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Global Seminar: International Operations (Hong Kong, China)
Hong Kong, China (Outgoing Program)
Terms: Summer

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline App Review Begins Start Date End Date
Summer 2016 01-FEB-2016
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Variable 10-MAY-2016 27-MAY-2016
Summer 2017 01-FEB-2017 ** Variable 16-MAY-2017 02-JUN-2017
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 Study Abroad staff for details.

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Quick Facts:

Program Types:
Faculty-Led Global Seminar
Areas of Study:
Business/Intl Business, Engineering: Multiple Disciplines, Management (HR, Info & Ops)
Minimum Required GPA (at time of application):
2.50
Minimum Class Standing (at program start):
2 - sophomore
Course Prerequisite(s):
Completion of the Leeds’ core business requirements
Housing:
Hotel/Hostel
Open to students from:
All CU Campuses (UCB/UCD/UCCS), Any U.S. Institution, CU-Boulder
Language(s) of Instruction:
English
Course Load for Summer/Winter Program:
3 credits
Length of Summer/Winter Program:
*Maymester, 3 Weeks

Program Information:

 

Hong Kong by Adam Macaluso
  • Study Operations Management in one of the largest trading centers in Asia

  • Engage in daily site visits to local businesses
  • Live in one of two Special Administrative Regions of the People's Republic of China

  • Missed the interest meeting? Check out the info here!


 

The seminar will be held in Hong Kong, a special administrative region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). This location was selected because many US enterprises have expanded to China due to the strong growth in the Chinese economy. As a one-time British colony, English is still widely spoken in Hong Kong, making navigation and communication easier than in the PRC. Economically, Hong Kong is one of the great trading cities of the world and is the doorway to Guangdong Province, one of the largest manufacturing regions in the PRC. Hong Kong has the third-largest maritime shipping port in the world, has the largest air cargo port; and is ranked as world’s top financial center by the World Economic Forum (WEF 2011).

 

You will be housed in shared accommodations at The Salisbury Hotel – YMCA of Hong Kong, located downtown, on the Kowloon Peninsula, within a short walking distance of a metro station, the Clock Tower, the Walk of Stars, and many other famous attractions & services.

 

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

 

By Richard D'Abreu
  • 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
  • GS Hong Kong `Spring '17 Syllabus

This course will compare systems of production/operations management in the United States with those in Japan, Europe, and Asia. You will 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. The course will be heavily tailored to focus on operations management in Hong Kong, China, and Asia. The program will also examine manufacturing in mainland China during an overnight field trip to Guangdong Province.

The Global Seminar will start with a series of lectures in Boulder in April. The program will then travel to Hong Kong 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 ten 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.

 

A city tour will take place the first day. Each learning component will have a tour of a business associated with that topic. Students may participate in optional side trips to the Hong Kong islands as well as an amusement park. There will also be a university tour in Hong Kong so students can see their counterparts’ educational environment.

 

 
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By Dee Zucco
 


Program Reviews:

Summer 2015 Participant
I studied abroad for the International Operations Global Seminar in Hong Kong and southern China. This place was beautiful, especially at night, and it was amazing to see how big Hong Kong grew as a business capitol of the world. The food was authentic and delicious, but I would recommend researching and studying the culture of the Chinese before attending so you are fully prepared to be immersed in a completely different culture.
Ryan Cary Broida, Summer 2016 Participant
We stayed in the YMCA Salisbury hotel which I thought was great, breakfast every morning was definitely a highlight. The hotel in Shenzhen was also great, I heard that last year some of the students didn't like the hotel too much but this year everyone seemed to love it. Heres the deal with transportation. In shenzhen it was great, because we had an air conditioned bus. In hong kong we walked and took the subway everywhere. I loved the subway. The problem was walking around the sweltering hot city to go to each company. It is not ideal to show up to a company and try to make a good impression on the people who work there when you are drenched head to toe in sweat. I thought it would have been better if we could have gone around business casual or taken a bus around hong kong.
Ryan Cary Broida, Summer 2016 Participant
I am very proud of going to Tokyo beforehand, it was a way for me to get an insight into Japanese culture, and with this I was able to compare things I learned in China to not only America and Colorado, but also Japan.
Summer 2014 Participant
the academics were very nice and gave us an actual real world experience and global connections that we would have otherwise not have meet. the location was also superb! However, I would heavily suggest not staying at the Sunshine hotel again in Shenzhen. the YMCA housing however was amazing and right next to everything that we might have needed. it also allowed us to explore and learn the MTR station well. Iterations with the locals was kind of a minimum, but because of the language barrier it forced us to think in new ways of how to communicate with people when there was a problem or question. the train station was super easy to learn and navigate, the octopus cards were also amazing and super easy to use and very convenient. the potential for internships and new career opportunities was also great experience. there was tons of potential to meet one on one with important people form all of the companies that we visited, giving us inside access to gain internships and potential business partners.
Summer 2014 Participant
Great! Three weeks was the perfect amount of time to spend in Hong Kong.
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