Institute for International Business

International Program in Hong Kong & Southern China

Tentative Travel Dates: January 4-13, 2013

NOTE: Students need to depart the United States on January 4 to arrive in Hong Kong on January 5.

The China GLO will include a combined trip to Hong Kong and southern Mainland China. Hong Kong is one of the world's busiest cities and leading financial centers. This trip will be split between Hong Kong and Guangzhou, the capital and largest city in Guangdong province, one of China's Special Economic Zones. Hong Kong's temperatures for January range from 65 F as an average high and 57 F average low. January is typically a dry month for Hong Kong.

Students in the Full-time MBA Program and the MBA for Professionals and Managers Program (MBA-PM) have the opportunity to travel to southern China this winter for an MBA course—6N:235 EXK or 002 Seminar in International Business: Going & Growing Global in China. The goal of this international educational experience will be to expose MBA students to international business issues with the focus on the dynamic economy of southeastern China.

Dates: One day predeparture class session and orientation will be held in Iowa City on Sunday, December 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Attendance is required at the predeparture class session/orientation in Iowa City; the other class sessions will be held abroad. 

Program Dates in China: January 5-12 (not including travel) 

Program Fee: $2,600

The program fee includes:

  • 8 nights hotel accommodations (double occupancy with classmate)*
  • Breakfasts and a few other meals (welcome and farewell meals plus several others)
  • Orientation program and lunch in Iowa City
  • Transportation from airport to hotel, and from hotel to airport in global location (two transfer options to/from the airport, times to be determined)
  • Arrangements and transportation to/from all professional visits and cultural excursions
  • Cultural excursion
  • Internal transportation (such as round-trip transportation from Hong Kong to Mainland China)
  • Classroom facilities in global location
  • Supplemental health insurance
  • Group visa from Hong Kong to China

*A single room supplement of $735 will be charged for those individuals who want a single room.

The nonrefundable program fee will be billed on your November 1, 2012, U-bill.

MBA-PM Students:
$1,800 for the 3-credit-hour course (billed on your December 1, 2012, U-bill)
Full-time MBA Students: Assessed as part of the 2011 fall semester tuition.

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.

Other Expenses (on your own):
Course packet/materials, remaining meals, entertainment

  • Visa and Entry Fees—Non-U.S. Citizens:
    • Non-U.S. citizens will need to check for any fees or visa requirements required for their respective countries.
    • These costs are not included in the program fee.
    • When needed, an official University of Iowa letter of intent can be provided.

Financial Aid:

  • Admitted students who are eligible for financial aid can receive aid (loans) for the following costs associated with this program:
    • tuition;
    • program fees; and
    • travel
  • If you plan to seek financial aid through the University of Iowa's Office of Student Financial Aid, you MUST notify Colleen Downie.

The program fee is subsidized by the Global Tuition Surcharge for Full-time MBA students.

6N:235 EXK or 002 Seminar in International Business: Going & Growing Global in China

This 3 s.h. Fall 2012 course can be used as an elective or as a substitute for 6N:223 Global Business Strategy for MBA-PM students.

Location:  Hong Kong and Southern China
Instructor:  Scott Henson
Dates:      The predeparture class session and orientation will be held in Iowa City on Sunday, December 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Attendance is required at the predeparture class session/orientation in Iowa City; the other class sessions will be held abroad. 

Course Expectations and Workload

Students are required to attend the December 2, 2012, predeparture class in Iowa City as well as all class meetings, professional visits, and other scheduled events while in China.

A course syllabus and assignments will be posted later in the fall. Students will have assignments for this class that will be due prior to the December session and prior to departing for China. These assignments will better prepare students for class discussions on December 2 and the professional visits in Hong Kong and China. In addition, a final project/paper/presentation will be due shortly after the students return to the United States.

This course is considered a Fall 2012 course.

Students will spend six nights in Hong Kong and two nights in Guangzhou.

  • January 5: Arrive in Hong Kong
  • January 6-8: Professional visits and class meetings in Hong Kong
  • January 8: Depart Hong Kong for Guangzhou, China
  • January 9-10: Professional visits in Guangzhou
  • January 10: Depart Guangzhou, return to Hong Kong
  • January 11-12: Professional visits and class meetings in Hong Kong
  • January 13: Depart Hong Kong for United States

Professional Visit/Tour Topics (Tentative Itinerary—subject to change):

  • General overview of HK/China's international trade and commerce; impact of credit crunch on operations in China;
  • Export and marketing strategy worldwide;
  • Marketing strategy and cultural differences between the United States and the Chinese market; what gives a company its competitive edge against its rivals;
  • Agribusiness in China;
  • Logistics chain efficiency and infrastructure challenges in a port city;
  • China's economic and political climate;
  • Benefits and challenges for multinational companies operating in China; and
  • Global expansion strategy.

Registration for GLO courses continues in EMBARC for MBA-PM students through October 10, 2012.

  • Admitted students
    To receive GLO registration priority consideration, your GLO request must be received by midnight on October 10, 2012. Priority will be based on the number of completed courses through Fall 2012 (including Intersession) and the date/time of the registration request. An admitted student registration request received after midnight on October 10 will be processed in the order in which it is received. Admitted students who have a seat in a GLO course will see their status change from “Requested” to “Space Held’ in EMBARC on October 10, 2012.
  • Pre-MBA students
    Your registration request will be prioritized based on the date/time of your request. Your request will be processed after admitted students have made their request and only if space is still available.

In addition to your registration request, you will also be required to complete a GLO application. Application information has been forwarded by email.