Logistics and schedule
The program fee covers all in-country travel, lodging, and most meals. EMBA program staff handles all of the details including visa procurement. No special immunizations are required for China at this time; however, we recommend checking the CDC’s website for latest recommendations on immunizations.
You and your EMBA class will visit a range of organizations in China, from state-owned entities to startups and Western companies doing business in China. Cultural visits include the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, and historic Shanghai. A highlight of the trip is the in-depth visit that each study group arranges with a local company. Groups report on their visit to the class after their return.
The 10-day schedule includes several open evenings for students to explore as they wish. The night market in Shanghai is a favorite of our more adventurous eaters (fried Scorpion anyone?).
A detailed schedule will be provided to you by EMBA Program staff, but below is a sample itinerary for you to get a sense of the type of activities you can expect during your trip.
- Arrive Shanghai via Chicago, transfer to hotel
- Free time remainder of day
Day 2—Welcome to China
- Orientation with faculty, international travel group representatives
- Presentation: Insights into business practices in China. Presented by president/CEO of multinational company
- Presentation: Marketing, Branding & Changing Consumer Behavior: Consumer Trends in China. Presented by executive with an international advertising agency
- Group lunch and guided tour of Shanghai—Jade Buddha Templa, Yuyuan Garden, and the Bund
- Welcome dinner hosted by expat/partner at a Shanghai e-commerce startup
Day 3—Explore business in China
- Company visit 1 (in groups)
- Import/export and warehousing corporation. Management presentation, discussion, tour of facility
- Multinational health care conglomerate. Management presentation, discussion, tour of center
- Visit to Chinese logistics corporation. Management presentation, discussion, tour of center
- Cultural activity: Huangpu River Cruise
Day 4—Student projects
- Study group company visits
- Evening group dinner with guest speakers from the American Chamber of Commerce in China
Day 5—Travel to Beijing
- Arrive in Beijing by train
- U.S. Embassy visit, hosted by embassy staff
- Remainder of day at leisure with suggested places to visit/activities
Days 6 & 7—Cultural exploration
- Guided tour: Forbidden City, emperor’s residence, Tiananmen Square
- Cultural excursion options: guided shopping tour, the Summer Palace, the Great Wall, Olympic Village
- Group dinner—Chinese hot-pot dining
Day 8—China's investment opportunities
- Company visits, in groups
- Integrated marketing company focused on SEO. Management presentation, discussion on strategies for Asian market
- Power system manufacturer. Management presentation, discussion
- Integrated Asian health care provider. Hospital visit/tour with CXO
- Group lunch with guest speaker. Topic: starting—and dissolving—a business in China
- Visit to technology startup. Presentation and discussion on bringing tech startups to life in China.
- Rest of day at leisure
Day 9—Local manufacturing and law
- Visit to multinational manufacturer. Management presentation, discussion, tour on manufacturing and production adaptation for Chinese market
- Group lunch with guest speakers. Topic: Becoming an expat
- Visit to Beijing law firm. Presentation and discussion on local legal practice and challenges
- Group dinner with guest speaker from U.S. Embassy
|Day 10—Return to U.S.