China/Japan: Asia Tour Program

Asia Study Tour

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

  • Meet with business leaders in Shanghai, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Yiwu and Tokyo
  • Attend networking events and lectures in Shanghai (opportunities every week for either a networking event or a lecture)
  • Tuesday business lunch series: students will have lunch with a business leader in Shanghai to learn more about his/her industry and how to navigate a career in International Business
  • Each student is assigned one mentor to meet with throughout the summer
  • Class content will be incorporated into the business studies

Program Dates

May 7th, 2018 - June 30th, 2018

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


Room & Board: $4,336.00

Program Specific Costs: Residence Permit & Health Check - $145.00 USD*

*Charged to your student account

Course Requirements

8 units required. Students must take a Chinese language course if not completed CHIN 151 (CHIN 121 counts). If students have already taken a Chinese language course and choose not to take a higher level of CHIN, they must take HUM 295.

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 Offerings:

BA 355 - Principles of Marketing (3 units)

  • 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 units)

Prerequisite: ENG 101 or equivalent (WI)

  • 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.

SOC 200 - Introduction to Sociology (3 units)

Human Institutions and Behavior GE

  • 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 (GE).

HIST 331 - History of Modern China (4)

  • A survey of modern Chinese history from the founding of the last imperial dynasty, the Qing, in 1644 A.D. 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. Fulfills the World Civilizations GE requirement.

CHIN 151 - Elementary Chinese I (4 units)

  • 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 units)

Prerequisite: CHIN 151

  • 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 (4 units)

Fulfills Foreign Language GE; Prerequisite: CHIN 152

  • 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 units)

Prerequisite: CHIN 251

  • 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 121 - Chinese Language and Culture (1 unit)

  • 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 499 - Directed Studies (4 units)

Prerequisite: CHIN 252

  • Consent of the divisional chairperson is required. Prerequisite: CHIN 252 or equivalent competency.

HUM 295 - Enriching the International Experience (1 unit)

  • 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).

PE 196 - Individual Exercise (1)

  • International programs only. $200 PE Fee.


The Visiting Faculty

Dr. Thomas Reilly

Professor of Chinese History, International Studies and Languages Division, Seaver College






Updated: 09.22.17