University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Office of International Education (OIE) WEB GUIDE
Business & Culture in China
Location: Chongqing, Taiyuan, Chengdu, and Beijing - China
Dates: May 18 - June 9, 2016
Courses: Econ 399, Bus 494
Accommodation: hotel; student dormitory
Program Model: Faculty-led
Contact: Will Morrison, Sage 1481, 424-1138
Kara Helwig, Sage 2612C, 424-2114
|Academic Coursework||Paying Your Program Fee|
|Estimated Cost of Participation||Flight & Program Schedule|
|Accommodation & Meals||Visas & Residence Permits|
|Pre- & Post-travel Class Dates||Orientation|
The program provides students the opportunity to learn about the development of China as a major world economic power. The students will read articles and attend lectures on topics such as US companies in doing business in China and Chinese companies doing business in the US . We will also explore the environmental issues in China, the vast geograpy of China, China's development of the interior of the country, and China's minority groups and discuss key cultural aspects. The students will also learn basic Chinese phrases. A goal of the trip is for the students feel comfortable with Chinese culture and food which can be quite different than what they are used to.
The trip will inlcude trips to businesses with ties to Wisconsin. We will meet with local business leaders in Chongqing that will present lectures on China and business in China. We will visit Taiyuan which is a city with historical importance to the Chinese financial system. Finally we will visit Beijing. In Beijing we will visit many culture sites such as The Great Wall, The Forbidden City, and The Summer Palace. We will also be arranging a visit to a Wisconsin-based businesses located in the Beijing area. We will visiting the interior of China which is an area that is often overlooked by visitors. This area is very important to the development of China.
- Business 494 - International Business Study Tour (3 credits)
Prerequisite: admission to the College of Business Administration
- Economics 399 - Special Topics in Economics (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Econ 106, 204, 206, or equivalent.
- Saturday April 23, 2016. Time and location to be announced by the faculty leader.
International Studies 333 1 unit (cr.)
This course is no longer an option on study abroad programs. Instead, explore adding the Global Scholar Designation to your major!
The "Full Estimated Cost of Participation" includes your Program Fee (the amount due directly to UW Oshkosh), your airfare and other expenses related to your participation on this program.
Full Estimated Cost of Participation: $6,030 in Spring Interim 2016, 2017 costs TBD
As part of the application process for this program, you are required to review, sign and submit the "Full Estimated Cost of Participation" worksheet for your program. The worksheet includes all of the cost details for your program and is linked from STEP III of the "Apply" section of this guide.
Taiyuan Continental Hotel
Add: 6 Shuiximen Street, Yingze District, Taiyuan
Xian Bell Tower Hotel
Address: 110 Nan Dajie, Xian
Tel: 011-86- 29-8760-0000
Chongqing Dalitang Hotel
Add: 173 Renming Road, Yuzhong District, Chongqing
Add: 9th Floor, Jiudu Hotel, 32 Xinyi Street,Yuzhong District,Chongqing
Tel: 011-86-23-6110 8800
Beijing Qianmen Jianguo Hotel
Add: 175 Yong An Road, Xuanwu District, Beijing
Address: Jinshanling Great Wall Scenic Spot, Chengde, Hebei
Check the link for your accommodation for amenities, room size and location. Rooms can be extremely small. It isn't unusual to have very little space around the bed, shorter beds, only a few inches for a closet pole, tight showers and/or buildings directly outside your window.
You and your friends may request each other as roommates by editing your on-line study abroad applications. The Office of International Education will not assign roommates unless students request EACH OTHER!
In some cases, participants may be able to elect a single room. There is always a significant fee; check with the Office of International Education for an estimate if you are interested. NOTE: Checking the "single room" check box in your online application does not constitute an official request for a single room quotation. You must ALSO contact the OIE directly via email, phone or by visiting the office, to make an official request for a single room quotation. Those who do not make a direct request to the OIE will be assigned a roommate.
Review the estimate for the amount of money you should bring to cover meals in the Full Cost of Participation worksheet. It is not reasonable to think that you can save money by spending less than the food estimate provided by the OIE! This estimate is meant to be the BARE MINIMUM in relation to your particular destination!
