TCU Neeley Students Are “Awestruck” During Visit to China

TCU Neeley offers Study Abroad programs for students to visit countries around the world, including China, which students said was “amazing,” “eye-opening” and “helped me gain a new perspective.”

September 18,  2017

By Elaine Cole

From Beijing to Paris and Lima to London, TCU Neeley undergrads can experience the economic, cultural and business environment of companies operating in today’s global business economy, through Study Abroad programs.

In the China program, students travel to Beijing and Shanghai to visit U.S. companies doing business there and successful Chinese companies. They also explore the Great Wall of China, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Shanghai Tower and more.

Danny Morales said Shanghai was his favorite stop.

“The business culture in Shanghai is so developed and professional, I was awestruck,” he said. “Being a supply chain major, I was intrigued by how every company's strengths included their logistics regarding the Shanghai Port. The Shanghai Port is the largest port in the world, and just being able to experience what happens there was fascinating.”

Stephen Howlett said his favorite experience was visiting Shanghai Maritime University.

“We started with a guided tour through the school’s museum. Later, we joined in on a recreation basketball game with some of the students. We lost by quite a bit,” he lamented.

Howlett said the group was consoled by sharing a meal with the Chinese students.

“It was an amazing experience being able to laugh and share stories with Chinese college students. Everyone realized that although we live on separate sides of the globe, we have more in common than we previously believed,” Howlett said.

Carly Boobar called it “the opportunity of a lifetime. Not only did I get to experience the culture of China, but I also gained a better understanding of how China plays a key part in the global economy and the global supply chain. I also gained insight into how China implements their own internal supply chain which offers a means of improving our own processes.”

Boobar said her favorite part of the trip was visiting Yangshan Deep Water Port, the largest in the world.

“The amount of freight moving through this port is mind-blowing,” she said.

Joel Harding also cited the Yangshan Port as the most meaningful visit.

“The guide was extremely knowledgeable. He educated me on some concepts and job opportunities I had never thought about. Some of my most important knowledge of doing business abroad came from that day because he dealt with the actual movement of products through customs both in and out of China.”

Students also visited cultural and historical sites.

“The site-seeing trips were phenomenal,” Morales said. “From climbing the Great Wall to touring people’s houses, all of it was eye-opening and helped me gain a new perspective. I would definitely recommend it.”

Important information about all 2018 TCU Neeley Study Abroad programs:

  • Learn more about trips to Peru, China, France/Spain, London and Cuba at
  • Attend information sessions September 20, 5:00-6:00 p.m., or September 21, 4:00-5:00 p.m., in Smith 104
  • Registration opens: September 25.
  • Application and deposit due: November 30.
  • Final payment due: January 31.