Reflecting on a Great Two Weeks

When I was first notified that I would be going to China for Plus3, I didn’t really know how to feel.  It was my third choice and I had put it on my list last minute somewhat randomly.  I thought that the language barrier would make it extremely difficult to get by, and I was…

Day Thirteen: Yu Garden and One Last Hurrah

Twelve days are in the books, and in front of us lies one final day in China.  To start the day, we visited the Yu Garden.  Before getting there, I envisioned the Yu Garden to have lots of green space and lots of beautiful plants like how a typical garden is set up.  I was…

Day Twelve: Two Final Company Visits

Our final two company visits were on this Thursday afternoon, first to Delphi Technologies, then the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai.  We went into one of their conference rooms, where we were given an overview of their company by an executive who was actually an alumnus of Pitt!  He was an engineering student there,…

Day Eleven: Ocean East and The World’s Largest Port

We had a bright and early day ahead of us.  Immediately after breakfast, our group was greeted by a man by the name of Mac Sullivan, who is a trade lane manager at Toll Global Forwarding.  He manages and arranges air, sea, warehousing, and road transportation for Fortune 500 companies between China, the United States,…

Day Ten: East China University of Science & Technology

We had one big event planned for today, which was traveling to the East China University of Science & Technology.  It was a very hot day today, and it was not all that comfortable having to be in a long sleeve dress shirt and pants in 90+ degree weather.  The building we went inside wasn’t…

Day Nine: Exploring Shanghai

I woke up this morning around 9am, and walked down to the lobby to get a big breakfast before our group embarked on a very busy day of sightseeing.  We all met up around 10am and went to a nearby subway station, riding one of the lines to the Tianzifang market.  The area was set…

Day Eight: 你好上海! (Hello Shanghai!)

Today, we finally left Beijing at around 10am to get to the train station a couple miles away from our hotel.  Although I had some great experiences in Beijing, I was ready to move on with the journey and get to see Shanghai for this whole week.  I was also very excited to see what…

Day Five: A Little Slice Of Heaven

Our day started off with a visit to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.  It was quite wild to walk into one of the largest city squares in the world, where many of their central government buildings are located.  These buildings reminded me a little bit of Washington, D.C., and there was even one monument…

Day Four: Let The Sun Shine

Two company visits were in today’s itinerary.  We again left the hotel around 8:20 for a long drive to Sunshine Insurance Group.  Upon walking into one of their buildings, I was already quite impressed with the room we were brought to, as it was essentially a way nicer lecture hall than I have ever seen. …

Day Three: Central University & Olympic Park

After a long day at the Great Wall, it was nice to have a less hectic day. We left the hotel at around 8:30 am to visit Central University of Finance & Economics, where we got a nice look at the campus as well as some of the facilities.  The day started off with a…

Day 2: A Great Day at the Great Wall

After a very long day yesterday, it was nice to wake up in the morning and feel refreshed.  At around 8:30am, I went down to the lobby to eat breakfast.  Luckily, most of the food there was very familiar and it was nice to see conventional things such as fruit, bacon, and eggs.  After eating…

Day 1: Long and Tiring

After two flights and almost 22 hours of either being in an airport or in the air, our group finally landed at the Beijing airport safely.  Once I planted my feet on the ground for the first time since being at Washington Dulles Int’l Airport, I felt somewhat sluggish, but still energetic and eager to…

The Journey Awaits

Hello!  I’m Colin Gasman, and I am a rising sophomore in the College of Business Administration.  I plan on majoring in either Finance or Business Information Systems and I am a member of the Sports Business Association.  I’m from Pennington, New Jersey, which is about a five and a half hour drive to Pitt.  In…

Meet Plus3 China 2018!

Welcome to the China Plus3 Study Abroad Program! Each year, a group of freshman engineering and business students will conduct a 2-week field study in several cities China. The field study includes company visits, sightseeing, and lectures in China, and the students will learn about international dimensions of engineering, business, and culture. Each student will…