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Business and Culture in China

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

- Summer


- Beijing, China
- Shanghai, China


- Resident

- 3 s.h.


- 2.75 GPA

- Sophomore standing

- Micro/Macro Econ

Application Due:

Program Cost:

- Click the Application tab

*This program has been inactivated for Summer 2020

Group of UI students in a meeting in China - all wearing business suits

UI Students at a Company Visit in China

Students will explore the business and cultural environment of China during a two-week study program during May session. Through lectures, readings, case studies, company visits and immersion in cultural experiences, students will develop greater awareness of Chinese history, politics, business, economics, and culture. Topics may include: Chinese business culture and relationships, local companies going global, business strategies of multinational companies in the Chinese market, US-China trade relations, entrepreneurship, the Chinese consumer, sustainability, and social responsibility.

Academic Program

Students with a passing grade will be receive 3 s.h. worth of credit for BUS:2450 "Business and Culture in China".
Professor Bob Walker, UI Lecturer

Fulfills General Education requirement: International Global Issues (for Business majors).

Counts toward the International Business Certificate (IB Category).

Fulfills General Education Program requirement for Engineering majors.

Cultural Activities

downtown shanghai, shopping and tourist district

Downtown Shanghai

Throughout the program, there will be a wide array of cultural activities available to the students. Planned activities include: Visiting the Great Wall of China, visits to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, Peking Opera Show, Culinary walk/food tasting tour, Shanghai Disney day trip, Temple of Heaven and YuYuan Garden visits.

Program Dates

Students will arrive in Shanghai on May 18th (typically leaving the US on the 17th) They will return to the US from Beijing on May 30th, 2020.

For More Information

Please visit Tippie's Website for further information.

For more information, please contact either Ms. Joelle Brown at:, or Mrs. Shari Piekarski at:


Shanghai is known for its long history of foreign influence, fashion, and economic prowess, and stands as one of the top financial centers in the world. Following decades of double-digit growth, China’s center of finance and trade aims to become a global financial and shipping hub by the year 2020. With a population topping 23 million people, Shanghai has seen massive development over the last two decades in particular, and the new financial district of Pudong is home to some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world.


UI students at Tiananmen Square

UI Student Group at Tiananmen Square

As the capital of the world’s most populous nation, Beijing is at the center of much that happens in China. It is a city of over 22 million people adapting as China emerges as a global player. Beijing reflects China’s long and evolving history and is home to some of the nation’s most well-known and culturally important sites such as the Great Wall, Forbidden City, and the Summer Palace. In addition to being the political and cultural center of China, Beijing is known as the birthplace of Chinese cinema and modern art. Beijing also has China’s largest concentration of top research institutions.


China, officially known as the People's Republic of China, is the second largest country in the world by land area. Its almost 1.4 billion citizens live mostly near the eastern seaboard. China has grown and evolved for over 5000 years and due to its growing economic power, is set to be one of the world’s superpowers during the 21st century.

US Department of State Country Information

The US Department of State provides safety and security information for every country of the world to help you assess for yourself the risks of travel. Each country information page contains a Travel Advisory, Alerts, and other important details specific to that country that could affect you.

Pay close attention to the entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details to help decide whether traveling to any given country is right for you. Non-US citizen travelers may also wish to seek guidance from the embassy of their country of citizenship. The UI International Travel Policy for Students addresses restrictions on student travel to high-risk locations and engagement in high-risk activities abroad.

Living Arrangements

Students will be housed in double rooms in Western style, three to four star hotels. They are wonderful hotels with wifi and all other standard amenities. Typically a traditional Chinese-style breakfast (not a Western-style breakfast) is included in the hotel accommodation.

Travel Arrangements

Students are advised NOT to purchase tickets until the program's status is confirmed. Directions about purchasing tickets will be shared after acceptance to the program.


All students will need permission to enter and stay in China. Accepted students are requred to attend one of the following visa informaiton sessions: Scheduled China visa info session (1117 University Capitol Centre): Monday, March 23, 1:30-2:30 pm or Wednesday, March 25, 10:30-11:30 am. All participants must process their visas through Students should wait until they attend a visa information session to begin the process of applying for a visa.

*This program has been inactivated for Summer 2020


This program is open to UI students who are in both good academic and also disciplinary standing. Applicants must also meet the minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and have completed at least 30 s.h. of coursework prior to departure. Students also must meet the academic prerequisites of successfully completing ECON:1100 "Principles of Microeconomics" and ECON:1200 "Principles of Macroeconomics." If you haven't completed these two courses and still wish to study abroad on this program, you will need to contact Ms. Joelle Brown or Mrs. Shari Piekarski for an approval. No knowledge of the Chinese language is necessary - this course is taught in English by a University of Iowa professor.

The number of participants is limited to approximately 20-24 students. Preference will be given to sophomores and juniors who will return to campus to share experiences.

Students should contact Ms. Joelle Brown or Mrs. Shari Piekarski with questions regarding eligibility.

Eligibility Policy

It is the University of Iowa’s policy that all students who study abroad must be in both good academic standing and also good disciplinary standing. Students who, even after being accepted into a program, are put on either academic and/or disciplinary probation for any period of time overlapping with the study abroad program dates are ineligible to study abroad.

In these cases, students must forfeit their acceptance and will NOT be allowed to study abroad. Any student that must forfeit their acceptance and/or attendance on a study abroad program due to a probationary status is wholly responsible for any and all financial expenses incurred.

Program Cost


There is a $50 application fee.

To view the total estimated cost of attendance for Summer 20, please click the following PDF link: PDF Summer 20 estimated cost

Typically, the program fee includes tuition for 3 s.h., housing, daily Chinese-style breakfast in the hotels, and some group meals. All other lunches and dinners are paid for by students on their own. The course fee also includes guided tours and a variety of cultural experiences, as well as business visits and guest lectures.

The cost also includes the Study Abroad Administrative Fee and Mandatory Iowa Regents CISI Travel Insurance. Please see the respective websites for further details. If the fee is inclusive of UI tuition, it is calculated by Current Tuition. Please contact your study abroad advisor with questions regarding this cost sheet.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) is applicable to study abroad programs. Please check the Study Abroad website for information on financial aid and how it may be applied to studying abroad. You are also encouraged to speak with someone at the Office of Student Financial Aid to explore financial aid options.

Scholarship opportunities exist for study abroad participants. Please explore Study Abroad’s websites for UI Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities, and Non-UI External Awards. TCOB also offers multiple scholarships for study abroad.

Withdrawal policy

After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad and the Tippie College of Business. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after turning in your confirmation form and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
After turning in the confirmation form until February 18 $642 (Approx. $542 Administrative fee and $100 of program fees)
From February 19 to February 28 $2085 (Approx. $542 Administrative fee and $1543 of program fees)
From February 29 to March 24 $2857 (Approx. $542 Administrative fee and $2315 of program fees)
March 25 and later Total Amount - $3628 (Approx. $542 Administrative fee and all program fees)

Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Check with your specific provider/host university for details. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. To apply, please click on the UI Study Abroad online application system link to begin your application.

Once you've submitted your UI online study abroad application, you will be contacted with next steps. If you have further questions about this program or processes, you can contact Mrs. Shari Piekarski.

Study Abroad will provide information regarding confirmation and preparation after the application cycle. Please contact the program advisor if you have questions - call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.



PDFPlease see this PDF for essential flight information.

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1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802

Phone: (319) 335-0353
Fax: (319) 335-0343