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  • Locations: Hong Kong, China; Shanghai, China; Shenzhen, China
  • Terms: Summer: May
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Information:



  • Study business operations in three of the largest centers of commerce in Asia
  • Engage in daily site visits to local businesses
  • Leverage free time to explore Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong on your own

  • Check out Asia Institute’s Snapshot of the 2015 program !

  • See highlights from the 2015 program here !



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The seminar beings in Shanghai with three days of company visits and a weekend of sightseeing. Shanghai is one of the most dynamic cities in the world, and students are given significant time for independent exploration. Following a travel day by air to Shenzhen, the seminar will spend three days visiting several manufacturing locations of varying scales from those operated by entrepreneurs employing fewer than 100 workers to facilities employing thousands of workers. After a second travel day, the seminar will conclude with six days in Hong Kong, a special administrative region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Hong Kong is a financial and real estate powerhouse, and the political intrigue as it transitions from a former British dependent territory to a fully embedded province of China is fascinating.


You will be housed in shared accommodations in hotels/hostels.


You are responsible for travel to Shanghai, where the program begins, and from Hong Kong, where the program ends. Transportation during the program (including to and from Shenzhen, all site visits and between housing and classrooms) is included in the program fee.


Hong Kong by Adam Macaluso
  • Course : INBU 4151: International Operations (equivalent to MGMT 4150)
  • Credits : 3 upper-division credit hours
  • Approved for : This course fulfills a core equivalent for the Global Experience requirement of the Global Business Certificate. This course counts towards Operations Management major requirements. This course has also been approved for Engineering students as a General Technical Elective for College of Engineering.
  • Grading : This is a CU Boulder course, so you will receive letter grades
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This course will compare systems of production/operations management in China with those in the United States. You will compare and contrast various regional and national approaches to business, quality management, labor practices, management styles, international competitiveness, productivity, distribution systems, trade practices, and strategies for penetrating foreign markets. You will also examine different sociocultural environments, government-business relationships, banking industries, operations strategies, and the potential for transferring industrial management practices and techniques between countries in Asia and the United States.

The Global Seminar will start with a series of lectures in Boulder in April. The program will then travel to China for 2 weeks in May.


Your faculty director for this program is Dr. Keith Stockton. Dr. Stockton has 20 years of private industry experience and has been with the Leeds School of Business for eleven years. He has developed and taught a wide variety of operations management, social responsibility and entrepreneurship classes during his tenure at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Dr. Stockton will choose program participants, lead a pre-departure orientation, teach the course, and be regularly available to provide general assistance. He will be available overseas in case of emergency. A travel organization is in charge of all logistical aspects of the program and its staff is also be available in case of emergency in China.


The program includes a city tour in each city and several other local excursions. Each learning component will have a tour of a business associated with that topic. Students may participate in optional side trips during the program. There will also be a university tour so students can see their counterparts’ educational environment.




By Dee Zucco

Program Reviews:
Mattie Lynn Wise, Summer 2017 Participant
The staff for this abroad trip was AMAZING to say the least. The Asia Institute along with the CU faculty could not have been better. They made sure the trip was successful while keeping us safe.

Summer 2016 Participant
Orientation was very informative and it was nice to have a day-to-day calendar that laid out the organization of the whole trip. I very much so enjoyed the excursions, I am a bit biased because I am not the biggest fan of organized travel. But it was fun being able to hike up Victoria peak and look out over all of Hong Kong, and be able to see different parts of the bay. Some of the students went over to the Island Macau and went bungee jumping, I didnt not want to pay $500 for it but I heard it was quite the exciting time.

Summer 2016 Participant
To sum everything up, I think taking this trip right after completing my sophomore was a very perfect time for me. I have had enough business education to understand what is going on and my brain is able to think in a business mindset. I think this trip helped me be able to act more professionally and be able to imagine myself in these companies we visited. It was helpful and the experiential learning was great because it allowed us to learn what e like and what we don't like by actually seeing into many different industries. I am overall very happy that I was able to experience this trip with the people that I did, as I have made very valuable connections and friendships. Lori did a great job with every aspect of the trip, and I am sure Keith will do an outstanding job next year with the group.

Summer 2016 Participant
If you are considering this program, and the course work covered while abroad, I would say it is right on par with the syllabus and information giver by Lori. It is a VERY APPLICATION based course. You get out what you put in. This type of course should attract like minded individuals who are willing to take initiative and go out of their way to learn something. The theme of the trip is curiosity and asking as many questions as you can at each different company, and talking to the locals as much as possible. For the location, we traveled to Tokyo the weekend before which was an incredible idea. It helped acclimate us to the asian climate and culture. But, I would say prepare for the heat! It is extremely humid in China, and you will understand what I am saying once you are walking around in the sweltering heat with a suit and tie on. Interacting with the locals is fun, but it is challenging considering no one was able to speak mandarin or Cantonese. Chinese people will also walk directly into you, so be prepared to put your shoulder down and establish a nice presence in the street. If you are looking for internship opportunities, this is a great trip. The amount of time you can sped with SVP's and other influential people in these big companies is very helpul in terms of networking and being able to grow your network. As far as excursions, I think Lori did a great job with planning the tours and sites we visited. Very active and interesting experiences.

Summer 2016 Participant
I will remember this experience for the rest of my life. It gave me a great insight into the Chinese culture, and more specifically ex-pat life. I know I want to be an ex pat one day, but probably if I have the choice not In China. This trip has shown me that are a re so many ways to add value to the world while making money, I am very excited for my future and if anything this trip has taught me to always stay ambitious and always stay hungry.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline App Review Begins Start Date End Date
Summer: May 2018 01-FEB-2018 ** Variable 15-MAY-2018 01-JUN-2018
NOTE: Dates on this page are for information only; final dates will be confirmed with participants after acceptance to the program. Do not purchase airfare until instructed to do so by your Program Manager. The Start Date indicates the day participants arrive at the program location; the End Date indicates the day participants depart from the program location.

** Most programs’ applications are reviewed on a rolling basis (starting August 1st for Spring programs and January 15th for Summer and Fall programs). NOTE: Some programs start the admissions process earlier and fill before the deadline, and some programs’ applications aren’t reviewed until after the deadline. Check with Education Abroad staff for details.