Business and Culture in China

Program Announcement:

Due to COVID-19, Business and Culture in China will not occur in May 2021. We will update this webpage as plans are made for May 2022. If you are looking for an international experience, Tippie will continue to offer virtual global programming that counts for Tippie RISE: 

Summer 2021:

Virtual International Business in Italy: A virtual trip to Italy to examine the business, social, and political response to the pandemic.

This experience will explore international business at a time of disruption: looking at economic, political, and financial implications of the pandemic in Italy and the European Union. The class will be filled with hands-on cultural experiences that you can do from home.

Virtual Global Internships

Remote internships mean that you can work with companies across the globe to support a variety of projects ranging from social media support to full business projects, website designs, market reports, financial assessments, usability testing code, and much much more. When completing a remote internship many of the same aspects of a traditional in-person internship still exist, including meetings with your supervisor or teammates, completing a mix of individual and group projects, and learning about the overall company or organization and the culture it works in.


    Future Applications and Eligibility

    Application information about the program for May 2022 will be announced in the future. Past program eligibility requirements include:

    • 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. 

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    Business and Culture in China (BUS:2450)

    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 Joelle Brown.

    Through interactive company visits, cultural excursions, discussions, case studies, and readings, you will explore how business operates in China, strategies in the Chinese market, US-China trade relations, and the Chinese consumer. Past company visits: FedEx, Intel Corp., BaoSteel, Walt Disney Resorts, Baidu, Lenovo, Volkswagen, BBDO Ad Agency, and more!

    • 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

    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

    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.