Chinese Culture and Professional Environment is a faculty-led study abroad program that will introduce students to industry and culture in China.

Stops include:

  • Beijing: company visit plus the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and the Great Wall of China
  • Xi'an: see the famous terra cotta warriors, which date back to the third century BCE and were discovered by a local farmer in 1974
  • Shanghai: two company visits and a chance to experience this large metropolitan city

Company visits will provide opportunities for students to compare and contrast the differences in business practices between the US and China.

A unique aspect of this program is the opportunity for University of Cincinnati students to participate with students from the Joint Co-op Institute (JCI) at Chongqing University (CQU) in China. Students from the JCI complete the same curriculum as UC engineering students, including the co-op component. Because of the partnership between UC and CQU, students are considered UC students who will spend their senior year taking classes in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at UC.

During this program, students from UC and CQU will share their culture with each other and begin to develop friendships that can continue when the JCI students come to UC next year.

Some evenings will include group activities while other evenings will be free. Students, working in groups or individually, will be charged with planning activities for a free day in Shanghai. Students will also create an e-portfolio describing their experience upon their return from China. (Read more…)


All undergraduate students who are over 18 years of age. Students must have above a 2.0 GPA.

Documents Required:

  • Complete and submit the program application 
  • A valid passport is required for this experience. Work with Faculty leader to secure appropriate documents. To obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is via the US Department of State’s webpage at International students may also be required to obtain a Visa to enter China.
  • Students must participate in a UC International Pre-Departure Orientation
  • Limited scholarship money may be available through UC International