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Global Business Analytics in China


Beijing, Chengdu, Wuhan, China

Program Description


The short term (five weeks) JMU Business Analytics II, Big Data and Global Business Applications program from May 14, 2019 to June 20, 2019 features studies of any three courses out of COB 291, IB 298, HIST 341 and HIST 391 in Chinese host universities in Chengdu, Sichuan Province. Students in the short term program could take any combination of three courses. Each participant pays a supplemental program fee plus registers for nine JMU credit hours.

The programs include tours of multiple companies, government agencies, and schools as well as tours of cultural and historical sites in the regions.

The courses of IB 298, HIST 341 and HIST 391 in China will contribute to the requirements for Asian Studies Minor.


COB 291. Business Analytics II (3)

HIST 391. Travel Studies Seminar (3)

HIST 341. Selected Themes of World History (3)

IB 298. Special Topics in International Business (3)

The required textbooks, office supplies and materials will be covered with the program fees.

Location Description

Chengdu, Sichuan

Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan province, well known as the Country of Heaven with a population of 15 million. Living in Chengdu you will immerse yourself in a history of over 2400 years with its many naturally beautiful landscapes and famous historical and cultural sites (such as Dujiangyan, Mount Qingcheng, Leshan Giant Bhuda, Mount Ermei, Wenshu Temple, Giant Panda, Wide and Narrow Alleys, to name a few).

You will also experience a big city's lively night-life, enjoy its laid back atmosphere, delicious spicy food, witness its fast growing hi – tech start – ups, and be exposed to life changing career opportunities in this most important economic, financial, commercial, cultural, transportation, and communication center in Western China with the presence of more than 280 Fortune 500 companies. Among them are DuPont, IBM, Microsoft, Xerox, Dell, Citigroup, Intel, Johnson and Johnson, 3M, Ge, and many more.

Wuhan, Hubei

Visiting Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province with a history of 3500 years and a population of 11 million, you will appreciate more of Chinese ancient culture and landscapes such as Hubei Provincial Museum, Yellow Crane Tower, East Lake and Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge.


Among so many things to do in Beijing, the capital of China with a population of 22 million, are sightseeing historic and cultural places such as Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Great Wall, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, where you will learn more of Chinese culture, and business and economic status.


Ping Wang | | CIS/BSAN


We will stay in the foreign students' dormitory in the host universities. In general, two students will share one bedroom.

Students will have meal cards plus weekly stipend to cover all meals during the program.

Additional Items to Consider

  • All foreign visitors should apply for visas to China.
  • There are no required immunizations for the short stays of less than a few months, and no required background checks when applying for visas.
  • In general, two students will share one bedroom in the foreign students' dormitory. The meal cards are for dining on campus only. We will get together for hot pot and dinners from time to time off campus or while we travel.
  • The program fees will cover each participant's health insurance, however, the program fees do not cover personal expenses,. such as medical bills. Students may need to file medical claims to get their money back from medical expenses.
  • Students need to pay for their own international travel to the program site and return to USA at the end of the program.
  • The amount of personal spending money needed besides the program fees varies.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

Prerequisite for COB 291: COB 191 or MATH 220 and MATH 205 or equivalent. IB298 and HIST391 do not have prerequisites.

No foreign language proficiency is required.

Open to all majors

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($25 fee)
  • Short essay 
  • Resume
  • Interview with Director
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU students

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

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Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


COB 291: Business Analytics II (3 credits)

IB 298: Special Topics in International Business (3 credits)

HIST 391: Travel Studies Seminar (3 credits)

HIST 341: Selected Themes in World History (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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