MGMT 3010: An Introduction to Global Entrepreneurship

Undergraduate Global Enrichment in China
May 19, 2015 to June 2, 2015

May 19 - June 2, 2015; class sessions during Spring B term - T/Th 3:45 - 5:25PM

This course will provide a survey, introduction, and overview of the fundamentals of entrepreneurship. It is based on a growing and now extensive body of conceptual and empirical knowledge about entrepreneurship at the individual, organizational, and industrial levels. China is the world’s fastest growing economy and increasingly connected to the United States. Through case materials, guest speakers, and site visits, students will better understand how entrepreneurs are dealing with the opportunities and threats related to China.

Program schedule

The first week in China students will have company visits and hold discussions with entrepreneurs in Shanghai. Over the weekend students will have a free day for independent exploration and an opportunity to experience the business of one of the entrepreneurs they visit on a bike tour outside the city of Shanghai. During the second week, students will be in Beijing where they will have company visits and spend a day on the campus of our partner, Tsinghua University. A city tour of Shanghai and Beijing is included, along with an excursion to the Great Wall. The program ends in Beijing with a Peking Duck dinner.

Application and Admissions

To apply, please visit the Apply page. Students will be charged a $50 application fee. The application cycle starts on September 1 and the priority deadline is October 1. 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.


This program is open to University undergraduate students in good academic standing, with a minimum GPA of 2.5 at the time of application. The application process is competitive, and space is limited. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance.

Location details

Shanghai is the single largest market in China. The city receives billions of dollars of direct foreign investment and is home to hundreds of Fortune Global 500 companies. As living standards and GDP increase, businesses are evaluating how they can establish themselves competitively in this market. Evidence of this economic transformation can be seen in the city's modern architecture, renovated historical districts, and green spaces. Shanghai was host to the 2010 World Expo.

Beijing is the capital of the People's Republic of China and is the country's second-largest city. A center of culture, arts, and history, the city hosted the 2008 Olympic Games. Beijing has a rapidly growing population drawn by the expanding business, manufacturing, and trade sectors. The newest trends in development are juxtaposed historical and ancient sites such as the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven, and the Great Wall of China.

Students are housed at a conveniently-located hotel in each city. Students 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 a closing dinner are provided.


  • 30 University of Minnesota undergraduate students

Academics and credits

  • 4 credits
  • Grading is A-F basis

Spring B term - T/Th 3:45 - 5:25PM

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.

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

2014-2015 Tuition for 4 academic credits (included in the 13+ credit tuition plateau)$0
Program Fee (including group flight, lodging, program events, Chinese tourist visa, breakfast daily, two group meals, and int'l health insurance*)$5,000
International airfare between Minnesota and China (included in Program Fee)$0
Passport and Photos$145
Hotel Accommodation (included in Program Fee)$0
Daily Living Expenses (local transportation, incidentals, internet, laundry, etc)$350
Meals (lunch and dinners not included in Program Fee)$350

Faculty Leader

Program Manager

Academic term(s)



Short-Term May/June

Degree level