Study Abroad


Doing Business with 21st Century China: Opportunities and Challenges

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This course is now accepting applications for the Winter 2014 term.

UMAIE Course Number: T4223
SAU Course Equivalency:  INTL 399, Topics in International Business (four credits)
Instructor: Dr. Bruce Fischer and Dr. Gurram Gopal, Center for Business and Economics, Elmhurst College
Dates:  January 2-24, 2014. (NOTE: SAU classes begin January 15)
Location: Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Hong Kong
Price: $6,145 (subject to change)

Program description

The course will enable students to comprehend the massive social, economic and cultural changes taking place in China as it becomes a leader in the world.

The journey begins in Beijing where students will see world-renowned historic sights and start to understand the rich cultural history of China. Students will learn about the Chinese central government and the role of central planning. Important historic sites as the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, and Tianenmen Square will offer significant opportunities to learn about the Chinese history and economy, including the tourism industry, the retail sector, and the transportation sector. Shanghai offers an opportunity to study the financial industry of China and understand how Shanghai has emerged as a major player in international finance. Shanghai also presents an opportunity to study the rise in consumerism and the significant presence of western brands in China.

The visit to Chengdu provides an opportunity to see the interior of China and visit a major University. Hong Kong presents an interesting contrast to Shanghai as China has given the former considerable autonomy even as it tries to integrate it into the mainland.

What is included

  • Round-trip airfare from Moline, Chicago or Minneapolis 
  • Hotel Accommodation in double and triple rooms
  • Continental breakfast daily
  • Some lunches and dinners
  • Cultural Performances
  • Travel assistance
  • International health insurance

What is not included

  • Passport fees
  • Transportation to/from airport
  • Fees for textbooks and materials
  • Some Meals 
  • Personal baggage fees


How to apply

Priority Deadline: April 12, 2013
Complete the online study abroad application and submit a $500 application deposit to the Center for International Education (Cosgrove Hall, lower level).

Applications will be accepted until October 1.
Students that apply after the April 12 Priority Deadline may find that their desired program is full.

  • Follow the application instructions carefully.
  • Applications will not be reviewed until all application materials have been received.
  • Make checks payable to Seminars International.
  • The $500 application deposit is deducted from the total program cost.
  • If you are not accepted into the program, or if the program is canceled, the application deposit is refundable.
  • If you are accepted, the application deposit is non-refundable after September 17.

Payment deadlines

  • November 1, 2013: remaining balance due

Payment details

  • Failure to meet payment deadlines may jeopardize your place in the program.
  • Please submit your final payment to Student Account Services by November 1.
  • The final payment is non-refundable after November 1.