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American Business Culture Program

The American Business Culture (ABC) program at Pacific Lutheran University is a unique opportunity for third-year students at Shandong Foreign Trade Vocational College (Shandong, China) to rapidly improve their English language proficiency, continue their business education, and experience life at an American university.

This nine-month program (September – May) is a great option for students who plan to work closely with American businesses or are considering matriculating to an American college after finishing their program at Shandong Foreign Trade Vocational College.

太平洋路德大学的美国商业文化(ABC)课程为山东外贸职业学院(中国山东)的三年级学生提供了一个独特的机会。不但可以迅速提高他们的英语水平,並且還可以继续他们的商业教育 及体验美国文化和大学生活。

这个为期九个月的课程(9月 – 5月)是对于正在计划与美国企业密切合作,或考虑在山东外贸职业学院完成课程后就读美国大学的学生来说是一个很好的选择。


Current Students (2019-20)

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Incoming Students

想在2020年秋季开始ABC课程? 单击此处來获取准备和启动程序所需的所有信息。

Program Components

Orientation and Pre-Arrival Workshops

Four 7 – 9 week terms

Monday-Thursday: Attend 3 hours of ESL + 3 hours of business classes

English Language and Culture (ESL): English language instruction tailored to your specific level, with regular assessments to measure improvements.

Business Classes: Taught by PLU faculty and business leaders, such as
Supply Chain Management
Introduction to American Business
Principles of Marketing

Fridays: free time or Friday Company Visits


Tuition: $25,000 USD


  • On-campus housing for 9 months
    (single room in a 4-person apartment)
  • Meal plan for on-campus dining
  • International student health insurance plan
  • All required textbooks and ESL materials
  • PLU student ID card
  • Use of PLU facilities, including library, health center, fitness center, pool, & outdoor recreation equipment
  • Airport transportation upon arrival and departure
  • Various events throughout the year, such as a Welcome Dinner, holiday party, and Closing Celebration

Friday Company Visits

Operated by Azure River Group, this unique program brings ABC students to 20+ companies in Washington representing a wide variety of industries, management models, and participation in the global economy.

Companies visited by the inaugural 2018-19 cohort include

(Separate fee of $5,000 paid directly to Azure River Group)

Tuition does not include the Friday Company Visits or any additional fees students may incur at PLU (library fines, additional medical expenses, housing damage, etc).

Teach with Us

The Center for Graduate and Continuing Education is currently seeking qualified instructors in the following subject areas. Instructors should have at least a MA in a relevant field of study and some experience teaching undergraduates at the college or university level. Experience working with international students (especially students from China) and/or English language learners is preferred, but not required.

  • Marketing
  • Business Finance
  • Global Trade and Management
  • Project Management

Send a CV and brief statement of interest to Saralyn Smith (Program Manager for Continuing Education) at ce@plu.edu.

Bring Us to Your Company

Hosting our visiting students from China for a tour and conversation can be a great opportunity to promote your business and create or strengthen your global business connections.


Email us to find out more: ce@plu.edu.