China/Japan: Asia Tour


China/Japan Asia Tour Program

Summer tour to better understand the Asian markets, economy and culture with the goal of preparing students to be global business leaders.

Who is it for? 

  • Students pursuing careers in international business, marketing, public relations or at a multinational company
  • Students who understand that the 21st century economy is highly globalized and requires professionals that understand the role of Asian businesses, culture and politics
  • Students who want a fun, yet professional study abroad experience
  • Students who want to develop their network of contacts and build bridges to the professional world

Program Features 

  • Go on fascinating excursions to some of Asia's most important cities, including Beijing, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Yiwu and Tokyo, Japan
  • Attend networking events and lectures in Shanghai (opportunities every week for either a networking event or a lecture)
  • Each student is assigned one mentor to meet with throughout the summer
  • Class content will be incorporated into the business studies

Program Dates 

May 11th, 2020 - July 4th, 2020

The dates listed above are departure dates from LAX and from the program location back to LAX.


Tuition: $1,745.00 per unit (standard Malibu summer tuition rate)

Room & Board: $4,560.00

Program Specific Costs:

  • Visa - $145.00 USD

Required Vital Documents and Deadlines 

Completed IP Document Submission Form, including the following documents:

  • Passport Copy: due January 17, 2020
  • Health Clearance Form and Flight Itinerary (for flight exempt students only): due March 13, 2020
  • Visa Copy (for students requiring a visa only): due April 24, 2020
    • Note: You must attend the Shanghai Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Academic Year 2020-21, and Spring 2021 Preparation & Visa Workshop on January 22, 2020, 8:15am - 9:30am, Location TBD

Visa Requirements

Please note that students who hold passports from the following are not eligible to attend a Pepperdine Shanghai program due to visa restrictions: China, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan

Students who hold passports from the following countries have historically had issues securing a student visa and should contact our office before applying: Belize, Burkina Faso, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Nicaragua, Palau, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands, Swaziland, Tuvalu, Vatican City (The Holy See).

Course Requirements

8 unit minimum requirement.

Course Offerings

ASIA 331 / HIST 331 History of Modern China (4)

GE: World Civilizations

  • A survey of modern Chinese history from the founding of the last imperial dynasty, the Qing, in 1644 AD through the establishment of the Republic of China in 1911 to the return of the British colony of Hong Kong in 1997. Political, economic, social, and intellectual developments will be examined. Special focus on democracy and the legacy of authoritarianism, "free trade" and opium wars, westernization and modernization, Confucianism and Chinese identity, economic development and equality, and communist revolution and reform.

BA 210 / ECON 210 Introduction to Microeconomics (3)

GE: Human Institutions & Behavior

  • A study of the factors underlying the economic decisions of households and business units. Analysis of the determinants of demand, supply, utility, and costs of production. Price and output determination under various market structures is also studied, as well as pricing and employment of resources.

BA 355 Principles of Marketing (3)

  • An in-depth investigation of marketing principles and practices. Content areas are segment identification, product concept and design, distribution practices, promotion strategies, and pricing decisions. There is an emphasis on understanding consumer behavior through modern research techniques. Students meet individually with marketing executives and create a marketing plan.

BA 366 Organizational Behavior (3)

Prerequisite: ENG 101 or equivalent

  • An integrated and interdisciplinary study of behavioral science for management. The course attempts to integrate the psychological and sociological aspects of human behavior as they relate to management. Focus is on individual, group, and organizational behavior. Topics include communication, motivation, group dynamics, leadership, power, reward systems, organizational structure, and managing conflict and change.

CHIN 121 Chinese Language and Culture (1)

  • This course is designed to maximize the student's international experience by providing an opportunity to engage in basic conversational Mandarin and intentionally study and observe aspects of Chinese culture. While not an intensive language class, student should expect to come away with a basic grasp of conversational Chinese and observations of Chinese traditions, culture, society that will enhance the experience of studying abroad in Shanghai. This course does not prepare a student take Chinese 152. Taught only in the Shanghai program during the summer term.

CHIN 151 Elementary Chinese I (4)

  • Basic conversation, reading, and writing are emphasized as well as the study of Chinese culture, customs, and institutions. Must be taken for a letter grade. Students must earn a minimum grade of C- before they can advance to subsequent courses.

CHIN 152 Elementary Chinese II (4)

Prerequisite: CHIN 151 or equivalent competency

  • Continued practice of basic conversation, reading, and writing are emphasized as well as the study of Chinese culture, customs, and institutions. Must be taken for a letter grade. Students must earn a minimum grade of C- before they can advance to subsequent courses.

CHIN 251 Second-Year Chinese I (4)

GE: Language; Prerequisite: CHIN 152 or equivalent competency

  • This course emphasizes language production skills and interactive language use with a concentration on conversation. This course also develops reading strategies and examines complex grammar structures. Students must earn a minimum grade of C- before they can advance to subsequent courses.

CHIN 252 Second-Year Chinese II (4)

Prerequisite: CHIN 251 or equivalent competency

  • As in CHIN 251, this course emphasizes language production skills, but focus is on composition and reading literary texts to prepare students for upper-division courses. Students must earn a minimum grade of C- before they can advance to subsequent courses.

CHIN 499 Directed Studies (4)

Prerequisite: CHIN 252 or equivalent competency

  • Consent of the divisional dean is required.

HUM 295 Enriching the International Experience (1)

  • This course is designed to enrich the student's international experience by providing opportunities to engage more fully with the culture and to reflect more deeply on the experience. It is the goal of this course to help students know how to look at and listen to their new culture and how to give meaning to their international experience. Taught only in International Programs. May be repeated in a different location. Cr/NC grading only.

SOC 200 Introduction to Sociology (3)

GE: Human Institutions & Behavior

  • A general introduction to the history, principles, and methodology of sociology intended for non-sociology majors. Emphasis is on introducing students to the sociological analysis of human groups, institutions, and societies.

Faculty in Residence

Dr. Julia Norgaard

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Social Science Division, Seaver College

Office Location: APC 238

Office Hours: Monday/Thursday/Friday 10:00AM-11:00AM

Julia Norgaard is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Seaver College. She teaches classes in microeconomics, game theory, development economics, and public choice. Julia is a graduate of George Mason University and this is her third year teaching at Pepperdine. Her research interests include applied microeconomics and political economy as well as law and economics and development. Julia is currently conducting research in Uganda where she is looking at the impact of plea bargaining on case backlog. Professor Norgaard's favorite things to do while traveling are learning about the history of the country and adventuring.




Last Updated: 2.13.20