Study Abroad in China

China: Donghua Fashion Institute

China has become one of the most important trading partners to the U.S. textile, apparel, and retail industries. Not only has China supplied a huge amount of consumer products to the U.S. market, it also has become a major market for products made in other countries, including the U.S. A growing number of U.S. companies have made efforts to enter the Chinese market through partnership with Chinese companies.

This semester study abroad program is designed to provide the Fashion Textile and Management students with an opportunity to: 1) gain insight into the global business dynamics by visiting both U.S. companies’ operations in China and Chinese local businesses; 2) gain an understanding of Chinese culture to facilitate the appreciation of Chinese consumer behavior and business practices; and 3) network with business professionals for potential internship and employment opportunities.

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Seven TATM students, in association with FIT and Donghua students, study abroad in Shanghai, China
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This program is a collaboration between three educational institutions: NC State University, Fashion Institute of Technology (New York City), and Donghua University (Shanghai, China). Ten students from each university will study together during the Spring semester, with a focus on global brand management and marketing in the textile and fashion industry. Study Abroad Website

Program Highlights

1. Earn 12-15 hours credit transferable to academic degree requirements in Fashion and Textile Management
2. Visit U.S. textile and apparel companies’ operations in China
3. Visit Chinese textile and apparel companies (men’s, women’s, and home textiles)
4. Visit global and Chinese local retailers
5. Take an elementary Chinese language class
6. Work collaboratively with FIT and Donghua University students on education and research projects
7. Tours to explore Shanghai and surrounding cities, such as Suzhou and Hangzhou
8. Opportunities to explore the Chinese culture and the marketplace


As a cohort, the students will be taking the following courses through the program:

Global Merchandising (FTM 3xx) International Product Development
Global Marketing (FTM 482)
Cross Cultural Studies (GEP course)
Chinese Language 1 (CH111; GEP course or elective)


Term: Spring 2020
App Deadline: 10/15/2019
Decision Date: 10/27/2019
Start Date: 3/10/2020
End Date: 5/29/2020

Program Fee: $8,500. Students will reside in the residence halls on the Donghua campus. Double rooms are available. Each room contains a private bath, furniture, A/C, television and internet.

Program fee includes: tuition, accommodations in Shanghai, international accident/health insurance coverage, on-site orientation excursions and field trips.

Financial Aid:

Financial aid is generally available to help qualified NC State students meet the expenses of NC State study abroad programs. For additional funding, NC State students should consider applying for a study abroad scholarship from the Study Abroad Office.


Scholarships are available for this program. Please contact program director(s) for more details.

Contact Information:

For questions about the courses offered or the program in general, please contact:

Dr. Yingjiao Xu
Professor, TATM
Director of Ph.D. Graduate Programs
Wilson College of Textiles