Earn 3 credit hours in this two-week Maymester adventure into the heart of the apparel manufacturing industry. You will experience Chinese culture, politics and fashion in five burgeoning cities, plus field trips to cultural landmarks (Great Wall, etc), factory tours, silk mills, visits with Haute Couture designers, luxury retail, and more.

This 12 day study abroad experience will allow students the opportunity to learn about apparel manufacturing and retailing in the world's largest consumer market, as well as experience Chinese culture, architecture, art, history, cuisine, and fashion in three major cities including: Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong.  Corporate visits include Oxford Products International, Li and Fung, SC Global Sourcing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and the Beijing Clothing Institute. Cultural visits will include the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Shanghai Acrobats, Museum of Shanghai, Architectural River Cruise in Shanghai, Hong Kong's Victoria Peak, and an Ancient Tea Ceremony.


  • Learn important social, cultural, and economic facts about the US’s largest foreign supplier of textiles and apparel. 
  • Gain insider knowledge of factory culture, production, vertical integration, and technology.
  • Immerse yourself in various forms of retail in China: from street markets to high-end designer stores.
  • Make assessments of China’s growing fashion scene through visiting designer boutiques, and a couturier.
  • Contemplate the complex meanings and elaborate color symbolism of Chinese dress.
  • Experience the vastness of China and learn about its people, history, art, culture, and natural beauty. 
  • Develop connections with fashion industry executives in manufacturing and design

Total cost: Approximately $4500 which includes air and ground transportation, lodging, most meals, Chinese visa, and guided tours.  Does not include UGA tuition or associated UGA fees.



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Dates: Maymester 2018 Session:  May 12-24, 2018 

Spaces available for 2018: 15

Courses Offered (3 credits):

  • TXMI 5710/7710 (3 credits) China Study Tour in TMI

Information Session

Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Learn, Grow, Go Showcase located on the first floor of Dawson Hall

Our Last Trip

Visits to the cities of Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Beijing were among the places that fourteen UGA students explored during the FACS China Study Tour May 12 – 24, 2018.  Lead by the Department of Textiles, Merchandising, and Interiors faculty member, Linda Lyons, the students had the opportunity to learn about the global supply chain from leaders in the fashion industry, such as Li & Fung, as well as textile manufacturers, such as The Sunshine Group and Fulida.  One of the highlights from the trip included meeting internationally renowned courtier, Guo Pei, and visiting her atelier in Beijing.  Cultural visits and activities included walking on The Great Wall of China, attending an ancient tea ceremony, dining in the home of a local Chinese family, and climbing the 200 stairs to enjoy the view from the Giant Buddha on Lantau Island, Hong Kong.  Students agreed that the 11-day “life-changing” experience in China has influenced their career goals and expanded their understanding of the Chinese people and the global marketplace.