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Beijing, Chengdu, Wuhan, China, Cambodia

Program Description

The program provides four courses for both business and non-business students who may choose any combination of two courses.

The four courses are:

  • Business Analytics II (COB 291) which is a required core course for any COB major
  • Business Analytics in international business operations (IB 298)
  • Travel Studies Seminar (HIST 391)
  • Chinese (CHIN 101, 231, etc.)

The courses of IB 298, HIST 391, and Chinese language courses in China will contribute to the requirements for the Asian Studies Minor. What students will experience and learn during the program will go far beyond any traditional classroom lecturing. The program offers incredible lifetime opportunities for participants to immerse themselves in China’s over 5000 years of history, culture, and natural beauty while learning to apply business analytics to global business operations. Each participant pays the supplemental program fee plus registers for six JMU credit hours for two classes. The program includes tours of multiple domestic and international companies, government agencies, and schools as well as tours of cultural and historical sites in the regions.

The major objectives of the programs are for students:

  • To experience, first hand, tremendous changes, business opportunities, and economic growth of the world’s hottest economy, the second largest economy behind the US. 
  • To meet JMU alumni in China, meet executives of companies and government officials to explore business and career opportunities in China. Out of over 200 participants of the programs, more than 20 are working in China now.

*College of Business and CGE have scholarships for qualified students.

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.


There is a possibility to visit one other country nearby China during the program.  It depends on the visa application and other factors.


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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. 

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)

CHIN 101: Chinese 101 (3 credits)

CHIN 231: Chinese 231 (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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