MBA Studies in International Business

Location: Shanghai and Beijing, China


Trip Dates: July 5 - July 19, 2014
Orientation Dates: Late-April, 2014: To be announced once group is confirmed


This 3-week program for MBA students includes an introduction to Chinese business, culture, and society. Through team-taught courses (in English) at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS) and site visits in the Shanghai and Beijing areas, students are introduced to macroeconomics, business management, finance, the stock exchange, foreign trade, and marketing in China.

Additional Academic Requirements

Open to students enrolled in the Villanova University MBA students only.
No language proficiency required.


Past site visits included GSK, AIG, Johnson and Johnson, Shanghai Pharmaceuticals, Boeing, Kodak, GE, Penn Engineering, Boehringer Ingelheim, etc. While in Shanghai, students will visit Yuyuan Garden, go to an acrobatic show and take a Huangpu River cruise. Students will also have the opportunity to visit Hangzhou, a beautiful city on the West Lake, not too far from Shanghai. While in Beijing, students will visit the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Tianan-men Square, and the Summer Palace.

Additional Information

Students will travel predominantly by taxi in Shanghai and Beijing. Taxis are convenient and inexpensive - $3-$5 will get you to most places within the cities. Language is not a problem on the SASS campus. Most students can communicate in English. Off campus, fewer people will be able to speak English but you will find that most are extremely friendly and willing to help (even if they don’t understand English well). Former program participants have encountered few problems.


It is recommended that all students have an up-to-date tetanus booster and the hepatitis A series of 2 shots, as well as the hepatitis B series. Please contact your personal physician to make arrangements and verify your immunization history.


By signing the Villanova University Release Form, you are agree that you have health insurance coverage while in China. If your current policy does not cover you in China, please follow this link to the student handbook for insurance provider suggestions:

Student Handbook found on 'Forms' page

Housing and Meals

In Shanghai, students will stay in double rooms on the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences campus. In Beijing, students will stay in a local hotel. All meals, both in Shanghai and Beijing, will be taken at local restaurants. All breakfasts are included along with some of the lunches and dinners.

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Faculty Program Coordinator

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Dr. Wen Mao
Department of Economics
Villanova School of Business
Bartley 2015

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Application may be found on the Forms section of the OIS website. Please note that application deadline is March 1, 2014.

Course Offerings

MBA 8523: International Business Studies - 3 credits

Lectures at SASS include the following topics: Introduction to Chinese Culture & Language, Chinese Economy, Chinese Financial Markets, Trade relations between U.S. and China.

Payment Information

Applications are due no later than March 1, 2014; the non-refundable commitment fee of $450 is due upon receipt of acceptance letter. Final payment due prior to the departure of program.

Tentative 2014 Total: $4,250
Includes tuition, accommodations, some meals, excursions, and the required entry visa for China, and airfare from Shanghai to Beijing. Airfare from USA to China not included. Dr. Wen Mao will have an optional group flight for the MBA program. It is highly suggested that students take advantage of this option.

2014 Itinerary

Late-March, early-April: VU Pre-Departure Coursework & Orientation
Saturday, July 5: Group Departs USA
July 6: Group Arrives Shanghai
July 7 - 16: Shanghai coursework
July 16-19: Excursion to Beijing
Saturday, July 19: Group departs Beijing for return to USA

Students will travel as a group on designated flights arranged by a qualified travel agent designated by the Faculty Program Coordinator. Domestic travel within China will be coordinated by travel agents in China.