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IBUS 3055: Innovating with Technology - Global IT Entrepreneurship in Action

Undergraduate Global Enrichment in China

Program Dates:


Overseas Program: Saturday, May 16, 2020 - Saturday, May 30, 2020

Pre-Departure classes: Spring B Term, MW 9:55-11:35am

Please note that this course is set to leave BEFORE Carlson's graduation ceremony. The dates of the program are non-negotiable; those who participate in the program will not be allowed to join the program late in order to attend graduation.

Now accepting applications!

Program Details

    IBUS 3055 provides state-of-the-art knowledge about Information Technologies and fundamentals of entrepreneurship with an international learning experience in some of China’s leading IT innovation hubs. Over the last decade, dramatic changes in technologies, economic conditions, and geopolitical developments have opened new business opportunities in international markets both for new high-tech ventures and for the already established companies. Increasingly, US-based companies and entrepreneurs need to understand the role of culturalization and adaptation of their IT products for success in international markets, particularly in fast-growing Asian markets. The course will cover basics of consumer electronics, Internet and mobile communications, web technologies, cloud computing, cyber-security, social network, etc.

    The entrepreneurship component of the course will cover the basic characteristics of entrepreneurs, entrepreneurial processes (i.e., typical events, tasks, and opportunities) at individual, firm, industry and international levels of analysis, and key functional competencies that are required of all entrepreneurial endeavors.

    This course will travel to Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Shenzhen in May 2020. Shanghai is one of the world's leading financial centers and is characterized by innovation and technological ingenuity. Hangzhou has long been considered one of the most renowned and prosperous cities in China with stunning natural beauty. Shenzhen is the manufacturing and industrial region of Guangdong Province, a key transportation and trading region of south China.

    China is one of the world's fastest growing economies and the leading technology manufacturing/innovation market connected to the United States and the rest of the world. The program will look at how technology leaders and entrepreneurs in China and the world are addressing opportunities and growth.

    In Shanghai, Hangzhou and Shenzhen, students will stay at hotels in double-rooms. 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.

    • 4 credits
    • Eligible for 4 credits of Entre elective credit and/or 2 credits of MIS elective credit
    • Grading is A-F basis

    This program is open to University students in good academic standing, with a GPA of 2.5 at the time of application or instructor permission.

    The application process is competitive, and space is limited. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance.

    Now accepting applications!

    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 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.

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

    25-30 University of Minnesota undergraduate students.

    Spring B Term, MW 9:55-11:35am

    The program starts in Shanghai, where students will tour the city, meet with a university partner, engage in site visits with local companies, and get a broad overview of business practices in China. Students will then transfer to Hangzhou for additional site visits as well as some cultural exploration. In Shenzhen, students will continue site visits and lectures pertaining to consumer electronics, Internet and mobile communications, web technologies, cloud computing, cyber-security, social network, and entrepreneurship.

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.

2019-2020 Tuition for 4 academic credits (included in the 13+ credit tuition plateau) $0
Program Fee (including international airfare between Minneapolis and Shanghai; lodging; program events; breakfast daily; two group meals; program transportation; and int'l health insurance*) $5,500
International airfare between Minnesota and Shanghai (included in Program Fee) $0
Passport and Chinese Visa $300
Textbooks $0
Hotel Accommodation (included in Program Fee) $0
Meals (lunch and dinners not included in Program Fee) $375
Daily Living Expenses (local transportation, incidentals, internet, laundry, etc.) $300
Total $6,475


Mary Krebs
Soumya Sen
Steve Spruth
Academic term(s)
Short-Term May/June
Degree level