Business in China
- Visit several U.S. and Chinese companies in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong
- 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.(deleted bullet points)
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.
Beijing (5 days) Participants will visit U.S. and Chinese companies. Visits include Black & Veatch, Intel, Great Wall Electric Auto Headquarters, the Economic Section of U.S. Embassy and the University of International Business and Economics. Program cultural activities include the Great Wall, Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, as well as free time for students to explore personal sites of interest.
Shanghai (3 days) Participants will visit KPMG, Invista (Koch Industries), Sam’s Club and Great Wall Electric Auto’s Factory and R&D Center in Suzhou, as well as visit key cultural sites in Shanghai.
Hong Kong (4 days) While in Hong Kong, visits will include Hallmark, Procter & Gamble/Hills Pet Nutrition, EY, and Moody's as well as popular cultural and tourist sites.
Course Requirements & Credit
Students are required to participate fully in pre-departure meetings and coursework, as well as all scheduled activities in China. All students will prepare a written report summarizing their learning in relation to a specific topic of their choice, as well as maintaining a personal journal/blog during the program.
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 Hong Kong.
Graduate students can choose a single room option for an additional cost.
Depart US: Monday, May 14, 2018
Arrive in Beijing: Tuesday, May 15, 2018
- Beijing: May 15-20, 2018
- Shanghai: May 20-23, 2018
- Hong Kong: May 23-27, 2018
Depart Hong Kong & Arrive in U.S.: Sunday, May 27, 2018
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 Office of Study Abroad website.
The 2018 program will be led by Dan Galindau.
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. He co-directed the 2016 Business in China summer study abroad program and directed the 2017 program.