This is a 3-credit, Purdue faculty led course where students spend 15 days in China during the second half of May. We travel to Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Chongqing, Yichang, Langfang, and Shaoxing.


The current trend of globalization requires today and the future’s scientists, economists, and entrepreneurs to have a much better understanding of the world than ever before.  China, with its rapid economic growth, has become very important in the world economy, and one of our largest partners and competitors in the world market.  The goal of this course is to expose students to Chinese culture, economy and business with an emphasis on agriculture and food industry.


​Faculty leader: Dr. Holly Wang ​

Dr. Holly Wang is a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University. She is a nationally known expert on Chinese economy. She was born and grew up in Beijing, China and later received her Ph.D degree in the US. She is well connected in academic and industry in China. She initialized this course in 2009, and is teaching it every other year. 

Contact: Dr. Holly Wang,, Krannert 611, 765-494-4245

To enroll in the next Study Abroad in China program: International Program in Agricultural Office: AGAD G26



Day 1: Arrival at Beijing - Walk through the old city alleys and visit Shishahai Bar Street 

Day 2: Beijing - Great Wall, Ming Tombs, Olympic Sites, Olympic parks 

Day 3: Beijing - Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Visit CAU, roundtable with Chinese students, Exotic food street, Wangfujing Pedestrian Mall 

Day 4: Beijing - Visit Chinese business firms, Silk Market, Take train down to Xi’An 

Day 5: Arrive in Xi’An - Terra Cotta Warriors, Xi’an City Wall, Tang Dynasty Dance show 

Day 6: Xi’An - Visit local farms, Bell and the Drum Tower Square, Muslim Street, Take train down to Chongqing 

Day 7: Arrive in Chongqing - Chongqing Zoo (Pandas), General Stewell Museum, Board on Cruise 

Day 8: On Cruise - Fengdu Ghost City excursion 

Day 9: On Cruise - Sail through Qutang Gorge, and Wu Gorge, Shennong River excursion, ferry, boat with tracking 

Day 10: On Cruise - Three Gorges Dam Site excursion, sail through Xiling Gorge, On shore at Yichang, Bus to Wuhan Airport, Flight to Shanghai 

Day 11: Shanghai - Visit Jinggong Group’s Winery, Cross over the World longest Cross-Sea bridge 

Day 12: Shanghai - Visit Broadresources with CEO Robin Hu, Yu Garden, Acrobatic show 

Day 13: Shanghai - FREE DAY!

Day 14: Bye Bye China


Study Abroad China: Student Comments

Why are you interested in study abroad in China?

  • I had been learning how the Chinese economy was influencing the United States and I wanted to experience the Chinese culture. 

  • I liked the opportunity to see a completely different culture from our own. I also liked the idea of seeing a country that was growing so rapidly that many people expect it to be the next world power. 

  • I wanted to study abroad for school. I thought I would go to China because I would less likely choose to travel there on my own after school.

What is the most impressive activity in this study abroad course?

  • Interaction with China Agriculture University students. These experiences are priceless, and my friendship with the students is still very strong to this day.

  • I really enjoy seeing the Great Wall. It was mind blowing. I also really like the seeing the three gorges. It was absolutely gorgeous! Of course all the history was amazing to hear as well.

  • One of the most impressive activities was taking the cruise which led us to see the dam. 

  • I really enjoyed the site-seeing part of the trip, but I think the most impressive part was visiting the various businesses and seeing how they were growing.

  • The trip as a whole. It was fun, exciting and very educational. I especially enjoyed viewing the ancient culture.

  • Shopping, conversing with new people, seeing all of the old buildings and Olympic sites, going to plays and dances, great wall, cruise and Three Gorges Dam.

  • Visiting the farms in Xian and the stock exchange in Shanghai.

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