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IBS Summer China Seminar
Beijing, China; Shanghai, China (Outgoing Program)
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Program Sponsor: International Business Seminars (IBS) 
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Minimum GPA: 2.5 Housing Options: Hotel
Areas of Study: Accounting, Advertising, Business, Business Design, Business Information Systems, Communication, Communications, Culture, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Fashion Merchandising, Finance, Government, Hospitality Management, Human Resources Management, International Business, International Relations, International Studies, Law, Management, Marketing, Mass Communications, Media Studies, Political Science, Politics, Pre-Law, Product Design, Psychology, Public Relations, Tourism Program Type: study abroad
Language of Instruction: English Program: Direct
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IBS Summer China 2017

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The International Business Seminars Summer China 2017 program is designed for students majoring in business with no Chinese language background. Over 12 days, you will travel to China to explore two of China's most influential cities, Beijing and Shanghai. This program will provide you with an incredible opportunity to discover international business practices, especially as they pertain to the Chinese business environment. You will gain valuable knowledge of the culture, societal and political environments of the world's next business behemoth. If you intend to pursue a career in international business, or a related field, this program will allow you to obtain real world experience of operating with and considering international business practices, especially if you want to pursue your professional career in Asia.

Alongside taking in the important cultural and historical sites in Beijing and Shanghai, you will visit companies that are global powerhouses in a variety of industries and fields, such as Ericsson, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Lenovo and Coca Cola China. These visits give you important intangible benefits that you just can't pick up back home on campus or even in a traditional study abroad program where you simply attend English lectures at foreign universities. These visits will consist of presentations from executives in upper-management positions, networking opportunities to learn from and gain advice from these individuals, and facility tours of select organizations.

Students will immerse themselves in the rich and diverse Chinese culture, exploring its cities and indulging in delectable Chinese cuisine while staying in four-star hotels. This experience is meant to be the first international business experience of your career, helping you learn and earn priceless lessons you aren't able to capture otherwise!

Program Highlights

IBS Summer China: The Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall

The highlights of this program include our Classic Beijing Tour of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, Lenovo, Ericsson China, Excursion to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall in Beijing, Peking Duck Dinner, taking the high speed train between Beijing and Shanghai, our Old Shanghai City Tour and Coca Cola!


IBS Summer China 2017: Beijing

Beijing literally means Northern Capital, a role it has played many times in China's long history. Beijing's history dates back several thousand years but it first became notable in Chinese history after it was made the capital of the State of Yan under the name Yanjing. Yan was one of the major kingdoms of the Warring States Period, some 2,000 years ago. Today, Beijing is the capital city of China with over 22 million people calling it home. It houses some of China's most well-known and culturally important landmarks such as the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven, and Summer Palace. The contemporary art scene in Beijing is booming and a large number of artists exhibit and sell their art in galleries around the city. The galleries are concentrated in a number of art districts, including the oldest and easiest accessible, but also increasingly commercial and mainstream, making Beijing one of the cultural and art capitals of China alongside its role as the political capital.


IBS Summer China 2017: Shanghai

Shanghai is a fascinating mix of East and West. It has historic shikumen houses that blend the styles of Chinese houses with European design flair, and it has one of the richest collections of Art Deco buildings in the world. As there were so many concessions (designated districts) to Western powers during the turn of the 20th century, at times the city has a cosmopolitan feel. From classic Parisian style, to Tudor style buildings that give an English flair, while the 1930s buildings put you in more familiar cities such as New York or Chicago. 

Today, Shanghai's goal is to develop into a world-class financial and economic center of China and Asia. In achieving this goal, Shanghai faces competition from Hong Kong, which has the advantage of a stronger legal system and greater banking and service expertise. Shanghai has stronger links to the Chinese interior and to the central government in addition to a stronger manufacturing and technology base. Since the return of Hong Kong to China, Shanghai has increased its role in finance, banking, and as a major destination for corporate headquarters, fueling demand for a highly educated and cosmopolitan workforce.
Shanghai is one of the least polluted major cities in China, although the degree of pollution might be more severe when using international comparisons. For this reason, coupled with a lesser degree of focus placed on national politics, visitors will find a much different experience than visiting Beijing making Shanghai a world unto its own a lot like Hong Kong, with the big difference being that it is located on the mainland. 

