Program Announcement

This program is not expected to run May 2023.

Future applications and eligibility

Past program eligibility requirements include:

  • GPA: 2.75 UI and cumulative
  • Minimum 30 s.h. completed prior to program
  • Academic Prerequisites: ECON:1100, ECON:1200, or approval of program director
  • Preference given to sophomores and juniors

Program space is limited to approximately 25 students. 


Business and Culture in China (BUS:2450)

Kick off your summer with a two-week session exploring China and gaining experience in international business. During this unique adventure, you will gain cultural awareness and visit not just one, but two amazing cities. For more information contact Shari Piekarski.

Through interactive company visits, cultural excursions, discussions, case studies, and readings, you will explore how business operates in China, strategies in the Chinese market, US-China trade relations, and the Chinese consumer. Past company visits: FedEx, Intel Corp., BaoSteel, Walt Disney Resorts, Baidu, Lenovo, Volkswagen, BBDO Ad Agency, and more!

  • Fulfills General Education requirement: International and Global Issues
  • Counts toward the International Business Certificate (International Business category)
  • Fulfills General Education Program requirement for Engineering majors

Program fees

What's included in the program fee:

  • 3 s.h. course
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Guided tour of the host cities
  • Day trip to the Great Wall and the Forbidden City
  • 9-10 interactive company/site visits and speakers
  • Transportation to events
  • In-country travel between cities (high speed rail or flight)
  • Daily breakfasts, and 5-7 group lunches
  • On-site orientation and support in both cities
  • Required UI travel insurance

What's not included in the program fee:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Some lunches and dinners
  • Personal expenses

Purchasing airline tickets

Students are advised NOT to purchase tickets until the program's status is confirmed. Directions about purchasing tickets will be shared after acceptance to the program, which is generally in February (three months before departure).

Scholarships and grants

Study Abroad offers a limited number of need-based grants and scholarships for undergraduates. Tippie also offers its own Study Abroad Scholarships

Apply for Tippie scholarships

Note to international students

You are encouraged to consult with an advisor at International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) to ensure all of your paperwork will be in order for this type of travel.