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For Students: Business & International Exchange (BIE)

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Faculty and Student Application (Adobe PDF format)

Apply for TCC Student Exchange to China To occur during a
two-week period between May 7-24, 2010.

TCC invites students interested in cross-cultural experiences and international studies to apply for a grant-funded two-week student exchange to Yunnan Normal University in Kunming, China. Six students and six TCC faculty will travel together to examine the ways in which China has adapted to the global economy.

Students will earn 3 academic credits for taking part in this travel, for completion of a course of study in preparation for it (described below), and for the production and delivery of a presentation on a selected topic while in China.

China exchange students will be selected competitively based upon:

  • written statement of scholarly interest in globalization, cross-cultural exchange, international business, or some emerging economy,
  • academic credits earned,
  • grade point average,
  • program of study (Business Administration or STEM students preferred),
  • foreign language study/abilities international experience,
  • faculty, professional, or personal recommendations, and
  • personal interview.

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants need to be current TCC students who will also be enrolled in 6 credit hours in the spring semester to be eligible.

Why Apply?

Aside from providing global-minded scholars opportunities to bloom, TCC's China student exchange will strengthen resumes for those developing career skills in international relations, finance, trade, or diplomacy -areas of rapidly expanding professional opportunities.

Even students destined for careers in the United States will find immersion in a foreign culture a life-changing experience. Issues like global trade & investment, the environment, energy security, migration, and workers' rights take new meaning when viewed from a global perspective.

Because TCC recognizes the potential for intellectual growth that international exchange provides, our intention is to cultivate an ongoing Business faculty and student exchange with Yunnan Normal University. Cultural pioneers are needed: those interested in expanding their business skills far beyond where any textbook can take them are strongly encouraged to apply. International experience has no substitute.

How & When to Apply

Stack of papersBIE application
DEADLINE: October 21, 2009

To apply, students should complete and submit the APPLICATION FORM as an attachment to an email. Supporting recommendations and written statement of scholarly interest should be sent to Supporting recommendations should be provided by current or previous professors or employers. Written statements of scholarly interest should include a brief biographical outline of applicant including major, work experience, foreign travel and language experience, and career goals and should include a description of areas of interest associated with global issues.

The deadline for both the supporting recommendations and the statement of scholarly interest is October 21, 2009 so that all applicants can be notified of decisions no later than November 19th, 2009. At that point, a non-refundable $250 deposit is due as an assurance of commitment.

Travel Timeline & Expenses

Travel is timed to coincide with the break between spring and summer semesters, 2010. Travel is timed to coincide with the break between spring and summer semesters, 2010. Departure will be from Norfolk International Airport. Exact departure and return dates are not yet determined, but will likely fall within the period of May 7-24, 2010.

All travel, and lodging expenses are covered. Approximately half of all meals are covered. Students will be required to pay for remaining meals and any other incidental costs. All Passport and visa costs will be the responsibility of the student. All exchange students must have or obtain a valid U.S. passport and provide a copy to TCC’s office of International Programs no later than November 24th, 2010. Ultimately, students will be required to submit their passport so that we may obtain travel visas well in advance of our travel. Passport and visa costs will be the responsibility of the traveler.

Additionally, a series of vaccines may be required in order to enter China. Please consult with your doctor to determine what you may need prior to traveling. All costs associated with vaccines are the responsibility of the traveler.


  • Enroll in ECO 295: Issues in Globalization (3 credits)
  • Behavior overseas that will reflect well upon TCC
  • Valid U.S. passport by January 15, 2010.
  • Payment for visa (approx $125) and deposit ($250) no later than January 15, 2010.
  • Enroll for ECO 295 in the spring semester 2010 with satisfactory progress in course.
  • International immunization record established: The CDC recommends shots for hepatitis A and B, meningitis, typhoid, yellow fever, diphtheria, tetanus, and polio
  • Attend four globalization seminars

Overview of ECO 295-Issues in Globalization

Eight students will be selected to participate in the program. Those students will enroll in ECO 295-Issues in Globalization taught collaboratively by Jim Roberts and Sean LaCroix.. During the Spring 2010 semester, students will be required to participate in online coursework, including reading assignments, quizzes, and discussion of issues related to globalization with an emphasis on China. Students will collaborate to develop a final presentation for delivery to our hosts in China. Please contact professors LaCroix or Roberts for details.


Sean LaCroix at

Jim Roberts at

Jeanne Natali at

Tom Feist at

Last revised by Tom Feist