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International Management Practices

Kogod School of Business - International Management Practices

May 2012

Join us in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Beijing from May 11 - 22, 2012.


Our IBUS 244: International Management Practices course provide students the opportunity to experience the management practices and business environments in Chinese organizations. 

This year students will visit Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Beijing. The program begins with four classes meetings during the second half of Spring 2012 semester (after spring break) to learn about the Chinese business environments and set the stage to maximize the international exposure. The class dates are as follows: April 6, 13, 20, and 27 (Chinese food culture). Following spring final exams, students will travel to China. The ten days are a series of meetings with senior managers and company tours of both local and multinational companies across various industry sectors, engaged in interactive follow-up discussions to analyze the state of economic development in one of the largest economies in the world. The course enables you to fuse classroom learning with actual techniques used to compete in the global marketplace.

You’ll also be able to experience the incredible historic and cultural attractions of China: in Hong Kong, the Victoria Peak, Aberdeen Fishing Village, Repulse Bay, and Stanley Market; and in Beijing, Great Wall, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and Summer Palace.

The instructor, Xiaomeng Zhang, Assistant Professor of Management, born and raised in Beijing, has extensive international professional and academic experience, specializing in leadership, employee motivation, and creativity.

View sample travel itinerary

Travel Timeline

Students should depart the United States on Friday, May 11, 2012, to arrive in Hong Kong on Saturday, May 12. The group departs Beijing via an overnight flight on Tuesday, May 22, arriving in the US the following day. A single group transfer from the Hong Kong airport and to the Beijing airport is included in the program fee and will be communicated in the weeks prior to the program.

Please note that students are responsible for reserving and purchasing their own airfare to and from China, and may choose to arrive early or stay an extra day for personal travel in the region.

Credit Hours

This program is a 2-credit Spring course (IBUS-244-003) and standard AU tuition applies. A 3-credit section of the course is also available (IBUS-244-004).


Students are responsible for the following costs of the program:

  • Tuition: Costs for tuition are based on the number of credits (2 or 3), calculated per the tuition and fee schedule posted on the Student Accounts website. Full-time students not exceeding 17 total credits for the semester will not incur additional tuition charges. Any tuition charges that do apply will be billed by and paid directly to AU.

  • Program Fee: The $2,350 program fee includes double occupancy room, ground transportation as part of the program, company site visits, and meals and cultural activities as outlined on the program itinerary. Due to possible exchange rate fluctuations, the final program cost may need to be adjusted and will be confirmed 30–60 days in advance of departure to China. This program fee is billed to your Student Account, minus a $300 non-refundable deposit which is paid to AU through the Kogod Office of Global Learning Programs.

  • Travel: Students are responsible for the reservation and payment of air travel from the US to and from China.

  • Passport & Visa: Students are responsible for obtaining a passport, visas, or other immigration documents required to enter and exit China, including related fees. The Kogod Office of Global Learning Programs will support students with any required letters from AU.

  • Incidentals: Expenses for shopping, personal activities, meals, and local transportation not included in the program itinerary are the student's responsibility.

  • Financial Aid: Students planning to use financial aid should consult with the Financial Aid office to determine coverage and eligibility.

Passport and Visa

Students are solely responsible for obtaining a passport and any visas or other immigration documents required to enter and exit China, including any related fees. The Kogod Office of Global Learning Programs will support students in this endeavor with any required letters from AU. Students should contact the Chinese Embassy as well as the Embassy for their home country to validate entry and exit requirements. US citizens are required to obtain a visa prior to their arrival to China. Details regarding entry and exit requirements for US citizens and other pertinent information can be found on the US State Department website.


The deadline to register for this program is February 24, 2012. To reserve your spot, please complete the registration process (steps 1-5 below):

  1. Complete the online registration form.
  2. Print and complete the program consent form.
  3. Print and complete the program payment form.
  4. Photocopy the photo/biographical information page of your passport.
  5. Deliver items 2, 3, and 4 (along with a $300 non-refundable deposit) to the Kogod Office of Global Learning mailbox in KSB 106.

Once your deposit and paperwork have been received, you will be registered for either IBUS-244-003 (2 credits) or IBUS-244-004 (3 credits) based on your online registration form. You do not register yourself. Once registered, your student account will be charged for the balance of the program fee.


Contact the Office of Global Learning at (202) 885-1940 or email

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