IBUS 6400: Graduate Global Discovery in China

Graduate Global Discovery in China
January 4, 2015 to January 17, 2015

January 4-17, 2015 (specific dates TBD); pre-departure classes Fall B-term Wednesdays 11:50AM - 1:35PM.

The Global Discovery program is a course for all full-time MBA students. It includes on-campus classes and an on-site component in one of three international locations during the winter of a student's second year. It is designed to give students a deeper understanding about how multi-national enterprises, trade agencies, and small and medium-size enterprises work successfully in emerging-market economies. 

Program schedule

The program starts at Beijing with a city tour and welcome dinner. The first week includes guest lectures and company visits and a tour to the Great Wall. Students will take a high-speed train from Beijing to Shanghai with a tentative stop-over in Suzhou. The program continues with more guest lectures and company visits during the second week in Shanghai. Companies include both domestic and multinational corporations. Cultural visits and a farewell dinner will complement the academic program. To see a copy of the previous year's schedule please contact Carlson Global Institute at

Application and Admissions

Please refer to the "Apply" page for more information regarding your application to a Global Discovery program


The program is open to the second-year full-time MBA students from Carlson School of Management

Location details

Beijing is the capital of the People's Republic of China and the country's second-largest city by population. As the capital for 34 emperors over 600 years, the city is teeming with relics from the past, including magnificent palaces, elegant gardens, cultural relics and fascinating art works. A center of culture, arts, and history, the city hosted the 2008 Olympic Games. Beijing is also home to 30 Fortune Global 500 companies (2010), the third most in the world behind Tokyo and Paris.

Shanghai was the most prosperous multinational hub of finance and business in the Far East during the 1930s, and rapid re-development began in 1990s as China's economic reform expanded. With investment from nearly 300 multinationals among the Fortune 500, and over 60 multinationals China headquarters, Shanghai is the commercial centre of mainland China today and aims to be one of the global finance hubs in the near future. Located at the heart of the Yangtze River Delta Economic Zone, the city also has highly developed transport infrastructure to the nearby cities such as Suzhou, Hangzhou, and Wuxi, which are strong manufacturing bases for foreign companies.

Housing and food

Students stay in conveniently-located hotels and will share a room with one or two classmates of their same gender. Because networking and community-building are key parts of the program, students will not have the option of a single room. Guests are not permitted during the program. Breakfast daily, a welcome dinner, and closing dinner are provided.

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.


  • Up to 32 full-time MBA students from Carlson School of Management

Academics and credits

  • 3 graduate credits (1 credit in fall and 2 credits in spring)
  • Grading is A-F basis

Cost estimate (Summary)

These estimates will vary based on student preference and exchange rates. All details subject to change based on economic and international factors. Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad programs.


*Students should also maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad.

Cost table

2013-2014 Tuition for 3 academic credits (included in the tuition plateau)$0
Program Fee (including lodging, program events, course materials, breakfast daily, two group meals, and int'l health insurance*)$2,900
International airfare between Minneapolis and China$1,800
Passport, Chinese visa, and Immunization expenses$300
Textbooks /Course Materials (included in Program Fee)$0
Hotel Accommodation (included in Program Fee)$0
Daily Living Expenses (local transportation, incidentals, laundry, etc)$500
Meals (lunch and dinners not included in Program Fee)$500

Faculty Leader

Program Manager

Academic term(s)


Degree level

Full-time MBA