Inability or failure to attend class prior to or following your program abroad may affect your ability to participate, course grades and/or ability to receive and use financial aid.
Before You Apply
- Write the deadline for completing the On-line Study Abroad Orientation in your calendar. Failure to complete orientation will affect your ability to participate.
- Write all payment deadlines in your calendar.
If you aren't the person who will be making payments, share this information with the person who will be.
- Understand how seats are assigned on study abroad programs.
Seats are assigned in the order in which qualified applicants have completed STEPS I & II of the application process, provided STEP III has also been completed by the STEP III application deadline.
This means that you may be conditionally admitted following completion of steps I & II, but NOT receive a seat if you then fail to complete STEP III on time.
If you are on the waiting list, you may receive a seat if applicants who have been conditionally admitted have not completed STEP III by the deadline.
After the deadline, seats are assigned in the order in which qualified applicants have completed all three steps.
Spring Interim Programs
STEPS I & II: 1st Friday of Spring Semester by 12:00 pm.
STEP III: 2nd Friday of Spring Semester by 12:00 pm.
STEP IV (post-application deadline):1st Friday in April by 12:00 pm.
Application STEPs & Application Checklist
Complete the three steps below in order, or work on all three steps simultaneously. Check off items as you SUBMIT them to the Office of International Education.
|Complete the on-line study abroad/away application.
**Be aware that the application will time out without warning! Save often, and if you answering the longer questions we recommend typing them into a Word document and pasting them in to the online application.
Refer to the Orientation section for orientation dates.
|Print the application packet and sign where appropriate.|
|Pay the UW Oshkosh application fee
( $200 for in-state residents and $300 for out-of-state residents) per the instructions in the application packet and turn in your receipt to the OIE. If you have mailed the application fee to the Cashier's Office, notify the OIE so that OIE staff can contact the Cashier's Office for confirmation.
|Print an unofficial copy of your university transcript
Highlight course prerequisites (if applicable) and final GPA.
To print your transcripts, EITHER copy and paste your transcript from TitanWeb into Word and print OR follow these instructions:
1) Open your transcript in TitanWeb using Internet Explorer.
2) Highlight all of the information in your transcript.
3) Go to "print preview"
4) Click on "as selected on screen"
5) Change the orientation to "landscape"
|Credit Overload Form
Complete ONLY IF you will exceed 21 credits for the semester (9 for summer). Submit this form to the OIE with your other materials.
|Special Student Form for Undergraduate Admissions
Complete and submit to the OIE ONLY IF you are not a student at UW Oshkosh OR if you are not a student at all.
|Graduate Registration Form and Graduate Special/Non-Degree Information Form
Complete and submit to the OIE ONLY IF you are not in a Graduate program at UW Oshkosh and want to earn graduate level credit, or if you are in a Graduate program at UW Oshkosh and want to earn undergraduate level credit.
|Submit the Disciplinary Clearance Form
Complete ONLY IF you are a student at a university or college OTHER THAN UW Oshkosh. Submit this form to the appropriate office on your HOME campus; request that the office on your HOME campus submit the form directly to the UW Oshkosh OIE by the deadline for this step of the application process.
|Program-specific Application Materials: none for Step II
|OPTIONAL:||Click here to apply for the State of Wisconsin Travel Grant!|
|Review, sign and submit the Full Cost of Participation worksheet.
|Edit the "medical" and "medical III" sections of your on-line study abroad application to ensure that every question is complete. Each and every question must be answered, even if the answer is obviously "none" or "n/a"!|
|Provide proof of passport
Complete only if you will travel outside the U.S.
If you already have a passport, edit the "passport" section of your on-line study abroad application to include all requested passport details.
If you do not already have a passport, apply for one and submit a copy of your receipt to the OIE showing that you have applied.
Click here for passport forms and instructions.
|Edit the "passport" section of your on-line study abroad application to include your full name.
If you are traveling OUTSIDE the U.S., enter your full name EXACTLY as it appears on your passport or on your passport application. DO NOT GUESS!
If you are traveling WITHIN the U.S. (including Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands), enter your name EXACTLY as it appears on your driver’s license. DO NOT GUESS!
