Applications will open in late-September for the following Summer term.
Once applications open, click the "Apply Now
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If you don't yet have your passport, don't worry! You do not need a physical copy of your passport in order to apply for the program. However
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*Priority Deadline: December 1, 2016
**Regular Deadline: February 1, 2017
*Program may fill before regular deadline; therefore, early application is advised
**Post-priority applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the regular deadline
The International Business in China study tour is designed to give participants exposure to the economic and political environments, business practices, higher education system, language and culture of China. At the end of the trip, students should have a deep enough understanding of each of these to compare U.S. and Chinese environments and practices. An emphasis is placed upon the application of this understanding to the changing business environment in China, including opportunities and challenges of doing business as an international partner in China. Business themes considered include Cultural and Governmental Norms, Central Planning Issues, Rising Worker Costs, Population Movements, Domestic Consumption Patterns, Retail Supply Chain Challenges, and Corporate Social Responsibility, among others. In addition to business and cultural site visits, students will gain insights from non-Chinese business professionals who have chosen to make China an integral part of their career path and now live in China or travel to China extensively.
Faculty leadership for the trip comes from Professor John Aloysius and Professor John Kent, both with the Department of Supply Chain Management in the Walton College of Business.
Undergraduates should have WCOB pre-business core by the beginning of the program abroad
Undergraduates should have completed at least 24 credit hours* with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better at the time of application. *Students who have completed less than 24 credit hours may be admissible upon recommendation of faculty leader with support of the dean of the sponsoring college.
Six (6) credit hours (UGRD)
Three to six (3-6) credit hours (GRAD)
: Offered at the Undergraduate and Graduate levels
(6 credits; UGRD)
(3 credits or 6 credits; GRAD)
The program is intended for undergraduate, MBA, MACC, and MIS students in the Walton College of Business. Students from other degree programs will also be considered. Courses are taught in English by Walton College faculty, guest lecturers, and professional executives.
The 6-credit hour option
includes 21 days of travel in China, in addition to pre-departure contact hours. The first 7 days will include an immersion experience that includes full-day classroom and cultural activities at the university in China, with particular emphasis on interactions with Chinese university students.
Graduate students choosing the 3-credit hour option
will join the rest of the students for the remaining 14 days, when both the 3 and 6 credit hour groups will be combined.
Accommodations will be in business hotels in the various cities visited. In Suzhou the hotel is adjacent to Suzhou University, facilitating interaction with Chinese students.
The group will visit major multinational corporations and entrepreneurial business ventures across Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Beijing, and Hong Kong. In addition to scheduled activities, students will be given opportunities for exploration within the various cities. Significant cultural and historical visits include tours of cultural sites such as the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Hangzhou Gardens, the Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square and Mao’s Memorial Hall, among others.
Financial aid and scholarships are available to U of A students.
In many cases, you can also use your current scholarships and financial aid to help finance your program. If you receive scholarships, grants, or loans as a U of A student, please contact your Financial Aid Advisor in Silas Hunt Hall (479-575-3806) to see how much of your current aid package you’ll be able to utilize towards this summer study abroad program or to apply for loans. Criteria for scholarships vary, and students should read eligibility requirements carefully.
U of A students should check out other funding opportunities on our website
For assistance with the application process, costs, travel arrangements, etc., contact the Office of Study Abroad.
For additional information about courses or program content, contact faculty leaders:
Department of Supply Chain Management
Check out our quick info sheet to see what former students have said about their cultural experiences, out of pocket expenses and budgeting, packing, and technology abroad!
WCOB China_info sheet.pdf