Experience international travel, culture, different perspectives and transform yourself totally. Join MBA participants for a life-changing course abroad.   


Relive the Tale of Asia’s Four Most Exciting Cities while you learn about global management in the world’s fastest growing continent of Asia: Hong Kong, Macau, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.  Discover the fascinating and exciting business secrets of these four cities that were ruled by the British, the Portuguese and the Chinese and that are today part of the Chinese Miracle and Greater China.  Greater China today is the world’s largest population region and is ranked 2nd in the world in terms of GDP. You will experience the integration of these cities’/former countries’ cultures and the differing business environments and management practices.

By enrolling in this for-credit International Business Management course, you will visit one of the fastest growing economic regions on the planet and experience an exciting and vibrant culture while you learn how to do business in the world’s largest and economically vibrant region. You will explore the significance of Greater China’s and Asia’s impact on America and world economy and culture. This program will immerse participants in the new economic, cultural and institutional environment and managerial practices in Greater China and Asia.  It will include lectures from Asian, Chinese and Hong Kong experts in management, government, cultural, and corporate aspects of this burgeoning region as well as include visits to corporations headquartered in the commercial hubs of Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Macau and Guangzhou (Canton). You will have the opportunity to visit leading companies and businesses such as Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC), Foxconn (Apple’s largest supplier), the Hong Kong/Shenzhen Stock Exchange, Top Ray Solar Inc., Hong Kong Electric etc. and visit the world-famous trading centers in Hong Kong and Guangzhou as well as the vibrant cultural and social scenes in these exciting cities.  

Participants will hear lectures from Asian experts in management, government, sociocultural areas, and the corporate visits will bring to light a true picture of how business methods, customs and communications differ between these 4 cities. You will experience the many economic and cultural distinctions in these cities, and the program will help participants understand how Asian business methods and customs differ from those in America.   

Professional MBA Students - This is a four-unit course and fulfills part of the International Business Concentration or Marketing Concentration. Additionaly, this course meets the global trip requirement for for students who enter the Professional MBA Program as of autumn (October) 2013. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Executive MBA, Trans-Global Executive MBA, M.S. in Accounting and M.S. in Financial Analysis and Investment Management Students - This course is offered as an additional/optional class to your current program in between spring and summer quarters. The cost of the ten-day program will be $3900 double occupancy, or $4300 single occupancy. This will include: course tuition, lodging, breakfast, lunches, some dinners, ground transportation, course materials, company and cultural visits, and sightseeing.  For further details, please contact Janet Amador at jaa10@stmarys-ca.edu or 925-631-4515.  A non-refundable deposit of $1000.00 is required to reserve a spot in the course.

Please contact Janet Amador at jaa10@stmarys-ca.edu or call (925) 631-4515 with any questions about this unique learning and travel opportunity.

Hong Kong: On July 1, 1997 the city of Hong Kong became the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China for the next 50 years, after which it will be under complete Chinese rule. Hong Kong has a free market economy and is highly independent. It is one of the richest countries in the world by per capita GDP and one of the most dynamic world cities.

Shenzhen: This was the first Special Economic Zone by Deng Xiao-Ping’s reforms in 1979 that transformed China in to a world super-power, before which it was only a small village. More than US$30 billion in foreign investment has gone into both foreign-owned and joint ventures.  Shenzhen is now considered one of the fastest-growing cities in the world.

Guangzhou: The biggest city in the Guangdong province, which is one of the wealthiest provinces in China.  Home of the world-famous Canton Fair, this city has a population of 12 million people and is a key transportation hub, port, business and cultural center.

Macau: A former Portuguese colony until 1999, it is now the second Special Administrative Region of China.  This small city of 600,000 is dependent heavily on gambling, tourism, and textile manufacturing. Macau is the most densely populated region in the world, with the second highest per capita income in the region after Hong Kong.

"China has been great so far! Its so amazing to come here and apply the concepts I've been learning in classes these last few years. The best way I can describe China is from something I have heard from our speakers: 'It (China) is big and it is fast'. This is so true; in fact, it seems that by the time companies can assess and get into the market, the market may have already changed! The information we are learning will prove to be essential to our future success if we choose to eventually do business in China. It also helps us to better understand the kinds of things that are important to success anywhere in the world. It is such a great learning opportunity, and I'm grateful to Saint Mary's College for offering this in the curriculum!" -Tamara Kaccem (Professional MBA)

“The immersion in the culture is essential, this really brought home the course concepts.  The lectures were pertinent and gave a unique vision of China that would not have been available in the US” - 2012 Beijing/Shanghai Professional MBA Student.

“I really got how the cultural climate affects management of MNC’s, everything was amazing”  - 2012 Beijing/Shanghai Professional MBA Student.

“The China trip was truly a unique and valuable experience. .. The course engages students to become aware and learn how business operates there so we can be better prepared for leadership roles at global companies. The program totally immersed us in all aspects of the Chinese culture. While in China, I was able to meet with a Fortune 500 company where the decision maker for a potential multi-million dollar deal was located. Using the skills and techniques taught in the program helped me establish a stronger report and relationship to help secure the deal and partnership.” - Justin Frazier (EMBA Santa Clara)

Click here for a photo video recap of the Beijing trip.

Click here to read the Doing Business in World Regions course journal as reported by associate director of global programs, Janet Amador.

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