A Comparative Analysis of Manufacturing and Construction Management
Shanghai, Jinan, Qufu, Taian, and Beijing, China


SET 490:  Topics in International Field Studies, 3 credits
SET 590:  Topics in International Field Studies, 3 credits


Permission of Academic Advisor


A limited number of $300 scholarships will be available on a competitive basis to matriculated CCSU students with a GPA of at least 2.50 who are registered for at least one of the academic courses associated with this program.

A comparative analysis of the Manufacturing and Construction Management used in the China vs. the United States.

An investigation of cultural impacts on production systems, labor, quality and materials will be examined. Industry and University site visits will be included. Among the site visits that are being arranged are Chinese automotive factories, American factories with operations in China and more. An examination of the building and highway construction techniques will allow students to compare the Chinese approach to the US methods. The environmental and sustainability factors that affect these designs will be highlighted.

The Chinese culture is among the oldest in the world. Site visits have been arranged to examine historical sites such as the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. In recent years it has undergone great change and growth in many areas including business and infrastructure developments. China has a great influence on manufacturing over the past decade. It has become the major supplier of manufactured goods throughout the world. Many of the products we use today have either been manufactured in part or in whole in China. The factory tours will provide a firsthand look at the Chinese approach to manufacturing.

Students will have an opportunity to meet with Chinese students and professors to better understand their educational process, ideas and world views. As a result of this course students will have a better understanding of their own culture and its relationship the culture of China.

Registration Information and Program Costs

The cost of the travel program includes round-trip airport transfers in the U.S. and abroad, economy-class international airfare, multiple-occupancy accommodations, and ground transportation and entrance fees to all required site visits. All personal expenses (i.e., meals, medical, souvenirs, laundry, telephone, etc.) are not included.  

Course tuition is not included in the Course Abroad program fee.  Tuition for Spring Course Abroad programs may be included in a full-time student's tuition, if the student is carrying no more than 18 credits.  Excess credit fees apply to all students carrying an overload.  Part-time students must pay course tuition and registration fees.  See the CCSU Bursar's website for complete information about tuition and fees.

Note to students from Eastern, Southern, and Western Connecticut State Universities regarding the Connecticut Reciprocity Program:

Under the terms of the State College/University Reciprocity Program, full-time students (graduate and undergraduate) may, in certain circumstances, take courses at another state college or university without paying additional tuition.  This policy is applicable to ECSU, SCSU, and WCSU students registering for Spring Course Abroad programs offered by CCSU.

To request consideration under the Reciprocity Program, visit the Registrar’s Office (or the Registrar’s website) on your home campus and obtain a copy of the appropriate Request for Reciprocity form.  Complete the form and submit it to your home campus’s Registrar for review and approval.  After the form has been approved by the home campus Registrar, you can submit it to the CCSU Registrar’s Office at the time of registration for the coursework connected to the Course Abroad Program.  The Registrar will process your course registration and forward your approved Reciprocity Agreement to the CCSU Bursar, who will waive the course tuition and registration fees for the program.  The CIE Travel Program fee is not waivable under the Reciprocity Program and will be charged.

Fulfillment of the University's International Requirement: 

All credits earned overseas on a CCSU-sponsored study abroad program, including courses offered in conjunction with Course Abroad programs, automatically receive "I Designation" and count toward fulfillment of the University's General Education International Requirement.

Registration Form

Registration Deadline:

February 1, 2014


$2,795 per person

Travel Dates

May 29 - June 11, 2014

Faculty Directors

Prof. Paul Resetarits
Manufacturing and Construction Management Department
(860) 832-1834

Prof. Haoyu Wang
Manufacturing and Construction Management Department
(860) 832-1824

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