Business in China
- This program has been cancelled for Summer 2021.
- Visit several U.S. and Chinese companies in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen
- Gain an understanding of how the Chinese market operates
China is the world's largest trading nation and is essential to the U.S. and the World for imports and exports. Firms large and small face the reality that China is a major player in the world economy. Most U.S. companies are already or soon will be dealing with Chinese clients, suppliers, competitors, partners, or consumers. Business professionals must understand the country and how businesses, both Chinese and Western, operate successfully there in order to tap the huge potential that China and Asia represent. No other country in the world will have a greater impact on the professional and personal lives of future U.S. businesspeople than China.
The KU School of Business has had a faculty-led study abroad program in China since 2002. This on-the-ground preparation for doing business in China cannot be duplicated by any other educational approach. During this fourteen-day program, participants will have the opportunity to:
- Learn the strategies and activities of Western companies in China.
- Learn how Chinese companies are operating in China and globally.
- Learn about the opportunities and challenges of living and working in a foreign country.
- Visit important cultural sites to better understand Chinese history and culture.
Depart US: Monday, May 18, 2020
Arrive in Beijing: Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Depart Shenzhen & Arrive in U.S.: Saturday, May 30, 2020
- Beijing: May 19-24, 2020 (5 days)
- Shanghai: May 24-27, 2020 (3 days)
- Shenzhen: May 27-30, 2020 (3 days)
Recent visits included:
- Great Wall Electric Vehicle
- Black & Veatch
- Capital University of Economics and Business
Program Cultural Activities:
- Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City
- The Great Wall
- Yu Chinese Garden in Shanghai
- Shanghai Bund
- Shenzhen Splendid China Folk Village and Cultural Theme Park
Course Requirements & Credit
Students are required to participate fully in all pre-departure meetings and coursework, as well as all scheduled activities in China. All students will prepare a pre-trip China background paper, a post-trip research paper focusing on a specific China business topic of their choice due at the end of the Summer term, as well as maintaining a personal journal/blog during the program. Please read the course requirements detailed in this document.
Undergraduates Business students:
IBUS 500 Individual Research in International Business (3 hours) or BBA 500 Individual Research in Business (3 hours)
Pre-Business and Non-Business students: IBUS 300 Special Topics in International Business: Business Practices in China (3 hours)
Graduate Business students: IBUS 740 (3 hours)
Participants will stay in double occupancy rooms in hotels in Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen.
Graduate students can choose a single room option for an additional cost.
This program is open to KU BBA, undergraduate and graduate students of all majors. Priority will be given to admitted business undergraduate students and MBA/MACC students. There is no language requirement. Minimum 2.5 GPA required, though exceptions will be considered after submission of a petition.
Business School Scholarship
Scholarships may be available for study abroad programs. Consult the Center for Global Business Studies website for more information on study abroad scholarships for business students. For general study abroad scholarship information, consult the Study Abroad & Global Engagement website.
The 2020 program will be led by Dan Galindau. He has directed the program since 2017 and co-directed the 2016 program.
Dan Galindau has been a lecturer at KU since 2005. He teaches International Management and Comparative and Cross-Cultural Management at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at KU. Prior to coming to KU, Dan had a 20-year business career with a European tool manufacturer. Eleven years of that career were spent living and working in the Asia; including 5 years as Country Manager in South Korea, and 6 years as head of the company’s Asia Pacific Region (including greater China) living in Hong Kong. Dan received his undergraduate degree at UCLA, and his MBA at the University of Southern California.
Dan Galindau, Lecturer
School of Business
Capitol Federal Hall