U.S.-China Institute at Bryant University

Sophomore International Experience: China

The Sophomore International Experience is a special two week study abroad trip led by Bryant University. The U.S.-China Institute offers trips to China during winter and summer session.

Students can earn three academic credits and spend 12 to 14 days overseas to learn about Chinese culture and how businesses operate globally.

This international education program is geared specifically toward students in their sophomore academic year. All students must be in both good academic and disciplinary standing at the time of application and departure.

For information of application, eligibility, credit, and cost, please visit the Study Abroad Office.

Highlights of 2008 Trip

Great Wall, Lenovo/IBM plant, Summer Palace, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven, Business College of Beijing Union University, Epure International Ltd., Tibetan Lama Monastery, Beijing City Planning Museum, Imperial Banquet, Chinese Acrobatics Show, Silk Market

Yangshuo, Guilin
Biking along the Li River, Cave exploration, Cooking class at local home, River boat tour, Presentation on foreign business in China, Local fishing show
Suzhou Museum, Humble Administrator's Garden, Suzhou Silk Museum
Meeting with CEO of AIG (Shanghai) and Bryant alumni, Shanghai Urban Planning Museum, Visiting a textile factory owned by parents of Bryant student, Fabric Market, Yu Garden, River Cruise, Farewell Banquet

Here's what past participants had to say...

Through my experiences here, I have learned how prosperous it can be to live in this country not only economically but spiritually. I have seen the wonderful history of Beijing, the picturesque landscape of Yangshuo, and the bustling workers of Shanghai and I'm extremely impressed. Traveling to China has shown me how great it can be to live and work in another country besides the U.S.
Kevin Naeger '10 (South Easton, MA)

One afternoon in Beijing we went to the Business College of Beijing Union University and got to interact with the students. It was a great experience to learn about another country's culture and people. The Chinese students were so motivated and intelligent. I had a lot of fun at the University and learned more from the students then I could have ever dreamt of knowing.
Michael Ostrander '10 (Yarmouthport, MA)

This trip has been a fantastic experience. We all have expanded our horizons and cleared out misconceptions we had before coming to China. Two weeks is not enough for traveling through China, but we all have loved the experience of this trip - it has definitely impacted us.
Gabriella Sein '10 (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
Maria Gabriela Rodriguez-Ema '10 (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico)
Cristina Silva '10 (San Juan, Puerto Rico)

Later in the trip, we did a couple of things I never thought I would do in my life. One of which was explore a cave, the other was bike 18 kilometers through complete countryside. During these two physically draining activities, I stumbled upon a realization: my life was just beginning. I stood at the top of a mountain and looked at the natural beauty that was Guilin. After seeing pictures, the sights became infinitely more beautiful when we saw it in person. This to me was symbolic and it showed me what opportunities were presented through Bryant.
Jose Batista '10 (Providence, RI)

SIE China 2008 Documentary

Produced by
Alberto De Coste Calla '10 (Riverside, RI)
Adam Noga '10 (Southbridge, MA)
Michael Ostrander '10 (Yarmouthport, MA)

Watch it online (only available on Bryant campus): log in with your standard Bryant username and password (same as what is used for e-mail). The site may prompt you to install some browser plug-in- these must be installed for the videos to play back correctly. If there is any question about these there is a "Need Help - Click Here!" link to a document on the login page, that describes everything in detail. Once logged in click on the tab at the top "Video Library" and then click on the folder that says "Bryant_Self_Produced." Then click "SIE 2008" and you will see "SIE08_China.mpg".