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Business & Culture In China:

May Session in Beijing & Shanghai

Program Dates: Sunday, May 15–Saturday, May 28, 2016

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BUS:2450 Business and Culture in China - 3 s.h.

Fulfills General Education requirement: International Global Issues (for Business majors)
Counts toward the International Business Certificate (IB Category)
Students will explore the business and cultural environment of China as part of a two-week study program in China during May session. Through discussions, readings, case studies, company visits and immersion in cultural experiences, students will develop greater awareness of Chinese history, politics, business, economics, and culture. Topics include: Chinese business culture and relationships, local companies going global, business strategies of multinational companies in the Chinese market, US-China trade relations, entrepreneurship, the Chinese consumer, sustainability and social responsibility.

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Eligibility Requirements

  • GPA: 2.75 UI and cumulative
  • Minimum 30 s.h. completed prior to program (May 2016)
  • Academic Prerequisites: ECON:1100 Principles of Microeconomics, ECON:1200 Principles of Macroeconomics, or approval of program director
  • Preference given to sophomores and juniors who will return to campus to share experiences



Priority Application Deadline is December 4, 2015
Final Application deadline is February 2, 2016

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. If the program reaches capacity, we will begin offering a waitlist.

Program Commitment and Deposit

The commitment deadline will be in early February.

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Enrollment Targets

Space is limited to approximately 16-18 students.

Program Fee

The total cost (including airfare) is estimated to be $5,500-$5,700.

What's Included:
The fee for the two-week experience includes: a 3 s.h. course, airfare, hotel accommodations in both cities, cultural events that tentatively include a welcome dinner, farewell dinner, a guided tour of Beijing (including the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square), a guided tour of Shanghai (including the Jade Buddha, and Yuyuan classical garden), a day trip to the Great Wall, Beijing Olympic Village, 12 interactive company/site visits and speakers, buses/shuttles to events, high-speed rail ticket from Beijing to Shanghai, 12 breakfasts, and 7 group lunches. Visa/Passports costs, and required UI travel insurance is included as well.

What's Not Included:
Some lunches & dinners, and personal expenses are not included in the program fee.

A special note to international students

You are encouraged consult with an advisor at International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS), 1111 University Capitol Centre, to ensure all of your paperwork will be in order for this type of travel.

Purchasing Airline Tickets

Students are advised NOT to purchase tickets until the program's status is confirmed. We are also investigating reserving a block of tickets for the group, to help save on flight costs. Directions about purchasing tickets will be shared after acceptance to the program.


The Tippie College offers multiple scholarship options for study abroad.

UI Study Abroad offers a limited number of need-based grants and merit-based scholarships for undergraduates.

For more information:

Contact Matt Edwards or Shari Piekarski or call the Undergraduate Program Office at 319-335-1037.