Your name will be printed on your airline ticket exactly as you enter it. If the name on your airline ticket does not match the name on your identification, you will be charged a correction fee or may not be allowed through airport security.
|Program-specific Application Materials:
Submit one professional passport photo to be used for your visa application. Write your name on the back.
Step IV (post-application deadline)
You must turn in a signed passport valid for 6 months from the date of arrival in the foreign country. It must have at least TWO side-by-side blank pages (in addition to the notes pages). Your passport will be sent to the Consulate, along with your visa application, to apply for a visa.
|Sample Visa Application-sample will be available once 2016 itinerary is finalized.
If the visa application does not open you may need to download a free Chinese Language Support Pack for your computer.
A visa is an endorsement or stamp placed by officials of a foreign country into a passport that makes it possible for the bearer to visit that foreign country. U.S. Citizens require a visa to travel to China.
|Passport Copy - You must also turn in a copy of your demographic page of your passport, you can scan and email this to email@example.com|
Using financial aid to cover some or all of your costs? See our detailed financial aid information.
Spring Interim Programs
- First Payment of $1,000 (or full fee if the total due to UW Oshkosh is less than $1,000) is due the last Friday of March.
- Final Payment, including all related tuition fees, is due the first Friday of May.
First Program Fee Payment
Your emailed study abroad acceptance letter (the one that says that you have been officially accepted to participate) includes a link to a statement for your first payment. This statement will not be sent to you in any other way. No one else will receive this statement or a copy of your bill; no further reminders will be sent. It is your responsibility to make payments according to the payment deadlines; you will need to forward your statement to the person who pays your bills if you are not that person!!!
The initial Program Fee Statement is also provided here. You can use this copy or the copy included in your acceptance letter (they are identical) when paying your fees.
Second Program Fee Payment
You will receive a link to a statement for your second payment VIA EMAIL from the Office of International Education just prior to the second payment deadline. Some programs have been advertised using a range of fees; if this is the case, you must plan to cover fees at the top end of the range until you receive your second statement. This statement will indicate whether there have been cost savings due to increased participant numbers, exchange rates, etc. and, therefore, a reduced program fee.
If your program includes a required tuition payment IN ADDITION TO YOUR PROGRAM FEE, this will be clearly indicated on the Full Cost of Participation Worksheet linked within the "Apply" section of this guide.
For interim programs, follow the program fee payment deadlines ($1,000 total due by the first deadline date, the remaining tuition and program fee due by the final deadline date).
For semester & summer programs, tuition will be billed by Student Accounts just before the term at UW Oshkosh begins, just as it normally is. It is your responsibility to make payments according to the normal university tuition payment deadlines.
Payment by Cash or Check
All payments by cash or check must be accompanied by a copy of your program fee statement. Make checks payable to “The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh” and write “Study Abroad” in the memo section. Pay fees at the Cashier's Office on the second floor of Dempsey Hall or mail your check to: Cashier's Office, UW Oshkosh, 800 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh, WI 54901. Cashier office hours: Mon – Fri 8:30-4:00 (8:30-3:00 the day after Thanksgiving).
Payment by Credit Card or E-check
Payment by MasterCard or American Express carries a 2.5% convenience fee and can be made through TitanWeb http://www.uwosh.edu/tw/. E-checks carry a fee of $0.50 per transaction.
Payment by Financial Aid, Grant, Scholarship or External Loan
Submit the "Notice of Financial Aid Award for Study Abroad" form to Student Accounts by the first payment deadline. Students who plan to to cover some costs on their own and remaining costs using financial aid, grants or scholarships must pay costs not covered by aid/loans/scholarships, up to $1,000, by the first payment deadline.
For UW Oshkosh students, financial aid will automatically be applied toward study abroad-related fees on your student account. If you are a student elsewhere, you may need to pick up your change check from your home campus, cash the check, and send payment to UW Oshkosh.
Once your "Notice of Financial Aid Award for Study Abroad" form has been submitted, a "positive service indicator" will appear on your record indicating that financial aid will be paying your study abroad program fees. This should not prevent you from doing anything except printing transcripts.
