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Study international business and travel to China in summer 2015!

The China Summer program for 2015 has been cancelled.

Please contact Dr. Sidne Ward for additional information.

China in 2015
May 30-June 5, 2015

Application deadline April 9, 2015


Dr. Sidne Ward, Director of Bloch Global Management Education Initiatives, Associate Professor of Information Systems and Chair of the Department of Management, will lead the trip. Dr. Ward has lived and worked in Nepal and traveled to more than 40 other countries. She has led multiple study abroad trips to China.
Contact: Dr. Ward.

Shanghai - Protiviti

Course Scheduling

A program overview meeting for all participants will be held as a half-day Saturday session in early April on Saturday, April 11 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Location TBA.

Additional class meetings will be held Saturday, April 18 or Saturday, April 25 and Saturday, May 2. Time and location TBA. The University's required pre-departure orientation will be held on Saturday, May 2 from 12-1 p.m. Location TBA.

The international portion of the course runs from May 30 through June 5 (7 nights). Participants will arrive in Beijing on May 30 and depart from Shanghai on June 6.

On-line content will supplement classroom-based sessions.

The international portion of the course runs from May 30 through June 5 (7 nights). Participants will arrive in Beijing on May 30 and depart from Shanghai on June 6.

One additional class meeting may be held in the summer after the trip.

Trip Overview

Beijing is the capital of China and, with more than 20 million residents, a center for international finance and media. As the political center of China for much of the past 800 years, Beijing is home to UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as The Forbidden City and the Great Wall as well as the headquarters of many of China's largest companies. Recent professional visits have included Lenovo's Innovation Center, Black & Veatch, China Daily, Beijing HEPO, and the Soong Ching Ling Foundation. Cultural highlights have included Tiananmen Square, the 798 Art District, and the city's famous historic hutong alleys.

Shanghai is the financial and commercial capital of China and a world class city! East and West meet in a mix of historic shikumen-style houses, the European colonial buildings along The Bund, and futuristic Pudong. Recent professional visits have included Ernst & Young, Protiviti, Sidley Austin, Anpac Science, Scrolltech, FedEx, and ANZ Bank. Cultural visits have included sites such as Yuyuan Garden (a lavish garden established more than 400 years ago), Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Jade Buddha Temple, Xintiandi (shopping, dining, and entertainment district), Shanghai World Financial Center, and a Huangpu River cruise.

During the course we will compare and contrast doing business in China and the U.S. from economic, political, and legal viewpoints and examine the relationship between the two countries in the economic and business arenas.


Students are responsible for the following program costs:

  • $700 deposit* to be submitted with the program application. The deposit, less $100, is refundable until accommodations must be finalized (around April 15). If an application is rejected, the entire deposit will be refunded. This deposit is a down payment toward the cost of accommodations
  • $25 subscription fee to StudioAbroad, the application software used by International Academic Programs
  • 3 hours tuition (this class will be part of the summer semester)
  • International airfare to/from Beijing/Shanghai
  • Meals in Beijing/Shanghai
  • Local transportation costs (including high speed train from Beijing to Shanghai)
  • Miscellaneous expenses including entry fees to cultural sites
  • Incidentals
  • Passport costs, if you do not have a passport already
  • University-required HTH health insurance
  • Visa fees (required for U.S. passport holders)

*Due to currency fluctuations and rising prices, students may be required to pay additional funds prior to the trip.

Scholarships are available as well as financial aid.


A one day post-trip extension is available. For students who wish to spend a bit more time in China and explore outside Shanghai, an all day excursion to Suzhou and Tongli is planned. The Classical Gardens of Suzhou, dating from the 11th - 19th centuries, are designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Tongli is a well-preserved and picturesque water town more than 1000 years old. The water towns, characterized by canals and surrounded by lakes, are known as the "Venice of the East." Application deadline April 25, 2015.

This trip runs June 6 (1 night). Participants will depart from Shanghai on June 7.


  • $50 administrative fee, due with post-trip sign-up
  • One night accommodation costs (approximately $125)
  • Transportation expenses (approximately $50)
  • Meals
  • Entry fees

Payment for some of the expenses may be collected in the spring to ensure availability of rooms, etc.

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Kansas City, MO 64110

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