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Business in China
Gain an understanding of how Chinese markets operate on a global scale through this program in Beijing, Shenzhen and Hong Kong
Location: 
China
Language of Instruction: 
English
Term: 
Summer
Academic Disciplines: 
Business
International Business
Program Type: 
Faculty-led
Highlights: 
  • Visit several U.S. and Chinese companies in Beijing, Shenzhen and Hong Kong
  • Gain an understanding of how the Chinese market operates 
Program Summary: 

China is the world's largest trading nation and is essential to the US 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.  To be prepared to work with China, business professionals must understand:

•    How to assess the country as a potential market and/or source of supply

•    How to develop business and government connections

•    How to select operating locations, market segments, and potential partners

•    How to maintain momentum to achieve lasting success

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. This thirteen day program will include visits to U.S. and Chinese companies in Beijing, Shenzhen and Hong Kong and top tourist sites in Beijing and Hong Kong.

Location: 

Beijing (5 days) While in Beijing, participants will visit U.S. and Chinese companies. Possible company visits include Intel, Black & Veatch, Amazon as well as the leading Chinese developer of electric automobiles. Program cultural activities include the Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.

Shenzhen (2 days)While in Shenzhen, visits will include  Payless ShoeSource and Huawei; China’s leading technology company.

Hong Kong (4 days) While in Hong Kong, visits will include Hallmark and EY as well as popular cultural and tourist sites.

MBA and MACC students can choose to do the Beijing only portion of the program or the entire program.

 

 

Academic Information: 

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 submit  written assignments prior to departure to prepare themselves with a basic understanding of China and its economy. Students participating in the two-week option will submit a written assignment upon return to the U.S. on a China related business topic of their choosing. All students will be asked to maintain a personal journal and 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)

Graduate Business students: IBUS 740 Business Practices in China (2 hours)

Pre-Business and Non-Business students: IBUS 300 Special Topics in International Business:  Business Practices in China (3 hours)

Housing: 

Accommodations

Participants will stay in double occupancy rooms in hotels in Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Beijing.  

Graduate students can choose a single room option for an additional cost.

Life Abroad: 

Dates for Undergraduate Students

Depart US: Monday, May 15, 2017

Arrive in Beijing: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

  • Beijing: May 16-21, 2017
  • Shenzhen: May 21-23, 2017
  • Hong Kong: May 23-27, 2017

Depart Hong Kong & Arrive in U.S.:  Saturday, May 27, 2017

Dates for MBA Students

Option One:

Depart US: Monday, May 15, 2017

Arrive in Beijing: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Depart Beijing & Arrive in the U.S.: Sunday, May 21, 2017

Option Two:

Depart US: Monday, May 15, 2017

Arrive in Beijing: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

  • Beijing: May 16-21, 2017
  • Shenzhen: May 21-23, 2017
  • Hong Kong: May 23-27, 2017

Depart Hong Kong & Arrive in U.S.:  Saturday, May 27, 2017

Eligibility: 

Eligibility

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.

Further Reading: 

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.

 

Program Faculty: 

The 2017 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. 11 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.

Add Course: 
Undergraduate business students only.
Language of Instruction: 
English
Status: 
KU Course
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Graduate business students only
Language of Instruction: 
English
Status: 
KU Course
KU Credit Hours: 
2
Undergraduate business students only.
Language of Instruction: 
English
Status: 
KU Course
KU Credit Hours: 
3
For pre-business or non-business students.
Language of Instruction: 
English
Status: 
KU Course
KU Credit Hours: 
3

Announcements

Deadlines extended for selected Winter Break, Spring Break, and Spring semester-long study abroad programs! See below for full list of programs: 

Programs with Extended Deadlines (PDF)

 

Study Abroad Financial Advising
The Office of Study Abroad has weekly 'You Can Afford to Study Abroad' Financial aid and Scholarship Info Sessions/Open Meetings on Wednesday afternoons from 4:00-5:00 pm and Thursday afternoons from 12:30-1:30 pm in room 203 Lippincott Hall.  For those that can not attend the weekly Info Sessions, we also offer individualized study abroad financial planning as well as financial aid and scholarship advising for students.  Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.

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