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?).

Sample itinerary

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.

Day 1—Arrival

  • Arrive in 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.