Global Learning Opportunity (GLO) in Hong Kong / Shanghai 2014

06N:235:002 Seminar in International Business: Going & Growing Global in Hong Kong and China

This trip begins in Hong Kong, extends into the southern part of mainland China and concludes in Shanghai, an itinerary which offers a comparative experience in three major centers of business. 

Hong Kong is one of the world's most open and dynamic economies and is a highly developed capitalist economy, which is ranked the freest in the world. Hong Kong is one of the world‘s easiest places to establish a business and one of the toughest competitive environments in today‘s globalized world of trade and commerce.

Shanghai is often recognized as the center of finance and trade in mainland China. There is a strong link to both the Chinese interior and central governments and a strong base in manufacturing and technology. Shanghai Stock Exchange is the world’s fastest growing and the Shanghai’s economy has exceeded the size of its greatest competitor, Hong Kong.

Look out over Hong Kong from Victoria’s Peak, eat a traditional dim sum meal, appreciate a moment of quiet at the Jade Buddha Temple in Shanghai, and perhaps take in a Chinese acrobatic show.  You’ll also have free time to explore the sights.  Hear about last year’s trip from these students: Corbin Mollman, Husnain Khan, and Nichole McCown.


Program Dates in Hong Kong / Shanghai

Saturday, January 4 to Sunday, January 12, 2014 (Depart U.S. on Friday, January 3)

Mandatory class session:
Sunday, December 8, 2013, 10am-4pm, in Iowa City, Room C425 Pomerantz Center

How to Apply

To apply for the GLO, complete and submit the online application form.

NOTE: you will need your passport information to complete the online application form. The form should take about 10 minutes to complete and must be finished in its entirety to submit.

The application deadline is Wednesday, September 18, at 5 p.m.

The program is also open to PM students and is limited to 30 students, so sign up now!

Visa Requirements

The following visa requirements are due by 5:00 p.m. on October 15:

  • Passport: You should submit your original passport that is valid for at least another 6 months with at least one blank visa page and a photocopy of the passport's information/photo page.
  • Visa Application Form: TYPED IN CAPITALS, no handwritten applications accepted
    • Submit the Visa Application Form, which is truthfully completed and signed. We have already filled in some fields related to the program and contact information. If you plan to stay longer in China, please adjust section 2.4 to accurately reflect your trip details. For section 3.6, please list spouse and children, if any.
    • Non-US citizens must ALSO submit the truthfully completed and signed Supplementary Visa Application Form (V2011B). Fill out the top portion and Section D and sign.
  • Photo: One color photo. The photo should be recent, front view, 48mm x33mm size without a head covering. Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, etc. can take passport photos.
  • Proof of U.S. Residency Status: Non-US citizens need to provide a valid U.S. visa and may be asked for additional documentation dependent on your nationality.
  • Photocopy of the roundtrip airline ticket and hotel reservation. Please wait to purchase your airline ticket until you have received confirmation from us.

Please send or drop off your passport to: Jill Tomkins, 100 Pomerantz Center, Suite C432, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242. When sending your passport, it is always advisable to use a mailing option that allows for tracking. Visas will be obtained in late October. If you need your passport in October or anticipate international travel, please contact us to make appropriate arrangements.

Program Fee Information

The Full-time MBA Program will subsidize the full $2,400 program fee for GLO. However, if you withdraw on or after October 1, you will be penalized the entire program fee amount ($2400) given our requirement to prepay the vendor.

The program fee includes:

  • Hotel accommodation (double occupancy)*
  • Visa/reciprocity fees and processing if necessary;
  • Professional visits and speakers
  • Classroom space
  • Group airport/hotel transfers in country (available in prescribed time window)
  • Internal travel
  • Bi-lingual group tour manager
  • Orientation upon arrival
  • Transportation to all professional visits
  • Scheduled excursions and cultural activities
  • Some meals (including all breakfasts and welcome and farewell meals)
  • Supplemental health insurance and assistance for international travel (CISI)

*a single-room supplement will be charged for those individuals who want a single room.


Airfare (on your own):
Airfare from the United States to the site country is arranged individually and NOT included in the program fee. Estimated airfare is ~$1,500. Please do not book your airfare until your application has been accepted and your participation confirmed.


Please direct any questions to Jill Tomkins, MBA Global Learning and Student Services Coordinator, Tippie School of Management, at 319-335-2686 or