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China Semester Abroad

Offered in conjunction with Ocean University, Qingdao, China

GRS 095 – Foundations of Chinese Culture
BSAD 195 – Business Management in China
BSAD 195 – China Internship: Join a Research Team to Solve a Challenge
GRS – 195 – Contemporary Issues in China & Independent Research (online) – for students who select one Chinese language course
CHIN 01 or 02 – Chinese language (students may elect to enroll in 1 or 2 courses)
Chinese language 4 or 8 credits

“Study in China with UVM and earn credits toward an Asian Studies Minor or Major!”

Program Overview

UVM’s new 18 credit semester abroad program was designed to provide students with a broad spectrum of studies and experiences based in the beautiful coastal city of Qingdao.

Students will:

  • Explore Chinese organizational business culture and practices
  • Learn about China’s culture, geography, history and people
  • Internship: gain international work experience as a research partner on a 3-student team, working on a designated research assignment for an area company or non-profit organization
  • Undertake an independent study project
  • Experience a supportive approach to learning basic Chinese language skills
  • Earn 15 credits toward an Asian Studies Minor or Earn 18 credits toward an Asian Studies Major – Call an advisor to learn details (Ph: 656-2085)

INTERNSHIPS – Examples of Research Projects

  • Xu Games – Develop a marketing plan to introduce their online sports game to Europe and the U.S.
  • Strong Ale Craft Brewery – promote this small craft brewer by telling the story of its founder, history and organic ingredients.
  • Red Star Magazine – join other journalists in researching and writing articles for this premier magazine for the Expat community in Qingdao.
  • Many other research teams will be formed to help solve a business challenge. Join another UVM classmate and a student from Ocean University to form a 3-person research team – join us at an upcoming info-session to learn full details.

See further descriptions of internships here:

Internships associated with UVM’s China Semester Abroad Program, Fall 2014

Online Gaming Company
Xu Games, designer of online sports games, employs 300 staff in Shanghai and 58 in Qingdao. Founder/owner Jason Jia is seeking a research team to assist in developing a marketing plan to market XU Games in Western Europe and North American. Students will research the online gaming market in Europe and the U.S.; learn the unique features of Xu Games’ product line, examine possible distribution models for online games, and develop a marketing plan.

Strong Ale Craft Brewery
John Herrington, of Reno, Nevada, has spent 8 years in China nurturing his love of brewing. He’s become very familiar with craft brewers China-wide, such as Bad Monkey in Dali, Oktoberfest in Nanjing and The Great Leap Brewery in Beijing. He finally launched his own (mini) craft brewery in Qingdao, brazenly in the backyard of China’s largest brewery!

This research team will develop a public relations and marketing plan for Strong Ale, starting with writing a history of the company to intrigue local craft beer connoisseurs. See:!%E5%95%A4%E9%85%92%E5%B1%95%E7%A4%BA

Red Star Magazine
This magazine serves as the preeminent publication in Qingdao, a city of 8.5 million residents, for the expat community. In addition, the Red Star team offers a range of marketing, advertising and print design and public relations support services aimed at the many Western businesses operating in Qingdao.

Two teams will be assigned projects: one will work on projects related to research and writing new articles for upcoming issues of the magazine; and the other team will work on the marketing and advertising side of their business. and


Tuition is included in your fall 2014 course load, up to 18 credits, plus an estimated program fee of $4,950*. Food, Visa processing fees and airfare are additional costs for which students are responsible. Students who are accepted into the program are eligible for scholarship awards of up to $500, based on financial need.

City of Qingdao

City of Qingdao