The Guaranteed Airfare Deadline is March 15, 2017. After this date, all airfare purchases will be subject to retail prices.


Eligibility Requirements

  1. Overall GPA 2.50 or higher.
  2. Program open to all majors but specifically designed for students with background in business, marketing, management, finance, accounting, economics, supply chain management, business law and entrepreneurship.
  3. If you are a U.S. Citizen, you must get a Visa to Enter China. If you are not a U.S. Citizen, please check with the Chinese Embassy to see if you require a visa.

Program Requirements

Students on this program have the option to take this course for credit, taking it for credit is not mandatory. If it is taken for credit, please be aware that IBS is NOT a credit-granting institution and you will need to go through your home university (or a different university if your home university declines to grant credit).

When taking it for credit, students will be evaluated on:
  1. Attendance: Weight = 10% of Grade
  2. Participation: Weight = 20% of Grade
  3. General Citizenship: Weight = 15% of Grade
  4. Final Paper: Weight = 55% of Grade

Looking for additional information?
Please click here to view the IBS Summer China 2017 Syllabus.

*Students who choose to take this program for credit will be required to turn the final paper in by August 15, 2017.




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Academic Nature of IBS Programs

Academic Nature of IBS Programs
Your academic responsibilities as a student taking an International Business Seminar for undergraduate or graduate credit is clearly defined. The Seminars are designed to provide a valuable and enjoyable learning experience for students at the junior, senior, and/or graduate levels. As planned and presented, the Seminars offer the opportunity to gain on-site exposure to the international business environment from the executives who practice and faculty who teach international business. Therefore, students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner.
IBS courses are open to university students in good standing from an accredited university as well as business/professional people. Students may earn undergraduate or graduate credit for a semester. 

In some instances it is possible to participate in a Seminar without taking it for academic credit. We would still expect the same professional behavior, attendance, and standards of participation in the Seminar sessions, but we would not expect the written academic work required of the registered students. Some universities may not allow their students to take the Seminar without academic credit, or may have standards of participation that differ from what is noted above. Please check with your individual faculty member regarding your requirements.
We believe that you will enjoy learning about international business in the arena where it is taking place. Our goal is to help you learn international business from international business practitioners. In this way, you will be exposed to the subtle differences in culture and tradition that you, as an executive, must understand to be a successful international manager.



          Four-Star Hotel Accommodations


Participants will be staying in four-star (or equivalent) hotels that include breakfast in both Beijing and Shanghai.

Only breakfast is included with the hotel accommodations, other meals are not included and are the responsibility of the student.


Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States.  Depending on the program, there may be a great deal of walking or the regular use of public transportation.  International Business Seminars cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. 


Cost Information

Contact IBS directly at for the program cost.

The cost of the program does include:

  1. Four-Star Hotel Accommodations for every night of the itinerary (including breakfast).
  2. All travel between IBS-sanctioned activities.
  3. Travel from Beijing to Shanghai.
  4. Meals included on the itinerary.

The cost of the program does not include:

  1. The cost of tuition for three credit hours (if you opt to take the seminar for credit).
  2. The cost of most meals (unless otherwise noted in the itinerary).
  3. Personal expenses while on the seminar (most meals, souvenirs, etc).
  4. International airfare (unless otherwise noted; this can be arranged with IBS).
  5. The cost of your passport and the cost of your visa to China.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

IBS does not directly accept financial aid; interested students who receive financial aid must accept the dispersal then pay IBS for the seminar cost.




UM Students will pay an additional $792 in study abroad fees and insurance.  Students can also book a group flight through IBS.

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