Since this program is offered every other year, applications open early-September 2017 for the summer 2018 term.
Once applications open, click the "Apply Now
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This study abroad program takes place every other year (in even years). It will be offered again for the Summer 2018 term.
*Priority Deadline: December 1, 2017
**Regular Deadline: February 1, 2018
*Program may fill before regular deadline; therefore, early application is advised
**Post-priority applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the regular deadline
The study tour is an intensive fifteen day interdisciplinary apparel and business-focused study tour which will include visits to the cities of Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Panyu, Shenzhen, Beijing, and Shanghai. Partnering with the Walton College of Business, the participating students from the AMPD and WCOB programs will mingle apparel merchandising, product development and business organizations in multiple aspects of the apparel supply chain and retail industries. This exposure will allow students from both disciplines to draw conclusions as to how these industries coexist with each other to be profitable. The multi-channel and diverse structure of the appointments will give apparel and business students a unique perspective of the business and apparel supply chain at an international level. In addition, the collaboration between international universities for academic learning, which has already been established with the Institute of Textiles and Clothing at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Department of Fashion at South China Agricultural University provide unique academic experiences in an international setting. This will allow participating students to glean knowledge from a unique perspective within the Chinese culture and enhance their marketability and competitiveness in a global economy.
The significance for and impact on students who participate in this type of international program reaches far beyond the traditional classroom or curriculum program. Students have an awakening when they are exposed to the business channels that drive the industry they study in and aspire to work for. The perspectives of these international student participants impact their careers in ways that cannot be achieved otherwise. The emotional stability and presence as well as the competence in the field has been shown through employer internship evaluations of students who have had these experiences. The ability to see clearly how the Asian market impacts the apparel industry and to think outside the parameters of the classroom are extremely important in the success of students in their careers in the global enterprise. Collaborations with the Walton College of Business and the Apparel Merchandising and Product Development programs has proven to be a window of opportunity for business and apparel students who participate in the China Study Tours together. Experiencing the supply chain from both perspectives has allowed students to have a unique perspective of the industry.
Students experience Eastern retail and apparel business practices and compare those practices to comparable operations in the Western hemisphere. This is valuable for students who will one day work in the global economy as professionals. Experiencing the Chinese culture and customs first hand makes a lasting impression on those who participate in this study tour. The experience of practicing (and further developing) students’ education in and across cultures, and language barriers, will add considerable depth to their range of professional skills and experiences. This unique study abroad experience will enhance each student’s level of competitiveness in their professional job market upon graduation, setting them apart from their peers.
Complete a minimum of 24 credit hours* by the beginning of the program abroad
Possess a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better at the time of application
*Students who have completed less than 24 credit hours may be admissible upon recommendation of faculty leader with support of the dean of the sponsoring college.
: TBD for Summer 2018
Credit Issued By
: University of Arkansas
Six (6) credit hours
Courses: Offered at the Undergraduate level
Each AMPD study tour destination is researched and developed to provide unique opportunities for students to study the interactions between manufacturing, marketing and merchandising in the apparel industry. A pre-study tour class is required to research destination sites and better prepare students for experiences and interactions within the Asian markets. Extensive projects are developed for the pre-study tour class based on the study tour destination and include an in-depth study of the cultural and professional aspects specific to the market visited. A continuation of the project work is carried out collaboratively while on-site.
1. To gain an awareness and appreciation of the vastness of the China apparel and retail manufacturing markets.
2. To examine the role and responsibilities of the manufacturer and retailer.
3. To observe processes in the development and production of apparel and other retail goods.
4. To observe and become familiar with the role of wholesalers and wholesale markets at an international level.
5. To examine marketing techniques used at an international level within the apparel and retail industry.
6. To examine methods of promoting and selling apparel and other retail products.
7. To identify trends in design and fashion production, wholesaling and retail marketing.
8. To explore career alternatives in the fields of design and fashion, including the qualifications, responsibilities, rewards and trends.
Housing will be arranged by the program provider at top tier hotels in each of the locations visited.
Examples of collaborative industry projects to be completed for the 2016 China Study Tour include:
- A comparative study of Consumer Testing Labs shoe testing between Hong Kong and NWA facilities
- The examination of differences in Supply Chain Cities in apparel, accessories and toys
- Identification of sourcing strategies used by Hong Kong suppliers including Li & Fung and Direct Sourcing Group (DSG).
- A study of a product lifecycle from concept to consumer within a specified target market (including Goodmark USA, Christy Asia and the Guangzhou Fabric Market).
- Exploration of Walmart Global Procurement in Shenzhen, China
Other activities will include:
- On-site workshops and lectures with regard to the complex relationships and cultural aspects between apparel and business at the previously mentioned universities.
- Apparel students will work with the faculty at the Institute of Textiles & Clothing at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University to develop projects which will expose students to Chinese culture and fashion. Topics will include fashion trends and forecasting, functional design, and merchandising formats in China.
- Dr. Jinyi Chen, a visiting scholar at the U of A in 2014-2015 will conduct workshops in cultural design introducing students to Guangdong Hakka Traditional Clothing at South China Agricultural University in the Department of Fashion.
- Apparel Students will conduct a unique fashion trend forecast in the US and complete a comparative analysis of Asian trends in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai using a structured format. Retail Shopping Districts and Retail store research will be conducted pre-trip with site visits to the various retail establishments on site.
- Apparel students will keep daily journals with specific guidelines for entries, including cultural and professional appointments.
Financial aid and scholarships are available to U of A students.
In many cases, you can also use your current scholarships and financial aid to help finance your program. If you receive scholarships, grants, or loans as a U of A student, please contact your Financial Aid Advisor in Silas Hunt Hall (479-575-3806) to see how much of your current aid package you’ll be able to utilize towards this summer study abroad program or to apply for loans. Participants on this program may also be eligible to apply for these institutional and national scholarships below. Criteria for scholarships vary, and students should read eligibility requirements carefully.
U of A students should check out other funding opportunities on our website
For assistance with the application process, costs, travel arrangements, etc., contact the Office of Study Abroad.
For additional information about courses or program content, contact faculty leaders:
Apparel Merchandising and Product Development Program
School of Human Environmental Sciences
Check out our quick info sheet to see what former students have said about their cultural experiences, out of pocket expenses and budgeting, packing, and technology abroad!
China AMPD_info sheet.pdf