Course: GSM 7261G

Fall Semester: China and Hong Kong - January 1-8, 2017

Spring Semester: England and Ireland - March 26-April 1, 2017 (Application Deadline November 10, 2016. Full payment Required December 1)

Fall Course Information: China and Hong Kong

  • GSM7261G is a one-credit graded independent study course. Credits for this course will count towards graduation requirements.
  • Professor: Professor Gary Knight
  • Prerequisites: One semester of Willamette MBA or law coursework and good academic and conduct standing.
  • Tuition: There is no tuition charge for GSM7261G for fall semester 2016 or spring semester 2017. Students are responsible for all program fees and estimated costs.
  • Course requires attendance and participation in class sessions prior to and following the trip.
  • Tentative Itinerary (subject to change)
  • Syllabus to come

Estimated Costs: All inclusive of program fee, airfare, visa and meals on your own - estimate - $4989.

  • Program Fee: $3044 (includes in-country travel and transportation, double-occupancy hotel rooms (7 nights) and several meals). Students wanting a single room will pay an additional fee of $460. Students wishing to extend the trip over December 31 - Additional overnight stay is $173 (double occupancy) or $345 (single).
  • Airfare: $1500 estimated 
  • Visa application and processing: $145 for US citizens citizens, students from other countries of origin may also need a visa (pricing varies). Visa applications should be completed no later than 90 days before the trip. 
  • Estimated additional Costs: $300 (including meals not included in program fee etc)
  • Financial Aid: Students eligible for Federal Stafford or Graduate Plus loans may apply to borrow to cover the costs of the trip Contact Shanan Woods in the WU Financial Aid Office

Application Process: Application form

  • September 15 - Application Deadline - Apply here.
  • October 1 Full payment required - $3044 (100% of program fee). This will confirm your participation (NOTE: Financial Aid can be increased for current students during fall semester to cover the cost of the study abroad 

Refund Policy: There will be no refunds after October 1st due to policies and procedures with our international partners.

Program is subject to cancellation if the minimum number of participants is not met.

Passport and Visa Information:

  • Valid passport is required
  • There is a visa requirement for US Citizens.  Visa process and charge varies by country of citizenship.  Students can get information here - Information here


The first AGSM Study Abroad 2017 will take place the first week of January in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou, China.  We will visit numerous companies, factories, and NGOs.
We are excited to visit China, the most populous country, with 1.35 billion people, about 20 percent of the world.  The country has evolved to superpower status in economic, military, and geopolitical terms.  China is the world's second-largest economy and the biggest importer and exporter.  In the past decade, China’s economy grew about seven times faster than that of the United States (316% versus 43%).  The country’s per-capita GDP of $6,000 implies that many Chinese remain in poverty.  However, China’s middle class now numbers some 300 million people (equivalent to US total population), most with incomes more than $15,000 per year. 
China's retail market is massive and growing rapidly. The country is now the world’s largest market for automobiles, beer, and luxury goods.  China is also an important destination for global sourcing and low-cost manufacturing.  Rapid industrialization has brought unintended consequences, including massive air and water pollution.  
China’s civilization dates back some 8,000 years. Mandarin Chinese is spoken by nearly 1 billion people, more than any other language worldwide.  Today, about 140,000 Chinese students study at US universities, the largest group of international students by far.  In China, we will visit Hong Kong, one of the world’s vibrant business centers; Shenzhen, home to many of China’s leading firms and factories; and Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province in traditional, southern China.  
The AGSM Study Abroad includes a required one-credit course in which we’ll learn about doing business in China. The trip includes visits to numerous companies, organizations, and cultural sites in and around southern China.  The course emphasizes (i) fundamentals of international management, (ii) the environments and challenges of doing business in China, and (iii) strategies and operations for succeeding in China.  

Click here to view the sample Syllabus from previous trips

Click here for Standards of Conduct Agreement

Deadlines for China Study Abroad

September 15 - Application Deadline - Apply here.

October  1 - Full payment required on October 1st - $3044(100% of program fee)

More Information

Questions about the international study abroad should be directed to Professor Gary Knight or Assistant Dean Beth Ursin by emailing:

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