The trip is part of BADM 562, international Business a three credit hour course requiring permission of B&E's Director of Graduate Programs for registration. It is structured to make it easy for Executive MBA students to participate. Regular MBA students are encouraged to participate to fulfill the international requirement of their program. Other master's level students are also welcome.
Classes are held in Morgantown on Monday and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in room 131 College of Business and Economics.
The flight to China will depart from Pittsburgh, PA with the return flight arriving back in the United States two weeks later. Upon arrival in Shanghai, we will be met by personnel from our host institution. They will arrange bus transportation as well as all of the field trips, seminars, and entertainment during our stay.
Classes in the US will cover travel tips, a bit of the Chinese language, Chinese history and geography, the political and economic environment of China, demographics, business practices, and current issues in Chinese life. Previous seminars have included topics such as Chinese monetary system, consumer behavior, and business etiquette. Past field trips to Chinese businesses have included Shanghai General Motors, Baoshan Steel Corporation, Minsheng Bank, and Owens Corning.
In addition to the hard work, there will also be plenty of time for field trips to cultural attractions and socializing with our hosts. Previous classes have made trips to places like Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Terra Cotta Warriors, and the Summer Palace. You will also have time available for exploring Chinese cities on your own.