IBUS 5400: Global Business Practicum in Southern China

Graduate Global Enrichment in China


Created as a partnership between Lingnan (University) College of Sun Yat-sen University, a corporate partner, and the Carlson School, this course challenges students with a live international business project in China.

This course provides students with a unique opportunity to work on cross-cultural teams with students from a school in Guangzhou China to address a business issue posed by a sponsoring company. The course is designed to: increase students ability to work in diverse teams and analyze problems from a global perspective; help students develop a more robust understanding of the business topic of the project; and increase students tolerance for working through ambiguous situations.

For information on the corporate sponsor and project topic contact Kevin Clancy at the Carlson Global Insitute, 612-624-2275.

Program schedule

This course typically includes a program orientation and four, 3-hour predeparture sessions. During pre-departure sessions, students will explore the project topic and global project management through through lecture and discussion, and will begin work on the project for the corporate partner. The pre-departure sessions generally occur on Friday evenings from 4-7 p.m. during the B-term of fall semester. Dates and times for the sessions are TBD.
While abroad:
This program begins in Hong Kong and ends in Guangzhou. While abroad, students participate in cultural activities/tours and continue to explore issues related to the project topic via site visits, fieldwork, class lectures, and work with their MBA counterparts at Lingnan to develop final recommendations for the corporate partner. Students present their findings to the corporate partner during the final days in China. The middle weekend is free for travel and sightseeing.

Please contact the Carlson Global Institute office if you would like to see a sample schedule.

The sponsor company may request that Carlson students deliver their final recommendations to the U.S. based stakeholders who were unable to attend the final presentation in Guangzhou. This presentation is usually scheduled with one or two weeks of return.

Application and Admissions

To apply, please visit the Apply page. Students will be charged a $50 application fee. The application cycle starts on May 15 and the priority deadline is June 15. Applications for programs that do not fill by the priority deadline will be accepted on a rolling basis until full. Applications will be reviewed and students will be informed of their status within 4 weeks of the priority deadline.


The program is open to 25 Carlson graduate students in good academic standing, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 at the time of application.
The application process is competitive, and space is limited. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance.
Carlson students will work in teams with 10-15 peer business students from Lignan (University) College in Guangzhou

Location details

Hong Kong is one of the world's leading financial centers and is characterized by low taxation, free trade, and minimum government intervention.

Guangdong Province is a key transportation and trading region of south China. Guangzhou is the capital city of Guangdong and close to the manufacturing and industrial region of Shenzhen.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. Please see Financial Aid and Scholarships for more information.


  • 25 Carlson School graduate students

Academics and credits

  • Four graduate elective credits
  • Grading is A-F basis

Fridays B term (dates TBD), 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Cost estimate (Summary)

Fees are based on estimates and may change due to international economic factors. This information applies to 2014–2015 programs.


*Calculated based on the estimated 2014-2015 PTMBA tuition rate. Students enrolled in another degree program will be charged the tuition rate for four credits associated with their degree program. Please see One Stop for more information about tuition and fees or contact us with questions.

Cost table

Estimated tuition for Four Academic Credits (not including collegiate, graduate student assembly, or transportation fees)* $5,080
Program Fee (includes program activities, course materials, hotel accomodations and breakfasts during the program, two group meals, and international health insurance)$2,500
International Roundtrip Airfare between Minneapolis and Hong Kong/Guangzhou$1,800
Passport, Visa, and Immunization expenses$300
Daily Living Expenses (includes incidentals, local transporation, and other expenses not covered by the program fee)$250
Meals not covered in the program fee (most lunches and dinners)$250

Program Manager

Academic term(s)



Short-Term January

Degree level

Full-time MBA
Masters HRIR
Part-time MBA






Hong Kong