- required reading materials
- required on-line presentation
- orientation quiz submitted to the OIE
- optional in-person Q&A
- in-person orientation with program leaders or department advcoates (These may be required or optional, or may not be offered for your particular program; check your program web guide and/or with your program leader for more information.)
- Participants who do not complete the orientation requirements prior to the orientation deadline will be removed from their programs. The withdrawal & refund policy will apply.
- Share the this orientation with parents, spouses, and/or other family members who may also want to review the orientation. The orientation is open to anyone who would like to participate.
- Spring Interim, Summer and Fall Semester programs: Sat, 4/8/17, 9:00am-1:00pm, location TBA
- Time Zone: China
- Highlighted version of the CDC for China (updated on 7/22/15).
- CISI Health Insurance Policy
- CISI Security Evacuation Policy
U.S. State Department Country-specific Information
- Up-to-date Country-specific Information for China, including links to other Department of State-generated advisories.
- Highlighted Country-specific information for China (updated on 7/8/2015)
- U.S. State Department Special Warning About Drug Offenses Abroad
- U.S. State Department Worldwide Caution
- Transportation Security Administration Prohibited & Permitted Items
- Transportation Security Administration 311 Rules
- Carry-on, Checked and Excess Baggage Restrictions: Refer to Hainan Airlines' Baggage Policy for the international flight and China Eastern's Baggage Policy for in-country flights
- Packing List
- Emergency Communication Form
- Withdrawal & Refund Policy; Uniform Statements of Responsibility
- Open the study away orientation in PowerPoint.
- Click on the "Slide Show" tab along the top menu.
- Click on the "Custom Slide Show" menu item.
- Choose your program.
Oshkosh - Departure
Mode of transportation: school bus
Meeting Date & Time: 8:45 AM on May 18th, 2016
Departure Time: 9:00 AM
Departure Location: Parking Lot 30 (616 Pearl Ave, next to Gruenhagen)
From Oshkosh to the Airport
If the "mode of transportation" to the airport for your program is "bus", there is a bus scheduled to take participants from Oshkosh to the airport.
If there is a bus, and if you plan to ride the bus...
your on-line study abroad application must show "I will take the group bus from Oshkosh to the airport" on the transportation tab. You may request a pickup or end-of-program drop-off in Milwaukee by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. If you don't make this request in advance, the bus will not stop in Milwaukee. Check your on-line application if you aren't sure what you indicated when you first applied; if the information is incorrect, edit your information AT LEAST two business days prior to your departure.
If there is a bus, and if you do not plan to ride the bus...
your on-line study abroad application must show "I will arrange for my own transportation from Oshkosh to the airport" on the transportation tab. It is then your responsibility to arrange for transportation between your residence and the airport and to arrange to meet the group at the airport. Check your on-line application if you aren't sure what you indicated when you first applied; if the information is incorrect, edit your information AT LEAST two business days prior to your departure.
Park in UW Oshkosh Lot 30 with a Valid UW Oshkosh Parking Permit
If you have a valid UW Oshkosh commuter parking permit (look for the “S” on your permit) AND will be away for one month or less over summer break or interim, you may park in university parking lot 30 (located next to Gruenhagen Conference Center), for the duration of your study abroad program. You must use one of the stalls that is furthest from the parking lot entrance. Check the expiration date on your parking permit to be sure that it is valid for the duration of your program.
Students with “evening parking permits” (also called a night permit) may not leave cars parked in this lot for the duration of their program.
If you don't have a valid permit, you may purchase a temporary permit from Parking Services ((920) 424-4455) in the lower level of Blackhawk.
Flight - Departure
18 MAY 2016
3:20 PM Depart Chicago on China Hainan Airlines Flight #498
19 MAY 2016
6:00 PM Arrive in Beijing
This program itinerary is tentative and subject to change.
May 19, 2016: Arrive Beijing, connecting flight to Taiyuan
- Met by Mr. Wang at airport and Transport to hotel, rest.
- Take China Eastern flight MU5300, etd 1030P - eta 1155P
May 20, 2016: Taiyuan
- Free morning to rest and relax.
