Business in China

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Gain an understanding of how Chinese markets operate on a global scale through this program in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen
Location: China
Language of Instruction: English
Term: Summer
Program Type: Faculty-led
Open to non-KU Students: No
Fulfills KU Core 4.2: No
Fulfills KU Core 5: No

  • 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

Program Cities

  • Beijing: May 19-24, 2020 (5 days)
  • Shanghai: May 24-27, 2020 (3 days)
  • Shenzhen: May 27-30, 2020 (3 days)

Recent Visits Included:

  • KPMG
  • Great Wall Electric Vehicle
  • Intel
  • Black & Veatch
  • EY
  • 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. For more details, please read the Business in China Course Requirements (.docx).

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.

SAGE is dedicated to creating international engagement opportunities that meet the needs of all our students and providing resources to support you through the process of studying abroad. Study abroad is achievable for students of all identities including our BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ students, students with disabilities, and students with religious/non-religious viewpoints. Before selecting a program, consider how your identities may impact your experience abroad in unique ways and talk with your Program Coordinator about any program-specific concerns. Students with documented disabilities should discuss any accommodation needs with their Program Coordinator early in the planning process.

Check our Identity Abroad page and resources listed below for information specific to you and other students who may be on your program.

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.

Program Cost for Business in China

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.

Contact Information:

Dan Galindau, Lecturer
School of Business
Capitol Federal Hall
Room 3178

Business School Scholarship

Scholarships may be available for study abroad programs. For more information on study abroad scholarships for business students, consult the Center for Global Business Studies. For general study abroad scholarship information, see Study Abroad and Global Engagement Costs and Finances