Earn 3 credit hours during this 13 day (12 in China) Maymester study tour into the heart of the apparel manufacturing industry and the world’s hottest consumer market. This study abroad opportunity features visits to global sourcing companies, apparel manufacturers, designer showrooms, major Western fashion brands’ flagship stores, such as Louis Vuitton, Prada etc., among numerous other professional programs. The professional programs complement fashion merchandising students’ emphases in product development and brand management. The tour has a lot to offer also for students interested in retail, visual merchandising, and interior design. It is also of interest to any UGA students that are interested in China’s culture and current business practices.

Goals

  • Learn important social, cultural, and economic facts about the US’s largest foreign supplier of textiles and apparel;
  • Gain insider knowledge of factory culture and global sourcing practices;
  • Immerse yourself in various forms of retail in China: from street markets to high-end Western flagship and local design stores;
  • Make assessments of China’s growing fashion scene by studying street styles in three major cities and through visiting designer boutiques, and a couturier;
  • Assess the fashion potentials, needs and specificities of China’s booming consumer market;
  • Contemplate the complex meanings and elaborate color symbolism of Chinese traditional 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 $3,900, including, housing in twin rooms in 4 star hotels, meals and transportation within China, entrance fees in China (Excluding international airfare, visa, tuition and UGA fees, current passport, one lunch and one dinner, tips).

Dates: May 11-25, 2019 

Spaces available for 2019: 15

Courses Offered (3 credits)

TXMI 5710 (Undergraduate)/ TXMI 7710 (Graduate) (3 credit hours) China Study Tour in Textiles, Merchandising, and Interiors

Information Session

Meeting times during spring semester will be on Wednesdays at 5 PM in Dawson Hall, Room TBA

  • Meeting 1: February 6
  • Meeting 2: February 27
  • Meeting 3: March 20
  • Meeting 4: April 3
  • Meeting 5: April 24

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.