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BU 465 - Business and Culture in China - Spring 2015

A pillar of civilization, China now vies for the title of the world’s largest economy. The biggest sites simply can’t be missed, but since you’re there, why not budget some time for the businesses shaping our future? Leading companies will open their doors to you in Beijing, Shanghai and laissez-faire-capital Hong Kong—sharing an insight that goes beyond the value of the dollar.

Faculty Leader:
Michael Ratajczyk, Assistant Professor - School of Business

BU 465 - Topics: Chinese Business & Culture - 3 credits

The course will address various aspects of Chinese business, culture and society, including ancient history, ethnic and cultural values/customs, and social development. Different cultural and historical sites and modern cities will be visited and experienced. Students will also interact with different people and cultures in China, which cannot be obtained via textbooks or classrooms. In addition to the weekly class meetings, there will be constant interaction between the instructor and students before, during and after the study tour.

Students need to have a GPA of 2.0 or higher and aophomore status. Eligibility will also be based on recommendations and record of behavior at SMU.

Students will be charged a course fee of $4,700.00 - $4,900.00*  Price includes round trip airfare, land transportation, hotel stay and most meals.

*Cost will vary based on student enrollment. A minimum of 8 students are required for the course.
*Cost of passport, visas, and some meals are not included in the course fee and are the responsibility of the student.
*If flying from an airport other than MSP student will incur the additional cost, approximately $150
*For students over 30 years old there is an additional fee of $300.

Hotels with private bathrooms
Light breakfast daily

Application Deadline
December 2, 2014

Application Process

Visit the Study Abroad Office to apply and register for BU 465. 
Students that wish to drop BU 465 need to withdraw through the Study Abroad Office by 4:00 pm on January 12, 2015 to avoid paying the course fee. Those who remain enrolled at that time will be responsible for the full course fee. 
Visit the Study Abroad Office, located in Saint Mary’s Hall, Room 103.

Travel Dates (anticipated)

  Monday, May 18 Depart MSP
  May 19-23 Beijing
  May 22-25 Shanghai
  May 26-28 Hong Kong
  Friday, May 29 Return Date

Trip Highlights
Visit the cities of Beijing; Shanghai; and Hong Kong. Tours are led by expert local guides.

Sites: Summer Palace; Forbidden City; Tiananmen Square; Great Wall of China; Jade Buddha Temple; Yu Yuan Garden; Bund; Shanghai World Financial Center; Acrobatics show; Peak Tram; Man Mo Temple; Dim sum tasting; Star Ferry ride.

Experiential learning: 3 business visits; 1 cultural exchange meeting

City Highlights

Beijing, the capital city, has long been recognized as one of the important political, economic and cultural centers of modern and ancient China. Familiar landmarks include Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven. More recently, Beijing was the site of the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Shanghai is the largest city by population in the People's Republic of China with a total population of over 23 million. Shanghai is a popular tourist destination renowned for its historical landmarks such as The Bund, City God Temple and Yu Garden, as well as the extensive and growing Lujiazui skyline. It has been described as the "showpiece" of the booming economy of mainland China.

Hong Kong
Hong Kong is situated on China's south coast and, enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea, it is known for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbor. With a land mass of 426.and a population of seven million people, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. The lack of space caused demand for denser constructions, which developed the city to a center for modern architecture and the world's most vertical city.