Thomas Angelo Honors Scholarship

I would like to thank the Thomas Angelo Honors Scholarship for helping me financially for the Plus3 program this summer. I was so excited when getting accepted into the program to China because it would be my first time there. Following the acceptance to Plus3, I received a message about getting the Thomas Angelo Honors…

Looking Back…

I cannot believe my time in China has finally come to an end. This trip has been one of the most memorable experiences of my life thus far and I would not have had it any other way. Going into the trip, I only knew three people. But as time went on, I not only…

Day 13: The Last Hurrah

May 18, 2018 It’s finally here, the day we dreaded the most… We began our final full day in China with a visit to the famous Yu Garden. When we arrived, I could not believe how large the area was. The garden itself was enclosed within multiple streets and many market vendors. The Yu Garden…

Day 12: The First Goodbye

May 17, 2018 I can’t believe that there is only two more days left on this trip… We had a busy schedule planned for today. It started out with a company visit to Delphi Technologies where we met an Asian man named Dr. Fan who turned out to be an alumnus of the University of Pittsburgh….

Day 11: Visiting the Island of Boxes

May 16, 2018 We were happily greeted this morning by an unfamiliar face in the hotel lobby. I was surprised because this man was not Chinese, but American. His name was Mac Sullivan and would be our personal tour guide for the company and site visit we were going to today. Mac was from the…

Day 10: Tricks and Treats

May 15, 2018 I woke up this morning to find that our hotel in Shanghai has AMAZING food for breakfast! I am talking about anything you could imagine. There were lots of pastries, fried and scrambled eggs, bacon, french toast, etc. The food at this hotel topped the breakfast in Beijing and Xi’an by a…

Day 9: The City That Never Sleeps

May 14, 2018 We woke up extra early this morning to head to the train station. I was extremely tired, but I knew we had another six hour ride until we got to Shanghai. So, I spent the majority of the ride asleep. This train ride seemed a lot quicker than the one to Xi’an…

Day 8: Way of the Warrior

May 13, 2018 I woke up this morning feeling sad because it was the first time that I couldn’t celebrate Mother’s Day with my mom. But, I was also excited because we were going to visit the Terra Cotta Warriors. We left the hotel really early, so we could beat the rush, and when we…

Day 7: The Art of Service

May 12, 2018 We had something very awesome planned for today: it was our day of service. We hopped on the bus and headed to a more secluded part of Xi’an to a place called the Sun Village. During the 1900’s, many people were being arrested and sentenced to long periods of time in jail….

Day 6: The Biggest “Dump”

May 11, 2018 It was an early morning for us at the Penta Hotel in Beijing. We met in the lobby at 6:00 am and bussed all the way to the train station. It was a little crowded, but we were able to get onto the bullet train on time. We made ourselves comfortable because…

Day 5: Heaven Awaits

May 10, 2018 Today was jam-packed with site visits for our group! The day started with a bus ride to Tian’anmen Square. It was cool to walk through the site just because of all the history that has taken place there. Across the square was a giant red building with a square picture of Mao…

Day 4: A Ray of Sunshine

May 9, 2018 Today started bright and early because we had two different company visits lined up on our itinerary. The first company that we went to was called Sunshine Insurance Company. We met up with this woman who was higher up in the Human Resources department. She had attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and then…

Day 3: From the Classroom to the Olympics

May 8, 2018 I was very excited for this particular day because we had a unique site visit planned: touring a Chinese University. We started early in the day and began our adventure to the Central University of Finance and Economics. I thought that it was cool that this university was all about business. Although…

Day 2: The Greatest View

May 7, 2018 I woke up to the surprise that I wasn’t feeling too jet-lagged. I was actually pretty refreshed and couldn’t wait to get to visit the Great Wall of China, something I have wanted to see ever since I was younger. Before leaving, some people and I went to exchange some of my…

Day 1: Landing in Beijing!

May 6, 2018 My Friday (5/4) began early in the morning where my family and I got on the road to drive to Pittsburgh’s campus. With a rest stop or two, we had finally made it within seven hours around 2 pm. I was sad to say goodbye to my parents after only seeing them a…

Christopher Ng: Pre-Departure Report

My international experience to date is: I have traveled to Italy through an educational tour program the summer before my senior year of high school. I went for ten days and visited many locations such as Venice, Rome, Sicily, etc. I attended many tours and learned a lot about the Italian culture during my time…

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…