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. For more information contact or Shari Piekarski.

The program will not be offered in 2019. Information about the May 2020 program will be available in late spring 2019.

Application and eligibility

Deadlines for May 2020 are to be determined.

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 2020)
    • Academic Prerequisites: ECON:1100, ECON:1200, or approval of program director
    • Preference given to sophomores and juniors

    Program space is limited to approximately 25 students. 

    Apply now


    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 for the May 2020 program will be estimated by Spring 2019.

    What's included in the program fee:

    • 3 s.h. course
    • Hotel accommodations
    • Welcome and farewell dinners
    • Guided tour of the host cities
    • Day trip to the Great Wall and the Forbidden City
    • 9-10 interactive company/site visits and speakers
    • Transportation to events
    • In-country travel between cities (high speed rail or flight)
    • Daily breakfasts, and 5-7 group lunches
    • On-site orientation and support in both cities
    • Required UI travel insurance

    What's not included in the program fee:

    • 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, which is generally in February (three months before departure).


    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 currently is March 1. Deadline may be subject to change.

    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.