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  • Locations: Beijing, China; Chengdu, China; Shanghai, China; Suzhou, China
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-led Minimum GPA: 2.5
Language of Instruction: English Faculty-led: Yes
Program Description:
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The Business and Culture in China faculty-led program focuses on student-based experiential learning through cultural experiences and business visits in order to provide students with an understanding of the world's largest trading nation and most populated country. This program takes place over Winona State's spring break 2021 and counts for 3 credits.

Students will travel to four major Chinese cities (Beijing, Chengdu, Suzhou, and Shanghai) and will experience many cultural activities such as visiting the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, marriage markets in the local parks, and the giant panda research and breeding center. Students will ride a rickshaw and visit a local family, take part in a Sichuan cooking lesson, sample teas during a tea ceremony, cruise on the Huangpu River, ride a maglev train, visit the newly opened world's largest Starbuck's Roastery, view the city of Shanghai from the world's second tallest building, attend an amazing intersection of time performance, and meet with U.S. diplmoats and company officials to learn about business and cultural issues in China. Students will tour and meet with local company officials prior to the trip and will visit the company's Chinese operations as part of the faculty-led program.

All majors are welcome. Students taking courses at the WSU Winona and WSU Rochester campuses are welcome to apply to participate. Additionally, students from other Minnesota State schools are welcome to apply to participate.

There is considerable walking involved in this faculty-led program (e.g. walk through Forbidden City), ability to climb stairs as elevators are not always available, ability to manage own luggage from bus to hotel rooms and through airport, ability to get on and off public transportation quickly due to large numbers of people, ability to endure long airline flights. Some walking is on uneven terrain (e.g., the Great Wall has uneven terrain and multiple steps).

Be sure to watch the video created by the students who participated in the 2019 Business & Culture in China faculty-led program to learn more about the experience you could have on the 2021 program! Additional videos from prior years' programs can be found here.

PLEASE NOTE: Participation in this program requires a valid passport through at least September 16, 2021. If you do not have a valid book passport or your passport is set to expire before this date, please apply for a passport immediately if you hope to participate in this program. We will need to apply for visas to enter China and this requires  students to have their physical passports January 1, 2021.

March 4-15, 2021
Please note: Dates may shift by one day on either side of this range based on airfare costs. 

China: Beijing, Chengdu, Suzhou, and Shanghai

  • BUSA 377 - 3 credits
  • Counts for credits in Business Administration major, Human Resources Management major, Marketing major, Management minor, International Business minor, Economics major, or as general elective credits. Credit in other majors/minors is possible with pre-approval from departments. 

Consent of instructor – some knowledge of international business preferred.

  • Range from $4,750 - $5,200* depending on enrollment min/max.
    *As described below, due to the scholarships from the BUSA department and the College of Business Endowment Fund, the cost range for students accepted for this program will likely be $4,075 - $4,600 depending on enrollment.
  • The $500 confirmation deposit required as part of the program application is applied toward the final program cost.
  • The program cost includes: WSU tuition/fees for BUSA 377 course, roundtrip airfare, in-country transportation (two domestic flights and daily motorcoach transportation), English speaking guide in all cities, all meals, lodging in four-star hotels, admission and event fees for group educational experiences, visa fee, international health insurance for the duration of the time spent in China, and the Study Abroad administrative fee.
  • If you have questions about financial aid available to you for this program, please contact Diane Defries in Financial Aid ( 
  • Scholarship Information
    • *The BUSA department values and supports students who desire to have an international study abroad experience related to their major. As such, the BUSA department graciously offers a scholarship in the amount of 10% of the total cost of the program up to $500 for all students who participate in this program. 
    • *The College of Business Endowment Fund will also provide scholarships to students who participate in this program. The scholarship amount is $200-$300 per participant (depending on final enrollment numbers). Each participant will receive the same scholarship amount from the College of Business Endowment Fund.

Pre-departure meetings will consist of four 2-hour sessions with the dates to be determined after the students have been selected. There will be weekly online discussions prior to departure. Topics covered will include information about the Chinese economy, tariff wars, businesses, history and Chinese leadership, China's megaprojects, pollution and health related issues, growing cities and the real estate bubble, Chinese consumers and the retail market. The meetings will include visits to local companies with Chinese operations: RTP, Fastenal, Benchmark Electronics, and CH Robinson.

Dr. Kathryn Ready (

Kathy Jicinsky, Assistant Director of Study Abroad for Faculty-led Programs or (507) 457-5019
143 Maxwell

  • November 13, 2020 at 4pm: Application Deadline. Complete applications and a $500 confirmation deposit are due to be considered for this program. After being accepted for this program, the $500 confirmation deposit is nonrefundable unless the program is cancelled. Students will be accepted on a rolling basis. 
  • December 5, 2020: If you are accepted for the program and withdraw after this date you are financially responsible for the full cost of the program regardless of participation.
    • NOTE: This deadline is 90 days prior to the start of the program. As detailed in the Cancellation, Financial, and Conduct Policies - faculty-led document students must review & electronically sign as part of the application for this program, students and families are strongly urged to consider purchasing travel cancellation insurance. The Center for Global Education does not endorse any particular travel insurance coverage, but quote comparisons can be found at Review closely what the cancellation insurance includes and what it does not include. Cancellation insurance should be purchased immediately after acceptance into the program for the insurance to be effective.
  • February 13, 2021: Full payment for the program is due by this date. If you can show you have spring financial aid to cover your outstanding balance for the program, you will be allowed to participate even with a balance as of February 13, 2021.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2021 11/13/2020 ** Rolling Admission 03/05/2021 03/14/2021

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.