Fulbright-Hays GPA Program
The China Program Center at UMass Boston received a federal grant from the Department of Education to run a Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad (GPA) program: Advanced Chinese Language Immersion (Long Term Program for undergraduate students and recent graduates).
Advanced Chinese Language Immersion
(Long Term Program)
Objectives and Participants: This program allows us to recruit 16 undergraduate and/or recent graduate students for a five-month-long program in China. Key components of the program include Chinese language study on campus, internship at Xi’an High Tech Industrial Zone, tours and field trips, group projects including China in Depth Project, Business Culture Difference Internship Project and a program completion ceremony.
Upon completing of this program, our students will improve their Mandarin proficiency to intermediate high or advanced-low levels, gain understanding about Chinese culture, especially Chinese business culture, and grow professionally in a global market. This program will help our students to become China hands and prepare our students to become the bridge between the American and the Chinese business world.
Credits: 9 undergraduate credits from UMass Boston and 12-20 credits from Shaanxi Normal University.
The three courses of UMass Boston
1. HIST 321 Modern China: A Documentary Film Approach
China’s modern history from late 18th century to present is full of dramatic changes. The Chinese experienced a series of huge historical events: a golden age under the rule of Manchus, unprecedented challenges from the West, collapse of the Qing Dynasty, the establishment of the Republic of China through Sun Yat-sen’s revolution, a nation-wide chaos from competition from different warlords, Japan’s invasion, the civil war between Mao Zedong and Chiang Kai-shek and the victory of Chinese Communism, the Cold War, Mao’s Cultural Revolution and Deng Xiaoping’s economic reform. Amazingly, China has become an economic giant from a “Sick man in East Asia” even though it experienced so many ups and downs in more than 150 years. This course will make use of documentary films to help you understand modern Chinese history and find out historical and cultural “secrets” behind the successful development of China. Moreover, China is facing a new challenge in the 21st century. Whether China could move forward from these new challenges with its tradition, wisdom and vision is another critical issue. This is an open-ended course, which will offer you a historical review of China’s transition from an agrarian society to a modern state, and suggest a future vision of its possible direction in the future.
Credits: 3 undergraduate credits, 39 contact hours
By fully participating in this course, you should be able to:
- learn China's political, cultural and economic history from late 19th century through 2012.
- explain why, from the Chinese perspective, their history from the 1840s through the 1940s is a century of humiliation.
- explain how Chinese people reject, devalue, and re-appreciate their own culture during their transition from an agricultural society to a modern China over 150 years.
- find out the differences between China's Nationalist and Communist Revolutions, which allowed Mao's peasant army to defeat Chiang's modern military armed with American weapons.
- learn how the international situation and Mao's ideology affected his domestic policies.
- understand Mao's image as both a Satan and a God-like deity in the mindset of the Chinese people.
- understand the difficulties and challenges of Deng Xiaoping's Economic Reform.
- evaluate the achievements and negative consequences of Deng Xiaoping.
- Analyze the impact of different policies of Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao.
- learn Xi Jinping's Chinese Dream and his approaches to reach him goals.
- analyze how China's rise impacts the world, particularly, the United States.
- learn Chinese history through multi media perspective.
- learn Chinese historical and cultural legacy that lead to the success of China' economic reform.
- compare the United States and China from geographic, historical, political and economic perspectives.
2. Contemporary China In Depth (3 undergraduate credits)
3. Internship in China (3 undergraduate credits)
This course provides students with opportunities for full-time work experience in Chinese companies. It will bring students global awareness while enhancing students’ professional skills and cross-cultural communication skills. On-site supervisors and faculty sponsors provide guidance and supervision for each intern.
This internship includes two components: students will work total 150 hours in the companies during the four weeks and spend 2 hours every week in a classroom setting.
Four Sessions in the Classroom: During the first two weeks, two seminars will be offered by Chinese business leaders on one unique aspect of businesses in China and strategies Chinese government use to promote businesses. During the third week, a discussion groups among the students will be held to expand each other’s knowledge and awareness on the business cultural differences. In this discussion, students will share their work experiences focusing on cultural differences. Each student will explain at least two real work scenarios to illustrate the cultural differences they will have noticed. Each student will also respond to other students’ sharing. Towards the end of the discussion, students will be divided into a four-person team based on their observations and interests. They will consolidate all their ideas and decide what should be included in the comparative essays and what each student needs to work on for the comparative essay. The last week, students will work in group settings on their fina l project together.
Participants are required to submit the following:
Weekly Reflection: Each week, students need to submit a page long reflection (double spaced) to capture the highlight of their experiences and the key business cultural differences that they will notice during that week. 8% of the final grade.
In the reflection, they need to capture the following content:
- What has taken place? What are the differences they notice in the happenings?
- What is the impact this has on them?
- Which culture contributed to the incidents?
Company Report: A one-page report (double spaced) explaining the missions of the company or organization, the main products/services, the key strategies of the company/organization, and key competitors. 2% of the final grade.
Comparative Essay: an essay of minimum of eight pages (double spaced) with each student contributing at least two pages. The Group essay will show an understanding of the differences between American and host country business cultures. 10% of the final grade.
In the end, each student is required to participate in a group presentation. Within the final week of internship, each sub team will present a 20-minute-long presentation to the rest of the students in this course. The presentation will focus on the business cultural comparison between America and the country where this internship is held. It will contain both visual (e.g., PowerPoint slides, videos or other visuals) and oral components. The internship instructor and a well-established local business person with international working experiences in western countries will critique the presentations of the students.