China Great Wall

Graduate Global Enrichment in China

IBUS 5170 Global Business Practicum in Northern China

Location: Beijing, China

Dates: May 25 - June 7, 2014, and Spring Term B (Typically 4-5 Friday evenings)*

Term: Spring 2-8 weeks

Description:This program provides students with a first-hand look at the business environment of the People’s Republic of China. It is created as a partnership between a partner business school in Beijing, the Carlson School, and a corporate partner.

This course provides students with a unique opportunity to work on cross-cultural teams with students enrolled at the partner school to address a business issue posed by the sponsoring company. The course is designed to: increase students ability to work in diverse teams and analyze problems from a global perspective; help students develop a more robust understanding of the business topic of the project; and increase students' tolerance for working through ambiguous situations.

The project will be focused on a market entry analysis for a Minnesota based food company. For more information on the corporate sponsor and project topic contact Jennifer Hawkins at the Carlson Global Institute, 612-624-4334.

*Students may also be requested to present their findings to the leaders from the corporate client shortly after their return to Minnesota.


  • Up to 20 Carlson School graduate students
  • Classes abroad will be a mix of Carlson students and partner school students

Academic Credit

  • 4 graduate elective credits
  • Grading is A-F basis


The program is open to Carlson students in good academic standing, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 at the time of application. The application process is competitive, and space is limited. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance.


Beijing is the capital of the People's Republic of China and the country's second-largest city. A center of culture, arts, and history, the city hosted the 2008 Olympic Games. Beijing juxtaposes ancient sites with the newest trends in development.


Pre-departure class sessions familiarize students with the case they'll be studying and with cultural components of doing business in China. In China, students will spend their time in class sessions, at company site visits, and working in groups to prepare for their project recommendations presentation.

Housing and Food

Students are housed at a centrally-located hotel in each city. Students 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 a closing dinner are provided.

Cost Estimate

Fees are based on estimates and may change due to international economic factors. This information applies to 2013–2014 programs.

2013-2014 Tuition for Four Academic Credits (not including collegiate, graduate student assembly, or transportation fees)* $4,940
Program Fee (includes program activities, course materials, hotel accommodations and breakfasts during the program, two group meals, and international health insurance) $2,250
International Roundtrip Airfare between Minneapolis and Beijing $1,800
Passport, Visa, and Immunizations $300
Daily Living Expenses (includes incidentals, local transportation, and other expenses not covered by the program fee). $250
Meals not covered by the program fee (most lunches and dinners) $250


*Calculated based on the estimated 2013-2014 PTMBA tuition rate. Students enrolled in another degree program will be charged the tuition rate for four credits associated with their degree program. Please see One Stop for more information about tuition and fees or contact us with questions.


Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. See Costs & Billing for additional information on financial aid and scholarships.

Application and Admissions

To apply, please visit the Apply page. Students will be charged a $50 application fee.

The priority application deadline is December 1, 2013. Applications will be accepted after the priority deadline and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Students will be informed of their status within 4 weeks of the application deadline.

All details subject to change based on economic and international factors.

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Faculty Leader

Tony Haitao Cui
Assistant Professor
Department of Marketing
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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


Past Participants

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Please be respectful of past participants' time, and be reasonable in your expectations of response time. Please do not contact more than two students at a time. If you do not hear back within a week, then you can reach out to another student on the list.

Sara Bonino

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