- Afternoon visit Mr.Wang's hometown in rural of Taiyuan
- Group dinner at local restaurant.
May 21, 2016: Taiyuan
- Shanxi Museum & Yingze Park in the morning,
- Group lunch at local restaurant.
- Transport to learn noodle making in the afternoon & have a noodles dinner
- Return to hotel.
May 22, 2016:
- Transport to Pingyao (2 hr drive)
- Visit Pingyao Old Town & group lunch in the old town
- In the afternoon visit Qiao Family Courtyard
- Return to Taiyuan, group dinner at local restaurant
- Back to hotel
May 23: Taiyuan, Taiyuan/Xian by speed train
- Take train to Xian (3.5 hours ride)
- Arrive Xian, met by our guide and transport hotel of Xian
- Visit to Xian Ancient City Wall & take a bicycle ride
- Group dinner at Xian Defachang dumpling restauran
- Return to hotel.
May 24, 2016: Xian
- In the morning, Terra Cotta Museum, visit Pit No.1 & Pit No.2 - the highlights of the Terra Cotta Soldiers and Horses
- Group lunch on tour
- After lunch, transport to visit Han Yang Ling - the mausoleum of Han Dynasty's Jing Emperor, visit
- Return to Xian
May 25, 2016: Xian-Huashan Mountain-Xian
- Transport to Huashan in morning (2.5 hr drive)
- Take cable car up to Huashan Mountain - Western Peak
- Box lunch
- Cable car back down the mountain and drive back to Xian
- Free evening.
May 26, 2106: Xian/Chongqing by flight
- Some free time in the morning
- Then transfer to airport and take flight to Chongqing: Hainan Airlines Flight HU 7859, etd 0140P - eta 0310A
- Group lunch at airport
- Arrive Chongqing airport, met by MR. BEN BROWN
- Transport to hotel of Chongqing to check in
May 27, 2016: Chongqing
- Activities by Mr. Ben Brown
- Afternoon and evening activities with coach by FJCCT
May 28, 2016: Chongqing
- activities by Mr. Ben Brown
May 29, 2016: Chongqing/Yangtze Cruise
- Free day
- In the evening, transport to the pier to board Yangtze River cruise ship
- Cruise starts later in the evening around 9PM
May 30- June 1, 2016: Yangtze Cruise
June 1, 2016: Cruise arrives at Yichang Port
- More cruise in the morning & final shore excursion - to visit the Three Gorges Dam, the largest hydraulic project in the world
- Disembark at noon
- Meet our Yichang guide, & transfer to Yichang city
- Group lunch, followed by some tours in Yichang
- Transport to station and take overnight train to to Beijing in the evening
June 2, 2016: arrive Beijing
- Arrive Beijing, transfer to hotel for breakfast, rest in rooms if available
- In the afternoon bus tour around Beijing, see Olympic Stadium & famous landmarks,
- Visit Wangfujing Shopping Street and tour the night market at Donghuamen
- Back to hotel.
June 3, 2016: Beijing
- Free day
June 4, 2016: Beijing
- Free day
June 5, 2016 Beijing
- Morning visit Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square
- Group lunch on tour
- Bus drop off at Pearl Market
- Rest of the day on your own, back to hotel on your own.
June 6, 2016 Beijing/Jinshanling
- Check out from hotel. Leave around 1 PM.
- Have bus stop on the way to eat at a fast food restaurant (KFC, McDonalds)
- Drive to Jinshanling, check in Jinshanling hotel
- Group dinner at Jinshanling Hotel
June 7, 2016: Jinshanling/Beijing
- This morning, climb Jinshanling Great Wall
- Group Lunch at jinshanling hotel.
- Drive back to Beijing
June 8, 2016: After breakfast, transport back to Beijing.
June 9, 2016: - Transfer to airport, return flight to Chicago.
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh reserves the right to make changes to itineraries, travel arrangements, hotels, excursions, activities or other arrangements made necessary by factors beyond its control. On certain dates when some attractions or activities may not be available, UW Oshkosh reserves the right to substitute alternate attractions or activities.
