China Great Wall

Graduate Global Discovery in China

Location: Beijing, Suzhou, and Shanghai, China

Dates: January 4-17, 2015 (specific dates TBD); pre-departure classes Fall B-term Wednesdays 11:50AM - 1:35PM.

Term: 2015 Winter Break

Objective: The Global Discovery program is a course for all full-time MBA students. It includes on-campus classes and an on-site component in one of three international locations during the winter of a student's second year. It is designed to give students a deeper understanding about how multi-national enterprises, trade agencies, and small and medium-size enterprises work successfully in emerging-market economies.


  • Up to 32 full-time MBA students from Carlson School of Management

Academic Credit

  • 3 graduate credits (1 credit in fall and 2 credits in spring)
  • Grading is A-F basis


The program is open to the second-year full-time MBA students from Carlson School of Management


Beijing is the capital of the People's Republic of China and the country's second-largest city by population. As the capital for 34 emperors over 600 years, the city is teeming with relics from the past, including magnificent palaces, elegant gardens, cultural relics and fascinating art works. A center of culture, arts, and history, the city hosted the 2008 Olympic Games. Beijing is also home to 30 Fortune Global 500 companies (2010), the third most in the world behind Tokyo and Paris.

Shanghai was the most prosperous multinational hub of finance and business in the Far East during the 1930s, and rapid re-development began in 1990s as China's economic reform expanded. With investment from nearly 300 multinationals among the Fortune 500, and over 60 multinationals China headquarters, Shanghai is the commercial centre of mainland China today and aims to be one of the global finance hubs in the near future. Located at the heart of the Yangtze River Delta Economic Zone, the city also has highly developed transport infrastructure to the nearby cities such as Suzhou, Hangzhou, and Wuxi, which are strong manufacturing bases for foreign companies.


The program starts at Beijing with a city tour and welcome dinner. The first week includes guest lectures and company visits and a tour to the Great Wall. Students will take a high-speed train from Beijing to Shanghai with a tentative stop-over in Suzhou. The program continues with more guest lectures and company visits during the second week in Shanghai. Companies include both domestic and multinational corporations. Cultural visits and a farewell dinner will complement the academic program. To see a copy of the previous year's schedule please contact Carlson Global Institute at

Housing and Food

Students stay in conveniently-located hotels and will share a room with one or two classmates of their same gender. Because networking and community-building are key parts of the program, students will not have the option of a single room. Guests are not permitted during the program. Breakfast daily, a welcome dinner, and closing dinner are provided.

Cost Estimate

These estimates will vary based on student preference and exchange rates. All details subject to change based on economic and international factors. Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad programs.

2013-2014 Tuition for 3 academic credits (included in the tuition plateau) $0
Program Fee (including lodging, program events, course materials, breakfast daily, two group meals, and int'l health insurance*) $2,900
International airfare between Minneapolis and China $1,800
Passport, Chinese visa, and Immunization expenses $300
Textbooks /Course Materials (included in Program Fee) $0
Hotel Accommodation (included in Program Fee) $0
Daily Living Expenses (local transportation, incidentals, laundry, etc) $500
Meals (lunch and dinners not included in Program Fee) $500
Total $6,000

*Students should also maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad.

Financial Aid

Financial aid can be used for education abroad, including the Global Discovery program. As a first step, be sure to submit an application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) through the Office of Student Finance. Scholarships applications are accepted for need and merit based scholarships through the online application system. The scholarship deadline for Global Discovery is July 1. No late applications will be considered.

Application and Admission

Applications are accepted through the online application system and will require an essay and resume. The application deadline is May 1 and students will be notified of their placement by June 1. The application fee is waived for Global Discovery applications.
All details subject to change based on economic and international factors.

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We encourage students who may have constraints to consult with our Education Abroad advisors and read information available at Access Abroad.

Contact Information

Carlson Global Institute
CSOM 2-210
Phone: 612-625-9361
Fax: 612-624-8248

Kevin Clancy
Associate Program Director
Phone: 612-624-2275
Fax: 612-624-8248

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