Published 08/03/16

Contact: Cecilia Cooper, Bryant University, (401) 232-6932,

Bryant Zhuhai students travel to U.S. for Sophomore International Experience

SMITHFIELD, RI – After a successful freshman year at the new Bryant Zhuhai campus, 87 Chinese students and seven faculty and staff traveled to Bryant’s Smithfield campus to begin their 11-day Sophomore International Experience.

The academic program at Bryant Zhuhai mirrors the Smithfield campus curriculum, which includes the option to participate in Bryant's signature Sophomore International Experience (SIE). Since 2007 when the SIE program began, more than 2,000 students have participated in the faculty-led immersive three-credit course that combines historical, cultural, and business education with study of language and the arts in countries around the world. Students from the Smithfield campus have traveled to Asia, Europe, South America, Africa, and Australia. And now Bryant Zhuhai students have the opportunity to learn about American culture, business, and education.

The SIE experience for Bryant Zhuhai students began August 3 with a welcome from Bryant leaders and faculty, followed by morning and afternoon academic sessions, team building activities, and a welcome dinner.

Other Bryant Zhuhai SIE highlights

  • State House Visit and Meeting with Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza: On Thursday, August 4, the students will tour the Rhode Island State House and meet with Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza. In June 2015, Mayor Elorza signed a “Cooperation and Friendship Agreement” with the city of Zhuhai. The agreement marked the beginning of a “Sister City” relationship between Zhuhai and Providence to foster economic and trade growth. In September 2015, Mayor Elorza traveled to China to join Bryant’s leaders and faculty in welcoming the first class of 160 students to Bryant Zhuhai, and will meet many of them again as they enter their second year in the program.
  • Introduction to American Football: On Friday, August 5, Bryant Zhuhai students will join Bryant Smithfield coaches to learn and play football.
  • Cultural Experiences in Providence: On Saturday, August 6, students will visit the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Art Museum and attend Waterfire Providence.
  • Boston, New York, and Washington: On Sunday, August 7, the group will tour Harvard and MIT, and on Monday, August 8, PWC Boston will host a company visit during which students will learn about U.S. and global accounting practices. Students will travel to New York City on August 11 to visit the 911 Memorial, Wall Street, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. An August 13 trip to Washington, D.C. will include a tour of the Capitol and many of Washington’s memorials and museums.

More about Bryant University’s Global Engagement Strategy

Bryant is the first and only American university with a presence in Zhuhai, the first university to establish a partnership with a private institution in China, and offers the only U.S.-China joint four-year undergraduate business degree program in China.

“China has been a cornerstone of our international strategy,” says Bryant University President Ronald K. Machtley. For more than a decade Bryant has advanced forward-looking education initiatives between China and the United States. Since 2005, Bryant University’s U.S.-China Institute and the Confucius Institute, under the leadership of Vice President for International Affairs Hong Yang, Ph.D., have led the development of education and cultural programs between China and the United States. Global engagement is a cornerstone of Bryant’s strategic plan, Vision 20/20: Expanding the World of Opportunity.