Business and culture in China

Kick off your summer with a two-week session exploring China and gaining experience in international business. During this unique adventure, you will gain cultural awareness and visit not just one, but two amazing cities - Beijing and Shanghai. For more information contact Gordon Louie or Shari Piekarski.

Application and eligibility

Priority Application Deadline is December 8, 2017
Final Application deadline is February 9, 2018

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. If the program reaches capacity, we will begin offering a waitlist. The commitment deadline will be in early February.


    To have the best possible experience, you must meet the following requirements:

    • GPA: 2.75 UI and cumulative
    • Minimum 30 s.h. completed prior to program (May 2018)
    • Academic Prerequisites: ECON:1100, ECON:1200, or approval of program director
    • Preference given to sophomores and juniors

    Program space is limited to approximately 20 students. 

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    Business and Culture in China (BUS:2450)

    Business and cultural environment of China; lectures, readings, case studies, company visits, and immersion in cultural experiences. Chinese history, politics, business, economics, and culture; topics may include Chinese business culture and relationships, local companies going global, business strategies of multinational companies in Chinese market; United States-China trade relations, entrepreneurship, Chinese consumer, sustainability and social responsibility.

    • Fulfills General Education requirement: International and Global Issues
    • Counts toward the International Business Certificate (International Business category)
    • Fulfills General Education Program requirement for Engineering majors

    Program fees

    The program fee is expected to be about $4,000.

    What's included:

    • 3 s.h. course
    • Hotel accommodations in both cities
    • Welcome and farewell dinners
    • Guided tour of Beijing
    • Guided tour of Shanghai
    • Day trip to the Great Wall and Beijing Olympic Village
    • 12 interactive company/site visits and speakers
    • Transportation to events
    • High-speed rail ticket from Beijing to Shanghai
    • 12 breakfasts, and 7 group lunches
    • On-site orientation and support in both cities
    • Required UI travel insurance

    What's not included:

    • Round-trip airfare
    • Some lunches and dinners
    • Personal expenses

    Purchasing airline tickets

    Students are advised NOT to purchase tickets until the program's status is confirmed. Directions about purchasing tickets will be shared after acceptance to the program.


    Scholarships and grants 

    Study Abroad offers a limited number of need-based grants and scholarships for undergraduates. Tippie also offers its own Study Abroad Scholarships.  The application deadline for summer programs is March 1.

    Apply for Tippie Scholarships

    Note to international students

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