This faculty led, Summer program is designed to expose students to experience Chinese culture and society, from an International Project Management perspective.
*The following itinerary is tentative and subject to change. Final itinerary will be given upon acceptance to program.
Phase 1 - On Campus at Illinois State University
Students will engage in 2 weeks of classroom learning prior to departure, including one field trip to the Caterpillar Visitors Center in Peoria, Illinois.
Phase 2 - Overseas Study
Primary instruction will be Monday through Friday each week with weekends free for student research, personal interest travel and readings. There may be some evening programs scheduled along with time during the week designated for reading, writing, and reflection.
Stop 1: Beijing, China -
Students will fly from Chicago and arrive into Beijing, orientation will be held the next day, with school starting the second day in country. Programs and places visited will include:
1. Students will visit Tsinghua University, famous for its beautiful campus and long history. Professors and students in the Department of Construction Management and Institute of International Project Management will present and lead discussion groups focused on international project management in metropolitan cities in the morning, students will take a campus tour in the afternoon.
2. Visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu with a focus on this amazing historical structure! In the evening, students will visit Beijing National Stadium, officially the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest. The stadium was designed for use throughout the 2008 Summer Olympics and Paralympics and will be used again in the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. The stadium is currently used mostly for football matches. The Beijing National Aquatics Center, colloquially known as the Water Cube, is next to the National Stadium. Students will be able to visit both buildings at the same spot.
3. Participate in city tours of the Tiananmen Square and Summer Palace with a focus on the unique combination of modern structures and historical buildings.
Stop 2: Xi’an, China -
On the 4th day, the group will travel from Beijing to Xi’an, China. Programs and places visited will include:
4. Students will visit Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology with special presentations and discussions with the professors and students in the College of Management, with a focus on the technology aspect of international project management. Visit project sites at Xi’an city guided by professors and students from Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology.
6. Xi’an is famous for its long history, tour the walled city and visit the famous Terracotta Warriors Museum.
7. Visit Qingling Tunnel for up close and personal views of local architecture and get out of the city to Niubeiliang National Forest Park.
8. On the last day in Xi'an, students will visit Chang’an University and work with local students from Chang’an University to design and simulate the processes of some international projects.
Stop 3: Chongqing, China -
On the 9th day, the group will fly to Chongqing, China. Programs and places visited will include:
10. Students will visit Chongqing Jiaotong University and engage in special presentations and discussions with the professors and students in the College of Management,with the focus on economics, culture, and technology aspects of international project management. After morning tours and discussions are complete, participate in a tour in the city in the afternoon.
11. Take high speed train from Chongqing to Three Gorges Dam, a hydroelectric dam that spans the Yangtze River. Students will tour the site of the world's largest power station in terms of installed capacity.
12. Take high speed train to Chongqing.
13. Fly from Chongqing to Beijing.
14. Fly from Beijing to Chicago.
Phase III - Reflection
After arriving in Chicago, students will have one day off before completing the final project for the class. Information will be given by the Faculty Director.
Official program dates are listed on each semester’s Estimated Budget
To see how this program compares, view the Illinois State budget.
Participants of this program may be eligible for a scholarship:
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