Flight - Return
9 JUNE 2016
1:20 PM Depart Beijing on China Hainan Airlines Flight #498
1:20 PM Arrive in Chicago
Oshkosh - Return
Mode of transportation: school bus
Estimated date & time: No earlier than 5pm on June 9th, 2016
Return Location: Parking Lot 30 (616 Pearl Ave, next to Gruenhagen)
A visa is an endorsement or stamp placed by officials of a foreign country on a U.S. passport that makes it possible for the bearer to visit that foreign country. U.S. citizens and citizens from many other countries must apply for a visa prior to traveling to your host country.
Instructions related to the visa application are in the "STUDY ABROAD APPLICATION" section of this guide.
Proof of Legal Entry & Stay
Foreigners are required to provide proof of legal entry and stay to authorities upon request. This means that as a foreigner, you will be required to carry the document/s listed below at all times. Check the Entry/Exit Requirements section of theU.S. State Department's Country-specific Informationfor your destination for details.
Chinese law requires that you carry an unexpired U.S. passport and either your Chinese visa (this is in your passport) or residence permit (this is for semester/year abroad students) at all times. Chinese authorities will not accept a photocopy of your passport or your residence permit. Additionally, Chinese authorities are entitled to carry out random checks for these documents. If you are not in compliance, you will be subject to fines, detention, and/or deportation. Do NOT carry your documents in a purse or pocket. You should carry these documents securely, for example, in a money belt.
See our new "Insurance" page for details.
In a life and death emergency ABROAD
U.S. Department of State Citizen Emergency Center (1-202-647-5225) will relay messages to the foreign Embassy. Embassy personnel may try to locate your student, pass on urgent messages and, consistent with the Privacy Act, report back.
To reach your student directly
If your student is staying in a hotel, use the hotel contact information listed on the web page for your student's program. The Office of International Education cannot give out private residence or homestay phone numbers unless authorized in advance by the student, but we will contact your student for you in an emergency.
To reach someone at UW Oshkosh during office hours (7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F)
Office of International Education Phone: 1 (920) 424-0775
Jenna Graff: Director, Office of International Education - email@example.com
Kelsey McDaniels, Study Abroad Advisor - firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily Hoffmann: Hessen & NSE Advisor - email@example.com
Mary Reinke: Program Manager - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Christensen : International Student Advisor - email@example.com
Office of International Education Fax: 1 (920) 424-0185
Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor Phone: 1 (920) 424-1410
Office of the Provost & Vice Chancellor Phone: 1 (920) 424-0300
To reach someone at UW Oshkosh outside of normal office hours
University Police: 1 (920) 424-1216
To reach an on-site local contact, IN AN EMERGENCY ONLY.
UW Oshkosh faculty leaders will be staying in the same hotels as the students (see Accommodation above).
Program Leader Will Morrison's cell phone in China: TBA upon arrival
FJCCT/Classic China Travel - Bernard Wu
Cell: 011-86137-6381-8199; Tel: 011-86-591-8727-9788; Fax:011-86-591-8767-0946
To help you prepare for your travel experience away, we'll begin with an orientation through which we'll share information on topics such as course registration & enrollment, flights, itineraries, housing, meals, emergency contacts, financial planning, program withdrawal, health & personal security, and travel.
Your orientation consists of:
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES MAY A FAMILY MEMBER COMPLETE THE ON-LINE ORIENTATION FOR YOU.
In Person Q & A - OPTIONAL
The date below is what you will enter in the "Orientation" section of your online application!
Following completion of the on-line orientation, participants are invited to attend an OPTIONAL, in-person Q & A session on:
Family member attendance at the Q & A session is invited and encouraged. Family members who plan to attend the Q & A session should understand that this will not replace the orientation outlined above. Family members should review the full orientation prior to attending in person.
Before beginning your on-line orientation, review the materials listed below; you will refer to these materials during the on-line orientation. Share these materials with interested family members.
Schedule approximately 90 minutes to focus on your on-line orientation.
To access the on-line orientation
Orientation Quiz - REQUIRED
Complete your orientation requirement by submitting this orientation quiz to the Office of International Education by the orientation deadline.
This page was last updated on: May 13, 2016