can find Peking Duck at most restaurants but you may want to do some research before you depart to find the top rated restaurants. In Beijing you can also find Mongolia Hot Pot or in Chinese, shaun yan rou, which is distinctive hot pot of Beijing. It is an interactive meal, where you are the chef. You will be served a pot of broth, which you cook to a boil then add whatever you would like to order. You can add anything from noodles to tofu, fresh vegetables, pork, and more. Other dishes you should try include jiaozi, gong bao chicken with peanuts, xian bing, chao ge da and shaqima.

If you are visiting Shanghai you must sample xiaolongbao, also known as soup dumplings. Soup dumplings are made of steamed or fried flower dough like a traditional dumpling and filled with meats, vegetables or fish and soup broth. Xiaolongbao are a Chinese food icon across Asia that originated in Shanghai. There are tons of soup dumpling restaurants across Shanghai, so they will not be hard to find! Other dishes you should try include di shiu dong ribs, braised eggplant, niangao, and hongshao rou (favored by Chairman Mao). Hongshao rou is a classic Chinese dish and a dinner time staple, which features soy sauce braised pork belly.

If you want to try Beijing and Shanghai's street food, you must do some research before you depart. There are tons of websites and blogs directing you towards street food places that are not only safe areas but are clean and will not make you sick. No tap water in China is consumable, you will get sick if you drink tap water. Restaurants will use boiled and/or bottled water in their cooking but some places on the street do not. You may want to pack extra tums, pepto-bismol and other digestive medications to help your body get used to the food and water.

Norms & Faux Pas

The Chinese society as a whole is extremely collective society. The family is the most basic unit of society and is of great importance. Social hierarchy is strictly observed, so the elders in a family are held in the highest regard and are treated with the utmost respect. The Chinese society is a collective society, meaning the group is stronger and more important than an individual, which is opposite than the western values of promoting the individual. China has many complex and interlinked social codes that most people believe can only be understood if born in the country. Below are some tips to help guide you in understanding the intricate Chinese culture.
  • Privacy and personal space are perceived very different in China then in America. There is no actual translation in Chinese for the English word privacy. With 1.3 billion people in China, you can imagine personal space is not emphasized so much. You can also expect to be asked many questions that Westerners would consider personal and privileged information. These questions or statements are not meant to be insulting, rather, are proffered to indicated an interest in you as a person and your well-being.
  • Non-verbal communication is very important and complex. Be awareif applicable)
  • Financial documents
  • Airline tickets (round trip)
  • Letter of acceptance in your study abroad program
  • Address where you will need to go as well as arrival instructions
  • Important phone number(s)
  • Prescription medications appropriately packed and identified
  • Glasses/contacts
  • Toiletries and a change of clothes in case of baggage or flight delays
  • Cell Phone
  • Pocket Dictionary

Flight Resources

Flying internationally can be an expensive purchase. As a student there are many discounts you can take advantage of. Remember to do your research and compare prices. If you have a credit card that as a point system, you may be able to use those points towards your airplane ticket.
 
Below are some websites we feel have the best prices for student travelers:

Parent Resources


Dear Family,
Thank you for supporting studying abroad as a significant opportunity in the student's life. Studying Abroad is closely linked with higher grade point averages, shorter time to graduate, and a key to a successful early career as global companies as seen as a high priority by many employers.

Study Abroad Programs have a variety of different financial models, and time commitments. Study Abroad is affordable. Study Abroad is committed to high academic standards and the student will work with the Study Abroad and their respective school/college and department to meet the academic needs.

In addition, the Pace Internationals believes that studying abroad should provide participants with a significant cultural as well as academic experience. Whether it is through a homestay living arrangement, an in-country internship or other planned cultural and social activities, your participant will be given an opportunity to interact with the peoples and cultures of their host country.
 
The Study Abroad team will with each participant to insure that their individual needs and concerns are addressed before, during and after their learning abroad experience. Whatever type of program your family member or friend has chosen, I hope that this information helps you understand their unique experience and helps you provide the support at home that your participant needs to enjoy a rich and profound experience abroad.
 
Please reach out to us with questions or concerns, big or small, regarding your student's studying abroad: studyabroad@pace.edu

 

Student Identity

Student Identity Abroad

Pace Education Abroad recognizes and supports a diverse student population on its study abroad programs. Matters of personal identity can impact all students on a study abroad program. For some, it may be the first time you are a minority in your community. For others, you might notice that you are getting attention based on your identity either positive or negative. It is important to remember that you have control over your response to that attention.
 
We encourage you to do some research into social norms, cultural norms, and local practices before choosing and beginning your program. You will want to participate as much as possible in the host culture and should be prepared for the experience, which can be both personally challenging and rewarding. Please consult the Education abroad website as you consider and prepare for your experience abroad.


Keeping in Touch

Keeping in touch with family and friends is becoming easier as WiFi is more prevalent in international cities. You no longer need to spent a ton of money to call home or go to an internet café. Downloading apps on your smartphone is becoming an essential resource for travelers. Some apps that you will find yourself needing:Skype

  • Whatsapp
  • Viber
  • Facebook Messenger 

Money

Money, money, money… It is an important component to your study abroad program to have all your money matters taken care of before departing. From contacting your banks, to creating a budget and obtaining local currency, this is a step you should begin as early as possible.
 
It is important to contact your banks to let them know you are traveling internationally and for how long. If you do not let your banks know, not only will you not be able to use your credit cards or debit cards, your accounts will be frozen. Unfreezing accounts take time, time in which you will not have any money available for you to use.
 
Creating a budget for yourself is essential to not running out of money abroad and having to call friends or family for additional funds. Below is a budget worksheet to help you stay on track with your money.
 
Taking your credit card abroad is very common and probably the easiest way to make a purchase. Be aware of interest rates and international charges. Some credit cards charge you a lot for a single purchase while others have no international transaction fees. Call your bank to find out what the international transaction fee is on your card. Please note: International cards vary by card, not by company. For example, some Chase cards have zero fees, while another may have a very large fee. Read the guidelines carefully before deciding on a card.
 
Make sure your credit card has a designated pin number. You will need a pin number to make any purchase. If you do not have a pin, or if you are unsure, a quick call to your bank will clear up any confusion.
 
Currency exchange rates can be high and the interest rate at many shops, especially near or in airports or train station, can really hurt your budget. You will generally receive the best exchange rate at your bank. You should being $100 to $200 dollars in the local currency with you. Some banks have the most popular currency, like Euros on hand, while others have to be ordered. This process can take up to 2 or 3 weeks so be sure to do this in advance. If and when you need more cash, an ATM is your best option, but again be aware of transaction fees. Not only will the bank whose ATM you are using charge you, your bank will most likely charge you as well.
 
Below are a list of international credit cards we suggest:

  • Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
  • BankAmericard Travel Rewards® Credit Card
  • Discover it® 12:12
  • Wells Fargo Propel World American Express
  • Citi ThankYou® Premier Card
  • Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card
  • Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Credit Card
  • Capital One® Spark® Cash for Business (all Capital One cards have zero international transaction fees - these are our favorite)


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/15/2017 11/01/2017 TBA TBA