Get a jump-start on college and explore international careers in China’s political and cultural capital. Explore a world of future work possibilities in international development, media, healthcare, law, technology, education, and business. Gain a unique understanding of the opportunities and skills that are integral to professional work options around the world.
After your morning in class, head out into the city to visit workplaces and meet with working professionals. You’ll also have time to see Beijing with friends and use your Chinese language skills as you explore the endless wonders of the city.
1 credit/15 hours
Offered at beginning and intermediate levels. Includes supporting vocabulary for success in the core course. Classes incorporate activities outside the classroom to practice language skills.
3 credits/45 hours
This introductory course provides an overview of careers in fields such as diplomacy, journalism, health, law, business, and education in an international context. Classroom study is complemented by visits and onsite sessions at locations throughout the city.
This course will cover:
8:30 am: Grab a jianbing (crepe stuffed with egg, scallions, and cilantro) before class.
9:00 am: Discuss the top 10 skills employers look for in class and how you can develop them in your careers course. Which skills do you already have and which would you need to work on?
11:00 am: Chinese class! Learn how to introduce yourself to different people in the career ladder. Practice introducing yourself to a CEO and to a student.
12:00 pm: Lunch and study hall – review your vocab from this morning and practice your introductions with your friends.
2:00 pm: Visit a TV station and see a news show being filmed. Meet with the American producer who has lived in China for 5 years. Introduce yourself to her colleagues and use your vocab from earlier.
5:00 pm: Play pick-up basketball on-campus with Chinese students.
6:30 pm: Group dinner in the cafeteria to catch up on the day and look ahead to tomorrow.
8:00 pm: Movie night in the dorm with Chinese snacks.
Director of China Programs