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  • Locations: Beijing, China; Chengdu, China; Shanghai, China; Suzhou, China
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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 most recent Business and Culture in China faculty-led program took place in March 2019.
The program was scheduled to be offered in March 2022, but was cancelled due to COVID-19.
This faculty-led program may be offered again in March 2023 or March 2024.

The Business and Culture in China faculty-led program presents a unique opportunity for students to experience and learn about the world’s fastest-growing major economy. All majors are welcome. This program takes place over Winona State's spring break and counts for 3 credits during the spring semester.

During this fast-paced program, students will visit four major Chinese cities located in different areas of China (Beijing, Chengdu, Suzhou, and Shanghai) and experience many cultural activities including climbing the Great Wall, seeing pandas in their natural habitat, making a Sichuan dinner and learning about spices at a cooking school, riding in a rickshaw through the hutong district (old China), participating in a tea ceremony, taking a boat ride on the Huangpu River to see the amazing night lights from the ultra-modern skyscrapers, seeing the spectacular city view of the world’s third-largest city from the world’s second-tallest building, learning to play mahjong in the park with local people, experiencing Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City, seeing jade artisans and many other experiential activities. Prior to traveling to China, students will tour and meet with local company officials at the world headquarters of companies such as CH Robinson, RTP and Fastenal. In China, will visit and meet with company executives to learn more about how business functions, differences in business operations including supply chain and human resource policies as well as seeing state of the art manufacturing and robotics in China. This is a great opportunity to set yourself apart from other students, build your business network, and learn about China’s rapid growth as a major economic power. This experience is sure to be a topic of discussion during future job interviews!

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.

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

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 as a future participant! Additional videos from prior years' programs can be found here.

PLEASE NOTE: A valid passport is required for participation in this faculty-led program. The passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of travel. If you do not have a valid passport, you can apply for a passport on campus at WSU through the Study Abroad office.

10 days over WSU's spring break in March

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. 
  • Majors and minors in Business, Global Studies, or Chinese.
  • Students that have an interest in learning about China's business, culture, and its development.
  • Open to all students.
Consent of instructor – some knowledge of international business preferred.

  • The typical cost range for this program is between $4,800 - $5,800 depending on enrollment min/max.
  • 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.

Prior to departure, students meet with Dr. Ready in four 2-hour sessions. Additionally, 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

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.