MAcc student Eddie Consigliere in front of the Great Wall of China!
As many prospective students might know, there are a number of accounting electives offered to MBT and MAcc students to fulfill the 15 credit hour semester. One of the electives offered is ACCT 526: Global Accounting Experience. (Click here for a complete listing.)
This 1.5 credit course is a unique class offered at USC because it gives students the opportunity to learn about the global economic environment both inside and outside the classroom.
For the weeks leading up to Spring Break students met once a week to examine accounting, legal, and tax environments, focusing on economic, political, and cultural differences.
Over Spring Break, the 24 students enrolled traveled to Beijing and Shanghai to experience these differences and learn more about the global business environment first-hand. Below are pictures of the trip.
MAcc students at the Yu gardens in Shanghai.
Although not commonly eaten by locals, deep fried insects such as spiders, scorpions, and starfish are offered for tourists who are feeling adventurous.
A view of the summer palace in Beijing.
Shanghai is also has the world’s fastest train, Shangahi Maglev Train which can reach to 431 km/h.
Chinese guardian lions traditionally stand in front of Chinese imperial palaces, tombs, government offices, and temples.
Students had the opportunity to visit two of the Big 4 accounting firms (Ernst & Young and PwC shown above) as well as global companies such as Morgan Stanley and the Shanghai World Financial Center (informally referred to as the “Bottle Opener”) shown below.
MBT and MAcc students gather around a conference table at Morgan Stanley.
The trip was a great way to not only experience the global environment first-hand but also an opportunity to network and bond with other fellow MAcc/MBT students.