Empirical studies have shown that students who study abroad:
China is likely to be part of your future. Whether you go into business, engineering, health care, architecture, hospitality, or law, your experience studying abroad in China will help you succeed.
China's economy is already the world's second largest and is still growing. It is America's fastest-growing major export destination and third largest by volume, behind only Canada and Mexico. Experiencing its culture and understanding its market growth will boost your career.
According to an 11-22-11 article in The Wall Street Journal by David Wessel, US Commerce Department data shows US-based multinational corporations added 1.5 million workers to their payrolls in Asia and the Pacific region during the 2000s. Among companies in industries outside of finance, 57% of overseas hiring took place in Asia. The firms added 683,000 workers in China, a 172% increase over the decade.
The Commerce Department data also shows that while American companies still do the bulk of their capital investment and research-and-development spending inside the US, an increasing share is being done abroad. This is reflected in China, which is becoming an R&D center for many high-tech industries.
Studying with g-MEO's Study Abroad Program in China will make your resume stand out in a competitive job market. You will study Mandarin Chinese, one of the key languages needed now. You will attend class and work with Chinese people, developing the intercultural understanding and skills employers increasingly value.
Living in China, you will experience firsthand the most rapidly changing society on earth. With over 5,000 years of history, Chinese civilization is one of the oldest in the world, yet it is evolving fast before your eyes. You will develop a new perspective, and become aware of how interconnected the US and China are in facing many issues. You will gain exposure to and respect for different views.
The US-China relationship represents perhaps the single most significant, dynamic and complex international link in the world. In the Spring of 2010, when China's President Hu Jintao came to Washington, D.C. for a state visit, the two nations affirmed their commitment to people-to-people diplomacy - enhancing mutual understanding through educational exchanges. The Obama Administration's 100,000 Strong Initiative, under the State Department's leadership, seeks to prepare America's younger generations for careers managing the growing political, economic and cultural ties between the United States and China, and to become more informed global citizens.
The Chinese government has shown its commitment to this mission by offering scholarships to US students via 68 Confucius Institutes, established to teach Chinese language and culture on college campuses in the US. The government also supports innovative initiatives like g-MEO's new American Center for Study Abroad in Chengdu in the province of Sichuan. For example, Dr. Ge Honglin, the Mayor of Chengdu, looks forward to welcoming all American students from member institutions of the Chengdu American Center of Study Abroad (Click here to see a copy of his welcome letter in English). He has also pledged to award a special scholarship to all students who will spend one semester or more at the center (Click here to read a news release on the subject). Chinese universities, like g-MEO's partners in Shanghai and Suzhou, are eager to welcome US students to their campuses.
You'll have the opportunity to make day trips (Qingchengshan, a day trip from Chengdu).