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  • Locations: Hong Kong, China; Shanghai, China; Shenzhen, China
  • Terms: Summer
  • 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

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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 Temples in the city
  • 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.




Boardwalk on Hong Kong water

Program Reviews:
Summer 2015 Participant
Incredible experience and eye opening for many who haven't seen Asia or any part of China.

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.

Mattie Lynn Wise, Summer 2017 Participant
I always felt safe. Our group did a great job of sticking together and that really made us all feel safe. I dont think we were ever out in a group that was less than 4 people. I would absolutely recommend this be anyone's strategy upon getting to HK or mainland China.

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 2016 Participant
Very safe, never ever did I feel not safe.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline App Review Begins Start Date End Date
Summer 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.
Summer 2019 01-FEB-2019 ** Variable TBA TBA

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