Conclusion: Xiexie

Today was the day we boarded our flights to go home.  By the end of the trip, I was ready.  Maybe it was the culture shock (or maybe the food poisoning), but I was feeling kind of tired of being in China and especially tired of eating Chinese food by the end of the trip. Most…

Blog day 12: Amcham and Delphi

Breakfast today was great, as usual.  I enjoy how it is a blend of both Chinese and Western breakfast foods.  It gives me the option to choose between trying something new and eating something familiar for I am getting sick of the local cuisine. Today’s program activities were composed of two company visits, Delphi technologies…

Blog Day 13: The Last Full Day

Today was our last full day in not just Shanghai, but also in China.  Because this was our last day of the trip, we had our final project today as well, but that wasn’t until 4:00.  In the morning, we had our last cultural visit at the Yu garden.  The garden’s entrance is nestled in…

Blog Day 11: Container City

It was a very early morning today for us.  We had to be ready at 7:15 for a 2-hour bus ride for a company visit.  It wasn’t the worst, and I was able to get breakfast, but it wasn’t preferable.  The breakfast was good, as it usually is, but that is par for the course…

Blog day 9: First Full Day in Shanghai

Today was our first full day in Shanghai.  The seven of us (the people who got sick) arrived in the city the night beforehand.  Everybody else arrived in Shanghai today via bullet train in the afternoon.  This gave us seven some free time before we had to meet up with the main group, so Gabi…

Blog Day 10: How Do They Bend That Way?

Not being afforded the privileged to be able to sleep in anymore on the trip really reared its head today.  It felt different having to wake up at for a 9:00 start time, compared to taking it slow with either a 10:00 am start or resting for the day.  It wasn’t a major struggle, but…

Blog day 3: CUFE visit

Today we visited the Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE) on the outskirts of Beijing.  CUFE is one of the top universities in China, being incredibly selective and difficult to be given admission.  To even be considered, one must place in the top 1000 in their region on China’s national college placement exam. Everybody…

Blog: Three Day Sick Day Extravaganza

So Wednesday night, about 14 of us went out to an area south of the financial district in the first ring, and most of us drank drinks with ice in it.  We all had an amazing time, but that night led to a lot of problems later down the road. The next night, I packed…

Blog Day 5: Prelude to disaster

Today was exclusively composed of cultural visits, all of which were close to the hotel.  Uncle Joe was also with us again today to act as a tour guide of the sites.  He was a blast to have a tour guide, just like at the Great Wall visit. We started off in Tiananmen square, which…

Blog day 4 : The Cult of Sunshine

Today we went on easily one of the weirdest company visit that we will be on.  We visited the Sunshine Insurance Group’s Beijing campus.  The campus itself though is beautiful.  It looks like a European college campus, with lots of green space.  I wouldn’t be able to tell whether I was in Princeton or not if…

Blog day 2: Squat’n and Sweat’n

On our first full day in Beijing, we went to easily the most famous landmark in China, the Great Wall.  The section of the wall that we went to was well outside of the city, even outside of Beijing’s seven rings.  So, we were in a rural area. On the way there I noticed something…

Blog day 1: Taking in the scenery

  When we finally arrived in Beijing after a long 14 hour flight, most of us were pretty excited to finally off of the plane and not have to just wait around anymore. Then we got in line for customs and waited around even more, but once that was done, we were finally able to…

Steven Schultz: Pre-Departure Report

– My international experience to date is: My current international experience to date is next to nothing. The only time that I have ever gone abroad was when I was 8 years old my parents took me to the Bahamas for vacation, but I barely remember anything from the trip and we were only on…

Next Stop: China!

Hi! My name is Steve Schultz and I am a rising-sophomore computer engineering major at the Swanson School of Engineering. I am the Freshman Co-chair of Pitt’s Engineering Student Council and I am also involved in the Resident Student Association.    I am from the city of Reading, PA. When I found out that 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…