From Wall Street to the Great Wall
Spring 2018 Class Dates:
Seven bi-weekly 1 ½ hour meetings during January 22, 2018 - May 12, 2018; each meeting covers a specific aspect of China and is taught by both professors. This is all designed as preparation for the two-week study abroad component.
Dates Abroad: May 26, 2018 - June 9, 2018
Course Description: This course will offer students a rare first-hand opportunity to learn about the current political, social, and economic dynamics that are impacting Chinese culture and institutions. As a result, the students will be able to better understand the challenges and opportunities that exist in China today, especially those pertaining to its business environment, financial markets and institutions, and economic development. In Beijing, where the students will climb the Great Wall, visit the Ming Tombs, and walk in Forbidden City, they will learn about the effect of isolationist policies on China’s growth and development. They will also visit Tiananmen Square and learn about the radical changes of the Mao years and the rise of the reformist government of Deng Xiaoping. In Suzhou, the students will visit a Silk Museum and learn about the importance of the Silk Road to commerce and trade. Most of the time, the students will stay in Shanghai, a major financial center of Asia, where they will explore the investment environment and China’s financial markets and institutions. The visit to the Banking Museum will help the students to recognize the differences between the U.S. and Chinese financial systems. Going to the local factory, old city, and market place will give students an opportunity to learn more about dynamics of a rising economic system. In addition, the students will have opportunities to communicate and exchange ideas with Chinese scholars and students in a Chinese University
If approved, students will be enrolled in:
ECO376 From Wall Street to the Great Wall (3 credits), Writing –enhanced course
Pre-requisites: ECO 105 Minimum Grade of D and ECO 106 Minimum Grade of D and ECO 359 Minimum Grade of D or ECO 373 Minimum Grade of D
Good disciplinary and academic standing
Attendance at all scheduled pre-trip class sessions (mandatory)
Additional program requirements
Hotel accommodations will be provided.
Meet your Faculty Leader(s)
Prof. Mark Weinstock
Prof. Ying Wang
Program Cost and Itinerary
The program fee is in addition to Pace tuition, flight and the $100 Study Abroad fee and includes the following:
Accommodations in Shanghai and Beijing
Ground transportation in Shanghai, Beijing and Suzhou
Program organized field trips, including a weekend in Beijing
Local travel resources
Payments and Deadlines
All payments must be completed by the stated deadlines below. For undergraduates, $1,000 honors scholarship can be applied.
2018 estimated program fee: $3,350 (in addition to tuition, flight & $100 study abroad fee)
$500 deposit: January 26, 2018
February 23, 2018 extended to March 1st, 2018
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for payment plan request.
Dyson College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce the availability of a limited number of competitive World Cultural Exchange Fund awards worth $1,000 each for either an undergraduate or graduate faculty-led study abroad program for the Spring 2018 semester.
DEADLINE : December 1st, 2017
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
The official currency of China is the Chinese Yuan Renminbi, often called either Yuan or RMB.
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.
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 Google directions to restaurants or find a place to listen to a live band. Students can also use WiFi, which us usually available in large chain cafes, hotels, hostels and some restaurants. There are many apps you can use to communicate with family and friends such as Skype, WhatsApp, Viber, Facebook Messenger, Line and more.
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.
Opt for neat, tidy, clean conservative clothing. The Chinese people appreciate it if you dress up and you will rarely find a Chinese woman older than a teenager in jeans.
Our advice is to pack casual, lightweight layers that aren't too revealing. Light cotton clothing that is easily washed and not too delicate is ideal.
merino wool is a good choice to wear against your skin as it naturally helps to regulate your body temperature.A good pair of comfortable walking shoes and stylish flats are highly recommended. You can purchase almost any kind of clothing in China although the sizes are far smaller than Westerners are used to. Red is a really popular color.
Be mindful that you may be visiting temples and cultural sites where they may have a modest dress code and will ask you to cover up. *Skirts are forbidden in temples* To avoid having to buy extra clothes to cover your knees and shoulders, be prepared. Bring a light scarf to cover your shoulders and wear capri pants, skirts or long shorts that day.
You will do A LOT of walking, be sure to pack comfortable, cushioned sandals or sneakers.
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.
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.
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 words and phrases:
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 and Faux Pas
The Chinese society as a whole is an 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. 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 the U.S. 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, they are interested in you as a person and your well-being.
Non-verbal communication is very important and complex. Be awarewaribashi), do not rub them together. Only do this if the wood is splintering, but doing this with good quality waribashi indicates you think they are cheap, and therefore is an insult.
One thing you will notice about Beijing and Shanghai is that they are very crowded cities. Pedestrians DO NOT have the right away, cars and mopeds do and they will not stop for you. Be sure to take note of your surroundings and take careful note of cars changing lanes without notice. You can easily get around Beijing and Shanghai by taxi. Be sure to have someone write down the address of your destination both in the Roman alphabet and Chinese characters. It is difficult to hail down a taxi during rush hour, especially in Shanghai. You can have your hotel order a taxi for you or find the nearest taxi pick up location. These are usually at train stations and taxis will be waiting in a line. Locals are always happy to help, so learn a few words pertaining to transportation and they will point you in the right direction.
Shanghai and Beijing also have comprehensive subway systems. Subways are clean, safe and very easy to navigate.
Remember that everything you pack you will need to carry. If you are unable to carry it on your own, then you are packing too much!
Leave some room for any new items you may purchase while abroad.
Inquire about airline luggage regulations and pack accordingly.
Find out about dress customs in your destination and pack clothes that will help you blend-in with the locals.
Pack a nice outfit for special occasions.
Do not pack anything that you are not willing to lose.
If you are going to a place where the temperature will vary, pack clothes that you can layer.
Pack clothes that don’t require special wash.
You will probably walk more than the usual, bring comfortable shoes! In some destinations closed-toes shoes may be recommended due to possible injuries or infections.
Power adaptors and converters as applicable http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/world-electricity-guide.html
If you know your roommate, see if you can share some items.
Backpack or tote bag for day field trips
Find out if you really need to bring a laptop. Keep in mind that a laptop can be stolen, so you may need to carry with you at all times.
Visa (if applicable)
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
Toiletries and a change of clothes in case of baggage or flight delays
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:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Identity Resources
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 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:
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)?