Zàijiàn, China!

I can say with confidence that the two weeks I spent in China were the best two weeks of my life. I learned so much, and could not have had a better overall experience with better people. If anyone reading this now is considering applying for Plus3, DO IT. Better yet, put China as your…

Day 12: Shang-Bye, Shanghai

Our final full day in China is here, and needless to say all of us are pretty sad about it. We’re seeing the Yu Garden today as well as the market surrounding it, and then our final presentation is in the afternoon followed by the farewell dinner. It always seemed like the farewell dinner was…

Day 11: The Massage was Needed

Today we had two more company visits ahead of us; first, to Delphi and then to the American Chamber of Commerce. Its crazy that these two are the last company visits of the whole trip! Most of the company visits so far have been more focused on the business side of things but Delphi seems…

Day 10: That’s A Lot Of Crates

After being so tired from all the walking we had done the night before, I had a very good night’s sleep and woke up refreshed and ready for the visits we had today. I got into my business casual and headed downstairs for another delicious breakfast at the hotel. Shanghai literally means “above the sea”…

Day 9: Performances in a Classroom & in a Theater

After the great university visit in Beijing, I was excited to see the university in Shanghai and meet some more students! The East China University of Science and Technology was about an hour bus ride away. The visit started off with a lecture from a professor. I was expecting the lecture to be something related…

Day 8: Hello, Shanghai!

Another early morning catching another bullet train, this time to our final destination: Shanghai. I woke up excited and ready to see the city that Dr. Li said was always the favorite city of the students on the trip in years before. The train ride was almost exactly the same length as the last bullet…

Day 7: Soldiers & Cyclists

Today was the day we got to see the Terracotta Warriors! This was what I researched for my pre-departure presentation, so I was excited to finally see it in real life. For this, we had to get up pretty early since this is such a popular (and therefore extremely busy) site to see in China…

Day 6: Paper Hearts & The Pagoda

This morning we got to check out if the breakfast at this hotel matched up to the breakfast at the hotel in Beijing, and I think it did. After having some fantastic banana bread I met the group in the lobby and we got on the bus for the Children’s Village. I was really excited…

Day 5: 303 Kilometers per Hour

We all started off super early this morning because we had to meet in the hotel lobby at 6 AM to check out and leave Beijing. It was sad leaving the city because I really enjoyed everything about Beijing, but I’m still really looking forward to Xi’an and Shanghai! The hotel in Xi’an is beautiful…

Day 4: A Square, a City, and a Temple

Today was all about the cultural sites. We saw Tienamen Square, the Forbidden City, had a Hotung tour, took a tai chi class, and saw the Temple of Heaven. They were all really packed full of people but it was so cool seeing these sites  in person that I’ve only ever seen pictures of. Tienamen…

Day 3: Companies and Cats

We had the first day of company visits today. Starting off with Sunshine Insurance Group, we made our way to the another outside ring of the city. I was really surprised as we pulled up outside the company because I was expecting to visit an office in a tall building but that was nothing like…

Day 2: University on the Other Side of the World

The first thing on the agenda for today was going to a Chinese University and meeting some of the students attending it. Its called the Central University of Finance and Economics, or CUFE for short. The first thing we did was attend a lecture from Dr. Yao, one of the university’s professors, about big data…

Day 1: The Great Wall

Feeling refreshed after getting a solid night of sleep, we got breakfast in the hotel at around 8:30. The array of food that the hotel offered was impressive, and nothing like I had seen in the US. They had fried rice, buttery croissants and chocolate croissants, noodles, dragonfruit, bacon, pastries. The mix of Chinese breakfast…

Day 0: Are we there yet?

Arriving at Tower A in the afternoon on Friday was the start of probably the longest day of my life. At our pre-departure meeting, we found out that we would be leaving the hotel at 2:30 AM for the airport, so almost all of us decided to just stay awake until we left so that…

Haley McArthur: Pre-Departure Report

As far as my international experience goes, I have only ever been to Canada. Since I was born there and all of my relatives other than my immediate family live there, we frequently go back to Canada to visit family. Other than that, I have never been to Europe, or Asia, or South America before….

Taking a Chance on China

Hello! My name is Haley McArthur, and I am extremely grateful and beyond excited to study abroad in China this summer! As a rising sophomore in the College of Business Administration here at Pitt, I know that this is an incredible opportunity since its so early on in my college career. As soon as I…

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…